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That’s The Spirit

The date is set. The planning committee has met. The “Big Bucks” raffle tickets have been mailed to parishioners. St. Anne’s 12th Annual Spirit Day Celebration is happening on Saturday, Sept. 20.

While the summer has just begun, any event planner knows that September will be here before we know it. The St. Anne’s Spirit Day planning committee has been working for over a month updating the colorful event flyer, stuffing and mailing the Big Bucks raffle tickets and securing vendors. At a recent well-attended planning session, committee leaders provided updates on every aspect of the day, from set-up to clean-up and all that falls in-between.  

The informal kick-off to Spirit Day planning is the mailing of the Big Bucks tickets to parishioners the week of June 16. The cost of a single raffle ticket is $100 with a maximum of 1000 tickets to be sold. Up to five entrants can be named on a single ticket. This year the funds from the Big Bucks Raffle will allow St. Anne’s to complete payments for the auditorium air conditioning. The grand prize winner receives 25 percent of the total raised and five additional lucky winners receive 5 percent of the total. Last year’s raffle sold out and the winner received $25,000. The five second prize winners received $5,000 each.

The winner does not need to be present to win but no one wants to miss the exciting moment of that drawing at 10 p.m. It’s an incredibly positive way to end a fun and beautiful day for the entire parish family.  

The Church of St. Anne in Garden City hosts the 12th annual Spirit Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1-10 p.m. with rides, games and music all day and evening. The day is punctuated with a beautiful celebration of mass outdoors at 5 p.m. and the exciting Big Bucks Raffle drawing at 10 p.m. Additional Big Bucks tickets are always available at the rectory or you may call and the committee will be happy to mail one to you. For more information, please call St. Anne’s Rectory at 516-352-5904.

News

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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