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Administrative Young Bloods

Village hosts internship pilot program

The Village of Garden City is currently hosting a pilot internship program this summer for four Adelphi University students. The eight-to-10-week test run is also the first time the school has partnered with a municipality, according to its Center for Career Services.

Planning started in May when Mayor John Watras approached Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi about the possibility of hiring interns during July and August. Suozzi, who said he had student interns at his last job, said the program helps provide college students with experience in exchange for a new perspective for village officials.

“The idea was to bring in interns to supply us with fresh eyes mixed with current skills [and] with youthful energy,” Suozzi said.

Thomas Ward, executive director for Adelphi’s Center for Career Development, said the school is always looking for new ways to partner with various organizations to provide it’s students with different opportunities, so it didn’t take much to convince it to get on board. The university has had companies such as GEICO insurance and Michael Kors, among others, accept student applications in the past, according to its website.

“I think that is the biggest thing: students get practical, hands-on learning experience,” Ward said when asked about the importance of internships in higher education. “They’re able to work with, and in a good situation certainly like this one with the village, have mentors who can instruct them on things that they’re doing well and things that they need to improve on.”

Suozzi said he had originally received six applications total—three from Ward and three from Neil Holloran, a graduate professor and the internship coordinator at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business—although more poured in as word spread amongst students. In order to keep the pilot program manageable, Suozzi said he only accepted four students with majors varying from psychology and marketing to political science and finance.

Holloran said the school is glad to now have a relationship with the Village of Garden City.

“We are very excited about it,” Holloran said.

In terms of what the interns are doing on a day-to-day basis varies slightly, considering the group meets with different village department heads every week, Suozzi said. The main goal of their work however is to compile data, he said, looking for trends in spending and ways to cut costs through constructing graphs and reports.

Alexa Savino, one of the interns and a senior political science and English double major at Adelphi, said she was drawn towards the research aspect of the position as well as learning about government on the local level in relation to her studies.

“We got to hear, first hand from [department heads], what kind of needs they have,” Savino said, “so we are drafting needs assessment reports to understand maybe if there is something we can help them with, in terms of numbers and finding trends and expenditure, or if there are any needs they can help each other address.”

By doing this, the interns will be able to provide the village with a record of these concerns and statistics, Savino said.

“When we get all the reports, we put things together like comparative annual reports or from 2007 through now, what did the pool expenditure look like or what revenues looked like or where their deficits were, where can changes be made,” Savino, a Massapequa native, said.

Looking to the future, Suozzi said the village hopes to expand the size of the program as well as to incorporate other surrounding schools. He also said there is a potential to acquire year-round interns for the village as well. Adelphi also has an interest in maintaining the partnership, according to Ward.

Regardless, Savino said she is grateful for the experience and is happy to lend a hand.

“I think my favorite part is the fact that we are actually contributing to something that we know long term will have some kind of tangible benefit,” she said. “We know that what we’re doing is actually going to push the village in a certain direction as far as reporting goes and that can be really helpful.”

News

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.

Lots to buy at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair

Holiday shopping at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair combines fine quality, handmade gift items at reasonable prices. Members of Resurrection Lutheran Church have worked all year to create Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gift items. Beautiful table runners, scarves, hats, baby quilts, doll clothes for 18-inch dolls, and hand-painted wooden items are affordably priced to suit any budget. Find unique gifts for that special someone. Other displays feature jewelry, toys, books, games, baked goods, and treasures at the White Elephant Sale.

Net proceeds go to support mission work at Resurrection and The Life. Additional funding is awarded through Care Abounds in Communities, of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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