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Garden City Doc Dribbles Into NY Basketball Hall Of Fame

The night began at the New York Athletic Club with a rousing cheer as the 2012 NY Basketball Hall of Fame inductees were ushered into the club’s spacious ballroom.  This year, NCAA Final Four hero-turned-Garden City-dentist Donald “Red” Goldstein goes into the hall alongside fellow Big Apple ballers Ray Felix, Connie Simmons, Ricky Sobers and Charles Yelverton along with high school coach Chuck Granby. As Goldstein made his way toward the podium alongside famed New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey, the crowd of New York basketball royalty, family and friends responded with a standing ovation. During his acceptance speech, the humble Brooklyn native spoke of the first time he got goose bumps upon hearing Louisville Assistant Coach John Dromo give the pep talk at the 1959 NCAA Tournament Final Four. Louisville, led by Goldstein, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history when they defeated No. 2 Kentucky, 76-61. His lucky streak continued when later on that year he joined forces with fellow superstar collegians and future NBA Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Jerry West to win a gold medal in basketball at the 1959 Pan American Games. In a show of humility that those closest have come to expect, Goldstein failed to mention this equally impressive accomplishment.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com