Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
The Garden City girls varsity basketball team is off to a fast start in Nassau Conference I-A. The Lady Trojans have put together a 5-1 conference record while going 8-3 overall on the hardwood court. Approaching the midpoint of the season the girls have been able to consistently outscore their opponents by hitting their outside shots and working tirelessly on the offensive boards for second and third scoring chances.
Coach Anthony Sparacia has his girls moving the ball around the perimeter quickly, setting up for the open shot, which more often than not has been from three point range. And the girls are responding with some terrific early season shooting. Defensively, Sparacia likes to keep the pressure on his opponents and the Garden City girls are getting very proficient at pressing the ball and causing turnovers.
Leading the team from the outside are shooting guard Sam Auricchio with a smooth jumper from anywhere on the court, along with guards Tara DeAngelo and Becky Reifler. The strong inside game of Taylor Carpentier, both working the boards and taking the ball to the hoop, helps to keep opposing teams off balance. And when you add in the talents of Kerry McCarraher, Michaela Bruno and Sam Sessa, you have a well-rounded team that has defeated their last two opponents by scores of 67-19 and 42-23.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.