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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: February 15, 2013

Frankenweenie Screening

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will present a showing of the movie Frankenweenie at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Showtime will be 1 p.m.  The movie is rated PG, and is 87 minutes in length.

Admission is free.  Snacks will be sold at a nominal charge. Supervision will be supplied by the recreation staff.

Family Fun Days Begin

On Sunday afternoons through March 10, the St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March.

This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. We ask that elementary-aged children be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of participants, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.

Cancellations For Bad Weather

Now that winter is here, the hope is that the weather will be good for everyone, but in the case of a bad weather day, please check www.gardencityrecreation.org for updates and/or cancellations.

Tennis Center Youth Instructional Program Registration Begins

The recreation center is pleased to announce the start of registration for its Winter 2013 Indoor Tennis Program for Children at the Community Park Tennis Center. Registration for Session One lessons begins immediately for residents of the village. Walk-ins and nonresident children attending Garden City Public Schools will be accepted beginning Feb. 6.

9 weeks of classes – Mondays (begins 2/25) and Tuesdays (begins 2/26)

10 weeks of classes – All other days (begins the week of 2/13)

Explanation of class levels:

Tots Ages 4-5 and PeeWee - Ages 5 to 7: Introduction to Tennis, emphasizing basic movement and striking skills in a fun game playing environment.

Novice - Ages 6 to 7: Continued development of basic movement and striking skills on a full size court. Serving and scorekeeping will be introduced. Past tennis experience required.

Junior - Ages 8 to 11: Extension of Novice Level program. Continued emphasis on striking concepts, movement, and skills related to tennis play.

Junior Advanced - Ages 8 to 11: For the more serious, more advanced students. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hr time slots. Experience required.  

Senior - Ages 12 and older: Extension of Junior Program, continued emphasis on fundamentals and skills related to tennis play.

Senior Advanced - Ages 12 and older: For the more serious, more advanced student. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hour time slots. Experience required.  

Ultimate Workout: For experienced Junior and Senior Level tennis players who want to hone their skills and get a good workout.

Adult Yoga Registration Has Begun

The winter session of yoga with Connie McKnight will begin again according to the following schedule:

Mondays - 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 10 classes for $65 beginning Feb. 25

Wednesdays - 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 13 classes for $84.50 began on Jan. 30

Wednesdays - 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Level 2 Yoga for people who have been attending classes or have knowledge of yoga - 13 classes for $84.50 began on Jan. 30.

This program is open to adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The Wednesday morning class will meet in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. The Monday evening class will meet in St. Paul’s Senior Center. The class is geared towards the average person. Please make sure to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. To register for this program, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Winter Adult Zumba Registration Begins

The following Zumba exercise classes for adults will be offered by the Department of Recreation and Parks:

Mondays at 7:45 p.m. (begins March 4) 8 weeks for $72

Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. (began on Jan. 31) 12 weeks for $108

Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. (began Feb. 2) 12 weeks for $108  

* New class – Zumba basics 4 weeks for $36 – come see if you would enjoy this new form of exercise  - Wednesday evenings at 7:45 p.m.

All classes are lead by Felicia Lovaglio, director of the Dance Conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is 45 minutes long. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall or St. Paul’s Senior Center.  To register for any of these classes, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

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.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted 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



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