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Trojans Teams Are Triumphant

Garden City High School held their annual G.A.A.–B.A.A. Awards Banquet on June 3 at Chateau Briand in Westbury. The event is sponsored each year by The Men’s Association of Garden City and honors the many senior student athletes and major award winning underclassmen for their accomplishments throughout the school year.  And Garden City has many!

The Girls and Boys Athletics Associations have a rich tradition and history and continue to dedicate themselves to the Garden City athletics program each year.  BAA President Christian Capozzi opened the night by introducing the officers of both associations as well as leading the attendees in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

As the more than 300 student athletes, coaches, parents and administrators settled in for dinner, Garden City and District Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus welcomed everyone to a night of celebration of the significant accomplishments of the GC student athletes. Earlier this year, for the seventh time, Garden City High School received the Scholar/Athlete Team School of Distinction Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). To qualify, each of the high school’s 32 varsity teams needed to achieve a collective average GPA of 90 or higher. This honor goes along with the numerous County, Long Island and State Championships that the school has collected in 2013.

Kalafus then introduced Pete Haeffner, the president of the TMA, who congratulated the coaches and players for their continued contributions to Garden City. Pete reiterated the TMA’s charter, which is to support the student athletes of the Garden City school system in any way that they can— this dinner being only one of many that they have contributed to over the years.

Jake White, school historian and keeper of Garden City sports programs statistics, was next on the microphone to announce the Class of 2013 inductees into the Garden City High School Sports Hall of Fame. White announced that this year’s group was unique in that all four inductees are women, not unusual for a school that over the years has had one of the best girls programs in all sports on Long Island.

The four 2013 Hall of Fame honorees are Erin Brennan (2008, lacrosse and field hockey), Erica Derlath (2008, swimming), Becky Lynch (2008, lacrosse, basketball and soccer) and Coach Anne Sullivan (1973, girls and boys swimming). They join a long list of inductees that started in 1980.

A special acknowledgement and honor was then presented to coach Tom Flatley by Joe Giannotti representing Section VIII and, who attended the banquet to announce that Flatley will be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame on July 25 in Rochester. As part of Giannotti’s speech, he glowingly spoke of Coach Flatley’s tremendous honors and achievements highlighted by the fact the he has the best winning percentage of any football coach in Long Island history including 18 Nassau and five Long Island Championships.  In addition to his football coaching legacy of almost 50 years at Garden City and Sewanhaka High Schools, Coach Flatley was head coach of the 1982 US National Lacrosse team which won a World Championship, has been GM of seven World Champion U-19 National Lacrosse teams and is a member of the Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Giannotti concluded by saying, “Tom Flatley has been and continues to be a significant contributor to the foundation of Garden City’s athletic programs and its exceptional student athletes.”

The night then moved into the awards distribution which was organized according to sports season and also included nine special award winners highlighted by the winners of the Prusan Award and Wassung Trophy for the highest point totals in the GAA and BAA, respectively. Points are awarded for participation in a varsity sport, being awarded All-County or All-State, as well as added points for being named captain of a team.

This year’s Prusan winner as the girl with the most points was Paulette Mohacsi and the Wassung winner for the most points by a boy was given to Andrew Morra.

The full list of winners for the 2012-13 school year, along with all previous winners, can be found at http://highschool.gardencity.k12.ny.us/athletics_/Awards/.     

The night was brought to a formal close by GAA President Kelsey Tierney who thanked all students, coaches, teachers, administrators and parents for an excellent evening.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

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.


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

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Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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