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Athletic Leaders Hit The Links

Cherry Hill Valley

Country Club

hosts rescheduled

coaches outing

The coaches of the middle and high schools enjoyed a great day on the course at Cherry Valley Country Club on Thursday Aug. 15 as guests of the Garden City Men’s Association. The outing was rescheduled to August because of heavy rains in June, but the group encountered no such weather issues as the sun shined brightly on the group and everyone was a winner.

The Men's Association (TMA) hosts the annual event to honor the coaches, assistant coaches and administrators who put in significant amounts of time and energy with our boys and girls to deliver one of the top athletic programs on Long Island.

Winning championships has become commonplace for Garden City and the coaching staffs are a big part of the reason for the success. Up and down the lineup, from longtime varsity coaches like Gene Rockler, Mike Heedles and Reid Sclafani to middle school coaches Bob Townsend and JP Camilleri, the coaches all instill the qualities that these youngsters will carry forward in everything they do: commitment, dedication and discipline.

The outing was well attended despite the schedule change and many coaches taking advantage of the last days of summer. As JV baseball coach Dave Izzo noted “I don’t know of a better way to spend an afternoon!” Although he did mention he might feel differently after his round of golf. He was smiling at the end of the day, so it couldn’t have been all that bad.

As the foursomes hit off the first tee there were many smiles--and some good-natured barbs going back and forth. Whether the ball sailed down the middle of the fairway or just barely made it past the tee box, no one was exempt. As soccer coach Mike Heedles stepped up to his ball he quipped that he was happy to see no video cameras; he then delivered a perfect drive, hopefully not his only one of the day.

TMA past president Paul McDougal thanked the coaches for their fine leadership not only on the field but also in the classroom and community. McDougal reiterated what current president Pete Haeffner told the group at the Coaches Dinner in June: “You coaches make it easy for the parents, giving us all the confidence that you are taking care of them. Thank you.”

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