Written by Ed Rotondo, email@example.com Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
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.”
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.