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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

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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