Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00
Considering that last year was a rebuilding year and the Garden City football team came away with a Long Island championship, I’m not sure what Coach Flatley has up his sleeve this year. Not unlike last season when the Trojans graduated a number of their starters on both offense and defense, Flatley and his staff will have to retool again this year as they lost several key members to graduation.
Flatley, in his 29th year coaching, didn’t just get inducted into the Hall of Fame because of his bright smile, it’s more his ability to mold the group of young men he gets each year into a cohesive team. He and his staff will be able to build upon several cornerstones of last year’s championship team, namely quarterback Brett Stewart, running backs James Sullivan and Tim McDonagh and linemen Ryan Blair and Nick Giannone.
With Stewart, a preseason pick for All County, at quarterback the Trojans will have an edge on teams in both the passing and rushing games as Stewart will look to build on his school records from last year in passing yards and touchdowns.
With the tandem of McDonagh and Sullivan providing the power running to support a young receiving corps led by Tom Wright Brian Colamussi and Pat Finneran, Flatley’s offense should be able to put up enough points to make them a favorite for a Nassau County repeat.
Although the offense is in terrific hands, the Garden City coaching staff will have their work cut out for them on defense, where they will look for key two way players to step up to the challenge.
Special teams will once again be a strength for the team with a good mix of speed and power, as well as the strong leg of Gerard Smith. In the mix for the Trojans will be youngster Brian Haefner on returns and in the backfield, as well as Tim Schmelzinger who will look to continue the hard work of brother Matt with the team.
Garden City’s top challenge will come from neighboring Carey, the team the Trojans defeated in last year’s Nassau semifinal and a team that has more firepower than most teams on Long Island in a long time. Another preseason All County player, Carey’s quarterback Ray Catapano, will be looking for revenge and trying to knock the Trojans from the top spot.
Other tough games will come from Wantagh, last year’s conference finalist, and MacArthur, the team that dealt the Trojans their only loss last season.
The Trojans home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 21 against MacArthur.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Jill Palmeri, founder of a local charitable organization born out of a tragic event to a loved one in her life, was honored by Garden City Mayor John J. Watras and his trustees at the village board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Andy Foundation was founded by Palmeri in 2004 to honor the memory of her late son Andrew; it’s mission is to help children in need, and to date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised more than $700,000 for kids throughout Long Island through fundraising efforts that include tag sales, football clinics, and bingo parties.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
On Friday, Dec. 6, Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that the Village of Garden City violated the Fair Housing Act, and ordered the plaintiffs to submit a proposal for how the village might address the issue, to which the village must then respond.
The case stemmed from a 2004 plan by former County Executive Thomas Suozzi to sell developers the 25-acre site of the Department of Social Services office. Suozzi requested the zoning be changed to allow 311 units of multi-family housing. Negative reaction from the public prompted village officials to limit the zoning to 150 town houses, 90 single-family homes, or a combination of the two with each option allowing for up to 36 multifamily units.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00Buckley Country Day School upper school students earned top honors at the end of this fall’s interscholastic soccer season. Garden City’s Katherine Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gage, was named the Most Improved Player of the Girls’ 5th and 6th-grade Red Team.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Mad Science Winter Program
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a six-week winter program geared to children who are interested in science. Mad Science of Long Island is a company who provides a wonderful and fun learning experience in an after school setting. Different topics such as “Bugs!” and “Walloping Weather” are offered for each week and the participants will cover a range of activities pertaining to the topic. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades k-5 are invited to attend.
The cost of the six-week program is $102 and all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.”