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Trojans Mid-Term Report

Football team ends first half

with worst home loss in 33 years

After four games the Garden City Trojans are sitting in second place with a 3-1 record and Coach Tom Flatley is looking to get the most out of his re-tooled roster after last year’s Long Island Championship. The Trojans have had their ups and downs this season with two dominating performances, an overtime thriller and a stinker.

The Trojans opened the season with a crushing 58-7 beating of Calhoun. The game featured a record breaking kick-off return of 99 yards by Brian Haeffner. In a game that Garden City dominated on the ground with 368 yards, they were led by Tim Schmelzinger’s 103 yards and a TD, Danny Miller’s 93 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 84 yards and a touchdown by Haeffner.   

The home opener against MacArthur was a real battle for the Trojans as they had difficulty getting their offense going until late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 7-0 entering the fourth quarter Coach Flatley implored his team to mount a comeback. Mixing in a strong ground game with a couple of timely passes Brett Stewart guided the Trojans down the field. And with 58 seconds remaining in regulation Stewart dove into the end zone for the tying score. Then in OT it was Matt Borges, Tom Wright and Ryan Blair with big plays and the defensive unit giving Garden City a shot at victory. And it was Gerard Smith drilling a 31-yard field goal for the hard fought victory.

Going back on the road for game three against Mepham was a chance for the Garden City offense to get back in gear and provide the impetus for another dominating performance. Quarterback Brett Stewart had by far his best game of the season accounting for 318 yards and two touchdowns, a one-yard dive and a 50-yard pass to Matt Borges. Brian Haeffner also had a 19-yard run for a touchdown. The Trojans continued their winning ways with a 27-6 dominating win over Mepham that looked closer on the scoreboard.

With a 3-0 record going into what arguably would be their toughest matchup, the Trojans ran into a dominating Carey defense and put up a goose egg. In a game where they couldn’t get either the passing or running game going the Trojans were shut out and took their worst home beating since 1980 as per historian Jake White. Facing one of the best quarterbacks on Long Island in Carey’s Ray Catapano, Garden City’s secondary was burned for four touchdown passes in the 28-0 loss.

Looking ahead to the next four games the Trojans take on Long Beach at home, travel to Wantagh, return for homecoming for a game against South Side and finish off the regular season at Elmont.

News

The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.

 

“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


Columns

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