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Teeming Turkey Trot Turnout

Thousands brave cold temperatures

to run annual race

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.

All three races start and finish in front of the historic St. Paul’s School on Stewart Avenue.

The winner of this year’s 5-Mile Race and Jim Flynn Memorial Trophy was 22-year-old Bronx resident Christopher Guerrero, whose winning time was 25:19. The first female finisher was 31-year-old Brooklynite Colleen Herbert with a time of  30:25. The first Garden City resident finisher was 20-year-old William Slattery, who finished in 27:24 and had an impressive top ten finish, placing sixth overall. The first female Garden City resident finisher was 16-year-old Caroline Ferri, who finished in 32:10.

A new inflatable start line arch was a welcome addition to this year’s race as were new sponsors and many more volunteers. Race Director Ken Aneser noted that “each year we try to improve the race to create a better experience for the runners and spectators and we cannot do it without the tremendous support of our sponsors, friends and neighbors.”

The Turkey Trot is much more than a race. It is a well established family tradition for so many in the community. Hundreds of volunteers, young and old alike, come out to lend a hand and help make the race a success. Net race proceeds are donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the INN. A food drive resulted in hundreds of pounds of food being donated to the INN and several hundred race t-shirts were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Turkey Trot would not be possible without the generous support of corporate sponsors. The local Merrill Lynch Garden City office is the race’s lead corporate sponsor and has been so for more than 35 years. Regional Managing Director Dominick Tomeo and the entire Merrill Lynch Garden City office have shown a true commitment to support the race and its charities. The Kenney Family Foundation also donates very substantial sums to the race beneficiaries and, assisted by Al Vanasco, ensures that the Challenger Division athletes experience the thrill of victory each and every year. Other major sponsors include Select Sector SPDRs, The Garden City Hotel, Winthrop Radiology Associates, National Land Tenure, The Durnan Group, Rallye Auto Group, Verizon, Coach Realtors, Tradeweb, New York Spine Institute, La Bottega, Walk Street, New Balance Long Island, The Donnelly Group, Doc O’Grady’s Irish Pub, North Coast Financial Group, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, New York Running Company and Zico Coconut Water.    The race committee (Ken Aneser, Kevin Coffey, Bob Freeman, Chris Giarraputo, Mike Kopcak, Charlie Lee, Jim Loughlin, Ian Paisley, Bob Priest, Phil Puccio, Tim Tobin & Rob Votruba) would like to thank all the runners, and volunteers and all those who live on the race course for their support. In particular the Garden City Fire Department, police department, recreation department and the Department of Public Works greatly assist the race committee each and every year. Last but not least, the Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorers were a tremendous asset for the race committee, who hopes to have them back every year.

The race committee wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and looks forward to next year’s Turkey Trot.

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.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted 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