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Team Hits Nothing But Net

Middle school squad wraps up undefeated season

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Garden City Middle School 8th grade team completed its undefeated 11-0 season with a 61-40 victory against Thompson. Many of the same hoopsters played on last year’s 7th grade team that went undefeated as well. One of the major highlights of the campaign was playing on the high school court Friday, Jan. 10 in a 57-22 victory versus South Woods.

The scores for the 2013-2014 season were as follows:

Garden City 49-South Side 35 (H)

Garden City 57-Westbury 22 (A)

Garden City 45-Weber 15 (H)

Garden City 59-Thompson 34 (A)

Garden City 52-Manhasset 29 (H)

Garden City 55-Locust Valley 25 (A)

Garden City 63-Roslyn 53 (A)

Garden City 44-Great Neck North 31 (H)

Garden City 55-Manhasset 45 (A)

Garden City 57-South Woods 22 (H)

Garden City 61-Thompson 40 (H)

The team’s success can be attributed to a combination of hard work, dedication, teamwork and excellent coaching. This group of boys had a lot of fun while playing hard nosed, up-tempo basketball the way it was meant to be played. Throughout the season, Andrew DeSantis, Kevin McNiff and Matthew Granville drove to the basket with reckless abandon while Ian Gallagher, Matt Sauchelli and Michael Liberopoulos controlled the boards. Sean Leggett, Quinn Heslin and Colin Crean led the midrange shooting attack while Chris Jordan, Michael Handal and Nolan Pappas distributed the rock with pinpoint precision. The defensive effort was spearheaded by Aidan Byrnes, Patrick Leggett and Luke Solferino while Brenda McGuire provided long range shooting until an injury cut his season short. The team was coached by Mike Heedles. In an effort to celebrate a successful season, the team faked out Coach Heedles with what appeared to be the traditional Gatorade cooler bath at the conclusion of the final game. The cooler, actually containing confetti and not Gatorade/water, was indeed dumped on Coach Heedles but assuming liquid was in the cooler, Coach was quick on his feet in avoiding most of the confetti bath. The evening concluded with a pizza party at the Garden City Middle School as the team and coach were recognized for their hard work and effort.

The complete 8th grade complete roster is: Aidan Byrnes, Colin Crean, Andrew DeSantis, Ian Gallagher, Matthew Granville, Michael Handal, Quinn Heslin, Chris Jordan, Patrick Leggett, Sean Leggett, Michael Liberopoulos, Brendan McGuire, Kevin McNiff, Nolan Pappas, Matt Sauchelli, Luke Solferino, Head Coach is Mike Heedles.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

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.

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 begin 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, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


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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