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Trojans Unable To Slay Dragons

Garden City suffers tough loss

The Trojans of Garden City are still holding onto control of their own playoff destiny, even after a tough loss to Westbury 62-45.

“We got some good shots, we just didn’t finish,” said Garden City Head Coach Larry Steiner. “Westbury did a job on defense,” he added. Westbury chose to play a 1-3-1 half court trap to limit the effectiveness of Garden City’s strength, which is its outside shooting. The Trojans struggled to get through the trap.  

In defeating New Hyde Park in the previous game, the Trojans had hit a program-record 12 three-pointers, four of those by Joe Leighton. It was a different story in this game, as the team forced some bad passes and was unable to complete some baskets from close range. “We missed a lot of layups and easy shots in the beginning,” Steiner acknowledged.

Westbury head coach Dave Graff had nothing but praise for his team’s opponents, noting that he and his team and pointedly chosen a strategy to defeat this strong team.

“They are an excellent outside shooting team, they have demonstrated it all year long,” Graff said. “We wanted to make sure we picked them up as soon as they crossed over half court and trap the corners.”  Graff felt that the team did a good job in executing the 1-3-1 trap.

The key to the game was the third quarter. The Trojans were outscored 16-6, which essentially put a stamp on the game. At halftime, the team was down 34-24 a sizable but certainly surpassable margin. Westbury’s Shakel Cafield led the game in scoring with 21 points, and also played strong defense. In the fourth quarter, Westbury seemed to take its foot off the gas pedal. They did allow a 15-point quarter and were outscored by three points. But by that time, the game was out of reach and Westbury was simply looking to run out the clock.

The Trojans were led in scoring by David Butler and Matt Kelly, both of whom scored seven points. The team remains in playoff contention with three games left in the season.

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
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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