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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: February 27, 2014

 Middle School Recreation Nights Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring Middle School Recreation Nights on the following dates at St. Paul’s Field House: Friday, Feb. 28, 6th grade and Friday, March 7, All grades

These parties will be chaperoned by the Recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.

Note-Once the children are in the facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.

Spring Sports Squirts Offerings

The Recreation and Parks Department has worked with U.S. Sports Institute to offer a set of favorite and new spring programs for ages

3 to 7. Each 8-week session will introduce the sports chosen to the participants in a safe, structured, fun setting. Each class lasts one hour and will work on hand-eye coordination, balance, agility and movement as well as the sport(s) the child is participating in. All classes will be held at St. Paul’s and will begin the week of April 21. The schedule is

T-Ball Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Mondays at 1 p.m. $130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 4 to 5 - Mondays at 2:15 p.m.$130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 4 to 5 - Mondays at 3:30 p.m. $130

T-Ball Squirts—ages 5 to 6 - Mondays at 4:30 p.m. $130

Soccer Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 1 p.m. $150

Soccer Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. $150

Senior Soccer Squirts—ages 5 to 7 - Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. $150

Sports Squirts—ages 3 to 5 - Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. $150    

The price listed is cost if a child is registered by April 1. After April 1, a 20 percent fee will be added. To register, please visit the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsintitute.com (don’t forget to use the code OEB14 to receive a 10 percent discount if registering by March 1) or visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please make all checks payable to U.S. Sports Institute.

Garden City Recreation And U.S. Sports Institute Team Up

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce that they are again working with U.S. Sports Institute to offer a wonderful variety of programs for ages 3 to 13 this spring and summer. All programs are now available on the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsinstitute.com. Read below for all of recreation and parks spring offerings.

U.S. Sports Institute Discount Code

U.S. Sports Institute has listed on their website all their spring and summer programs they are running in conjunction with Garden City Recreation and Parks. They are now offering a discount for Garden City residents on any spring or summer program offered if you register online at their website by March 1 and use the code OEB14. This code will give a 10 percent discount off the price of a program. Please visit their website at www.ussportsinstitute.com to see all the spring and summer offerings they are running through Garden City Recreation and Parks.

Multi-Sport Camp For Ages 5–12 During Spring Break

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer U.S. Sports Institute’s Total Play Multi-Sport Camp during the spring break.

This camp will be held at St. Paul’s from April 14–17 (Monday through Thursday). The following time frames will be offered:

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - $125

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - $150

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - $85

The price listed is cost if a child is registered by April 1. After April 1, a 20 percent fee will be added. To register, please visit the U.S. Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsintitute.com (don’t forget to use the code OEB14 to receive a 10 percent discount if registering by March 1) or visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please make all checks payable to U.S. Sports Institute.

U.S. Sports Institute “Parent And Child” Classes Registration Begins

The US Sports Institute’s Parent & Me Sports Squirts programs have been designed to introduce children aged 2-3 years old to a variety of sports, games and group activities, all with the help of Mom and/or Dad. Each week, your USSI coach will lead you and your child through a series of fun games and activities, designed to encourage learning, develop gross motor skills, and promote social interaction. All these progressive curriculums enable you and your child to work together to learn the key skills and techniques in each sport. Parent & Me classes are open to residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City ages 2–3 and are offered in Total Sports Squirts or Soccer Squirts according to the following schedule:

Soccer Squirts: Tuesdays beginning April 22–June 10; 45-minute classes at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.

Total Sports Squirts: Thursdays beginning April 24–June 12; 45-minute classes at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. All classes will take place at St. Paul’s.

Please note, your child must by the proper age by the start of the class in order to attend. To register for any of these classes, please visit US Sports Institute’s website at www.ussportsinstitute.com The cost of this program is $115 if you register by April 1. After April 1, the price will be $145.

Bad Weather Updates

In case of bad weather, please check the recreation and parks website at www.gardencityrecreation.org or its Facebook page for information on closings or delays.

Please note that even if the school district cancels its after school activities, the recreation and parks department may still be open and holding its programs.

Don’t forget to “like” the recreation and parks department on Facebook for all updates.

Adult Art Class At Cluett Hall

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer an adult art class this fall. This 10-week program will teach the beginner as well as the advanced student the art of painting portraits and landscapes/still-life in pastel from photographs.

Classes will be held Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of this program will be $110. This class is open to adult residents who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes are held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall beginning Feb. 21. The first lesson includes a portrait and landscape demonstration. At that time, a supply list is provided. Demonstrations will be available as needed throughout the program. Each student will receive the individual attention required as they move at their own pace and level of expertise. Arleen Rueth Urban, the instructor for this program, is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. A winner of numerous awards, her portraits hang in many Garden City homes, as well as throughout the United States. Her portrait of Elvis Presley permanently hangs in Graceland, and Barbara Walters is among her celebrity commissioned subjects.  

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. 

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



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