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Youth Will Lead The Way

Garden City girls softball reloaded once again

Although the Garden City girls softball team lost nine seniors to graduation last year, do not mistake that for being in a rebuilding mode. The team has a new wave of veteran players; some of them still underclassmen, according to Head Coach Melissa Reichman.

Last year’s squad finished with an 11-5 record. But its season ended in the first round of the playoffs with a 9-0 loss to Wantagh. Luckily, many Lady Trojan starters will be returning.

“We have our pitching staff intact,” said Reichman. Returning will be freshman Melissa Ward, an All-Division player who has been playing with the varsity team since 7th grade and compiled a 7-2 record on the mound in 2013. The other starting pitcher, Erin Cunningham, is also a freshman but already has two years of varsity experience, finishing with a 5-1 record last season.

“We have a young, but up-and-coming team. Pitching will be our strength,” said Reichman, who is in her sixth year with the program. Reichman noted that the team has been improving each year and the success is not limited to the results on the field, but the improvement in the players.

The team will be forced to replace some of its core offensive players from the past year including Victoria D’Antone. Her terrific season culminated in an April 24 performance against Roslyn in which she drove in five runs, including a three-run home run.

Expected to fill that role on offense will be senior Ashley Nessler. “Ashley has already stepped up to be a leader on this team, and she will be our leading power-hitter,” said Reichman. Setting the tone for her will be Emily Quigley, a slap hitter who Reichman says “will be very important to this team in the lead-off spot.” The pitchers will also contribute on offense. Last year Ward even hit a home run in a game in which she tossed a complete game.

The team will play in Conference III, and they have been selected by the coaches of the conference to finish in first place. They will open up their season on March 21 against Floral Park.

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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

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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