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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: May 8, 2014

Over 35 Men’s Softball Registration

Roster packages for the Garden City Recreation and Parks Department’s Men’s Over 35 Softball League are now available. This league plays on Sunday evenings. Rosters will be accepted from teams meeting the following eligibility requirements:

1. Teams must be comprised of residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City.

2. All players must be over 35 years of age or turning 35 during the course of the season.

The fee for this league is $500, which includes games, balls, and umpires. Application packages can be picked up at the recreation department administrative office at 108 Rockaway Ave. The completed roster package will be accepted until May 16 or until 12 completed packages are received.

Spring Zumba Fitness Program

The following spring Zumba fitness classes for adults will be offered by the department of recreation and parks beginning the week of May 5:

Monday evenings at 7:45 p.m. 4 weeks for $36

Monday mornings at 9:15 a.m. 4 weeks for $36

Saturday mornings at 9:15 a.m. 5 weeks for $45

All classes will be held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

Classes are led by Felicia Lovaglio, director of the dance conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is 45 minutes long.  

Want To Play Some Softball?

If you are a resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City, age 18 or over, who would like to play softball in one of the recreation department’s softball leagues, call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 to put your name on the player list. Sometimes coaches call looking for extra players to round out their rosters. Call and leave your name, age, address, and phone number and your name will be kept on file for the team who is looking for extra players.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

Session 1 – 8 weeks began April 21 Cost: $240 (Session 1 will also include Ultimate Workout on Saturdays, 1.5 hours at a cost of $240 for seven weeks)

Session 2 – 4 weeks beginning  July 7: Cost: $120

Session 3 – 4 weeks beginning August 4: Cost: $120

To register, a form will need to be filled out and returned with payment to the recreation department’s administrative offices at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please note, a separate check for each session is need at time of registration.

No Dogs Allowed

With the spring season sports openers just behind us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that dogs (pets) are not allowed in any of the neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non–compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Zumba Gold Fitness For The Active Senior Or Beginner

The spring Zumba Gold fitness classes will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. Each 45-minute class, teaching the basics of Zumba exercise, is led by certified Zumba fitness instructor Felicia Lovaglio. This class is geared for seniors or the beginner adult. Classes begin the week of May 5.

Prices are as follows:

Monday at 6:30 p.m. Seniors (65 or older)- $20 Others - $36
Thursdays at 2 p.m. Seniors - $25 Others - $45

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. 

— From the Garden City Recreation Department

News

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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