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Synchronized Blades Of Victory

Erica Giarraputo leads

Boston College to gold medal

Garden City native Erica Giarraputo, a Boston College student, recently led her synchronized skating team to the Gold Medal at the New England Challenge Cup in Massachusetts. The team was competing in the Open Collegiate bracket of the tournament.

Giarraputo, a freshman, began skating at the age of 12. “That is late for a beginner,” she said. She has certainly made up for the lost time, however, through her hard work and dedication to the craft.

“My coach introduced me to synchronized skating,” she said. “I thought it was really cool,” she added. At the urging of the coach, Giarraputo tried out for a synchronized team at Ice Works skating rink. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now in college, Giarraputo has made an impact at the collegiate level. She admits that balancing her hobby and studies can be a bit of a challenge.

“It’s definitely something that you have to stay on top of,” she said. “When you participate in competitions, they are all weekend and it is time consuming. I have to make up all the school work that I will miss. But if you make time, it is very manageable,” she concluded.

The synchronized skating season is during the winter, but Giarraputo made it clear that if you want to keep your skills sharp, it is not a seasonal sport.

“Training is year-round,” she said in regards to her practice regimen. After all, finding chemistry and cohesiveness with an entire team is much more difficult than individual figure skating that most people are accustomed to witnessing on television.

The team, which is comprised of 11 female skaters, practices twice per week for a few hours before classes. The students that live off-campus, such as Giarraputo, are brought to practice by security to ensure safety.

Since she is still a freshman, she has not yet declared a major, but is leaning towards becoming an accountant.

Student-athletes like Giarraputo make the community of Garden City a great place to live and they make parents proud.

“We are so proud of Erica’s dedication and commitment to skating,” said her mother Marybeth. “We have enjoyed watching her improve her skills and are so happy that she found an activity that she is so passionate about,” she added.

The Giarraputo family is no stranger to skating. In fact, they are about as connected to the local skating rinks as you could be.

“Our entire family enjoys skating,” said Marybeth. “Our oldest daughter, Brianna, was also a figure skater. Our two younger children, Joseph and Olivia, both play ice hockey.

It is only natural the family was in their comfort zone while watching Erica compete in the tournament.

“The New England Challenge Cup competition was crowded with many teams and many spectators,” she said. “It was so exciting to watch all of the teams compete,” she concluded.

Keep an eye on Erica (and her siblings for the that matter) as they are on the cusp of making an impact in the ice skating community.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

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.


Sports

Reminder

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

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

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.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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