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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 Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.

 

“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


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