Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com Thursday, 05 June 2014 17:05
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.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
Ozzie is a playful pup looking for a new friend to match his exuberance. He has begun basic obedience training at the shelter and so far has proven to be an “A” student. Ozzie is friendly and gets along well with other dogs. He needs an experienced companion dedicated to continuing his training.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.
For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:44
Summer Concert Schedule
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:
July 24 Six Gun
July 31 Tangerine
August 7 The Terry Nova Little Big Band
August 14 Vintage Bliss
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.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00The Best Secret In Town!
Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.
Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.