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Hitting The Pitch: In Lax We Trust

Garden City Challengers

one of 400 teams at tourney

The Nassau Police Activity League (NCPAL) Youth Lacrosse Festival consisted of two big days of competition at the Farmingdale College campus to mark the end of the lacrosse season. According to NCPAL County Director of Lacrosse Operations Jim Howell, “It is the largest in the country.” More than 7,500 girls and boys, in grades 2 through 6, from 54 communities across Nassau County, made up 400 teams, with every community represented including Special Needs Unit teams: the Levittown Knights and the Garden City Challengers.

NCPAL Special Needs Lacrosse Director and PAL Festival Chairman Mike Nelson said, “This is the one time all the players come together in one place to compete in games that are scheduled throughout the day, girls competed on Saturday, boys on Sunday. The young people enjoyed playing the games and getting plenty fresh air and healthy exercise at the college in Farmingdale. It was an end-of-season celebration; the scores didn’t matter. I thank all the volunteers, coaches, referees and parents for all their efforts in making it a great weekend festival.”    

This year the funds raised at the festival will be donated to Jill Howell Foundation Scholarship Fund and the NCPAL Special Needs Unit. In addition to the games and other festival activities, a drive to collect gently used sports equipment to be used in new sports programs was very successful.  

For information about NCPAL youth programs visit www.nassaucountypal.org and for NCPAL Lacrosse Special Needs programs visit www.specialneedspal.org

News

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Back to school means back to the Garden City Public Library. September is not only back to school month, it is also Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is the most important school supply of all for both students and their parents. This September be sure your library card is in your wallet. If you don’t have one, sign up for a new one for you and for your children.

The Garden City Public Library offers programs for adults and for children of all ages. In addition, the library provides access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDS. The library also provides online access through its website www.gardencitypl.org to authoritative electronic databases as well as to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and music. With a valid library card, you can register for programs, borrow materials and museum passes, and access electronic resources.

The Garden City Historical Society is gearing up for a really big celebration. In 2015, the Society will mark the 40th anniversary of its founding, and the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Garden City Historical Society Museum.

To observe these two significant milestones and to further the Society’s capital campaign to restore the exterior of the museum building, the Society is planning a special event on May 14, 2015 at the Garden City Hotel. Early next year, an invitation to attend will be extended to residents and businesses in the village. The gala will include an open bar and full buffet, with music, mystery guests, a live auction and raffles.


Sports

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

2014-15 Garden City Recreation Department Dance Conservatory

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. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted):

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.


Calendar

Village Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 2

Benefit Yard Sale Goes To The Birds

Saturday, October 4

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 6



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