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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

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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