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Editorial: History Boy

Dating back to its founding in 1869 by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart, the Village of Garden City has always enjoyed a rich and vibrant history that continues to be rightfully lauded by its current residents. St. Paul’s School for Boys, the Garden City Hotel and the Apostle Houses are just some of the architectural landmarks that are part of the unique aesthetic fiber that makes up the village. As such, it’s important for the community to have a steward of the community’s rich legacy.

Enter official village historian John Ellis Kordes. A Garden City native, Kordes has held that position since 1996 after graduating from Garden City High School and Adelphi University. A published author, newspaper columnist and documentary film producer, Kordes’ commitment to preserving the past was recently recognized by the Oyster Bay Historical Society (OBHS). This past Tuesday, July 10, he was honored in the inaugural event, “Long Island’s Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education.” Among the many actions he’s taken to honor the village’s rich history is to use his considerable photographic skills to create Garden City-themed postcards, calendars and posters, helped restore the Long Island Motor Parkway Garden City Toll Lodge, (current home of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce) and developed and taught a course on Garden City history through adult education in the public schools. So it’s no wonder that the OBHS deigned him a worthy honoree, a designation Garden City Life proudly congratulates him on achieving.

- DGdR

News

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.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

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.

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


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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