Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Lacrosse has seemingly always been an intrinsic part of Garden City. Events like the Annual Jay Gallagher Tournament, which attracts teams from around the country, has brought a nationwide vibe to the village on an annual basis. In the Garden City Public School District, the Trojans’ excellence between the lines wound up having the boys team win the state championship and get named the nation’s top-ranked team in 2011 while the girls team was also crowned state champions that same year. So it’s reassuring to know that since 2006, Bob Jahelka and Michael Winkoff have taken a vested interest in getting younger kids involved in lacrosse via the duo’s For the Love of the Game (FLG) organization.
Apparently all the hard work and dedication is paying off. Not only have four of the players who went through the program wound up on the Harvard University squad, but the 2019 and 2018 FLG Select teams won championships in the Crimson Classic Youth Lacrosse tournament they recently competed in. Best of all is the fact that one of the primary tenets of FLG is not only developing athletes on the field of play, but in the classroom as well. It’s that rare program that actually churns out actual student-athletes, not what often passes for this at a number of institutions of higher learning.
--- Dave Gil de Rubio
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.