Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Recently, Newsweek released its 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools. Surprisingly, Garden City High School found its rank slip from 107 in 2012 to 139 this year. I’d tell you what the schematics were in determining where the Trojans landed, but unfortunately the area on the web page that shows this is a dead link. Undoubtedly, the combination of the core curriculum and significantly more difficult standardized testing were some of the contributing factors, as it was for districts around New York State. The Garden City Union Free School District still managed to score high despite these obstacles, even if students didn’t score as high as they have in prior years. That said, the Garden City student body continues to rack up significant academic achievements that will carry them far in life and make them productive members of their generation.
Look no further than the 2013 Adelphi University Leadership Awards, which was recently bestowed on eight Garden City High School students. This award is “the result of a partnership between Adelphi University and the Garden City community which recognizes students not just for scholarship, but truly for leadership, for being part of our community and really living the words in our slogan: ‘Building community’,” explained Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen at the Oct. 16 board of education regular meeting where the announcement was made. It’s these kinds of accomplishments that reinforce the idea that the Garden City School District is doing something right and that maybe, just maybe, standardized test scores needn’t wind up as the be all and end all when it comes to how well a student is doing in school.
-- By Dave Gil de Rubio
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Jill Palmeri, founder of a local charitable organization born out of a tragic event to a loved one in her life, was honored by Garden City Mayor John J. Watras and his trustees at the village board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Andy Foundation was founded by Palmeri in 2004 to honor the memory of her late son Andrew; it’s mission is to help children in need, and to date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised more than $700,000 for kids throughout Long Island through fundraising efforts that include tag sales, football clinics, and bingo parties.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
On Friday, Dec. 6, Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that the Village of Garden City violated the Fair Housing Act, and ordered the plaintiffs to submit a proposal for how the village might address the issue, to which the village must then respond.
The case stemmed from a 2004 plan by former County Executive Thomas Suozzi to sell developers the 25-acre site of the Department of Social Services office. Suozzi requested the zoning be changed to allow 311 units of multi-family housing. Negative reaction from the public prompted village officials to limit the zoning to 150 town houses, 90 single-family homes, or a combination of the two with each option allowing for up to 36 multifamily units.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00Buckley Country Day School upper school students earned top honors at the end of this fall’s interscholastic soccer season. Garden City’s Katherine Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gage, was named the Most Improved Player of the Girls’ 5th and 6th-grade Red Team.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Mad Science Winter Program
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a six-week winter program geared to children who are interested in science. Mad Science of Long Island is a company who provides a wonderful and fun learning experience in an after school setting. Different topics such as “Bugs!” and “Walloping Weather” are offered for each week and the participants will cover a range of activities pertaining to the topic. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades k-5 are invited to attend.
The cost of the six-week program is $102 and all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.”