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Editorial: Penny For Your Thoughts

A penny may not get you far in this economy, but for the students at Stewart School, those little pieces of copper have gone a long way towards helping out beneficiaries of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by way of the Pennies for Patients program. This year, it was to the tune of $27,515.71, (collected in the short span of three weeks), and ever since the school became involved back in 2009, the total amount has so far been a mind boggling $77,346.78. In the process, Stewart School has become the highest fundraising school ever in Long Island and was recently announced as being the sixth highest fundraising school in the NATION. Making it even more of a hometown affair was the fact that three Stewart School alums who also happen to be cancer survivors—Kelly Aneser, Bobby Menges and Charlie Schmitt–not only gave a testimony to the Stewart student body at an assembly last month, but also wound up presenting the check for this year’s amount to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s quite a head accomplishment and while the money raised will do wonders for the afflicted, the lessons of compassion and perseverance these kids learned is worth almost as much.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

News

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:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


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



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