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Obituary: Olympia Gianelli

Olympia “Vicki” Gianelli, 92, formerly of Locust Valley and Garden City, died on Dec 9, 2011. Born in Bronx, NY, she was raised in Sea Cliff. She graduated with a B.A. from Adelphi College in 1940. She married Alfred Gianelli, who predeceased her in 1986, and they raised four daughters in Garden City. Olympia had a long career in education and taught kindergarten at Portledge School in Locust Valley for 20 years. She “retired” to Montclair, NJ, and became director of the Watchung Cooperative Preschool in Montclair. She went on to supervise student teachers at Montclair State University and tutor at Northeast Elementary School, also in Montclair. She is survived by her four daughters, Beatrice Gianelli, Barbara Ritter, Diane Roehm and Deborah Gianelli; her grandchildren, Scott and Geoffrey Roehm and Ashley and Andrea Ritter; her sisters, Helen Benson and Olga Stillman, and her brothers, Jerome and Joseph Vittoria. Her sister, Marie Young, predeceased her in 1998.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Monclair. Repast immediately followed the service. www.uumontclair.org or 973-744-6276.

 

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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