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Angels On High

Written by Vilma Sceusa, gardencity@antonnews.com Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Xmas cheer delivered to needy children

Thanks to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, many needy children will celebrate the holiday season. The program matches up children with donors who purchase gifts and clothing. Children’s requests are detailed on paper angels typically hung on Christmas trees. This year, 65 employees from The Treiber Group, a Garden City insurance agency, chose to participate in the program.

“It’s turned into a yearly tradition here at work and for my family,” said Teresa Garzia, an account executive at The Treiber Group. “I always choose a boy and a girl. When I started my children were 7 and 3 and now 16 years later we are still at it. Through the years we shopped together and it was an opportunity for me to teach them to be mindful of those less fortunate. I typically purchase a coat, hat, gloves, an outfit and of course a  toy.”

 

Building A Tradition

Written by Paige McAtee, gardencity@antonnews.com Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00

Western Property Owners Association

hosts tree lighting

Members of the community gathered together to celebrate the Christmas tree lighting celebration held by the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA).

Guests were put into the holiday spirit with singing, dancing, and hot beverages. The tree lighting took place at the park between Plattsdale Road and the New Hyde Park Road Shopping District on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

 

Jewelers Honored

Written by Garden City Life Staff, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

Last month, the North Shore Family & Child Guidance Center hosted the 60th Anniversary Diamond & Dancing Gala at The Garden City Hotel. More than 350 guests enjoyed a spectacular celebration that raised $445,000 for the organization.

 

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Written by Lauren Del Valle, gardencity@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Adelphi’s Circle K

carols for

families in need

For the fifth consecutive year through the Holiday Angels outreach program, Adelphi University’s Circle K will make Christmas a reality for a family who would otherwise go without. The group has gone on three outings thus far during which they went house-by-house, caroling for donations.

For each caroling outing, a group of six or seven volunteers take time out of studying for finals to sing to residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Adelphi’s campus.

 

Christmas In The Air

Written by Katelyn Malloy, gardencity@antonnews.com Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00

Despite the winter chill and snow flurries, Garden City residents assembled at the village green to enjoy holiday festivities and a yearly tradition many look forward to. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce hosted the 59th annual tree lighting ceremony Sunday. The afternoon began at 3:30  p.m. with an enthusiastic performance by FiveStone, a contemporary rock band that’s played prior Garden City events like the Belmont Festival but this performance was its debut at the Garden City Christmas tree lighting.

 

Vet Scores Scholarship

Written by Garden City Life Staff, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00

Garden City resident Juana Quijano is among three Nassau Community College students to receive scholarships from Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. The law firm has awarded scholarships to Quijano and two other Long Island veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now enrolled at Nassau Community College. “It is incumbent upon the Long Island business community to assist our veterans as they transition into civilian life,” said Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C. Managing Attorney Lois Carter Schlissel. “It is essential that we help them complete their education by providing tuition assistance so that they can compete for jobs in this very difficult economic climate.”

 

Civic Duty Begins At Home

Written by Chris Boyle, gardencity@antonnews.com Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Andy Foundation founder honored by village board

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.

 

Judge Finds Garden City Un-Fair

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, dgilderubio@antonnews.com Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Village found to be in violation; vows to appeal

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.

 

Camp Anchor Wins With Walk-A-Thon

Written by Garden City Life Staff, gardencity@antonnews.com Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00

Nearly $10,000 raised for

special needs program

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.”

 

Winthrop Donation

Written by Garden City Life Staff, gardencity@antonnews.com 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.

 

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