I am writing a new interactive series entitled “My History Home,” since my original series, “House Detectives” has been popular with readers. Both series will run as information is collected.
The impetus for my personal interest in history stems from my grandfather, Perry Valentine Los Kamp (b. 1903- d. 1978), who owned an 1875 A. T. Stewart home at 116 Tenth St. when I was a young child. The house was huge, especially from my young point of view with grand rooms, high ceilings, wonderful furnishings and a backyard that seemed to go on forever.
The boys and coaches of the Garden City U11 District baseball team delivered another District 29 title last Monday night at the Floral Park Recreation Center proving that in a town where Spring sports is somewhat dominated by lacrosse, the National pastime is alive and well. Garden City took the championship home by virtue of a dominating 9-2 victory over Franklin Square.
The boys entered the double elimination tournament with a bit of a target on their backs as nine of the players on this squad were on last year’s U10 team that also brought Garden City a District 29 championship. Knowing that each of the teams in the tourney would be looking to take them down, the Garden City nine played solid baseball both offensively and defensively.
On Saturday, June 22, dozens of veterans and supporters of the Missing In America Project (MIAP) turned out to help give Garden City residents Arthur S. Boege, Edna S. Boege, and Eleanore Carey a proper burial after more than 52 years. Carey and the Boeges, along with the ashes of 40 other unclaimed veterans and unclaimed spouses of veterans, were given proper interment.
This burial of unclaimed remains, with interment at the Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) in East Farmingdale, was coordinated by National Representative John Calderelli, of MIAP, and American Legion Post 1244. More than 26 service organizations, including the Greenlawn Fire Department, American Legion Riders and Color Guards, and Nassau County fire and police units participated in the coordination of the ceremonies and final placement in the columbarium at LINC.
Mother Nature may not have cooperated on June 7, but the Belmont Festival Committee would not be denied. Due to torrential downpours, the 16th annual event needed to be bumped three weeks after the actual Belmont Stakes was run. As has been the case in past years, there was plenty of family fun available in the shape of entertainment, live music and lots of activities to do for kids of all ages.
Last month, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce welcomed the iconic 152-year old H. L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers to their new home at 840 Franklin Ave., across the street from their former landmark home which they had occupied since l968. The interior of the new shop (next to CVS Pharmacy) is spacious and there is plenty of parking in the rear of the store. H.L. Gross & Bro.—a true family business—has been a member of the chamber since 1968 when they moved to Garden City from Hempstead. Howard Gross served as president of the chamber from l974-75. Son Michael is the current proprietor and has been honored as “Business Person of the Year” by the chamber and by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce in 2000. Gross’ grandson Brad, a GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS-certified Gemologist-oversees the diamond business with sales manager Christina Dellaaccio.
The Stewart Manor Fire Department (SMFD) continues to outdo itself year after year. The 15th annual Fourth of July parade boasted nearly two dozen volunteer fire departments, thousands of water balloons and countless spectators eager to engage in a no-holds-barred water fight along the tree-lined streets of Stewart Manor.
Participating fire departments hailed from as far west as Broad Channel and as far east as Syosset, with many in between, including Bellerose Terrace, Bellerose Village, Elmont, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Franklin Square & Munson, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset-Lakeville, Mineola, New Hyde Park, North Bellmore, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Uniondale, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Williston Park.
For almost three decades, Al Vanasco has been the president of the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA). The mayor of Garden City recognized these 30 years of hard work, along with Vanasco’s fellow long time GCAA member, Lee Cook, at a board meeting last month.
One of the main programs Vanasco and Cook helped put together was the Challenger League, 25 years ago. The program within the organization provides athletic opportunities to children ages 6-21 with mental and physical handicaps.
House # 15 has been identified as 112 Arthur St. by Christopher Aries.
Aries said, “It was the doghouses and windows that gave it away for me as they are just so distinctive.”
The Arthur Street house was purchased in 2007 by “Consider it DONE” (home repair and home detailing/cleaning company) owner, Emily Arnone and Christopher Cottrell, a Credit Suisse investment banker. They have two children, Harry (8) and Kay (5). They moved from Park Slope, Brooklyn.
At the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s season finale luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, the chamber was pleased to present Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell as its keynote speaker. In addition to O’Connell’s focus on numerous consumer protection services and the Veteran Recognition Program in conjunction with the Nassau Council of Chambers, she revealed myriad little known services provided by the office of the county clerk.
In a jubilant celebration on June 22, the members of the Class of 2013 accepted their diplomas from board of education members accompanied by congratulatory cheers from parents, family, and friends at Garden City High School’s Commencement Ceremony. The beautiful summer day seemed as if in tribute to the senior class as they processed through American flag-lined aisles on Warren King Field to assemble, for the final time, as the high school’s 79th graduating class.
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