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.
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.
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.”
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.
Submitted by Garden City Public School District
The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
We begin this feature below:
What is the Common Core?
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Armed with a truckload of poinsettias, the Garden City Boys’ Lacrosse team brought Christmas to Long Beach last year. Superstorm Sandy brought about a time during which the sport became secondary to helping the neighboring towns that were affected so catastrophically.
The team will be honored at the Long Beach Christmas Angel Annual Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 6 for the support it brought post-Sandy Long Beach.
For the Alford family, Thanksgiving is not the stereotypical Norman Rockwell painting of the holiday. Rather, it is a day of service during which they compile and distribute more than 400 Thanksgiving meals for senior citizens and families in need in 36 different towns on Long Island.
Melinda and John Alford spend the month of November organizing volunteers and donations out of their home in preparation for Thanksgiving Day.
As the weather turns colder, Garden City residents are reminded that the holiday season will soon be upon us—and with it the excitement of the annual Winthrop-University Hospital Yuletide Ball. Each year in December, residents gather for an elegant evening of fine dining, live music, dancing and philanthropy, all for the great cause of supporting the Child Life Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop. This year’s ball will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the beautiful home of Ali and Rich Volpe, who have graciously volunteered to host.
Thanks to the efforts of faithful supporters from the community, Winthrop’s Yuletide Ball has raised more than $2 million in support of the Child Life Program, which is dedicated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. Certified Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, arts and crafts, entertainment and other diversions to ensure that the hospital experience is as stress-free as possible for children and their families.
Armed with two undergraduate and three graduate degrees combined with her dedication to science, religion and the arts, Elizabeth Bailey’s credentials certainly aren’t for the birds. Yet Garden City’s feathered friends have her to thank for her tireless commitment to the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS). She currently serves as vice president of the organization and she has been the driving force behind many educational and environmental programs.
For her generous efforts, Bailey has just been awarded The Town of Hempstead’s 2013 “Make A Difference Award.” Nominated by the GCBS Director Rob Alvey, founder and director of the GCBS, heralded Bailey as one of the most active and dedicated volunteers and directors of the nonprofit.
In a surprising announcement made at a public work session on Nov. 19, Stewart Manor Deputy Mayor James Lynch announced his resignation from the village board of trustees, effective immediately.
Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi has announced that Trustee Michael Onorato will replace Lynch as deputy mayor; village resident Orlando Sa has been appointed to serve out Lynch’s remaining term as trustee on the board.
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