The Midsummer Classic, Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game, took place on Tuesday night, July 16 at CitiField, giving the New York Metropolitans a second chance at hosting the event watched around the world. The first Classic hosted by the Mets was played in their initial season at Shea Stadium, 1964, the year that also saw the World’s Fair come to Queens, as well as the arrival of the Beatles at Shea Stadium.
That year was also the year that I personally began playing organized baseball for the very first time at the ripe old age of eight. I know that we now get our children involved in organized sports as soon as they can walk, but back then, (boy I sound like my father), if you were lucky you could find a team to play for at eight or nine. So with baseball as my passion and living in Queens at the time, rooting for the Mets was very natural for me – except that my father was a big time Yankee fan and for some reason my older brother was a Chicago White Sox fan.
Stewart Manor resident Megan Velsor has set out to bring computer basics to local senior citizens in an effort to earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. A 12-year Girl Scout veteran, Velsor will provide step-by-step instruction for multiple devices, including personal computers, laptops, iPads, smart phones and cell phones. What makes her course unique is that no prior knowledge is necessary.
“This was extremely helpful, and I’m not too familiar with [computers],” said Floral Park resident Maria [last name withheld], who attended the course on Friday, July 12. Maria was pleased that the course provided the “real basics,” including how to turn devices on and off. During the two-hour session, she established an e-mail account and sent a message to her daughter.
Wings are the thing at Hurricane Grill and Wings. The family-friendly franchise recently opened its third Nassau County restaurant in Garden City on Stewart Avenue. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring an appearance by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was held that included daylong festivities.
The spot for the location has been discussed since last October 2012, according to one of the four owners and managing partner Bob Engel, who also owns the restaurant’s Syosset location.
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.
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