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Getting A Gold Star

Written by Michael Scro, Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:34

School district fiscals

receives zero stress rating

The Garden School District recently received a “zero stress” rating by the Office of the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in a fiscal stress test.

Announced at a Garden City Board of Education meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana DiCapua described the rating as “strictly a snapshot based on a series of calculations having to do with where the district is financially.”


Mid-Winter Hope Springs Anew

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:32

Environmental center celebrates Sixth Annual Winterfest

The setting may been cold and dreary around dusk on a recent Saturday, but the spirit was light and optimistic during the Garden City Bird Sanctuary’s (GCBS) Sixth Annual Winterfest. As around 10 volunteers milled around, stamping their feet to ward of the cold, the GCBS founder and current director Rob Alvey and President John Cronin distributed green candles and plastic cup holders for use in the day’s ceremony.

The assembled gathered in front of a fir dedicated to the memory of Curt Hoera at the beginning of the this half hour event that started with Cronin explaining the genesis of Winterfest.


Colorful Startup Seeks To Grow

Written by Domenica Farishian, Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.

It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.”


Healthcare Hero D’Aversa

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00

Garden City resident and Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) partner Dr. Gerard D’Aversa received a Physician Hero Award from Long Island Business News at their recent Healthcare Heroes Awards Breakfast. The Healthcare Hero Awards are given to health care professionals who are successful in their field; have earned the respect of both patients and peers; and whose extraordinary efforts have brought about achievements big and small. Specifically, Dr. D’Aversa was nominated for two international medical mission trips he participated in: the first to West Africa in 2011 and the second to Grenada last January.


McCarthy: ‘It’s Time For A Change’

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:01

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 that she would not seek re-election this year. The former nurse has been battling lung cancer since last year.

“It just hits you,” she said. “There’s an expression called 'chemo-brain,' which makes you kind of forgetful and tired. I said jokingly ‘That’s great. I can see myself sitting next to my chairman and fall asleep by accident.'”


What The Future Holds

Written by Rick Karas, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Tech task force committee presents findings  

Garden City schools, like countless others, have been on the information superhighway for quite some time. Now the question becomes, how best to travel that highway in the years to come?

Last spring, the board of education asked for volunteers to form a technology task force committee to ‘identify trends in technology and determine their potential impact’ on schools. A few dozen faculty, students, and community members banded together, and the committee presented their report to the board at a public work session that was held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the middle school.


Old Traditions For A New Year

Written by Denise Trezza, Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Families ring in 2014 at Children’s Museum

Many families in our area chose to take advantage of the holiday break from school and work commitments to enjoy one another. On New Year’s Eve, some families honored old traditions, others dreamed up new ones and everyone created lasting memories.

Those who ventured out for a mid-day celebration and countdown at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City, experienced a space-theme gala featuring a Martian hitching a ride on the countdown ball, which fell at 4 p.m.


New Ground Celebration

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

New Ground recently held its 13th Annual Groundbreakers’ Celebration at the Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park and was proud to honor the late Christopher Waldorf and Habitat for Humanity Nassau County. All those in attendance enjoyed a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing, and silent and premiere auctions. Proceeds from the event will support the many critical services and educational programs designed to help New Ground’s homeless families and veterans become self-supporting and independent.


Hempstead Officials Sworn In

Written by Daniel Offner, Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

After a rigorous election season, America’s largest township honored its 10-year veteran town supervisor, three recently re-elected town councilmen and a newly minted town clerk with an induction ceremony on Jan. 2, 2014.

Inside the pavilion at Hempstead Town Hall, re-elected Town Supervisor Kate Murray, a Levittown resident, was joined by her nieces and nephews as she took her oath for another term.


Mangano’s Second Term Begins

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:18

County Executive

thanks ‘Team Nassau’

and pledges more

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.


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