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.
Preliminary results of the village’s recent Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment indicate that a centralized community center was cited as a top need by 50 percent of respondents.
Dr. Ananda Mitra, president of Management Learning Laboratories, reviewed initial results last Wednesday at a meeting open to all residents.
On May 25, Evangelynne, Dakota, and Jessica, members of Girl Scout Troop #1127 at Stewart Manor Elementary School, helped the veterans of American Legion Post #1033 decorate graves of the veterans who are buried at Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, in honor of Memorial Day.
Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Stewart Manor Elementary School were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the students romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Blue won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for the other teams. “Field Day is awesome,” said second-grader Gianna Giovinazzo. “There is a lot of working together and that is why we won; I like doing all the stuff.”
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) established its high school scholarship program twelve years ago, granting its first scholarship in 2002. Over the years, the program has assisted deserving Western Section students, who’ve combined academic efforts with volunteer community service in high school, and will go on to continue their education. The WPOA awards two $500 scholarships annually, and congratulates its 2013 winners, Jessie Lyons and Matthew Trabold.
Jessie Lyons is the recipient of the WPOA scholarship in memory of Past Presidents John F. Traxler and Paul J. Muscarella. She will attend Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, pursuing a degree in music industry and technology with the goal of developing a career as a voiceover artist in television and movies.
When the United Nations was founded in 1948, one of its goals was to provide dialogue between countries. It was this piece of ideology that inspired Emily Shaubeck and Andrea Laisure of Garden City Girl Scout Troop 1128 to come up with a unique Silver Award project. The two eighth-graders used creativity and their passion for anthropology to create an education and letter-writing campaign suitably named, “Just Say Thanks” dedicated to the workers of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
By collecting two large boxes of 610 cards and letters written by children and adults, the team was able to hand the letters out at an all-staff meeting to UNICEF’s Manhattan headquarters’ president and CEO Caryl Stern last April. Stern and staff will be personally handing out the thank-yous at UNICEF field locations in various countries. The girls also spoke about their creation and were welcomed on a tour of the United Nations Headquarters.
Staffing decisions voted on unanimously on Monday, May 6 by the board of library trustees at a special meeting were rescinded by the library board at the regular monthly meeting on June 10. At the May 6 meeting, the library board voted to abolish one fulltime (35 hours/week) typist clerk position, one fulltime (40 hours/week) maintainer position and three part-time typist clerk positions. The library board was informed on May 31 that civil service would not approve some of the above changes. Additionally, contrary to their prior understanding, the library board was informed by the village counsel that part-time employees were not required to be laid off before laying off full-time employees. As a result, the personnel decisions were rescinded at the Monday, June 10 library board’s regular meeting.
There’s no denying that the teen years can be angst-ridden. A mainstay in literature, movies and, of course, music—every generation has an endless supply of “coming of age” tunes about being misunderstood.
Music can be a great equalizer and a way to express bottled emotion. Maria Sarro, founder of Beyond Rock, recalls her own childhood as being riddled with fears and insecurities. As an adult she explored outlets that challenged her to step out of her comfort zone. She thought, “If I’d had experiences like this as a kid, it would have changed everything.”
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer became pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury, 12 years ago, it was quite a change.
“I had served at a parish out in Hauppauge, St. Thomas More,” a fairly homogeneous parish, said Msgr. Sommer, known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.” In Westbury, he found great diversity.
“We have 11 Masses in four languages — Spanish, Creole, Italian, and English,” Father Sommer said. In addition, there are parishioners of African-American, Philippine, Indian, and other Asian birth or ancestry.
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