Perhaps no one symbol of the generous spirit of the season is more iconic than the bell ringers of the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” brigades. These hardy fundraisers brave winter’s chill outside grocery stores and shops, a reminder to holiday shoppers that charity may begin at home, but it doesn’t end there.
In Garden City, the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club, along with student volunteers from the Rotaract and Key clubs at Garden City High School, are taking the lead in supplying Red Kettle volunteers.
The 15-member Garden City East Nominating Committee has unanimously nominated Nick Episcopia, current deputy mayor from the East, to the village’s board of trustees for a new two-year term. Episcopia, who was first elected a trustee from the East in 2005, expressed his interest in continuing to serve the village and the committee agreed that he has done an outstanding job representing not only the interests of the East but all of the entire Village of Garden City. He currently serves as liaison to the recreation commission, chairman of the public information committee and chairman of Mayor Watras’ Committee on St. Paul’s. He served two terms as liaison to the library board of trustees, chaired the vacancies committee and the traffic commission (where he is currently a member), is a past commissioner of buildings, and served as liaison to the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.
Katja Nauer, a freelance journalist for Neue Presse, (the daily New Press newspaper) in Germany, contacted the village historian to ask the question, “How is Christmas celebrated in Garden City?” She lives in Coburg, Germany, which is Garden City’s “sister city.”
Picturesque Coburg is located in northern Bavaria, north of Munich and east of Frankfurt, along the Itz River.
Thanks to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, many needy children will celebrate the holiday season. The program matches up children with donors who purchase gifts and clothing. Children’s requests are detailed on paper angels typically hung on Christmas trees. This year, 65 employees from The Treiber Group, a Garden City insurance agency, chose to participate in the program.
“It’s turned into a yearly tradition here at work and for my family,” said Teresa Garzia, an account executive at The Treiber Group. “I always choose a boy and a girl. When I started my children were 7 and 3 and now 16 years later we are still at it. Through the years we shopped together and it was an opportunity for me to teach them to be mindful of those less fortunate. I typically purchase a coat, hat, gloves, an outfit and of course a toy.”
Members of the community gathered together to celebrate the Christmas tree lighting celebration held by the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA).
Guests were put into the holiday spirit with singing, dancing, and hot beverages. The tree lighting took place at the park between Plattsdale Road and the New Hyde Park Road Shopping District on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
Last month, the North Shore Family & Child Guidance Center hosted the 60th Anniversary Diamond & Dancing Gala at The Garden City Hotel. More than 350 guests enjoyed a spectacular celebration that raised $445,000 for the organization.
For the fifth consecutive year through the Holiday Angels outreach program, Adelphi University’s Circle K will make Christmas a reality for a family who would otherwise go without. The group has gone on three outings thus far during which they went house-by-house, caroling for donations.
For each caroling outing, a group of six or seven volunteers take time out of studying for finals to sing to residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Adelphi’s campus.
Despite the winter chill and snow flurries, Garden City residents assembled at the village green to enjoy holiday festivities and a yearly tradition many look forward to. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce hosted the 59th annual tree lighting ceremony Sunday. The afternoon began at 3:30 p.m. with an enthusiastic performance by FiveStone, a contemporary rock band that’s played prior Garden City events like the Belmont Festival but this performance was its debut at the Garden City Christmas tree lighting.
Garden City resident Juana Quijano is among three Nassau Community College students to receive scholarships from Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. The law firm has awarded scholarships to Quijano and two other Long Island veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now enrolled at Nassau Community College. “It is incumbent upon the Long Island business community to assist our veterans as they transition into civilian life,” said Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C. Managing Attorney Lois Carter Schlissel. “It is essential that we help them complete their education by providing tuition assistance so that they can compete for jobs in this very difficult economic climate.”
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.
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