Local residents paid tribute to local armed forces personnel on Monday with a series of events on Veterans Day.
The first event was a pre-ceremony “Meet the Veterans” for children and their parents sponsored by the Garden City Association of Girl Scouts and founder Kathie Wysocki. The Garden City Hotel generously offered its nightclub, Posh, for the occasion. Sergeant Nick Mascitti, Colonel Henry Wysocki and Master Sergeant James DuPont spoke about their experiences in the armed forces.
Greta and Christopher Besendorfer and their two daughters have lived at 148 Brixton Rd. for 12 years and wanted to know more about their home. Greta grew up on Somerset Avenue and like her girls, went to Stratford School.
The approximately 2,600-square foot home is located between Stratford Avenue and Newmarket Road. The house has a large modern kitchen with a family room. The Besendorfers reversed the den and the dining room.
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty (DGSIR), one of the nation’s leading realtors, recently celebrated its agents (many of which were from the Garden City office), who qualified for its prestigious “Silver Circle of Achievement” recognition. The “Silver Circle” honors Daniel Gale Sotheby’s sales professionals for outstanding performance, and members are feted each year at a special event. This year, Silver Circle honorees representing Daniel Gale Sotheby’s offices across Long Island attended the smash Broadway musical, Kinky Boots and dined at the elegant Lamb’s Club, one of the theater district’s top establishments. The fun began as the entire group was transported to Manhattan together via luxury coach.
On Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, from 6-8 p.m., the Garden City Lord & Taylor will once again host the Garden City Chamber’s annual “Taste of Garden City” After Hours Networking Event — an early kick-off to the 2013 Holiday Season. For the seventh consecutive year, a plethora of member restaurants and eateries will be showcased while graciously providing samplings of their finest culinary specialties.
No need for dinner following this much-anticipated event in Lord and Taylor’s festively decorated, party-like atmosphere. Held in the renowned Sarabeth Restaurant at the north-east corner of the second level, there will be ample time for holiday shopping throughout the store, both during and following the event.
More than 350 friends and supporters of The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) gathered at the Garden City Hotel on Friday, Nov. 1 to raise money and awareness for the organization, which serves over 400,000 hungry and homeless Long Islanders every year. Co-chairs Kathie Eagan, Susan MacDonald and Lisa Arning, the latter two Garden City residents, helped raise $110,000 for the annual INN luncheon, breaking a record for the most money raised at this event in the last five years.
The Garden City Historical Society will be hosting “Opera Comes to The Garden City Historical Society,” performed by Opera Night, Long Island, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m., in the beautiful Victorian setting of the Historical Society Museum, 109 Eleventh St. in Garden City. Open seating begins at 2:30 p.m. Ticket donation is $25; light refreshments follow the performance.
The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club recently honored Harold Fernandez, MD, co-director of Stony Brook University Heart Institute, with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to immigrant patients through the RotaCare clinic.
Dr. Fernandez received the award on Oct. 18 at RotaCare’s 20th Anniversary Caregivers’ Ball at Carltun on the Park in East Meadow. He has served the patients of RotaCare for the past 11 years providing free surgery when needed.
On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., the Garden City Country Club will be the site of the Big Bang Ball, a soiree hosted by the Science Museum of Long Island (SMLI) where a quartet of honorees will be recognized for their work in community service and education. Dr. Gayle D. Insler (Adelphi), Dr. Rita Melikian (Garden City Public Schools), Frank Pelliccione (Flushing Bank) and Kenneth White (Brookhaven National Laboratory).
Dr. Gayle Insler will received the “Outstanding Leadership Award.” The Adelphi University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since 2008, she helped launch the new Center for Health Innovation. It has led the way in facilitating symposia, panels and discussions regarding the region’s major health care issues. In addition, Dr. Insler has served as secretary on the NUB Health Foundation Board, which is the philanthropic board of Nassau University Medical Center.
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Among them was R.N. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband Dennis was killed and son Kevin was severely injured. McCarthy and her gun control advocacy would eventually lead to her being elected to Congress. As for Ferguson, he was
convicted for his crimes, which sparked an aforementioned debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
Garden City’s Christ Church recently welcomed a variety of new additions to the choir at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony last month. Members of the church along with local residents of Long Island were encouraged to bring their beloved animal be they dog, cat, bird, a photo of a deceased pet, or stuffed animal to be formally blessed.
From bulldogs to pit bulls, chihuahuas and hermit crabs, the Episcopal Church was alive with excitement. Up to 30 residents from Garden City as well as neighboring New Hyde Park and other surrounding villages attended the mass with pets in tow, a reflection of the faith and passion for animals that can be found in the church community.
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