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County Executive Candidates To Appear

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Saturday, 21 September 2013 00:00

Mangano and Suozzi will speak on business issues

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will kick off its luncheon season the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be nominees for Nassau County Executive for election on Nov. 5. Incumbent, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano (R) will speak along with Tom Suozzi (D). This will not be a debate but rather an opportunity for each candidate to speak separately, expressing their respective views on the future of Nassau County and its impact upon the business community.


Devil Is In The Details

Written by Michael Scro, Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

Last Friday afternoon, the Garden City Village Hall boardroom was filled with concerned senior citizens attending a special work session regarding the proposed expansion of the senior recreation center on Golf Club Lane.

Presenting an updated preliminary design for the center, H. Bradford Gustavson of NYC based Gustavson Dundes Architecture & Design went through the plan that now offers 3,296 square feet to the existing building of 2,384 square feet. The initial plans proposed last October added 1,652 square feet. Among the building adjustments the architect referred to was the kitchen’s square footage going from 150 to 180 and the meeting room expanding from 1,963-square feet to 2,065.


Petra’s Promise: Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Purchase your tickets

now for October 5

Petra Dehler


Garden City mom Petra Dehler suffered a debilitating stroke last spring. While she is working hard on her recovery, friends and family have rallied together to raise funds to help defray the costs of her long-term care. In the true spirit of friends helping friends, a fundraiser will be held on Petra’s behalf on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at 58 Third St. in Garden City.

All are invited to attend this special event. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at Reserve your spot today.


Honoring The 9/11 Fallen

Written by Lauren del Valle, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:23

Residents and

firefighters turn out

in memory of

local victims

The Garden City Fire Department (GCFD) brought its village together Wednesday to commemorate the 12th anniversary of September 11 at the 9/11 Village Memorial.

The remembrance service was dedicated especially to the lives of the 23 Garden City residents that were lost as a result of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem, Father Anthony Cardone opened the ceremony with a prayer asking for God’s love and mercy to be placed on all those affected by Sept. 11, 2001.


Broadway Bound Dance Center Wins

Written by Garden City Life Staff Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:00

Beats nationwide

competitors to win

Stage Door Cup

For the second year in a row, Broadway Bound Dance Center (BBDC) of Garden City and Valley Stream has won the title of America’s Best Debut Dance Studio at the Access Broadway National Cup Series Championship in Hershey, PA. Directors Debbie Tavernese, Aileen Bjelland and Adam Bjelland were once again presented with the Stage Door Cup, which is on display at the studio until the start of the 2014 season, when it goes back on tour with Access Broadway. Broadway Bound’s Debut Division dancers range in age from 6 to 70 years. Seven different competition groups performed over twenty-five group numbers, including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, vocal and acting.


Chamber Hosts Day At The Races

Written by Garden City Life Staff Friday, 13 September 2013 00:00

Money raised will go to scholarship fund

This Saturday, Sept. 14, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation will hold its annual “Day at the Races” at Belmont Park.

At noon, race sponsors and guests will enjoy a buffet luncheon in the private Belmont Room. Post time is 1 p.m. with races continuing throughout the afternoon. Race sponsors will have their names on the program and there will be a televised trophy presentation, a crystal NYRA frame with commemorative photo and race name announced by the track announcer. Reservations are limited to the first 75 persons to respond. For last minute ticket purchases, at $75 per person, please call the chamber at 516-746-7724.


A Soundtrack Of Your Life

Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Shoob’s personalized songs help celebrate memories 

When Alexandra Stirakis was looking for a gift for her mother’s 75th birthday, she knew she wanted something different. A friend recommended Shoob studios, which writes customized songs for special occasions. 


“It was wonderful, everybody was floored. They thought it was very enjoyable,” Stirakis says. “My mother listens to it every day. It was definitely unusual and she thought the clarity and everything about the song was wonderful.” 


Hicksville native Raymond Luisi is the mastermind behind Shoob studios, which creates one-of-a-kind songs for anniversaries, school reunions, weddings, sweet 16s and other special occasions. A client provides Luisi details of the event or person (like names, dates, physical features) and then pick a genre, such as rock, acoustic, full band or ballad, and the studio then creates a personalized song. 


Stirring The Pot

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

How Run for Rob is raising brain cancer awareness

According to Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization that raises awareness and money to fight this disease, more than 200,000 people in the United States are annually diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor with the former comprising approximately 40,000 of these diagnoses. Roz Bernstein’s husband, Dr. Robert Bernstein, happened to be one of those numbers when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor blastoma back in January 2009. It wound up taking his life 17 months later, when he died in June 2010. By October 2011, his widow kicked off the first Run for Rob 5K Run/Walk in Eisenhower Park. And while the circumstances behind it was horrible, it was something his surviving spouse felt she had to do.


How Safe Is Gluten-Free Dining?

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

Jonathan’s serves up food

with an eye on safety

Taking gluten-free dining to the next level, Jonathan’s Restaurant of Garden City Park has just launched an extensive gluten-free menu for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The restaurant has rolled out two options: gluten-free friendly and medical necessity menus.

Chef Alain Ribiere had taken notice over the years that diners were making more and more special dietary requests. This trend is indicative of the rise in allergies in the U.S where researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies including one in every 13 children under 18 years of age.


Local Lawyer Runs For Legislature

Written by Betsy Abraham, Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

Westbury’s Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first-time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.

Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.

“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.


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