The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that the 23rd Annual Community Service Award will be presented to H. Arthur Anderson III, at its awards dinner on June 13 at the Garden City Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Community Service Award was established in 1991 to honor Maurice Kirby, who had served as an active Rotarian since 1980. In addition to being a fine Rotarian, Maurice was a dedicated village trustee and an active volunteer in various other community organizations. Peter Gall, Garden City mayor from 1987-89, was the first recipient. This prestigious award that recognizes the spirit of volunteerism, alternates each year between Mineola and Garden City.
The many organizations, in which Anderson so generously serves, recognize him as a consummate volunteer. A life-long village resident, Anderson has served the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, as past president, and continues in an active role. Also a friend of Rotary, he has promoted the idea that both Kiwanis and Rotary should support each other’s activities and efforts toward their various service projects. As a result, he volunteers for the RotaCare project.
This year’s award recipient is also past president emeritus of the Garden City Republican Club. He has served the parish of St. Joseph’s RC Church, Garden City in many capacities, including co-chair of the semi-annual blood drive, minister extraordinaire, lector and substitute usher. He volunteers for St. Joseph’s Human Services, as well.
On Monday, May 20, New Ground held its 18th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at Garden City’s Cherry Valley Club. New Ground proudly honored Thomas M. Buonaiuto, who serves as president, chief operating officer and director of Empire National Bank. Buonaiuto is a firm believer in giving back to the Long Island community. All those in attendance enjoyed a beautiful spring day, brunch, golf, competition on the course, cocktail hour, Chinese auction and dinner. Participation helped to raise much-needed funds. Proceeds from this event will benefit homeless families and veterans in New Ground’s long-term housing program.
New Ground, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency committed to educating and empowering families and individuals caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. Founded in 1991, New Ground recognizes that the key to solving homelessness is not only to help the families who are already homeless, but to prevent more becoming so. The organization identifies and responds to families at risk through intensive case management programs that provide educational, technical, and emotional support.
To learn about New Ground, please visit www.newground.org or call 516-564-4764 ext. 141.
When you first meet Maurice “Bugs” Bower, it’s easy to be struck by the fact that this 90-something gentleman easily looks 20 years younger than his actual age. But it’s when he goes into high gear (which is seemingly most of the time), that the veteran producer/arranger starts to pull you in. But then again, who wouldn’t be drawn in once names like Dizzy Gillespie, The Beatles, Joe Pesci, Liza Minnelli and Richard Burton come up. The beauty of it all is that these anecdotes and more can be found in Bower’s self-published autobiography, Nice Stories About Nice People.
Among the nice people mentioned in Bower’s memoirs are Merv Griffin (“He had perfect pitch and total recall”), Steve Allen (“He couldn’t read music, but he could sit at the piano and play any piece of music he heard”) and Perry Como (“the most wholesome family man God ever made”). Very much written in a manner reflecting the legendary arranger/producer’s rat-a-tat delivery, Nice Stories is the kind of quasi-autobiography sure to not only resonate with an older generation of pop fan, but aficionados enamored by the music industry and its lengthy history. And while parties interested in purchasing it can reach out to Bower directly, the capricious nonagenarian is actively seeking a means of distribution that’ll get it on Amazon and in brick-and-mortar outlets.
School Budget Passes:
BOE Trustee Election:
Barbara Trapasso – 1,252
Laura Hastings – 1,268
This year’s vote for the 2013-14 school budget wound up being a far more subdued affair than last year’s vote, which had the pall of the first year's instituting of the New York State Property Tax Cap hanging over it. Residents approved passage of this year’s proposed $107,602, 366 budget by a margin of 1,436 (65.4 percent) in favor versus 760 against. This year’s expenses are $3,386,838 (3.25 percent) higher than what was passed for 2012-13.
A number of factors contributed to this up tick in the budget. Mandated pension contributions represented a major expense, as did debt service, which came to a total of $6,578,879, an increase of $605,029 over last year. This represents the combined monies owed for three bonds: the 2009 School Investment Bond, the 2005 middle school athletic field bond and the 1999 bond for district-wide building improvements. It also includes the district’s Energy Performance Contract (EPC).
Charlene Schwartz Kalin’s house looks like any other suburban home on the surface with a well-kept lawn, a glass front door and dogs that bark when someone rings the doorbell. However, while sitting on her white living room couch surrounded by boxes full of paintings and picture frames, it’s clear that the room is also somewhat of an art studio.
In one of these cases is a pile of vibrant watercolor paintings that are waiting to be displayed at the Garden City Public Library starting on June 3 and will remain there until June 28. It will be Schwartz Kalin’s first solo exhibit.
On May 8, more than 500 fashionably dressed women converged on the Garden City Hotel for the Sid Jacobson JCC’s tenth annual Friendship Circle Luncheon. Notable celebrities on hand were Good Day New York co-host Rosanna Scotto, who was also the event’s MC, and singer/actress Megan Hilty from the Broadway play Wicked and NBC’s hit drama Smash, who entertained the ladies with her favorite songs from both shows.
The Friendship Circle Luncheon was started 10 years ago by Denise Silverberg, as a way to raise money for programs providing support for adults in their 30s, 40 s and 50s that are afflicted by Alzheimer’s. Silverberg’s mother has the disease, so she understands firsthand the role of a caregiver and the stresses involved in taking care of someone who has it.
Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia attended the HUB Stakeholders Meeting held by Nassau County’s consultants on the Transportation Project. He was joined by EPOA President Judy Courtney, Vice President Chris Mullaney, and Director Leo Stimmler, as well as William Bellmer, a member of the Garden City Planning Commission, Dorothy Episcopia, past EPOA president, and former mayor Robert Rothschild. Bob Schoelle and Brian Ridgeway attended the afternoon session. Garden City is a stakeholder because a large portion of the village lies within the defined HUB area.
As presented, the currently preferred alternative transportation plan appears reasonable and eliminates the construction of a light rail system that would run from the Mineola Station, south behind Arthur Street, and east along the spur adjacent to St. James Street South, as was initially proposed. Nonetheless, as we have consistently done over the years, we will continue to monitor plans for the transportation project and strongly express our opinion if we believe any aspect of this project would be detrimental to the quality of life in Garden City.
Stewart Manor Fire Department (SMFD) Captain George Somerset is the recent recipient of Nassau County’s Firematic Award. Citing his “extraordinary leadership skills,” Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Somerset at a ceremony, which included Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Scott D. Tusa, Fire Commissioner Rick Gardner, Comptroller George Maragos and members of the SMFD. JetBlue Vice President Richard Smyth was also on hand and awarded Somerset with one of 50 roundtrip airline tickets he doled out to thank first responders for their dedicated service following Hurricane Sandy.
“I can always count on him to be there,” said SMFD Chief Thomas Skinner, who nominated Somerset for the award. “Serving as lieutenant and captain, George has been a dedicated firefighter and training officer since he joined the department.”
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