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Winthrop Donation

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00

For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.

Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.


School District 'Question Of The Week'

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Submitted by Garden City Public School District

The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature.  The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at, under “Common Core FAQs.”

We begin this feature below:

What is the Common Core?

The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.


Xmas Time For Sandy Victims

Written by Lauren Del Valle, Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:42

Local lax team help out Long Beach rivals

Armed with a truckload of poinsettias, the Garden City Boys’ Lacrosse team brought Christmas to Long Beach last year. Superstorm Sandy brought about a time during which the sport became secondary to helping the neighboring towns that were affected so catastrophically.

The team will be honored at the Long Beach Christmas Angel Annual Holiday Fundraiser on Dec. 6 for the support it brought post-Sandy Long Beach.


Meals On Wheels

Written by Lauren del Valle, Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00

Alfords continue

annual tradition of

feeding less fortunate

For the Alford family, Thanksgiving is not the stereotypical Norman Rockwell painting of the holiday. Rather, it is a day of service during which they compile and distribute more than 400 Thanksgiving meals for senior citizens and families in need in 36 different towns on Long Island.

Melinda and John Alford spend the month of November organizing volunteers and donations out of their home in preparation for Thanksgiving Day.


Yuletide Ball

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

As the weather turns colder, Garden City residents are reminded that the holiday season will soon be upon us—and with it the excitement of the annual Winthrop-University Hospital Yuletide Ball. Each year in December, residents gather for an elegant evening of fine dining, live music, dancing and philanthropy, all for the great cause of supporting the Child Life Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop. This year’s ball will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. at the beautiful home of Ali and Rich Volpe, who have graciously volunteered to host.

Thanks to the efforts of faithful supporters from the community, Winthrop’s Yuletide Ball has raised more than $2 million in support of the Child Life Program, which is dedicated to helping children understand and cope with the hospital experience. Certified Child Life Specialists utilize therapeutic play, arts and crafts, entertainment and other diversions to ensure that the hospital experience is as stress-free as possible for children and their families.


Munificent Musician Gives Back

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Elizabeth Bailey receives Make A Difference Award

Armed with two undergraduate and three graduate degrees combined with her dedication to science, religion and the arts, Elizabeth Bailey’s credentials certainly aren’t for the birds. Yet Garden City’s feathered friends have her to thank for her tireless commitment to the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS). She currently serves as vice president of the organization and she has been the driving force behind many educational and environmental programs.

For her generous efforts, Bailey has just been awarded The Town of Hempstead’s 2013 “Make A Difference Award.” Nominated by the GCBS Director Rob Alvey, founder and director of the GCBS, heralded Bailey as one of the most active and dedicated volunteers and directors of the nonprofit.


Stepping Down And Out

Written by Chris Boyle, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:27

Stewart Manor Trustee James Lynch resigns

In a surprising announcement made at a public work session on Nov. 19, Stewart Manor Deputy Mayor James Lynch announced his resignation from the village board of trustees, effective immediately.

Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi has announced that Trustee Michael Onorato will replace Lynch as deputy mayor; village resident Orlando Sa has been appointed to serve out Lynch’s remaining term as trustee on the board.


Brief But Meaningful

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Saturday, 23 November 2013 00:00

Annual ceremony honors

veterans of every stripe

The day may have been overcast and the mood weighted with solemnity, but the Village of Garden City’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony once again wound up being the kind of sublime event that managed to evoke equal bits of pride in those who’ve served and sadness over those who may have never returned from their military stint. No matter the war, all veterans were honored and whether it was the playing of “Taps,” Post Chaplain Felix Iannacone’s heartfelt prayer or the speeches given by Commander Joseph P. Frey, Mayor John Watras or American Legion Auxiliary president Joan Nedelka,this brief ceremony was the epitome of class and the very least that could have been done for those who have sacrificed so much. It reminds you that despite the fact that fewer people are serving nowadays versus when there was a draft, every day should be Veteran’s Day.


Showcasing At The Salmagundi

Written by Hyram Landers, Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00

American Artists

Professional League

recognizes Forziat

The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) has selected “Admiring A Florentine Street Performer,” an oil painting by Garden City fine artist Lillian Forziat to be included in its 85th Annual Grand National Exhibition. Usually this event takes place in the prestigious galleries of the Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, but the club has been undergoing significant renovations, so this year’s exhibition is being held online through Dec. 30 and may be viewed at


20 Years Of Fun

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

In the 20 years since the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) first opened its doors, it has grown from a small demonstration site housed in donated space to a large, nationally-recognized museum anchoring Nassau County’s Museum Row. In two decades, nearly 3.5 million visitors have explored, built, created, performed, and learned in the museum’s 14 indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries and year-round theater. On Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, LICM will throw a weekend-long birthday party to celebrate this milestone featuring popular performers, themed crafts, face painting and of course, birthday cake.

Do you know why children wear crowns on their birthday?  What do you do if evil spirits are looking for an invitation to your party? What cultures give a key as a prized birthday present?  Visitors will learn the answer to these questions as they learn about birthday traditions around the world throughout the weekend.  Activities and performances will look at customs that have originated from Germany, Greece, Denmark, South Africa, and Ireland, among others.


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