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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deed before creed. It’s an interesting concept based on the idea that a person’s actions are more important than his or her belief system. It’s a central tenet for The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHSLI), which recently hosted an open house on Sunday, Aug. 25.
The afternoon began with Humanist Religious Director Calvin Dame welcoming members and guests to share their personal milestones, joys, and even recent sorrows. A heartwarming musical performance given by Kelly Tanza, a supporter and soon to be member of EHSLI followed.
Local municipalities are among the areas hardest hit by the economic recession, and a handful have gone so far as to declare bankruptcy -- although none yet in New York State.
At the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Building in Mineola on Tuesday, Aug. 27, Senator Jack Martins and State Senator Carl Marcellino held a public hearing entitled, “Fiscally Distressed Municipalities: Preparing for and Preventing Municipal Bankruptcy in New York.”
On Saturday, Oct. 19, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Garden City residents John F. Aloia, MD, chief academic officer at Winthrop-University Hospital, and Veronica B. Renken, board of directors member and president of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Auxiliary , will each receive the Streaming Star Award in recognition of their years of loyal service to Winthrop-University Hospital and its patients. President John F. Collins, CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, ws pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s Annual Gala, “A Night in the Caribbean.”
“Dr. Aloia and Mrs. Renken are prime examples of individuals who continuously give of themselves for the good of others. Their service to the Winthrop community is truly admirable and for this reason, we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” Collins said.
TCBY on Covert Avenue in Stewart Manor is officially open for business. The frozen yogurt store had a soft opening last month but celebrated its grand opening with much fanfare on Saturday, Aug. 17. For 20 lucky customers, the party will continue for an entire year.
“Giving free yogurt [for a year] to the first 20 people draws in a lot of people and creates a lot of excitement for the product,” said Carlos Jorge, who owns the store with his wife Helene. People were so excited to win free yogurt for a year, they started to line up in front of the store before 1 a.m. for an 11 a.m. opening. By dawn, stadium chairs, blankets, and tweens and teens clad in pajamas dotted the sidewalk in front of TCBY and neighboring storefronts along Covert Avenue.
Edward John Palkot recently became a member of an elite club: the centenarians. The Garden City resident celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 20, joining a limited number of folks worldwide who have walked the earth for a century or more. But if you ask Palkot, being a member of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club holds more weight.
“This would not have been possible if I didn’t have friends, and I am most thankful for the friendship all of you have given me over the years,” he said at a celebration sponsored by the Retired Men’s Club on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at West Hempstead’s Pompei Ristorante. “You’ve made life easier. There were times when things were difficult but we always managed to get a good cribbage hand and take care of that,” he quipped. “All of you deserve a hand of applause. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done.”
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