Garden City will soon boast the first family-centric venue on Long Island to support children on the autism spectrum along with their families. Life’s WORC (Working Organization for Retarded Children), a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them foster independent lives, is slated to open The Family Center for Autism in early spring 2014.
The 9,500-square foot, three-story building at 1517 Franklin Avenue, adjacent to Life’s headquarters, has been developed to provide a lifeline for the entire family. The center was developed based on feedback from more than 400 families with autism-spectrum children. The center will offer a full range of therapeutic, educational, social, recreational and vocational programming along with respite and activities for parents and siblings.
New legislation requires Garden City homeowners receiving Basic STAR tax exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Homeowners will not need to register to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions. This is a one-time registration process designed to protect New York property owners from the costs of inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions that cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimates the cost could increase taxes by $73 million in the next three years without implementation of the new registration process.
Between Sept. 16 and Oct. 4, a letter from the tax department is being mailed to each homeowner with 2013-14 Basic STAR exemptions. The letter contains a unique code homeowners can use to register. The code also can be accessed online through the STAR Registration website or by calling the tax department.
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.
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.
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 www.petraspromise.com. Reserve your spot today.
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.
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.
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.
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