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My History Home #2 - 153 Whitehall Blvd.

Written by Suzie Alvey, Village Historian, Saturday, 03 August 2013 00:00

Second in a series about

residents’ homes built before 1930

Robert and Maria just moved from Brooklyn with their baby daughter to 153 Whitehall Blvd. They asked the author if she could find out about their new digs via “My History Home.”

The four-bedroom traditional center hall colonial is approximately 3,300 square feet and sits on one third of an acre. It was built in 1928. It is unusual in that it has two family rooms with extensions built on over the years.


Strolling Down Seventh Street

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Friday night promenade success is promising

The jury is still out on whether weekly Friday night promenades will take off on Seventh Street but in spite of what seemed like an interminable heat wave,visitors trickled to town last Friday to check out the festivities. Crowds were sparse earlier in the evening and grew as the sun set. Families with children in tow and couples out for dinner generally embraced the promenade idea.

To the tunes of live music, most parties were either heading to dinner or making a beeline to TCBY Yogurt for a frosty treat.


Senior Center Debate Continues

Written by Rick Karas, Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Garden City seniors often flock to the Senior Center on Golf Club Lane to beat the heat. On Thursday, they found another way to escape the sweltering temperatures - at Village Hall.

The board of trustees held their monthly meeting there, and the public participation portion featured many seniors voicing their opinion on the center’s future.

Many were under the impression that a renovation would be underway by now, but the board is continuing to investigate all their options. This includes renovation, but also a possible move to the Garden City Casino on Cathedral Lane.


Tin Can Rising

Written by Stephen Levine, Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

For Garden City native John Warren, the dream is to be on tour all the time doing what he loves. The vocalist and guitarist of Tin Can Collective is moving one step closer to his dream when he and his band members will open for Matt Pond at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville on Aug. 9.

Joining 23-year-old vocalist/guitarist John Warren in this coed quartet is his 27-year-old sibling Jessica Warren (vocals, guitar); 23-year-old bassist Kenny Russo and 25-year-old drummer Katelyn Triolo.


Making The Director’s Cut

Written by Stephen Levine, Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00

Adelphi student film

accepted into film festival

Paul Heilman is your average 26-year-old beeper salesman living a boring life until he meets Bobs, a spirited homeless man who befriends Paul and his perspective on life.

This plot line is at the heart of A Man Named Bob, one of the films recently accepted into the Long Island International Film Expo and was written, directed and shot by recent Adelphi University graduate Justin Magaldi.


A Tale Of Two Midsummer Classics

Written by Ed Rotondo, Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

The Midsummer Classic, Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game, took place on Tuesday night, July 16 at CitiField, giving the New York Metropolitans a second chance at hosting the event watched around the world. The first Classic hosted by the Mets was played in their initial season at Shea Stadium, 1964, the year that also saw the World’s Fair come to Queens, as well as the arrival of the Beatles at Shea Stadium.

That year was also the year that I personally began playing organized baseball for the very first time at the ripe old age of eight.  I know that we now get our children involved in organized sports as soon as they can walk, but back then, (boy I sound like my father), if you were lucky you could find a team to play for at eight or nine. So with baseball as my passion and living in Queens at the time, rooting for the Mets was very natural for me – except that my father was a big time Yankee fan and for some reason my older brother was a Chicago White Sox fan.


Girl Scout Goes For The Gold

Written by Marilou Giammona, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:01

Teen teaches technology to seniors

Stewart Manor resident Megan Velsor has set out to bring computer basics to local senior citizens in an effort to earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. A 12-year Girl Scout veteran, Velsor will provide step-by-step instruction for multiple devices, including personal computers, laptops, iPads, smart phones and cell phones. What makes her course unique is that no prior knowledge is necessary.

“This was extremely helpful, and I’m not too familiar with [computers],” said Floral Park resident Maria [last name withheld], who attended the course on Friday, July 12. Maria was pleased that the course provided the “real basics,” including how to turn devices on and off. During the two-hour session, she established an e-mail account and sent a message to her daughter.


Rocking You Like A Hurricane

Written by Stephen Levine, Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

Wings franchise opens

third Long Island

location in

Garden City

Wings are the thing at Hurricane Grill and Wings. The family-friendly franchise recently opened its third Nassau County restaurant in Garden City on Stewart Avenue. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring an appearance by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was held that included daylong festivities.

The spot for the location has been discussed since last October 2012, according to one of the four owners and managing partner Bob Engel, who also owns the restaurant’s Syosset location.


My History Home #1

Written by Village Historian Suzie Alvey, Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

A new series from the

creator of House Detectives

I am writing a new interactive series entitled “My History Home,” since my original series, “House Detectives” has been popular with readers. Both series will run as information is collected.

The impetus for my personal interest in history stems from my grandfather, Perry Valentine Los Kamp (b. 1903- d. 1978), who owned an 1875 A. T. Stewart home at 116 Tenth St. when I was a young child. The house was huge, especially from my young point of view with grand rooms, high ceilings, wonderful furnishings and a backyard that seemed to go on forever.


Band Of Baseball Brothers

Written by Ed Rotondo, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:32

U11 team repeats as

District 29 travel champs

The boys and coaches of the Garden City U11 District baseball team delivered another District 29 title last Monday night at the Floral Park Recreation Center proving that in a town where Spring sports is somewhat dominated by lacrosse, the National pastime is alive and well. Garden City took the championship home by virtue of a dominating 9-2 victory over Franklin Square.

The boys entered the double elimination tournament with a bit of a target on their backs as nine of the players on this squad were on last year’s U10 team that also brought Garden City a District 29 championship. Knowing that each of the teams in the tourney would be looking to take them down, the Garden City nine played solid baseball both offensively and defensively.


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