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Save The Date For Petra’s Promise

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Oktoberfest-themed fundraiser slated for stroke-stricken mom

Friends of Petra Dehler, a Garden City mother of two teenage sons who suffered a severe stroke in April, have teamed up to create a fundraising effort named in her honor—Petra’s Promise.

Petra’s Promise was founded to raise funds to help defray the cost of Petra’s longterm medical care and rehabilitation. Though she has made tremendous progress, Petra will require extensive medical care. Physically she has grown stronger but she still suffers from right side paralysis and weakness. Her condition will require a trained aid for assistance. Petra is also suffering from the effects of aphasia. Aphasia, a common aftereffect of a stroke, is a communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to use and comprehend language. Speech therapy is the most common form of treatment.


Senior Recreation Center Update

Written by The Public Information Committee of the Garden City Board of Trustees, Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:33

Village officials release public statement regarding hot button issue

Improvements to the village facilities provided for our senior residents has been a topic of concern at recent  trustee meetings, in letters to the press and in emails. On behalf of the mayor and the entire board of trustees, we note the following points. By this release, the Public Information Committee desires to provide a brief summary of some salient points, and does not intend this release to cover all points of view or all the details related to the issue. First, a brief review of prior actions:


A Sort Of Homecoming

Written by Suzie Alvey, Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Facebook page impetus for Class of 1973 reunion

This should be entitled “A Story of How the Queen and Her Minions Threw a Large Party for Their Subjects.” Queen? Minions?

“Queen” Karen Squillante isn’t an event planner or a real queen. She’s a jewelry designer for Twisted K. Her “minion,” Larry Nedelka, isn’t in the field either; he’s with the Nassau County Board of Elections and the Garden City Fire Department. But between Squillante and Nedelka and the committee of other minions, they organized a great party for about 150 classmates and their spouses from Garden City High School, Class of 1973.


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.


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