Mother Nature may not have cooperated on June 7, but the Belmont Festival Committee would not be denied. Due to torrential downpours, the 16th annual event needed to be bumped three weeks after the actual Belmont Stakes was run. As has been the case in past years, there was plenty of family fun available in the shape of entertainment, live music and lots of activities to do for kids of all ages.
Last month, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce welcomed the iconic 152-year old H. L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers to their new home at 840 Franklin Ave., across the street from their former landmark home which they had occupied since l968. The interior of the new shop (next to CVS Pharmacy) is spacious and there is plenty of parking in the rear of the store. H.L. Gross & Bro.—a true family business—has been a member of the chamber since 1968 when they moved to Garden City from Hempstead. Howard Gross served as president of the chamber from l974-75. Son Michael is the current proprietor and has been honored as “Business Person of the Year” by the chamber and by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce in 2000. Gross’ grandson Brad, a GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS-certified Gemologist-oversees the diamond business with sales manager Christina Dellaaccio.
The Stewart Manor Fire Department (SMFD) continues to outdo itself year after year. The 15th annual Fourth of July parade boasted nearly two dozen volunteer fire departments, thousands of water balloons and countless spectators eager to engage in a no-holds-barred water fight along the tree-lined streets of Stewart Manor.
Participating fire departments hailed from as far west as Broad Channel and as far east as Syosset, with many in between, including Bellerose Terrace, Bellerose Village, Elmont, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Franklin Square & Munson, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Malverne, Manhasset-Lakeville, Mineola, New Hyde Park, North Bellmore, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Uniondale, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Williston Park.
For almost three decades, Al Vanasco has been the president of the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA). The mayor of Garden City recognized these 30 years of hard work, along with Vanasco’s fellow long time GCAA member, Lee Cook, at a board meeting last month.
One of the main programs Vanasco and Cook helped put together was the Challenger League, 25 years ago. The program within the organization provides athletic opportunities to children ages 6-21 with mental and physical handicaps.
House # 15 has been identified as 112 Arthur St. by Christopher Aries.
Aries said, “It was the doghouses and windows that gave it away for me as they are just so distinctive.”
The Arthur Street house was purchased in 2007 by “Consider it DONE” (home repair and home detailing/cleaning company) owner, Emily Arnone and Christopher Cottrell, a Credit Suisse investment banker. They have two children, Harry (8) and Kay (5). They moved from Park Slope, Brooklyn.
At the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s season finale luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, the chamber was pleased to present Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell as its keynote speaker. In addition to O’Connell’s focus on numerous consumer protection services and the Veteran Recognition Program in conjunction with the Nassau Council of Chambers, she revealed myriad little known services provided by the office of the county clerk.
In a jubilant celebration on June 22, the members of the Class of 2013 accepted their diplomas from board of education members accompanied by congratulatory cheers from parents, family, and friends at Garden City High School’s Commencement Ceremony. The beautiful summer day seemed as if in tribute to the senior class as they processed through American flag-lined aisles on Warren King Field to assemble, for the final time, as the high school’s 79th graduating class.
Preliminary results of the village’s recent Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment indicate that a centralized community center was cited as a top need by 50 percent of respondents.
Dr. Ananda Mitra, president of Management Learning Laboratories, reviewed initial results last Wednesday at a meeting open to all residents.
On May 25, Evangelynne, Dakota, and Jessica, members of Girl Scout Troop #1127 at Stewart Manor Elementary School, helped the veterans of American Legion Post #1033 decorate graves of the veterans who are buried at Long Island National Cemetery in East Farmingdale, in honor of Memorial Day.
Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Stewart Manor Elementary School were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the students romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Blue won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for the other teams. “Field Day is awesome,” said second-grader Gianna Giovinazzo. “There is a lot of working together and that is why we won; I like doing all the stuff.”
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