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Erin Go Home

Written by Stephen Levine, Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

The suburban home setting in Freeport seems a long way from the small farmlands of the Irish midlands. Although former Garden City Schools employee Tom Phelan now lives thousands of miles away from the country he was born and raised in, he is set to release his fifth novel depicting life in his old Irish homeland.

Phelan is set to read from his collection of works on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summer Gazebo Readings on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside. Though he has been writing for many years before his work was published, his first novel was released in April 1998 when a Dublin publisher accepted In the Season of the Daisies. A decade and a half later, the Freeport native is currently finishing up his fifth novel, Lies, which is set for release in 2014.


Taking In Trails Of Tranquility

Written by Katelyn Malloy, Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Twilight Tours led by founder Rob Alvey

Amid the Long Island suburban sprawl lie nine vast acres of peace you wouldn’t expect. Here at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS), nature enthusiasts and supporters recently came out for an inaugural Twilight Tour. Participants viewed portions of the reserve while enjoying refreshments and conversation around dusk.

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Alvey Arboretum is an open community nature preserve dedicated to establishing local green space for environmental stewardship through education and community service. It is also a certified non-profit organization supported by the hard-working volunteers and residents of Garden City.


'Johns': Dragnet Of Shame

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Handful of local residents caught up in DA’s sting

Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with mixed emotions to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including four from Garden City and one from Garden City South. The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs.

But for as shocking as these very public revelations may be, some Garden City residents seem nonplussed by the whole incident.


Cathedral School Celebrates Anniversary

Written by Christopher Gavin, Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:50

Nursery school highlights 45 Years in education

The children and staff at Cathedral Nursery School have a reason to smile and it’s not because of the warmer weather. The organization celebrated its 45-year anniversary on the week of May 27 with cake-cutting ceremonies and a visit from a magician, School Director Diane Cina said.

The Rockaway Avenue school, which currently has over 275 enrolled students and 30 teachers, was founded in 1968 by the Cathedral Women of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, according to Cina, who has been director for 12 years.


Ship Without A Rudder

Written by Stephen Levine, Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:49

Community college remains leaderless
as search for new president continues

The largest single-campus community college in the state of New York continues to go on without a permanent president as the school’s board of trustees held a special meeting addressing the issue on May 30 at 6 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Administration Tower.

The search began almost three weeks ago when now former head of the board of trustees, Geoffrey Prime resigned on May 11. Now acting president of the college Kenneth Saunders felt he was treated with hostility during his interview for the fulltime position and is not one of the finalists for the permanent position. The three finalists in the selection of the new president of Nassau Community College are president of Kennedy-King College, Joyce Ester, State Supreme Court Justice Anthony Marano and Dowling College Interim President Elana Zolfo.


Arthur Anderson To Receive Community Service Award

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that the 23rd Annual Community Service Award will be presented to H. Arthur Anderson III, at its awards dinner on June 13 at the Garden City Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Community Service Award was established in 1991 to honor Maurice Kirby, who had served as an active Rotarian since 1980. In addition to being a fine Rotarian, Maurice was a dedicated village trustee and an active volunteer in various other community organizations. Peter Gall, Garden City mayor from 1987-89, was the first recipient. This prestigious award that recognizes the spirit of volunteerism, alternates each year between Mineola and Garden City.

The many organizations, in which Anderson so generously serves, recognize him as a consummate volunteer.  A life-long village resident, Anderson has served the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, as past president, and continues in an active role. Also a friend of Rotary, he has promoted the idea that both Kiwanis and Rotary should support each other’s activities and efforts toward their various service projects. As a result, he volunteers for the RotaCare project.      

This year’s award recipient is also past president emeritus of the Garden City Republican Club. He has served the parish of St. Joseph’s RC Church, Garden City in many capacities, including co-chair of the semi-annual blood drive, minister extraordinaire, lector and substitute usher. He volunteers for St. Joseph’s Human Services, as well.


18th Annual New Ground Golf Outing And Dinner

Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

On Monday, May 20, New Ground held its 18th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at Garden City’s Cherry Valley Club. New Ground proudly honored Thomas M. Buonaiuto, who serves as president, chief operating officer and director of Empire National Bank. Buonaiuto is a firm believer in giving back to the Long Island community. All those in attendance enjoyed a beautiful spring day, brunch, golf, competition on the course, cocktail hour, Chinese auction and dinner. Participation helped to raise much-needed funds. Proceeds from this event will benefit homeless families and veterans in New Ground’s long-term housing program.

New Ground, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency committed to educating and empowering families and individuals caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. Founded in 1991, New Ground recognizes that the key to solving homelessness is not only to help the families who are already homeless, but to prevent more becoming so. The organization identifies and responds to families at risk through intensive case management programs that provide educational, technical, and emotional support.

To learn about New Ground, please visit or call 516-564-4764 ext. 141.


Alumni Of The Class Of 1963 Reunion Sought

Saturday, 01 June 2013 00:00

The Garden City High School Class of 1963 is planning their 50th Reunion for the weekend of Oct. 26 in Garden City. The following is a list of alumni organizers are looking to contact. Should you know any of the following people, please contact Joan Lutz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so she can give them more details.


Hitting The Right Note

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

The life and times of music industry vet

Bugs Bower captured in autobiography

When you first meet Maurice “Bugs” Bower, it’s easy to be struck by the fact that this 90-something gentleman easily looks 20 years younger than his actual age. But it’s when he goes into high gear (which is seemingly most of the time), that the veteran producer/arranger starts to pull you in. But then again, who wouldn’t be drawn in once names like Dizzy Gillespie, The Beatles, Joe Pesci, Liza Minnelli and Richard Burton come up. The beauty of it all is that these anecdotes and more can be found in Bower’s self-published autobiography, Nice Stories About Nice People.

Among the nice people mentioned in Bower’s memoirs are Merv Griffin (“He had perfect pitch and total recall”), Steve Allen (“He couldn’t read music, but he could sit at the piano and play any piece of music he heard”) and Perry Como (“the most wholesome family man God ever made”). Very much written in a manner reflecting the legendary arranger/producer’s rat-a-tat delivery, Nice Stories is the kind of quasi-autobiography sure to not only resonate with an older generation of pop fan, but aficionados enamored by the music industry and its lengthy history. And while parties interested in purchasing it can reach out to Bower directly, the capricious nonagenarian is actively seeking a means of distribution that’ll get it on Amazon and in brick-and-mortar outlets.


School District Budget And Election Results

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:41

School Budget Passes:

Yes: 1,436

No: 760   

BOE Trustee Election:

Barbara Trapasso – 1,252

Laura Hastings – 1,268


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