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Airing On A Television Set Near You

Written by Stephen Levine, Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

TV studio enhances web presence, wins awards

Lights. Camera. Action. Stewart Manor residents can host their own television shows or work as crew for a local community television channel.

For almost two decades Floral Park has been home to Four Village Studio (4VS), a local community television station serving the villages of Bellerose, Floral Park, South Floral Park and Stewart Manor.  


Common Core Tests: Parents’ Choice

Written by Daniel Offner, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Opinion split on whether

local students are opting out

As children all across Long Island head off to school, kids in grades three through eight brace themselves for a new round of the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics exams.

The NYS Allies for Public Education reported that the Garden City School District saw 126 students opt out of the ELA portion and 207 pupils decline to take the mathematics portion.


Getting Off On The Right Foot

Written by Vilma Sceusa Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Have you considered adding running to your exercise regimen but not sure how to get started? Are you concerned about past injuries? Runners, from experienced to beginner, are sidelined every year due to injury. Physical Therapy Options (PTO) wants to help runners get off to a great start this fall and is pleased to offer the community an opportunity to receive a free comprehensive “Running Analysis.”


Physical Therapist Lisa Coors, founder of PTO, views this offering as part of PTO’s mission to help patients live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 


Going To The Birds

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Yard sale announced


The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center recently announced its annual Fall Benefit Yard Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located outdoors inside the front gate at the sanctuary. Vendors are being sought. A 10 x 17 foot selling area is $45 for the day. (Includes space for selling & space to park one car next to selling space)


Senior Center Expands

Written by Garden City Life Staff Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.


“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 


Going With Who You Know

Written by Matthew Ern Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 


“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Political Talking Heads

Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.


Clancy Honored

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, recently announced Garden City resident Maureen E. Clancy and East Williston’s Dr. Kevin P. Marzo, will be the honorees for the Hospital’s 23rd Annual Gala, “An Evening in Tuscany,” taking place on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale.

“As champions for Winthrop, Mrs. Clancy and Dr. Marzo have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the hospital and to the communities it serves and we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” said Collins.  


Keeping The Pink Diamond Gleaming

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:59

Trio of Garden City residents to be recognized

The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education will be marking the 10th anniversary of its Pink Diamond fundraisers on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at East Meadow’s Carltun in Eisenhower Park. Garden City will be well represented for the evening’s festivities thanks to this year’s honorees and event founder Dr. Virginia Maurer. Funds raised at this year’s Pink Diamond Gala will support the Long Island-based non-profit organization’s breast health education mission.

The event will be honoring Thomas Poole, chairman of Hallen Construction Company, Inc., and his son, Shepard Poole, president and CEO of Hallen, for their unyielding support of the foundation through the years. Dr. Eva Chalas, director of Clinical Cancer Services and vice-chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital, will also be honored for her tireless work on women’s health issues here on Long Island.


Dawn Of A New Era

Written by Vinny Messana, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

New school director

of athletics named

Garden City has named Dawn Cerrone as its new Director of Athletics and Physical Education, replacing the recently-retired Nancy Kalafus.

“I can honestly say that excellence is an expectation and standard for all,” Cerrone said. “Everyone that I have met is passionate, knowledgeable and invested in the school district and community.”

Cerrone’s predecessor, Kalafus, was beloved within the district. It is often difficult to replace someone that is held in such high regard. Cerrone, however, welcomes the challenge.

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