The church school youth performed a dramatic re-enactment of the passion of Jesus Christ according to the apostle Luke at the Garden City Community Church recently. Six costumed scenes were portrayed: the Last Supper, Jesus praying in the garden, the arrest of Jesus, Jesus before the chief priest and Pilate, the way of the cross and the ultimate Resurrection. The children responded to each scene with a unison prayer and song. They also completed an Easter craft, held palms, and wore special crosses to symbolize their walking with Jesus. The scenes were accompanied by prayers and by songs performed by flutists Lana Noone, Rebecca Melkonian and Karin Melkonian.
“The Lenten Walk is a wonderful way for our youth to share their talents and faith with the younger children of the community. After each gospel scene, the children were able to ask the teenagers questions about what it would have been like to be Peter, a soldier, or to carry a cross. Their questions were a beautiful witness to their faith and it made Jesus’ journey to the cross less scary and more accessible for them. The Lenten Walk is a community prayer experience for kids, parents and adults of all ages to come to know Jesus better and experience his death and resurrection through the eyes of young people,” stated Paula Tusiani- Eng, interim church school administrator.
When Jessica Kaden was 11 years old, she began feeling extreme stomach pain. Given family history, her mother thought Jessica suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). But doctors dismissed the theory.
Today, the 16-year-old is battling Crohn’s Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that was not diagnosed until her 13th birthday. She has recently become an advocate for research and awareness of her disease The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) discovered Jessica’s plight and embraced the enthusiastic manner in which she has been handling her situation. This upbeat approach has carried over into the high school student’s recent involvement in the CCFA Team Challenge.
The Garden City Board of Trustees underwent a change in the form of newly-elected Mayor John Watras and trustees Robert Bolebruch and Richard Silver, who were all sworn in on Monday April 1 by acting justice Merril Biscone. With Mayor Don Brudie and Trustee Laurence Quinn departing, Bolebruch and Silver, (from the West and Central respectively), were elected to fill those slots.
Watras, unanimously nominated by the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA), becomes the 45th Garden City mayor. But the path to becoming village head included the former deputy mayor/police and fire commissioner having to defeat fellow trustee Quinn in a February run-off election. And while the past year included occasional dust-ups on the board, particularly in regards to the fate of St. Paul’s, Watras’s message on this particular evening focused on solving problems and having residents donate time and pull together for the common good of the village.
Mayor John J. Watras (Term Expires 4/2015)
Trustee Nicholas P. Episcopia (Term Expires 04/2014)
Cultural & Recreation Affairs - Liaison
Committee on Public Information - Chairperson
Some college students’ schedules consist largely of going to and from class. Getting to meet the head women in charged of corporations such as Google and learning from an executive of North Shore LIJ are opportunities that only select few college females get to experience.
Adelphi University junior and finance major Danielle Arboleda was one of the select few lucky enough to become part of the Junior Moxxie program.
Arboleda started the program in March 2012 as part of a one-year stint that ends this spring.
Number “11” is the next home that needs identification in Garden City, and can be located anywhere in town. This beautiful home has an unusual foundation of brick and wood that might make it easier to find.
“Hoest 33” has been identified as 117 Brompton Rd., and is next door to “hoest 35, which is 121 Brompton Rd. The current homeowner recognized her home in the article and was happy to provide some information.
The Garden City board of trustees and department heads continue to work diligently to pare down the 2013-2014 budget. “The crux of the problem,” said village auditor James E. Olivo at a budget review session on March 20, is the diminished surplus available for appropriation.
The $759,045 surplus available for appropriation this year compares with $2,964,244 appropriated for the 2012-2013 budget. Superstorm Sandy-related expenses that the village incurred totaled $694,057—total Sandy operations were $5,552,459; FEMA reimbursements totaled $4,858,402—wiping out a big chunk of the surplus.
In the power point presentation for the Garden Public Schools third budget review meeting, the district’s mission statement is defined as “Inspiring minds, empowering achievement and building community.” Buttressing this notion was a trio of student groups, both academic and athletic, recognized for their extraordinary achievements.
First up were valedictorian Shannon Carman and salutatorian Jacquelyn Seskin. Carman’s impressive GPA of 101.16 accrued over seven semesters was just one of her many achievements. She has numerous accomplishments including being named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, placing above the 95th percentile in the National Spanish Exam and being co-captain of the varsity badminton team for the past two years. Seskin is no slouch either as evidenced by the 100.98 seven-semester GPA she wound up with. Other noteworthy parts of her high school transcript include being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an AP Scholar with Honor, a winner of the Stonehill College Book Award for Excellence and Commitment to School and Community. Seskin is also the varsity volleyball captain, having received the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches’ Association Scholar Athlete award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Lawyers and judges are not exactly known for their fashion statements, but at a recent Dressed to a Tea event, they were the stars of the runway.
The Oscar-themed event was hosted by the WE CARE Fund of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and raised money for several local charities. The night was a great way for members of the Nassau County legal community to relax and enjoy a fun evening with their colleagues at the Bar Association building in Mineola.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Matteini of Second Street, Garden City, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Teray, to Brandon John McDonough. A June wedding is planned.
Amy is a 2001 graduate of Garden City High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2005 and her masters degree from Harvard University in 2009. Amy is a middle school math teacher at Riverdale Country School in Riverdale, NY. Brandon graduated from Garden City High School in 2000 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Fairfield University in 2004. He is a Vice President in Electronic Brokerage with ITG, Inc (Investment Technology Group).
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