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New Exhibit Pays Homage to Fallen Nassau County Firefighters

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

“Lives of Service; Celebrating the Heroes of September 11” Unveiled in Garden City

An ice hockey jersey, a set of Irish bagpipes, a beloved pair of Timberland boots are just some of the personal mementos that once belonged to the 18 active Nassau County firefighters who perished on Sept. 11 and are now part of a new exhibit held in Garden City.

Last week, the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum opened its new 5,000-square-foot exhibition, entitled “Lives of Service; Celebrating the Heroes of September 11.” While many 9/11 exhibits are taking place throughout New York this month, Museum Director Alana Petrocelli explained that the Nassau County Firefighter Museum’s exhibit focuses on the personal lives and stories of the local residents who died on that tragic day. A year in the making, the monumental project was the brainchild of Firefighter Museum President Angelo Catalano.


Garden City Marks 10 Years Since 9/11 at Remembrance Service

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

Residents gathered in the Village of Garden City on Sunday, Sept. 11, to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center. A “Service of Memory and Hope” was held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Members of the Garden City Clergy Fellowship conducted the service, and The Right Reverend Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, delivered the sermon.


Music and Theatre Legacy Foundation Makes Beautiful Music Through Education

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00
Kathleen Mucciolo-Kolins has always lived a life surrounded by beautiful music. As the president and founder of the Music and Theatre Legacy Foundation, the Garden City resident devotes much of her time to giving the gift of music education and theatre arts to local youth through a series of collaborative learning programs and initiatives.

Her passion for the arts began as a child growing up in Floral Park, where she first became interested in acting, the stage and musical theatre and it blossomed into young adulthood. “I remember the teachers who worked with me all the way through high school and college, and made an indelible mark on me. I knew I wanted to be involved in the theatre arts in some capacity,” Mucciolo-Kolins recalls.


Lights, Camera, Action!

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Scenes for an Upcoming Episode of CBS’s The Good Wife are Shot on Covert Avenue

As if an earthquake and a hurricane weren’t enough excitement in one week for the Village of Floral Park, Hollywood stormed into town, as well. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the strip along Covert Avenue between Beverly and Cisney Avenues morphed into a stage set for the CBS drama The Good Wife. Production crew members sprinkled a little Tinseltown magic to change Marina’s Italian Deli, located at 27 Covert Ave., into Ritefast Market to shoot a few scenes for an episode that will air in mid-October.

The drama is set in Chicago, but production is done throughout New York and the sound stages are located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. So why did producers select Marina’s? They said “it was bright, clean and colorful … the perfect spot to shoot the scene,” said Marina Marotta, whose husband Maurizio owns and manages the deli.


Board of Ed Defines Goals For District

Written by Eric Holden Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

New High School Bus Loop Construction Project Nears Completion

As the Garden City School District prepares for the year ahead, it will do so with a modernized mission statement that reflects the focus of the district as it opens an exciting new chapter in its rich history. At the Aug. 23 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen discussed why “Inspiring Minds, Empowering Achievement, Building Community” was the phrase selected to represent the district’s goals.

Irene Packs a Punch in Garden City

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Although hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall on Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 27, it left a path of downed trees and power lines as it crossed the Island headed toward New England. According to LIPA officials, approximately 420,000 homes in Nassau County lost power due to the storm.


Residents Advocate Support for New Recreation Center At St. Paul’s

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

As the final weeks of summer come to a close, many residents still found time to attend the August Garden City Board of Trustees’ meeting at Village Hall to lend support for a proposal to turn St. Paul’s Boys School into a possible village recreation center.  

On July 21, Trustees John DeMaro and Brian Daughney jointly proposed a motion for the village to hire a consultant to evaluate the feasibility of turning the building into a recreation center at the St. Paul’s site. After a lengthy discussion, many trustees expressed concern about spending village funds to conduct the study. Subsequently, the trustees agreed to further define the proposal and presented a revised motion last week.


Stewart Manor Family Shares Happy Ending With SMFD

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

Department Responds To Three Calls From Pregnant Resident

“I’ll be back in 10 minutes,” Stewart Manor resident Lisette Cantara recalled her husband, Michael, saying on Mother’s Day morning last May. But just minutes after Michael left, Lisette, who was in the early stages of her third trimester of pregnancy, started to bleed profusely.

Home alone with the couple’s oldest son – Justin, who is 6 years old – Lisette tried to remain calm. Unfortunately, she had been through this drill before. Plagued with a complicated pregnancy from the beginning, Lisette was diagnosed with placental abruption and had already undergone two emergency trips to the hospital: the first at 26 weeks gestation and the second at 30 weeks. Both times she was admitted for several days.


TOH Breaks Ground for Building for Children With Special Needs

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

New Dream Recreation Center Named in Remembrance of Camp ANCHOR Volunteers

Under a blazing August sun, three small angel statues sat perched on the fertile ground that will soon become the dream home for Camp ANCHOR’s recreation center, named in honor of the three camp counselors who died in a tragic car accident on July 15, 2010. Hempstead officials and families of Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall, all of Floral Park, gathered together at the site for a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 10 in Lido Beach.

Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside within the Town of Hempstead, is located on a 40-acre site situated on the ocean at Lido Beach Park. The new Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center will be a 15,000-square-foot structure to include a gymnasium, a stage, a nurse’s office equipped with a bath and a shower, an office, a reception area, men’s and women’s ADA bathrooms/showers, a computer room, two multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen.


Assessing the 2 Percent Property Tax Cap Legislation

Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

GC Village Auditor Clarifies How New Law Will Affect the 2012-13 Budget Process

As Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the landmark 2 percent property tax cap legislation on the lawn of a Lynbrook homeowner this summer, many Long Islanders became hopeful for a future without rising property taxes. But what effect will the new legislation have on the village’s budget for the fiscal year June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013?

According to Governor Cuomo, the tax cap essentially limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to just 2 percent, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote or a 60 percent vote by a local legislative body can override it. A school district would be required to submit a tax levy proposition for approval by voters at the district’s annual meeting on the third Tuesday in May.


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