Nearly a month ago, Tropical Storm Irene blew through Long Island leaving severe tree damage and rampant power outages in her wake. Garden City was one of the villages hardest hit by the storm’s rage. At the board of trustees meeting, village department heads updated residents on the extent of the damage and apprised residents of cleanup efforts still underway.
Mayor Brudie emphasized that the storm has posed a heavy burden on the village with respect to overtime costs needed for the cleanup. “We were really hit hard. We were hit harder than many other villages in Nassau County. Probably, maybe we were hit the worst. Quite honestly, when I saw the tree damage, it was really something to behold,” the mayor said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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