Some families have weekly dinners, or go on yearly vacations. Other families run a business together. When it comes to Milena’s Garden Center and Garden City’s Basso Family, it’s the latter.
When John Basso was 18, he emigrated from Argentina found an old house on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, and turned it into a nursery in April 1997. He named his business after his daughter, Milena. Flowers are associated with femininity, he feels, so the name was a perfect fit for his nursery.
To the delight of its members, the Stewart Manor Pool opened for the season on Friday, June 13. The ominous-looking clouds that hovered to the north and west were no match for the cheerful crowd that lined up in the parking lot prior to the pool’s 4 p.m. opening. It’s become tradition in Stewart Manor to line up long before the gate opens in an attempt to claim the coveted honor of being the first to jump into the pool each new season.
A family had fun playing with bubbles at the Garden City Public Library’s table at the Belmont Festival. The Library offered the community games, prizes, raffles, a guessing game, and information about the library at the festival, which was held Friday, June 6 on Seventh Street in Garden City.
Last month, New Ground held its 19th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at Garden City’s Cherry Valley Club. New Ground proudly honored Mitchell Pally, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI). Pally was recognized by New Ground for his ongoing efforts to make Long Island a better place to work and live. All those in attendance enjoyed a beautiful spring day, brunch, golf, competition on the course, cocktail hour, Chinese auction and dinner. Participation in the outing helped to raise much needed funds. Proceeds from event will benefit homeless families and veterans in New Ground’s Long Term Housing Program.
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Dan Clavin (left) and Councilman Ed Ambrosino (2nd left) recently attended the 12th Annual Garden City Chamber of Commerce Pineapple Ball held at the Garden City Hotel. Pictured from left to right are Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Garden City Village Mayor John J. Watras, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, and New York Police Chief Benevolent Association Executive Director Bruce Blakeman.
Each year, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has the opportunity to nominate outstanding local students to attend the U.S. Military Service Academies. This year, 11 students nominated by the Congresswoman received offers of appointments to one of the Service Academies—the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy or the Military Academy at West Point. One of these students, Garden City’s Michael Cassano, will graduate from Garden City High School this month and will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
Kings Food Markets continues its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients with the 2014 launch of its exclusive 24 Hour Just Picked Promise that started last month. The Garden City Kings location on 870 Franklin Ave., which is the only part of the franchise on Long Island, will be taking part in this 24 Hour Just Picked Promise. It is part of Kings’ commitment to make locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs available to shoppers within 24 hours of being picked—giving consumers the benefits of a local farm stand in the convenience of their neighborhood food markets.
“At Kings, we are constantly pushing the boundaries on behalf of our customers," said Judy Spires, president and CEO of Kings Food Markets.
Last month, more than 400 attendees from the Long Island medical and corporate community came out to the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City to attend the American Heart Association’s 51st Annual Long Island Heart Ball. The Long Island Heart Ball is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership.This year’s event was chaired by Christopher Doveala, financial services vice president for Leviton Mfg. Co. The 51st Annual Heart Ball honored George A. Petrossian, director of interventional cardiovascular procedures at St. Francis Hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital. Petrossian received the 2014 Cardiovascular Science Award. Attendees will also hear from former New York Islander and heart attack survivor Jean Potvin and reality star and stroke survivor, Ashlee White.
Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Garden City’s Robert M. Harper has recently been named Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation. The Fellows are recognized for their professional distinction, contribution to the bar, and to the practice of law in the State of New York. They support the charitable and educational work of the Foundation.
Harper is an associate in the trusts and estates practice group. He is an author of Farrell Fritz's New York Trusts and Estates Litigation Blog.
There are a lot of things that Stewart Manor does right. One thing in particular is how the village celebrates our nation’s birthday. For it, Stewart Manor has begun prepping and approved the list of street closings for the parade route at its recent board of trustees meeting.
The annual 4th of July Fire Department Parade is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. on at the corner of Stewart Ave and Fernwood Terrace North. Marchers will then proceed throughout the village along Covert Ave, Salisbury Ave, Dover Parkway, Cambridge Ave and Tulip Ave before returning to village hall.
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