Orphan diseases are rare maladies that strike a small percentage of the population and as such, people afflicted by them usually do not have the benefit of support groups, nonprofit support or extensive medical research being done in search of a cure. Unfortunately, little Thomas Kevin Onorato, whose great-uncle is Garden City dermatologist is Dr. Joseph Onorato, is in this quandary after being diagnosed with microvillus inclusion disease. Born on September 10, 2013, Baby Thomas has already endured a battery of tests that would sap the will out of the most hardened adult including multiple blood transfusions, colonoscopies, a pair of endoscopies and intestinal biopsies. That said, he and his parents Tom and Melissa are fighting the good fight with as positive an approach is possible under these horrible circumstances. To that end, Baby Thomas’ folks are holding a fundraiser at Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant on Saturday, April 19 to raise money to defray medical costs, but to also raise awareness around this extremely rare disease. The hope is that with community support, microvillus inclusion disease might not be as much of a hardship for children up to and including Baby Thomas going forward in the future.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending our sincere best wishes for a Happy Passover to village residents.
Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department
The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief William K. Castoro for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his recent term as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.
There are few things that reverberate in a Rockwellian way like Little League baseball, particularly the pomp and pageantry that is Opening Day. Like other Little League-related organizations around the country, the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) hosts a parade where all the league’s players get to march in solidarity with their teams. Every year it winds up being a communal all-ages event for everyone from adults, still wistfully thinking about their baseball experiences while watching their children go through it themselves, to 5-year-olds in the Rookie League just starting out down this athletic path. While competition and sportsmanship are fostered on the way towards squads making the playoffs and hopefully winning a championship, it’s the journey that’s hopefully a fun one that will wind up being the stuff of cherished memories for so many of these kids.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Diamonds In The Rough
I would like to extend thanks and congratulations to village residents Ruby and Brad Gustavson for the original musical production of Diamond in the Rough which they wrote and directed. I had the pleasure of seeing this play last weekend at the Garden City Community Church Theatre and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was nice to see many residents young and old that evening and I know that they appreciate our support of their efforts.
Library Board Of Trustees
There will be a meeting of the board of library trustees on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library in the small meeting room, lower level.
Even though winter seems to be putting up quite the fight to keep spring from establishing a foothold, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities, outdoor and otherwise, looming on the horizon for Garden City residents. Opening day for the Garden City Little League is on Saturday, April 5 and is the opening salvo for the season. Runners will undoubtedly be carb loading as the Earthfest, Earth Run III will be held the very next day at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center. Not to be outdone, the Garden City Teachers’ Association (GCTA) will be holding its 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 26 at Garden City High School labeled “GC For a Cure,” with proceeds going to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Little League Parade
This Saturday, April 5, marks the opening of the 2014 Little League baseball/softball season. The annual Little League Parade will step off promptly at 9 a.m. from village parking field No. 9E onto Tenth Street and proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street to Hilton Avenue, north on Hilton Avenue to Stewart Avenue for ceremonies at the village green.
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