John Lennon once sang, “A very Merry Christmast/And a Happy New Year/Let’s hope it’s a good one” in his perennial Christmas standard “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” and given the turmoil that has defined 2012, this closing out of the current 12 month cycle couldn’t come at a better time. Hurricane Sandy, a contentious presidential election, the ever-present struggle with school budgets, the decamping of the Islander to Brooklyn or more recently, the depravity and horror surrounding the events in Newtown, CT—-for many this calendar year couldn’t end fast enough. But as is the case ever year, we all get to start out with a clean slate and the optimism that things will get better. So in that spirit, the Garden City Life wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Once again we are blessed to enjoy the Christmas holidays and festivities with family and friends. While joy is always the transcending theme, as we hope it is for all, we ask that you include everyone regardless of faith or private beliefs, in sharing this wonderful holiday season. Please take a few minutes to look in on your neighbors who may be alone or housebound to spread a little holiday cheer and comfort.
On behalf of myself, the board of trustees and the entire village staff, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a joyful and safe holiday season.
Mayor Donald T. Brudie
Trustees John J. Watras, Nicholas P. Episcopia,
Andrew J. Cavanaugh, Laurence J. Quinn,
Dennis C. Donnelly, Brian C. Daughney and John A. DeMaro
The standard thing to do in this case would be start with “my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, CT and their families,” only that would be dishonest because I don’t pray. That’s not an anti-religious statement; I respect the kind of intellectual puzzle that prayer can present, that simultaneous desire for both total humility and divine attention, but it’s never been something that I do personally.
All I can do is participate in the dialogue everyone says we should be having on gun control. However, I tire of each side making a cartoon villain out of the other, and it’s especially bad this time around; after such a particularly senseless attack, targeting the most innocent possible victims, proponents of stricter gun control practically can’t help viewing advocates of gun ownership as evil monsters with children’s blood on their hands, while gun advocates, feeling cornered, are doubling down even more on their dogma of individual freedom as the bedrock of the American spirit. The severity of the event that necessitated that we address this issue now makes it especially unlikely that anyone involved will have a cool enough head to make the right decisions, but there’s no choice.
This is the time of year when you should be able to put any hardships from the past few months aside, at least temporarily, and focus on the love and family closeness that should be associated with this time of the year. Unfortunately, right on the heels of Hurricane Sandy comes last week’s horrific school shooting. Details will undoubtedly continue to come out over the next few weeks, making everyone, particularly parents, just a little more nauseous and frightened. As the saying goes, it’s always darkest before the dawn and while it’s hard to get to that place of peace and goodwill to your fellow man, it is exactly at times like this where faith turns out to be that one anchor we can cling to in order to get through horrible events like this. So grab your loved ones, hug ’em a little tighter than you normally would and try to find the spirit of the season that perseveres in the face of evil. Merry Christmas.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
In recent weeks reports have been filed with the police department by residents who have experienced illegal entry into their unlocked vehicles that were parked in their driveways during the evening. In most cases materials were removed from the console and glove box. The police department recommends that residents take caution and lock automobile doors, set the alarm and also keep their exterior front door light or other lights on that would illuminate their driveways and discourage criminal activity.
I realize that this is a busy time of year, but please take the time to remove all holiday packages from your car; do not leave your cell phone charging in the car and remove any GPS devices or anything else of value.
In my last column, I mentioned It’s A Wonderful Life. I’m going to reference that movie one final time this holiday season. Even though the holiday season has not always brought me tidings of comfort and joy, I’d like to believe that there is still some magic to be found.
In the movie, Clarence shows George Bailey what the world would be like if George had never been born. It’s a much darker place. When George realizes how wonderful his life really was, he is magically transported back to that much better place. I’m kind of hoping that Clarence would be able to transport us to a happier world. I know that December is his busy season, but here’s hoping for that holiday magic again. Here’s what I’m hoping we’ll find in that place.
This Saturday, Dec. 15, will mark the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. Traditionally, it commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Upon the retaking of the temple, there was only enough olive oil sufficient to burn for only one day in the temple’s newly crafted menorah until new oil was made available. Through a miracle, the oil continued to burn for eight days. As families gather to light candles, consume latkes and bask in the symbolism of national liberation and religious freedom associated with the holiday, Anton Community Newspapers wishes a Happy Hanukkah to all.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
The village board of trustees and I extend to residents of the village a very Happy Hanukkah.
Congratulations to Head Coach Tom Flatley (Garden City ’57), and his coaching staff: Assistant Coaches Joe Baccarella, Stephen Finnel, Dave Ettinger and Bob Defliese and the Garden City High School Boys Football team for winning its 5th Long Island title, their first since 2009. It is truly a testament for all their hard work and dedication this season.
One of the more successful parts of the Garden City Public Schools athletic curriculum, the Trojans football team has enjoyed the fruits of victory coming out of the rigorous program Head Coach Tom Flatley has instituted over the years. The latest feather in the squad’s collective cap was its recent capture of the 2012 Long Island Championship on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stony Brook University. For this championship win, GC’s first since 2009, the Riverhead Blue Waves were the victims and ended up coming out on the losing end of a 29-16 score. While Spencer Bais was the hero in helping his team secure a victory over Wantagh Warriors during the tilt to claim the Nassau County Conference II Championship the prior Sunday, on this particular Saturday, QB Brett Stewart led the charge to securing Long Island bragging rights. The recent capture of Garden City High School’s fifth overall Long Island Championship is a testament to the hard work put in by the team and the gold standard of leadership executed by Head Coach Flatley. And for this, Garden City Life and all of Anton Community Newspapers would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to the Trojans for bringing the championship home.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Congratulations to the Garden City High School Boys Football team for winning its 4th Nassau II title in a row. The three-time defending Nassau II champions defeated their opponent Wantagh High School by a score of 21 - 17 on Sunday at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
By press time, Garden City will face the Riverhead Blue Waves at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the Class II Long Island Championship at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. On behalf of the board of trustees, I would like to wish them good luck.
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