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Editorial: Bon Appetit

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Oscar Wilde once said, “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” If that’s the case, then my best advice would be to set up a date with your worst enemy to attend the next Chef’s Table event held at the Garden City Hotel. In a periodic dinner series that got kicked off last December, Executive Chef Michael Mandato and his team have arranged to prepare a five-star, multi-course meal that promises to not only sate your appetite, but enrapture the senses. In Betsy Abraham’s fine Garden City Life Weekend cover story, she describes being fortunate enough to sample delicacies like crab cake with chipotle aioli, Asian pulled short ribs, lobster bread pudding and Tahitian vanilla bean créme brulée. It’s all enough to want to make you want to ring up that obnoxious relative you dread seeing every Thanksgiving.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Editorial: Life Coach

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Nowadays, the notion of a scholar athlete has become somewhat of a joke given the stories of NCAA-level jocks with free rides who are later on found to be barely literate. Thankfully, the high standards that have made the Garden City Public School system such a nationally regarded curriculum have also been a bedrock part of the district’s athletic program. Much of the credit can rightfully be attributed to Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus and the coaches she oversees. Chief among these dedicated school employees is Reid Sclafani, who has had long-running success overseeing the girls golf team and the wrestling squad. And while Sclafani recently added Male Coach of the Year and Newsday’s 2013 Coach of the Year to his mantle thanks to achievements like yet another 10-0 record for the girls golf team to go with eight straight Nassau titles, 11 straight Conference II titles and 106 straight conference matches, he’s been equally effective as an educator. As one of the school’s most distinguished business education teachers, Reid and colleague Erin McKinstry, were named winners of the 2011-12 Gold Star Teacher Award. It’s this kind of balance that cleaves to the ancient Greek axiom of healthy mind in healthy body that amateur athletic programs on all levels would do well to cleave to more often.                    

- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: August 1, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August. This program began two weeks ago and I am looking forward to some nice weather and to seeing many residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

 

Mayor's Report: July 26, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August. This program began two weeks ago and I am looking forward to some nice weather and to seeing many residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

 

Editorial: Taking A Dip For Charity

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

According to the American  Cancer Society, about 1,666, 290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 with roughly 580,350 people projected to die from this disease in the same calendar year. To that end, the local chapter of Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) recently did its part to raise money to fight this scourge. Last month, it raised nearly $13,000 that is going to wind up benefitting a number of organizations including the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the MIRACLE Foundation Pavilion at Mercy Medical Center and the Feinstein Institute of North Shore-LIJ. Adding to the local flavor we donations by local businesses (the Seventh Street Deli, The Pear Tree, The Burger Spot) and families (the Zarriellos, the Heaneys, the Germanos). The event wound up being yet another example of community largesse yielding benefits on a scale that goes far beyond the village borders.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Editorial: There’s No I In Baseball

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Retired hurler Curt Schilling once said that, “Baseball is not a sport you can achieve individually.” No further proof is needed to back up that statement than how the Garden City U11 baseball team recently won its second consecutive District 29 championship. With nine players returning from last year’s U10 championship team, this squad used a team approach to beat Franklin Square and come out on top for the second consecutive year. From the excellent defense of the outfielders to the shutdown pitching of its starters and live bats sprinkled throughout its lineup, this batch of U11 champs became kings of the diamond with every player contributing to the eventual top prize. It’s an effort that would have undoubtedly made Schilling proud.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: July 19, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

A New Initiative For Seventh Street—Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.

This program began last Friday and I am looking forward seeing many residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening.  I hope that you make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

 

Editorial: Solid Citizens

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Last month, the Garden City Village Board of Trustees opened their latest meeting by giving citations to Al Vanasco, president of the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA), and his fellow longtime member Lee Cook. They were given recognition for all the work the two have done for the community by way of the GCAA. And while this work is laudable, even more impressive is the Challenger League the duo helped put together 25 years ago. The purpose for this league is to give kids from the ages of 6 to 21 that have mental and physical handicaps a shot at having the special experience of being part of a team. Given the life-building benefits that come with being involved in team sports—dedication, determination, teamwork, sportsmanship and comradeship—it’s heartwarming to see Vanasco and Cook putting kids in a position to reap these benefits.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: July 12, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
A New Initiative For Seventh Street—Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during July and August) from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.

Program organizers are working with representatives from the Incorporated Village to develop plans which will allow for the closing of Seventh Street each Friday evening between Franklin and Hilton Avenues (hopefully beginning as early as July 5) so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope to see you on a Friday evening.

 

Letter: Kudos To Vincent Muldoon And Garden City Residents

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

It isn’t every day that you come across a human being like Mr. Vincent Muldoon. Not only is he the best at what he does, he puts life into perspective and is a great humanitarian.

It was not long ago when tragedy struck my family and Mr. Muldoon was one of the first Garden City residents to come to our aid. He and his group are doing construction on our home in a very expedient and affordable manner. May God bless him and all the other families who have been sending us meals three times a week for several months.  “There Is No Place Like Home.” Garden City has proven to us to be the best place on earth because of the great family values, generosity, and emphasis on service. This is why we moved here 23 years ago.

Thank you Garden City!

The Pashayan Family

 

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