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Editorial: Best Of The Best

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

With Shannon Carman and Jacquelyn Seskin being named Garden City High School’s 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, the village’s esteemed school district is once again graduating a pair of exemplary overachievers out of an already impressive student body. GPA-wise, both seniors hit dizzying heights (the former with a GPA of 101.16 for seven semesters with her counterpart clocking in with an equally stellar 100.98). Between the two of them, accomplishments include numerous honors tied to National Merit Scholarships, gold and silver medals in everything from the Long Island Math Fair to the National Spanish exam and athletic endeavors in badminton and volleyball. With the village’s latest valedictorian and salutatorian both entering Dartmouth in the fall, the Garden City Life wishes to extend its congratulations to them for not only leaving behind a dazzling academic trail in their wake, but undoubtedly going on to bigger and better things in their collective future.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: June 28, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
Appointment Of Village Historian

I am pleased to announce that at a recent board of trustees meeting, I appointed Suzanne Alvey as the historian for the Village of Garden City. Suzie has been involved with the village as a member of the Civic Beautification Committee since 2009 and was the original driving force behind the establishment of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. She is a professional artist and also volunteers with the Nassau County Art League, Garden City Community Church and Garden City Historical Society. Suzie was also named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Assembly in 2009. We are very fortunate to have Suzie serve as our village historian.


School Site Showcases Support

Written by Michele Butterman Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The newest campus controversy surrounds “Adelphi Secrets,” a page where students can write anonymous posts related to the university. Although this page does contain some negative comments, it does more good than harm and, therefore, should remain as long as it continues to strengthen the Adelphi community, rather than bring it down.

Some students use Adelphi Secrets as a way to give a shout out to a cute girl they saw in the library or a professor who really inspired them. It also helps connect students to people they may have never had the opportunity of meeting. People realize that they aren’t alone in obstacles they may be experiencing. For example, multiple posts have touched upon the struggle of feeling isolated within the institution. Post No. 45 says, “I hate eating alone for dinner here. Everyone else seems to have at least one person to eat with and I’m alone.” Somebody replied by saying “Story of my life.” Another individual provided suggestions about how the student could become more involved on campus by joining clubs and/or Greek life. Post No. 61 states, “I want to go to Aloha Adelphi tonight, but I don’t want to go by myself. Being at the social events alone is awkward.”  Someone replied, “It’s not awkward at all, just go and make friends with everyone, and then you’ll be the party.” People can spark new friendships based on common experiences.


Editorial: True Scholar Athletes

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
According to the results of a 2011 NCAA study, 82 percent of all student athletes graduated with a degree. Which makes what the Garden City School District Athletic program does year in and year out all the more impressive. At the recent G.A.A.-B.A.A. Awards dinner, it was announced that for the seventh consecutive year, the Garden City High School had received the Scholar/Athlete Team School of Distinction Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). To qualify, each of the high school’s 32 varsity teams needed to achieve a collective average GPA of 90 or higher. And aside from myriad championships and individual triumphs, this kind of intellectual achievement coupled with athletic success is the kind of model that should be the norm and not the exception. And to that end, the Garden City High School athletic program has done an exemplary job of living up to the ancient Greek idea that a sound mind and body are the paths to success.    

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: June 21, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Youth Related Activity

Police Commissioner Jackson has asked me to inform residents that with the warmer weather upon us, there has been an increase in youth related activities that have had a negative impact on the community such as, but not limited to, criminal mischief, harassment and alcohol use. This type of behavior could result in tragic consequences.

Parents are urged to speak with their children and stress the importance of making smart decisions, refraining from destructive behavior and respecting others who live in their community. This is particularly true concerning alcohol use. Parents should be aware of the activities their children are involved in, as well as their whereabouts, especially during evening and overnight hours.  Alcohol use poses a serious threat to children, as well as the community; it often leads to irrational behavior such as property destruction, or driving under the influence.


Editorial: Soccer To Me

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Soccer has always been the redheaded stepchild of all of the North American major sports. And while the world’s most popular team activity seems to be showing signs of life via the resurrected Cosmos calling Hofstra home and the New York Yankees and Manchester United FC uniting to put a yet-unnamed football club in Flushing Meadow Park, Garden City is the one place where soccer has always been robustly embraced. Ever since 1969, the Garden City Centennial Soccer Club (GCCSC) has had a big hand in ensuring that soccer has not only thrived but significantly grown to the point that the GCCSC is now the largest independent youth recreational activity organization in the village’s history. The annual year-end Soccer Fest that was recently held at St. Paul’s not only proved to be the culmination of the soccer season, but reinforced the idea that at least in Garden City, the sport’s popularity is far from flagging.                                    

– Dave Gil de Rubio



Mayor's Report: June 14, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Dogs Are Not Permitted In Village Parks

As a reminder, dogs are not permitted to run freely in our village parks. If you are going to walk your dog, make sure that the dog is on a leash and to be considerate of your neighbors, by cleaning up after your dog and by properly disposing of the waste. In consideration of your neighbors and the health and quality of life within our village, I ask that all cooperate with this law so that it will not be necessary to have the police department issue appearance tickets to violators.

If you would like to have your dog run freely, I am pleased to report that Nassau County offers several dog runs in the area where you can take your dogs to allow them to run without a leash. The following is a listing of locations within the county:


Editorial: Baseball Brothers

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Even though the Garden City High School Varsity Baseball team finished second behind Wantagh with a 12-5 conference record and overall 15-7 mark, the Trojans still finished on top, at least in terms of shared life experience. One of the great things about team sports is the fact that everyone wearing the same jersey gets to experience the highs, lows and everything in between that you go through in the pursuit of victory and success. Amid all the sportsmanship, athletic skills and failure that occurs between those white lines is a solid bond that gets formed and only gets burnished over the course of time and faded memories. It’s a feeling well worth pursuing regardless of wherever your team may end up finishing.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: June 7, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The Belmont Festival At Garden City— Friday, June 7

The Belmont Festival Committee is in the process of planning the 16th Annual Belmont Festival at Garden City. Entertainment, live music and plenty of activities for the youngsters are planned and as always, great food. The Festivals five great bands include the Fivestone Rock Band, Jerry & the Newcomers, the New Vintage Orchestra, Nor Easter Band (formerly Speak Easy) and the Village Music Makers, as well as, back by popular demand, young dancers from Garden City’s Broadway Bound Dance. There will also be pony rides, face painters and carnival booths with prizes.

Restaurants will compete for the best wings in the Wing-Off Competition. The proceeds of this contest will directly benefit the Long Island Red Cross for their efforts in the Sandy Recovery. Restaurants interested in participating in the Wing-Off should call Tim Peoples at 917-747-3067.


Editorial: Burning Up The Track

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

The late Steve Prefontaine once said that whenever he wondered why he ran, it always came back to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. At a recent Mitchel Field meet, the Garden City Girls track and field team undoubtedly reaped in both of those feelings in spades after capturing its seventh straight County Championship. Right out of the gate on Day 1, the Lady Trojans set the tone by winning each of the events they ran in. Whatever the event—400-intermediate hurdles, 4x400 relay, 100-meter spring or the 2,000-meter steeplechase—the girls track team came up big, with the most notable finishers being Emma Gallagher (three victories), Stephanie Gerland (two victories), sister Jennifer (one second place finish) and high-jumping freshman Tiana Biscone (second place). With the County Championship under its belt, the Lady Trojans next challenge will be the state qualifiers, where they’ll be competing against the Empire State has to offer. On top of being a significant challenge, it’ll also offer the Garden City Girls track and field squad a chance to recapture that sense of achievement and self-satisfaction.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


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