According to a 2007 University of California study, Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. Which makes what Denise Silverberg did in creating the Friendship Circle Luncheon (FCL) a decade ago so important. An organization that got its start when Silverberg was trying to find an outlet for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s, the FCL has since raised money for hundreds of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, MS or the aftermath of a stroke. Just as importantly, the FCL recognizes the dedication and efforts put forth by caregivers, who are often overlooked in the process of addressing Alzheimer’s disease. At the tenth annual Friendship Circle Luncheon that was recently held at the Garden City Hotel, Silverberg and more than 500 women raised money for the cause at an event hosted by Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto and featuring a musical performance by singer/actress Megan Hilty. With additional funds raised via a silent auction and a raffle featuring products donated by the business community, the FCL is also helping to sustain one of the few programs in the country that helps out patients afflicted by early-onset Alzheimer’s and is being run at the Sid Jacobson JCC. With all the great work that the FCL does, it’s no wonder that the yellow rose, which signifies joy, happiness and new beginnings, is the symbol for this wonderful organization.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
The adage that the best offense is a best defense has been taken to heart by the Garden City High School boys and girls lacrosse teams. Both squads have wholeheartedly embraced this philosophy resulting in the kind of long-running success that’s enabled the former to go undefeated last year and the latter to be consistently ranked amongst the top teams nationwide. Coaches Finnell and Chapman have both masterfully overseen the implementation of this approach and as a result, expect both lax outfits to make some hay in the postseason while undoubtedly making a run for the state crown in their respective divisions.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
The Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) held its End of Year Celebration on Wednesday evening, April 24 at the Garden City Presbyterian Church. The event was a success. We wanted the children to celebrate their first season and honor their hard work. We also wanted to share what we learned with the greater community, a key Core Value of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program (us first.org). We accomplished all of those goals beautifully. It took many dedicated, interested, and generous adults to achieve that success. I would like to thank them.
Our GCRL Coaches: Ken Ambach, Eileen Ambach, Constantine Stamidis, Emily Arnone, Melissa Jaeger, Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, Patrick Treanor, Martha Yasso, Suzy Dorney, Peter Arianas, James Lynch, Alex Kin, Kim DeMaro, Steve Giammona, and Brian Sanguyu.
We were pleased to learn from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada this week that the village’s Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2012 earned a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the seventeenth consecutive year that the village has received this national recognition. Special thanks are due to Village Auditor James Olivo and Deputy Village Treasurer Frank Kelly.
The village has received quite a few complaints over the past few weeks regarding the amount of wrappers, waste, bottles and cans that are on Seventh Street. I would like to remind the merchants to be more careful in how they place their garbage for pickup. I would also like to remind the shoppers to please dispose of their waste in the containers that are located along Seventh Street. There are more than adequate refuse containers for that purpose.
Balance. It’s often a key component to success in life and for the Garden City High School baseball team, it’s certainly what was at the heart of a recent 12-game winning streak and an overall record of 13-2 as of press time. Between the fact the Trojans’ batting lineup has been averaging a tick over 8 runs a game while their counterparts in the rotation have been stingily giving up less than 3 runs per seven innings, it’s no surprise that the squad is poised for an eventual showdown with divisional heavyweights the Wantagh Warriors. Full-on credit goes to Manager Rich Smith, whose three-pronged approach of solid defense, shutdown pitching and lethal hitting just might bring another conference championship to Garden City.
–Dave Gil de Rubio
We all want to keep the environment clean and green. However, I would like to remind village residents that although we want to have beautiful lawns and flowers, we must keep in mind the village’s law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect.
The Restrictions Are: Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation only from April 16 to Nov. 30 of each year and only during the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
With the NHL season winding down and the Rangers and Islanders clinching playoff spots, the timing couldn’t have been better for the Garden City Recreation Department to unveil its renovated roller rink. Built under the auspices of a $750,000 bond, the new rink is very much a community-driven effort thanks to the voters passing the bond and local businesses—starting with main sponsor TCBY of 7th Street and followed by Play It Again Sports, Grimaldi’s, Uptown Grille, the Garden City Grille, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Seventh Street Gourmet Deli and Caterers and Sportloft all lining up to buy ad space on the new sideboards. A special thanks should go out to Kevin Ocker, chair of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, for spearheading this project. Because of everyone pulling together, the village has yet another amenity that will be available to 350 hockey players and any other residents wishing to use the rink during open time. As the saying goes, a bad day of hockey beats pretty much a good day of practically anything else. So lace ’em up.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Police Enforcement Of Speeding In The Village
I have personally noticed and I have received complaints from residents about speeding within village boundaries. I have asked the police department to enhance their vigilance and issuance of tickets to those driving in the village at speeds in excess of the 30 m.p.h. village speed limit.
Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department
The board of trustees joins me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief Charles A. Cavarra for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his two terms 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.
I would like to extend my personal thank you and deep gratitude to everyone who came to the Earthfest and Earth Run at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center on Sunday, April 21 to celebrate not just Earth Day and the start of National Volunteer Week, but to join everyone in recognition of the value volunteers have made to the community and environment. By far, this was the most successful, professional, fun, and inspiring event since starting a small grassroots program in 1995. Over the next few weeks, there will be articles on the individual activities, but the 9-acre nature area in Garden City is no longer a hidden secret. It is a valuable asset for Garden City and Long Island’s people and wildlife. Yes, the site wound up damaged by Hurricane Sandy. But the spirit of volunteerism that blossomed in the community during that tough time of downed trees and power outages led to an awareness of the importance of volunteering as neighbors and as a community.
With spring having finally arrived, the one sport that’s gotten a lot of love out of the gate, at least in the past few weeks, is running. Last month, Jack Aneser, a Boy Scout with Garden City’s Troop 55, hosted the First Annual Eagle Run 5K charity road race at Adelphi University as the basis for his Eagle Scout project. Net race proceeds benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This past Saturday, the Garden City Teacher’s Association conducted a 5K Run/Walk and a 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk for Charity (Garden City for a Cure) and raised money to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. And for those still looking to run, the Garden City Bird Sanctuary held its Second Annual Race-Earth Run II the following day. And as Garden City Life sportswriter Ed Rotondo pointed out in his story this week, both the Garden City High School boys and girls track teams have already started running roughshod, (no pun intended), over their competitors. It’s enough to want to make you get up off the couch, lace on a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement or local track.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
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