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.
In the NFL, last weekend represented Week 11 of the regular season. In the college ranks, rankings and bowl seeds were what was at stake. Closer to home, the Garden City Trojans waged an epic battle against the rival Wantagh Warriors over the Nassau Conference-II County Championship and a chance to represent Nassau in the Long Island Championship game against Suffolk top dog Riverhead on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stony Brook. The Trojans wound up winners last Sunday by a score of 21-17 (further details can be read about it in Vinnie Messana’s excellent cover story for this issue). Major kudos go to Head Coach Tom Flatley, who led his squad to a 10-1 record on the way to capturing its fourth consecutive Nassau County title and Flatley’s 18th while vying for the coach’s fifth Long Island championship. It is yet another of many prestigious accomplishments that have been produced by the Garden City School District’s acclaimed athletic program, which is only rivaled by the district’s esteemed academic curriculum.
–Dave Gil de Rubio
The Department of Public Works began collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 19, Collections began in the Western Section and will continue toward the Eastern Section. During the leaf collection season, the village’s website will be updated weekly to allow residents to track the collection process. The notice will be listed on the Home Page under “Notifications and Alerts.”
I had written something on the conflict in Gaza only to find out, within minutes of finishing, that a cease-fire had been announced. I considered scrapping the whole thing, but you know what? Sadly, this will probably still be relevant going forward, because chances of this ceasefire setting the foundation for a lasting peace are slim to none.
And if I’m wrong, and the end of this particular conflict marks the beginning of a new, more peaceful era in the region, my having published one dated column will be a very small price to pay, I think.
With Hurricane Sandy recovery slated to take years, it’s hard to find much to be thankful for, especially if you were unfortunate enough to lose your home, or more tragically, a loved one. That said, there are a number of things to be thankful for. Aside from LIPA’s glaring ineptitude, we should be thankful that there was enough early warning from various weather outlets that the loss of life wasn’t far greater given the population density of the tri-state area. We should be thankful that the FEMA of Hurricane Katrina isn’t the same agency that’s currently trying to help citizens get through Sandy. We should be thankful that gas shortages and excessive lines are becoming less common. We should be thankful that not only more people are getting their power back, but that our crack emergency responders, firemen, police and utility workers did such an outstanding job in getting everyone through this devastation. Finally we should be thankful that despite scattered anecdotes of greed and cruelty, munificence and human kindness were more the rule than the exception as everyone tried to get through this natural disaster in one piece. We at Anton Community Newspapers wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
At this celebratory time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the proverbial corner, we have a great deal to be thankful for. While we are very fortunate to have our power restored in Garden City, there are many residents of the county who will never again set foot in what were their homes. Let us be very grateful for our blessings and have as pleasant a Thanksgiving as you can under these trying times.
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