Our country may be one of the world’s greatest economic powers, but it doesn’t change the fact that more than 600,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. It’s a particularly alarming statistic given how brutal the winter in our area has been so early in the season. Closer to home, New Ground is doing its part to educate and empower families and veterans who are caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. Recently, the organization honored the late Christopher Waldorf and Habit for Humanity Nassau County for the work being done to try and put a roof over the heads of the less fortunate. Spearheading much of this activism is a New Ground advisory board teeming with local residents attempting to make a difference. and while the Lambertis, Jendras family and Ed Thomas are quietly doing their part to help the homeless, it’s nice to know that kind of compassion and advocacy is coming from Garden City.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Collection Of Christmas Trees And Wreaths For Recycling
A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the department of public works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the village yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.
Please assist the village by removing tree stands, strands of electric lights and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.
Legendary track and field coach Brooks Johnson once famously said, “It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.” This is a problem that the Garden City High School girls cross country team did not have, particularly this past season where members of the Lady Trojans were once again undefeated while racking up awards and accolades both locally and nationally. Credit goes to Coach Charlie Cuzzo who not only nailed down a County Championship but had his gals score high in the State Qualifier meet and even wound up having sophomore Stephanie Gerland qualify to run at the Nike Nationals in Portland, OR, last month. It’s clear that the cross country team has developed the stamina for continued success.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Best Wishes For A Happy And Healthy New Year
On behalf of myself and the board of trustees, I would like to extend to all village residents a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Police Department Warns Residents About Phone Scams
Everyone should be aware of the growing trend of phone scams. These scams are varied. I have been advised by the police department that they have recently received reports of residents receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be from LIPA or other public utilities stating that the resident owed back fees and their service will be shut off, if they don’t pay immediately by way of money cards.
Official village historian Suzie Alvey was recently contacted by Katja Nauer, a German freelance journalist living in Coburg, Germany, the sister city of the Village of Garden City. In questioning how Christmas was celebrated over here, Nauer responded in kind when Suzie asked her the reciprocal question. And while a good part of Nauer’s response revolved around the variety of delectables cooked up during the holiday that include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), bratwurst and Coburger Klobe (potatoes and green salad), there was one edifice that really solidified the connection between both places. While St. Paul’s ranks as Garden City’s most notable architectural landmark, Coburg can boast having the Veste Coburg, one of Germany’s largest castles whose origins date back to 1225. It turns out Coburg’s history is as rich as its much younger but no less vibrant sibling community.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
This submission by Garden City attorney Thomas F. Liotti is a response to the “Judge Finds Garden City Un-Fair” article that ran in the Dec. 11-17 issue of Garden City Life.
The recent federal ruling holding that the Village of Garden City intentionally discriminated against minorities because it would not agree to have low income housing there is wrong. Home Rule allows Garden City to control its own zoning. Like many other communities, Garden City is de facto segregated not because of racial discrimination but due to economic circumstances.
They call boxing the sweet science and for Roseanne “RoHammad Ali” Beovich it was a lesson in hard knocks that wasn’t too far in approach to that of her full-time job as a an attorney. Sharpness of mind, endurance and drive all play into the success of failure of both pugilist and attorney. For Beovich, the months of training three times a week paid off when stepped in the ring as part of last month’s 10th annual LI Fight for Charity which was held at the Hilton in Melville. Along with equating herself well, Beovich and her team wound up raising close to $7,000. The third litigator and first from the firm of Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona (GDGC) to compete in this competition for charity, the Garden City native was a champ for leaving her comfort zone and taking some punches for the less fortunate.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Congratulations—Garden City Girls Soccer Champs
Throughout the years our young people’s many academic, cultural and athletic accomplishments bring well deserved credit to themselves, the Garden City High School and to our community. It is not uncommon for the Garden City High School teams to advance to a Long Island Championship and to move ahead to the New York State Championship games. Incredibly, on Sunday, Nov. 17, the Garden City High School Girls Soccer Team competed in the New York State Girls Class A Soccer Championship, and was victorious.
The Girls Soccer Team coached by Head Coach Mike Heedles, Assistant Coach Scott McAuley and Junior Varsity Coach Mark Quigley, defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima by a score of 1-0 to bring home the State Class A Title. Garden City finished this season with a record of 17-3-1.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in some way to our project of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and those in need on Thanksgiving afternoon. Through the generosity of so many, 295 hot dinners were delivered throughout Nassau County and 23 families were provided with the fixings to make their own Thanksgiving meal.
We are grateful to all those who contributed in some way—by donating food, beverages, or money; cooking a turkey, making a dessert or bread. We are grateful to all the children who made cards or baked in their Girl Scout Troop, Youth Group, or classroom. We are grateful to the art classes of Stewart School in Garden City and Unqua Elementary in Massapequa for the beautiful artwork on the bags in which the meals were delivered. We are grateful to those who gave their time on Thanksgiving Day to help us pack the meals and to those who helped us deliver them.
During a recent Toys for Tots appearance, Garden City’s Long Island Plastic Surgical Group was honored by Marines and Legislator Norma Gonsalves for the organization’s missions of mercy to Third World countries to provide free medical care to children in need of surgical assistance. Dr. Rachel Ruotolo, who has visited Vietnam to operate on children with cleft lip and palate issues, received a citation for the work done by her and her partners. But one fact that she pointed out was that while most awareness having to do with palate issues normally has to do with patients in underdeveloped countries, it’s still a very real issue in the United States. Ruotolo estimates that she sees roughly 60 patients a year, predominantly from Long Island, who are in need of corrective surgery. Hers was a subtle reminder that while there is a huge need for these humanitarian excursions, oftentimes charity begins at home.
- Dave Gil de Rubio
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