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
Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 13
On Friday, Dec. 13, the Western Property Owners’ Association will be holding their traditional tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., at the south end of New Hyde Park Road. I hope that you will be able to come to this event to join in with the festivities that include music, dancers and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The Pashayan Christmas Gala For Maria’s Mission Saturday, Dec. 14
On March 24 of this year, Richie and Maria Pashayan and their three daughters were on vacation in Italy for Easter. They were driving in the pouring rain when a car cut them off and forced them into the guardrail. The impact of the collision broke Maria’s neck. Miraculously, she is alive today, but is paralyzed from the neck down except for the ability to move a couple of muscles in her arms and left wrist. All of this happened in a split second, but their lives have now been changed forever.
If Long Island has become one of those hockey hotbeds that can be mentioned in the same breath as New England or Michigan, then Garden City happens to be one of those pockets where you’ll find a goodly amount of hockey moms and dads. If the fact that the Recreation Department dropped six figures to refurbish and relaunch a stellar roller/deck hockey rink isn’t enough proof that the village is teeming with rink rats, the Garden City Wings varsity ice hockey team has laced ‘em up and gotten the new season off to a great start. A recent 7-2 whupping applied to the Oceanside Sailors, no strangers to the State Finals two years running, is an auspicious start for yet another team sport that the youngsters growing up in the Village of Garden City have seemingly gotten a solid handle on.
-- Dave Gil de Rubio
Tree Restoration Plan Begins This Fall
It has been a year since the Village lost nearly 700 mature street trees from its inventory due to Hurricane Sandy. While the village has been reimbursed from the federal government for clean up costs, new trees are not reimbursable. In collaboration with the Urban Horticultural Institute at Cornell University, an arbor restoration plan has been developed and Phase I will begin this week with the planting of over 200 new trees in areas throughout the village that suffered the most tree losses. All tree planting will be performed by contract as a result of a competitive bid process requiring a one-year guarantee and the supply of over 30 new cultivars recommended by Cornell University. Phase II planting will follow in Spring 2014, using the remainder of the capital funds appropriated in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.
In this day and age of reduced school budgets that oftentimes put arts and music on the chopping block in favor of standardized test review classes, the Garden City Union Free School District has stuck to its guns by ensuring that these programs remain a vibrant and necessary part of the curriculum. Apparently this steadfastness is paying off because for the third consecutive year, the Grammy Foundation has named Garden City High School as a semifinalist in the 2014 Grammy Signature Schools program. This is a prestigious honor given the fact that only 100 public schools in the nation get this far in the process. Credit Dr. Nina Prasso, who as coordinator of music and the arts in the district worked with music teachers, and Garden City’s outstanding young musicians to ensure this outcome. And while the Grammy Foundation won’t select finalist Signature Schools until March 2014, all Grammy Signature Schools selectees will receive monetary grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
A Very Happy Hanukkah To Our Neighbors Of The Jewish Faith
The village board of trustees and I extend to residents of the village a very Happy Hanukkah.
Special Thanks To Village Employees
At Thanksgiving, I feel that it is appropriate to pause for a few minutes and to reflect upon those things that we may take for granted and how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful community. In doing so, I quickly acknowledge the many employees of the police, fire and public works departments who will work around the clock on Thanksgiving to assure the safety and comfort of our families. I also want to acknowledge the members of the volunteer fire department who remain ready to leave their homes to come to our aid. In addition, I would like to thank the Special Police for their efforts in helping out in the Annual Turkey Trot, thank you to each of these fine people for the sacrifices they make in leaving their families during this holiday time to attend to the welfare of our residents and make Garden City a great place to live.
Thank you to our hard working volunteers, James Lynch, Barrie Overend, Rosie Lynch, Kelsey Macri, Steve Macri, and Katharine Jushchenko.
With their help we planted 95 fall plants to help beautify Covert Avenue in Stewart Manor.Rosie and Kelsey and Katharine are Garden City Middle School students who were volunteering on behalf of St. Anne’s Faith Formation Program. Barrie Overend is a Garden City resident and yoga instructor at Bodyworks Day Spa, who said she shops along the Avenue and wanted to help our effort to keep it looking pretty. Steve Macri and James Lynch helped provide the heavy lifting to support their daughters’ community service. This team worked for two solid hours weeding, planting, hauling, watering, and sweeping. It just goes to show you, a few people can make a big difference. Thank you for your time and hard work.
Karen Sa and Trish Lynch, Co-Chairs
Village of the Stewart Manor Beautification Committee
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