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Trojan Baseball Season Ends

Written by Ed Rotondo, Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

March through the playoffs

halted by Seaford squad

The Garden City varsity baseball team wrapped up a successful season with a tough loss to Seaford in the second round of the playoffs.

With a team that was built on strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting, the Garden City Trojans may have surprised a few teams along the way to their terrific season—one that they hoped would have lasted a little longer. But for the graduating group of seniors who formed the core of the team that has played together for many years the only surprise is that it ended so abruptly. As one of the fathers told me as we watched a game from the ‘dads section’ behind home plate, “this group goes back to their first days of lacing up their cleats and picking up a glove, they’ve been together many years—and they still really enjoy playing together. Baseball gave them a bond that will never be broken.”   


Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: June 7, 2013

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
Registration For Summer Camps Begins

Registration has begun for the recreation department’s summer camps. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please pay careful attention to the age/grade requirements as they are strictly enforced.

Summer brochures may be downloaded from the website at To register, pick up a summer brochure at the recreation office, St. Paul’s, Community Park, or download it from You can also make your own by listing your child’s name, address, phone number, birth date, grade he/she will be entering in September and the session and classes for which you are registering with a first and second choice. Mail all information with full payment to the Garden City Recreation Department at 108 Rockaway Ave. Make sure you are making the check out to the correct entity as listed on the application. Please make selections carefully as fees are not returnable.


Girls Track Dominates At County Meet

Written by Ed Rotondo, Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Gallagher leads the Lady Trojans to

Seventh Straight County Championship

The Garden City Girls track and field team has had a long run of success and this season they added their seventh consecutive County Championship under the direction of coaches Charlie Cuzzo, Erica Fregosi and Tom Skrivanek.   

The girls have had an impressive season with many terrific runs that culminated with the County Championship at Mitchell Field on May 22. Facing a strong challenge from several teams, Garden City was able to pull away and lock up the championship on Day 2 after a phenomenal Day 1. On the first day of the championship meet, the Lady Trojans were dominant on the track as they won each of the events that they ran putting them ahead by 30 points.


Summer Yoga Now Registering

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering yoga this summer.

The session of yoga with Connie McKnight will begin according to the following schedule:

Mondays 7:30–8:30 p.m.

10 classes for $65 beginning June 3

Wednesdays 10:15–11:15 a.m.

9 classes for $ 58.50 beginning June 5


Almost Perfect

Written by Michael D. Gullo, Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Boys JV lacrosse team goes undefeated

The Garden City JV lacrosse team finished the year with a stellar 14-0-1 record.  Led by Head Coach Tom Flatley and Assistant Coach Brett Hepworth, the Trojans overpowered most of their opponents with explosive offensive bursts, tough-nosed gritty defense, and rock-solid goaltending. The offense averaged over 15 goals per game, while the defense allowed just over three goals per game.

The season commenced with a hard fought, triple overtime thriller against Syosset that ended in a 7-7 tie. As the team became more cohesive, most of the next few opponents, including Hewlett, Lynbrook, Carey, Roslyn, Kellenberg, and others, found themselves overmatched against this Trojan team. However, that did not dissuade Ward Melville from putting forth an inspired effort on their home turf for three quarters, before finally falling to Garden City 12-7.


Playing With A Big Stick

Written by Ed Rotondo, Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

Defense keys successful lacrosse seasons

The boys and girls high school teams are both rolling and have their sights set on a long run in the playoffs.  Both team have faced a number of formidable opponents throughout the season and have successfully navigated their schedules. One thing that has been consistent for both teams has been that their defenses have had to stand tall at key times and shut down very active offenses. Both Coach Finnell and Coach Chapman have made sure that the non-league schedules of their teams will ensure that their teams are prepared for whatever the playoffs can throw at them.

After going the full season last year undefeated, the boys team has three blemishes on their record with losses to powerhouses Ward Melville, Manhasset and LaSalle of PA. With a 9-3 record the Trojans are looking to wrap up the number two seed in the playoffs to force a rematch of the Manhasset game in the County finals. The boys have excelled defensively only allowing 4.25 goals against per game. And if you remove those three tough losses the goals against average drops to 3.1.


Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: May 17, 2013

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Hockey Rink Open

The Recreation and Parks Department’s new roller hockey rink is now open for general public use by Garden City residents during the following days and times:

Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark

Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark

Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to dark

Saturdays Noon to 6 p.m.

Sundays - Family Skate 3 to 6 p.m.


Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: May 10, 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Needs Assessment Survey Mailings Continue

Mailings are ongoing to all village residents for the Community wide Recreation and Parks Needs Assessment survey.

This is your opportunity to express your individual needs, attitudes, opinions and behaviors toward village leisure services and facilities.

When you receive your questionnaire, complete it and return it to the consulting firm in the envelope provided. Note: space has been provided for write in comments. Feel free to use these areas to express other specific concerns or recommendations.


Big Bat Bonanza

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Hard-hitting Trojans headed for a

divisional collision with rival Warriors

The Garden City baseball team has been on top of their game all season but their dominance over Conference rival Jericho put the league on notice – these boys can play. Manager Rich Smith has the team playing solid defense to support a strong pitching staff while the bats have been consistent all season. For the season GC has averaged a little more than 8 runs a game while the pitching staff has given up less than 3 runs per seven innings.

A strong indication of how the Trojans have performed was the three game sweep of Jericho. GC outscored the Jayhawks 37-12 in the three game series as Cory Fallon delivered the winning performance in the series finale, while David Butler and Kyle Ritchie won the first two games. The Garden City pitching staff has been excellent this season with lefty Brian LoRusso and Alex Ostermann supporting the starting three with timely contributions.


Facing Off At A New Venue

Written by Ed Rotondo, Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Puck drops on inaugural season of

newly-renovated roller rink

On Friday, April 19, the Garden City Recreation Department unveiled another successful project at the Community Park—the renovated roller rink.  Kevin Ocker, chair of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs along with Mayor John Watras, Garden City trustees, the Roller Rink Replacement Committee and League Coordinator Andrew Karen dropped the first puck to kick off the hockey season.

The rink is home to more than 350 hockey players ranging in age from kindergarten through adult. With a new scoreboard, sound system, playing surface and end boards the rink will now be another showcase for Garden City.  In addition to the leagues, residents are also allowed to use the rink during open time for their own use.  


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