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A Look Back At 2012’s Top Stories

(Part I)

6. The End Of One Era And The Start Of Another – When Commissioner Ernie J. Cipullo filed his retirement papers with the village, he capped off a distinguished 51-year career serving Garden City after reporting for his first day of duty on April 20, 1961. During this time, Cipullo not only received 27 departmental citations as a police officer, but served in a number of high-ranking positions as president and vice-president on numerous professional organizations including the Garden City P.B.A. and the Nassau Police Conference.  His successor is Kenneth Jackson, who the old commissioner personally hired back in 1985 and served as a mentor to since then. The recently-minted commissioner is no slouch himself, having racked up numerous awards and accolades including the New York American Legion Law and Order Award (twice). A smoother transition to one of the community’s more crucial areas couldn’t have been pulled off better.

7. Hannon Wins Lucky 13th Term – Incumbent Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) defeated opponent Ryan Cronin (D) in the race for the 6th Senate District, capturing 52.37 percent of the electorate. In turning back fellow village resident Cronin, a litigator with experience representing victims of financial fraud and a former executive director of the Nassau County Democratic Committee, Hannon will be serving his 13th term overall in the New York State Senate. At a time when health care is one of the more controversial topics being batted around on the national level, Hannon’s return to his post as chairman of New York’s Health Committee assures a level of continuity on the state level when it comes to such a hot-button topic. In addition to Medicaid/Medicare reform, addressing jobs and taxes will be central to Hannon’s subsequent term.

8. Garden City Hotel Owners Check Out – Morris Moinian’s Manhattan-based Fortuna Realty Group purchased the Garden City Hotel from the Nelkin Family, who originally acquired it in 1979, before having it renovated and reopened in 1983 by the late Myron Nelkin. Originally erected in 1874 by Village of Garden City founder Alexander Turney Stewart, the building had gone through four separate incarnations in that time. Donald Trump was rumored to be looking to offer a serious bid for the 272-room hotel that lies on 8.6 acres before Fortuna swooped in to seal the deal. Part of the subsequent transformation was the termination of the hotel’s staff, with more than 90 percent of employees getting rehired according to a statement released by the hotel management.

9. Trojans Capture Fifth Overall Long Island Championship – The athletic program in the Garden City Public School system has always been a source of pride, thanks to the regularity with which its teams win. The Trojans football team continued that trend when they trumped the rival Wantagh Warriors for the Nassau Conference-II County Championship on Sunday, Nov. 25 by a score of 21-17. Coach Tom Flatley’s squad didn’t miss a beat, advancing to play the Riverhead Blue Waves for the 2012 Long Island Championship on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stony Brook University. The outcome was Garden City coming out on the winning end of a 29-16 score and the capture of Garden City High School’s fifth overall Long Island Championship.

10. Crime Fighting In The Village — Aside from the usual array of misdemeanors the Garden City Police Department had to deal with were two more disturbing cases that the village’s finest had to contend with. What started out as a reported burglary at a Chelsea Road residence on Nov. 8 turned into a multi-jurisdictional task force apprehending Artie Jackson, an alleged felon charged with being behind a spate of home invasion heists. Once Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson, (no relation), Hempstead Police Chief Michael McGowan and Nassau County Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki met, their task force eventually caught up with Jackson during a Nov. 11 East Garden City home invasion call. Following a car and foot chase, authorities had their man. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Jackson was arraigned and charged with double-digit counts ranging from first and second degree assault to second degree strangulation and first degree rape.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Garden City resident Edward Orenchuk III was arrested and charged with multiple felonies for possessing images of child pornography and making those images available to others via the Internet.

According to DA investigators, the 23-year-old man was arrested that morning and charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony, and three counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

Most disturbing was the fact that Orenchuk was a part-time page at the Garden City Public Library and an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop #243 in Garden City. Both the library and the Theodore Roosevelt Council of Boy Scouts quickly issued statements condemning Orenchuk’s actions while banning him from the former and revoking his membership in the latter.

News

The Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.

 

“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Sports

Dance Conservatory Program

 

The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 

 

Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 

 

Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com