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2013 Gala Honorees Announced

On Saturday, Oct. 19, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale. Garden City residents John F. Aloia, MD, chief academic officer at Winthrop-University Hospital, and Veronica B. Renken, board of directors member and president of Winthrop-University Hospital’s Auxiliary , will each receive the Streaming Star Award in recognition of their years of loyal service to Winthrop-University Hospital and its patients. President John F. Collins, CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, ws pleased to announce the honorees for the Hospital’s Annual Gala, “A Night in the Caribbean.”

“Dr. Aloia and Mrs. Renken are prime examples of individuals who continuously give of themselves for the good of others. Their service to the Winthrop community is truly admirable and for this reason, we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” Collins said.

A mainstay for academic medicine at Winthrop, Dr. Aloia has led the hospital’s Medical education and research program as chief academic officer since 1999. His leadership was pivotal in facilitating Winthrop’s formal designation as a clinical campus of Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine in late 2011 – a major achievement that has greatly enriched the culture of the hospital. Today, Dr. Aloia serves as dean of the Winthrop campus.

An internationally recognized expert on osteoporosis, bone biology and calcium nutrition, Dr. Aloia has made numerous valuable contributions to the field including serving on the National Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Vitamin D and Calcium for the Institute of Medicine – one of the most influential and prestigious health policy organizations in the country, and investigating vitamin D and osteoporosis prevention in elderly African American women in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health among other research projects.

Following graduation from Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Aloia completed a residency in internal medicine and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He completed fellowship training in diabetes and metabolism at Jefferson Medical College and is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.

After completion of his fellowship, Dr. Aloia joined the staff at Meadowbrook Hospital, now Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), where he became director of the metabolism unit and eventually acting chair of medicine. During the decade at NUMC, Dr. Aloia served as a research collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has been professor of medicine at Stony Brook since 1977. In 1978, he was named chairman of the department of medicine and director of medical education at Winthrop.  Dr. Aloia established the bone mineral research center at Winthrop, which has been the recipient of multiple NIH and other investigator-initiated grants and has participated in nearly every pharmaceutical trial for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis over the course of the past several decades. A member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, Dr. Aloia has published over 200 articles and book chapters.

Veronica “Ronnie” Renken has dedicated her life to the service of others. Motivated by the Irish nun Catherine McAuley’s vision to give back and give forward, Renken has devoted countless hours to volunteering and fundraising at Winthrop.

Her tenure at Winthrop began in the 1970s when she made a decision to volunteer at what was then known as Nassau Hospital, feeding patients who were unable to feed themselves. Volunteering on patient care units alongside nurses enabled the Garden City resident to experience firsthand the compassion of the staff as well as the healing that takes place at Winthrop. Wanting to become more involved, she soon joined the hospital’s auxiliary – a dedicated group of volunteers who collectively support the general welfare of the hospital through their goodwill and fundraising.  

Twelve years ago, Renken was elected [resident of Winthrop’s auxiliary, which includes two volunteer fundraising groups, the Twigs and Wings of Winthrop. In addition to serving as the auxiliary president, she is a valued long time member of the hospital’s board of directors, as well as an asset to Winthrop’s patient relations department, where she volunteers her time two days a week. Renken also serves on the boards of United Way of Long Island and Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

She has received numerous accolades and honors from the community. In 1989, Newsday recognized her with its First Annual Volunteer Recognition Award and in 1991, she was honored by the National Society of Fundraising Executives LI Chapter as an Outstanding Volunteer. Additionally, in 1994 Renken was named Garden City Citizen of the Year and in 2004, she received the Gilbert Tillis Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. United Way of Long Island has also recognized her with the MVP and Elena M. Perez Volunteer Leadership Awards, and in 2007, she was honored at Winthrop’s Annual Yuletide Ball. A graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s class of 1950, Renken was also the Academy’s 15th Annual Golf Classic Honoree.

The annual gala raises essential support for Winthrop-University Hospital’s Research and Academic Center Building Campaign The event also provides an opportunity to honor the individuals whose hard work and dedication to Winthrop go above and beyond in service to the community. Guests of this year’s gala will enjoy cocktails, fine dining and special entertainment. For more information about the Winthrop Gala or its honorees, please call 516-663-3398.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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