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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: January 11, 2013

Sixth Grade Recreation Night In St. Paul’s Field House

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a middle school recreation night for sixth-graders in St. Paul’s Field House on Friday, Jan. 11. The recreation night will be chaperoned by the recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge.  The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.

Please note-Once the children are in the facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.

Winter Floor Hockey At St. Paul’s

Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program began on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25. The age groupings and times are as follows:

Ages 5 and 6 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ages 7 to 9  - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Ages 10 to 14 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Floor hockey will meet on the following Fridays: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, March 8

To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Winter Pee Wee Sports Sampler Registration Begins

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a Pee-Wee Sports Sampler program this winter for residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. This program has been designed especially for the young child as a positive introductory experience to sports. The cost of each 6-week session will be $75. Classes are 55 minutes in length. Children must be 4 years old by the first day of class in order to attend. The program will take place at St. Paul’s Recreation Complex according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.

Thursdays at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 or 1:30 p.m.

Friday at 1:30 p.m.

To register for this program, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or visit the Garden City Recreation Dept. at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Youth Yoga Classes Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a winter session of youth yoga. Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed youth yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is 55-minutes long. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Senior Center. Any resident of the Incorporated Village of Garden City in this age group is invited to join these relaxing classes.  Classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The course schedule is as follows:

Ages 6 – 9 - Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

Ages 10 – 14 - Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from www.gardencity recreation.org.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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