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Marching To The Batter’s Box

Local little league celebrates with

parade and 57th Opening Day

The 57th year of the Garden City Athletic Association’s (GCAA) baseball, softball and Challenger Division seasons got underway with the Opening Day parade on Saturday, April 6.

Once the crowd gathered at the village gazebo, Al Vanesco, GCAA president, introduced Mayor John Watras for the ceremonial throwing out of the first ball. Before tossing a fresh set of baseballs out to the young boys and girls, Watras told the group “we are looking for good sportsmanship, respect for our coaches and players, and to build a solid learning environment, but most of all, to go out and have fun.”

The mayor then led the group of trustees and GCAA board members to toss out the first pitch to the eager girls and boys.

With the first pitch completed, it was time for the guests of honor to pick the top four banners that marched in the parade and were on display. The group selected the Boston Red Sox (with real red socks hanging), Oakland A’s (one of the most colorful), Chicago Cubs (excellent mascot replica) and a hometown favorite, the New York Yankees.

The baseball players ranged from five years old in the Rookie League up to seventeen-year-olds in the Senior League. Except for the Rookie League, which plays only on Saturdays, teams normally play twice a week, one weeknight game and once on Saturdays. The regular season takes the teams through early June. For age groups 9 and above, the teams will compete in playoffs that lead up to Championship Saturday

At the end of the season tournament teams are selected for several of the age groups and they go on to compete in local and national tournaments – maybe even getting to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.    

The girls softball division is organized into five leagues with the youngest in kindergarten playing twice a week in a clinic setting. The remainder of the divisions go up to and include eighth grade, and they play the majority of their games on week nights.  

The Garden City Athletic Association also supports the local chapter of the Challenger Division, which has as its most fundamental goal to give everyone a chance to play, regardless of limitations. The baseball program consists of games as well as clinics designed to teach and improve the skill level of those children involved so that these youngsters become part of a regular athletic program. The Challenger Division plays its games each Saturday at the Garden City Community Baseball fields (#1 and 3) right behind the Garden City pool.

News

Foofa

Although a bit unsure at first, all Foofa needs is a little bit of love and patience to bring out his true affectionate self. A favorite with the handlers, Foofa is proving an excellent student with his training, loves long walks on the trail, and enjoys his “pampering” sessions with petting and brushing.

Yoshi

Just like the Mario character, this little guy will keep you smiling all day long. Yoshi happily greets all people he meets, gets along well with his fellow canines, and loves long walks and petting sessions. Yoshi would make a wonderful addition in just about any home.

New leaders In Garden City Public Schools

Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.


Sports

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.


Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26



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