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Big Bat Bonanza

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.

The Garden City bats were on fire for the Jericho series with Fallon, John Cauchi, Kyle Ritchie, Matteo Lattanzio, Andrew Lobasso and TJ Pallon delivering key hits against the Jericho staff. Throughout the season the Trojans have mixed in the right amount of power, timely hitting and a little small ball to help produce their 13-2 record.

Several dads said in their usual spot behind home plate that it seems that the boys can handle any of the hard throwers that a team like Jericho throws at them, but they appear to have trouble hitting a pitcher with a quirky windup, throws more off speed ‘stuff’ or who is a little erratic in the strike zone.

Garden City did hit a bump in the series opener against New Hyde Park as they lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to end their 12-game winning streak. The Trojans managed to load the bases in the top of the seventh but could not push across the tying run. But the boys did come back with an 11-2 bounce back home victory in the second game of the series behind the strong pitching of David Butler.

As the boys of summer come down the homestretch of the schedule towards the playoffs it looks like they will have to be prepared to face strong competition against conference rival and division leader Wantagh. The Warriors sit atop Conference A-1 and have won 14 straight games this season to remain undefeated in league play.

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The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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