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Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: July 4, 2013

Summer Camp Registrations Ongoing

School has ended. Have you registered for the recreation department’s summer camps yet? The recreation camps are rapidly filling. Many one-week camps are offered for ages 3 to 14 in the village in various activities. To find a list of offerings, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Summer Gazebo Concerts Announced

The Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce the list of performers for its Summer Gazebo Concert Series.

July 11 – Buddy Merriam and Back Roads

July 18  - Teresa McClean from Emil Stucchio and the Classics

July 25 – Stan Zizka and the Original Del Satins

August 1 – The Clusters

August 8 – North Shore Pops

All concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. on the village green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. In the event of a less than beautiful summer sky (rain), all shows will be moved inside to St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

Pee Wee Tennis For 4-6 Year Olds

Pee Wee Tennis is offered to children who are village residents ages 4 to 6. Eligibility is determined by the child’s age at the start of the session. Skills are learned by fun and easy to do drills taught by our tennis staff. Each child may register for a maximum of two sessions.

When:

Session C: July 8-11

Session D: July 15-18

Session E: July 22-25

Session F: July 29-Aug. 1

Session G: Aug. 5–8

Where: Community Park’s Tennis Facility

Time: 9 to 10 a.m.

Cost: $55 (Week of July 1 is $42)

To register, please visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Pre-School Camp For 3 ½ To 5 Year Olds

The pre-school camp is a fun way for children ages 3 ½ to 5 years old who are residents of the village to spend the summer. Children who attend this camp MUST be 3 ½ years old by the start of the session. Arts and crafts, music, nature, and stories will fill the 2-hour class, run by Pat Leonenko, St. Joseph’s pre-school teacher.

When: Session I: July 8-11

Session II: July 15-18    

Session III: July 22-25

Session IV: July 29–Aug. 1

Where: St. Paul’s Building

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $100

US Sports Institute’s Sport Squirts And Soccer Squirts

The recreation department is pleased to work in conjunction with the US Sports Institute to offer two of their popular programs again this summer. The Sports Squirts Program has been designed to introduce children aged 3 to 5 to a variety of sports in a safe, structured environment. Soccer Squirts does the same while teaching the sport of soccer. All games and activities will encompass hand/eye coordination, balance, agility and movement—all key factors to the early development of children in sport. This program will be offered on the St. Paul’s fields.

Sports Squirts

July 15–18 from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s       

July 15–18 from 10:15–11:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s  

July 15–18 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s  

Aug. 12-15 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s  

Aug. 19-22 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s     

Soccer Squirts    

July 8–11 from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at Community Park

July 29–Aug. 1 from 9-10 a.m. at St. Paul’s

July 29-Aug. 1 from 10:15–11:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s

July 29–Aug. 1 from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s

Aug. 5–Aug. 8 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Community Park

Aug. 19–22 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s

Cost for any session: $65

Please note that any US Sport’s Institute Camp held at Community Park will add Friday to their schedule if they experience inclement weather during the program week.

A special application is necessary for any US Sports Institute camp and checks must be made payable to US Sports Institute. You may also register online for any US Sports Institute Camp on their website at www.ussportsinstitute.com.

Nature Camp In July

The Recreation Department and the Garden City Bird Sanctuary are joint venturing to offer a camp experience “Connecting with Nature”. Children ages 6-12 are invited to spend the morning at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary learning about how they can work hand-in-hand with nature. This one-week, two-hour program will meet at Nassau Haven Park and then move into the sanctuary, with walks, crafts, and take homes for each child involved.

When: Ages 6-8

Week of July 8–11

Week of July 15–18—This week is now filled.

Ages 9-12

Week of July 22-25

Where: Nassau Haven and the Bird Sanctuary

Time: 10 a.m. to noon Fee: $60

Girls Volleyball Camp

This camp will provide instruction in skills necessary to compete in the sport of volleyball. The children will learn proper techniques in serving, hitting, and passing and well as the aspects of the game. This camp will be held in St. Paul’s Field House and is open to any resident of the Village of Garden City who is entering grades 6-10 in September.

When:  July 8-11    

Time: 9 –11:30 a.m.

Where: St. Paul’s Field House

Cost:  $100

New Section Of Lacrosse Squirts Camps Offered

The US Sports Institute Lacrosse Squirts Camp is a wonderful introduction to the sport of lacrosse, designed for beginner players who have little or no experience in the sport. The program is taught in a relaxed atmosphere with the emphasis on fundamental skills and technique; helping all children to progress and succeed. Children will learn how to play lacrosse through a series of fun activities, and then take part in small scrimmages to put into practice what they have learned.

All equipment is provided for the program that makes it a more affordable way for children to learn the game. The program is non-contact so no protective clothing is required.

When: Week of July 15 – 18 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.    

Where: St. Paul’s Fields

Cost: $95 check made payable to US Sports Institute

A special application is necessary for any US Sports Institute camp and checks must be made payable to US Sports Institute. You may also register online for any US Sports Institute Camp on their website at www.ussportsinstitute.com.

USSI Field Hockey Camp—Registration Continues

US Sports Institute will conduct a Summer Field Hockey Camp for girls ages 9-13 that are residents of the Village of Garden City. Campers will be taken through all phases of the game, thoughtfully integrating technical and tactical components in a fun, innovative way. The camp will focus on individual skill development and the rules of the game, as well as the importance of playing together as a team.  Players will be grouped by age, playing ability and experience level. No previous experience playing field hockey is required to attend the First Play Field Hockey Camp. Equipment will be supplied.

When: Week of July 22–25

Week of Aug. 19-22

Where: St. Paul’s Field

Time: 9:30–12:30 p.m.  

Cost: $130 each week, check made payable to US Sports Institute

A special application is necessary for any US Sports Institute camp and checks must be made payable to US Sports Institute. You may also register online for any US Sports Institute Camp at www.ussportsinstitute.com.

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



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