Written by Ed Rotondo, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
The Garden City Centennials held their 3rd Annual Golf Classic to help support the annual scholarships that are handed out to high school seniors that have competed in the Centennial Programs for at least five years including participation in Intramurals, Travel, Referees, and/or TOPSoccer. The scholarship winners are chosen based on commitment to soccer, an essay about lessons learned in sportsmanship, community service, recommendations and academic achievement.
Through the end of the 2012 school year, The Centennials have awarded 30 scholarships aggregating to over $57,000. At least four scholarships, of a minimum of $1000, each will again be awarded next spring. The 2012 winners of the scholarship were current college freshman Matthew Trabold, Kelsey Tierney, Elizabeth Kane, Courtney Studdert, Mark Schwendemann and Kevin Mercadante.
The scholarship money distributed to these seniors is raised by proceeds from Soccerfest, private donations and the Centennial annual golf outing.
The golf outing this year drew the largest group of golfers, hackers and duffers in the past three years with 20 foursomes heading out to play the course at Wheatley Hills Golf Club last month. The hospitality at Wheatley Hills, of the staff and the Centennial Golf Committee, was apparent from the moment the players got to the course. With a hot and cold buffet brunch, lunch at the turn and a full dinner afterwards, the attendees were well fed.
During the day there were also a number of chances for the attendees to win door prizes, raffles and blind auction items ranging from a number of golf clubs, sporting memorabilia and gift certificates.
On the course the players enjoyed perfect weather and the foursome of Chris DeSantis, Tom Granville, Steve Haggerty and Rich Honan to advantage of a course in great condition to win the low gross prize as the winning foursome. They unseated returning champs Rob Malhame and Rich Carpentierre by one stroke – and arguably it was the putting of Carpentierre that held them back until he began using a borrowed white putter.
In addition to the overall winners the low net winners were Chris Caporicci, Robert Cappello, Mike Polo and Vin Suba. The longest drive was won by Chris DeSantis as he pounded a ball down the middle of the fairway. While on the flip side it was Peter Kenny and Rob Reinhardt pitching the ball to win the closest to the pin as there ‘greenies’ were too close to determine one winner.
Finally there was a valiant effort by Mike Polo as he was one rotation away from sinking a hole in one and a new Ford Escape.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.