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Teeing Off For Scholarships

Centennial Soccer Club hosts Annual Golf Classic

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.

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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com