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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

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

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.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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