Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.
Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.
Long Island University (LIU) announced that Garden City native Dr. Kimberly R. Cline has been honored as a 2014 Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update.
Past recipients of the publication’s Distinguished Leader in Education awards include: Harold (Terry) McGraw III, chairman of the board and former president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies; Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; and Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president of The City College of New York.
The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees began its most recent meeting in high spirits, presiding from the newly-renovated, cherrywood justice’s bench in village hall.
Mayor Tangredi offered up thanks to the court system for providing the grant that paid for the improved bench. Trustee John R. Egan also was in fine fettle in his return after missing previous meetings due to health issues.
The Garden City Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Library Director Lisa Paulo are dedicated to continuing the patron-friendly atmosphere in the library. It is an experienced and dedicated panel, who with a knowledgeable staff under the direction of Library Director Lisa Paulo, will continue to develop interesting innovations. The trustees anticipate many productive years ahead.
The library’s successful focus groups will continue in 2014. All patrons are invited to attend. The board, however, is reaching out to parents of school-age children to round out the participants. Anyone interested in contributing their time and experience is welcome. Please call the library at 516-742-8405 x210 and leave your name and telephone and/or email address.
Gloria Weinrich is the vice chair of the Garden City Library Board of Trustees
It might not be cold enough to build a snowman, but that hasn’t stopped Elsa from Disney’s Frozen from parading the streets of Garden City this summer. In fact, young Disney fans in the village went nuts at her last appearance at the Garden City Promenade, a weekly event on Seventh Street.
Gina Naomi Baez, famous for her impersonations of the Disney character Elsa, performed at the promenade twice last Friday, Aug. 9. For her first performance, she disguised herself as Elsa and sang hits from the movie Frozen. These included “For the First Time in Forever,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” and of course, “Let It Go.” Prior to the show, Baez also signed Elsa’s autograph for the crowds of excited children attending the event. She let parents snap photographs of their kids with Elsa. Some of the girls, so enthusiastic to meet her, had even dressed in their own Disney princess attire for the occasion.
Newscaster Tom Brokaw once said, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” If anyone knows the truisms of that quote, it’s the members of the Stewart Manor Beautification Committee. It’s a sentiment echoed by Mayor Gerard Tangredi who had this to say about this all-volunteer organization:
“They’re hard working residents that take care of their families and homes but still find the time to volunteer. They try their hardest to keep Stewart Manor a great place to live in.”
Garden City Public Library’s Children’s Department will be exhibiting “Highlights From Children’s Literature” through Aug. 28 in the library’s showcases located at 60 Seventh St., in Garden City. Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy seeing a variety of dolls and stuffed animals paired with coordinated books in this collection. Young readers are encouraged to join in this year’s collaborative “Fizz, Boom Read! 2014 Summer Reading Club” program. Come check out fun stuff for kids!
Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.
For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.
A local art studio is offering a workshop at Adelphi University on Thursday, Aug. 21, to help people design their own Creative Cups—turning ordinary bras into works of art—for the Creative Cups Fund Raiser that will be held next March. Artists Denise Collins and Laura Bykowski, owners of The Mermaid Art Studio of Long Beach, will guide participants in the design of their Creative Cups and help them reach their artistic vision. They will also help participants with the registration and submission process. The completed bras are due by Oct. 15.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Garden City resident Stephen A. Bucaria has been named commander of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force. Bucaria is a sitting New York State Supreme Court Judge and is also a brigadier general in the New York Guard. He has served in the state force since 1996.
Bucaria replaces New York Guard Major General Fergal Foley as commander of the state-service’s only uniformed force.
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