In a groundbreaking move, Lord & Taylor partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, to host the “Perfect Pairs” Pet Adoption Day, in celebration of the retailer’s biggest sandal sale of the season. Merging retail and rescue animal groups that are part of Best Friends Animal Societies No More Homeless Pets Network brought rescued pets to the stores as part of a nationwide effort to put shelter pets in front of retail shoppers.
The idea to feature rescued animals came from Lord & Taylor. It was the kind of support welcomed by Greta Palmer, Best Friends Animal Society’s national event manager.
As if in anticipation of the occasion, the hours-before stormy skies cleared over Garden City and Warren King Field, making for a picture-perfect day on which to celebrate Garden City High School’s 67th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Hundreds of family and friends filled the stadium seats on Saturday, June 23 to applaud the Class of 2012 – the sons, daughters, siblings, grandchildren, and friends about to depart for broader horizons.
There was no lack of inspirational words during the ceremony from Principal Nanine Cuttitta, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, Salutatorian Megan Bader, Julia Maloney Scholarship Winner Franklin Dickinson, and Valedictorian Alina Ranjbaran as the Class of 2012 attended their final event at the high school.
Congratulations to Alina Ranjbaran (left) for being named Garden City High School’s Class of 2012 valedictorian, and to Megan Bader (right) for being named salutatorian. Harvard-bound, Alina is a National Merit Scholarship finalist, a Seimens Science Research Regional finalist, a student in Juilliard School’s pre-college division, a NYSSMA All-State musician, and president of the National Honor Society. Megan Bader is a two-season News 12 Scholar Athlete, a National, Spanish, and Latin Honor Society member, and a 2012 National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. Megan plans to attend Duke University in the fall.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 5 million stay-at-home moms, down from 5.1 million the prior year and 5.3 million in 2008. And a Parenting.com article revealed that there are 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. And while the statistics don’t reveal how many are run by stay-at-home moms, the combination of a down economy and technological flexibility points to that latter demographic filling in a large slice of that statistical pie. It is this world that author and mom Cristian T. Lopez-O’Keeffe lived in when she penned her essay, “Mama Esta Trabajando,” for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home-Moms, a collection of inspirational treatises originally released in 2009 as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.
The Garden City Association of Girl Scouts held its fourth annual awards ceremony on Friday, June 8, to recognize Girl Scouts for their community involvement. Scouts of all ages, their families and local government officials piled into the Garden City Middle School auditorium, where honorees received their respective Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
“It’s a pleasure to be with you here this evening,” said New York State Assemblyman Edward Ra. “Garden City has quite a substantial share of the Gold Award winners this year from Nassau County,” he added. Indeed, 12 local “Ambassador” Scouts received the prestigious award that represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and is given to recognize community service initiatives. Ambassadors range in age from ninth grade through twelfth grade. “It shows such a maturity at a young age to see the value of community service, to see the value of mentoring the younger Girl Scouts. I can’t commend you enough and congratulate you enough on behalf of myself as well as Assemblyman Tom McKevitt with whom I have the privilege of representing Garden City in Albany.”
While none of their creations were for sale, the duo wanted to do their part in contributing to the beautification of the village. Both physicians are part of Garden City’s Long Island Plastic Surgical Group and have also been involved with creating fine art for decades.
In a bid to answer the many questions surrounding the proposed 2012-2013 budget for the Elmont Public School District, Superintendent Al Harper keynoted a town hall meeting at the Stewart Manor Country Club on Wednesday, May 30. Harper requested the meeting, following a May 15 vote that shot down a proposed budget that would increase school taxes by nearly 6.9 percent, exceeding the state’s 2 percent cap on property tax increases.
“I am indebted to you for giving me 20 minutes of your time,” Harper told the standing-room-only audience. Under a law approved by the state last year, an increase in annual school taxes beyond the state’s tax cap requires at least 60 percent voter approval. The May 15 vote fell short of that supermajority, yielding nearly 57 percent approval, Harper said, adding that nine out of the last 10 years, the Elmont school budget passed with more than 60 percent voter approval.
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