The team became the state champs on July 16, defeating Half Hollow Hills 10-2. Asked whether he was confident the team would win the state championship, coach Tom Donnelly replied, “We lost in the semifinals at the N.Y. State tournament last year as 11-year-olds playing in the 12-year-old division and we won the N.Y. State tournament as 10-years-olds, so we were confident but we knew Staten Island and Half Hollow Hills would be very tough games.”
On April 21, Bentley University swept a doubleheader against Southern New Hampshire (SNH), a Division II rival ranked sixth in the nation. The sweep was kicked off by a 3-1 win in the opener. Leading the way was Garden City High School alum, Rob Finneran, who went the distance in throwing a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk. In addition to nailing the win for Bentley and falling one strikeout short of tying the university record, Finneran arguably threw the best game of his college career. His timing couldn’t have been better as Tampa Bay Rays scout Tim Alexander was in the stands alongside a rival from the New York Yankees who came to check out the strapping, 6’3” righthander. By the end of the 2012 Major League Baseball Baseball draft on June 6, the Rays had picked up the Queens native in the 37th round. While the execution of his three-hitter couldn’t have been better timed, the road to Finneran’s ascension from amateur to professional athlete was a long and difficult one fueled by steely-eyed determination, sacrifice and hard work.
“Welcome to the Big Dave Show. Let’s talk Knicks. They are driving me INSANE.”
Although, the Big Dave Show isn’t yet a radio show, Dave Cantwood of the Bronx, as well as up to 100 others had a chance to audition before a panel of judges for an opportunity to host a real on-air shift on Sports Radio 66 WFAN.
Driving past 1515 Stewart Avenue, there’s a nondescript fenced-in compound with a tower, that upon first glance resembles a cable television outpost. But inside, directions are being provided to a steady stream of incoming and outgoing aircraft from four of the largest airports in the tri-state area.
These crucial directives could be transmitted from further afield if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) goes through with plans to relocate air traffic control facilities in Garden City and Ronkonkoma to a new site in upstate New York. At a recent press conference held at the front of the aforementioned Stewart Avenue address, a bipartisan Long Island congressional delegation laid out its plan to keep the facilities in their current locations.
This year’s parade highlighted political dignitaries, marching bands, antique vehicles, the Nassau County Fire Riders and nearly 20 fire departments, including Bellerose Terrace, Bellerose Village, Elmont, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Franklin Square-Munson, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Stewart Manor, Syosset, Uniondale, Valley Stream, West Hempstead and Williston Park.
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.
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