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Nassau County’s Nutritious Snack Attack

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

County Exec Mangano expands Fit Nassau initiative via healthier vending machine options

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 72 million adults currently are obese while statistics provided by the American Heart Association indicate that the 1 in 3 adolescents who are overweight have a 70 percent chance of becoming obese adults. With that in mind, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on Thursday, Aug. 9 plans to expand his Fit Nassau initiative with healthy choices in vending machines for over 100,000 students in 113 schools throughout Long Island. The program will also include snack dispensers at Nassau County parks and recreation facilities. Partnering with Mangano is Butch Yamali, president of Quick Snack, one of New York State’s top vending service whose extensive Long Island client base includes park facilities, Catholic hospitals, courthouses and more than 1,500 schools.

From Drilling Shots To Drilling Teeth

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Garden City dentist/1959 Final Four standout set for hall of fame induction

If you have an appointment at Dental Arts of Garden City and are fortunate enough to draw Dr. Donald Goldstein, the first thing you notice about the genial dental practitioner is his lanky, 6’ 5” frame and large hands. If you were to guess that he knew his way around a basketball court, you’d be right. But what might surprise you was his involvement in the 1959 NCAA Final Four, a tournament that found him playing against college superstars and future NBA Hall of Famers, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Far from being a mere bench player, the All-American helped lead Louisville to its first Final Four appearance, averaging 21.4 points and 10 rebounds during the 1959 tournament. In the process, Louisville also dethroned the legendary Adolph Rupp and his University of Kentucky squad, the reigning barons of the state and a college basketball force in its own right.


Science Whiz Kid Is Feeling Minnesota

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Acupoint device lands Brandon Gong finalist slot in Young Scientist Challenge

In October, Garden City Middle School student Brandon Gong will be hopping on a plane to St. Paul, MN. When the 12-year-old arrives, he’ll be competing for a chance at winning $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as part of the 14th Annual Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge. One of 10 finalists out of more than 600 entrants, the straight A-student is the only Long Island/New York representative along with Northport’s Aidan Dwyer.

According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test given every three years to 15-year-olds worldwide, students from 16 other industrialized countries wound up with higher science scores than their American peers. While this may be middle of the pack, it is yet another poor showing for the United States, a fountainhead of inventions including global positioning systems and the iPad.


Malone Mulhall Benefit Game Returns

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Camp Anchor volunteers honored at Adelphi University gymnasium

They say the hardest thing in life is to lose a child. One cannot imagine the pain, especially when the children being lost were everything you could hope them to grow up to be, as were Jamie Malone, Paige Malone, and Michael Mulhall, who were lost in a fatal car accident on their way to work at Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a camp for Long Island’s special needs individuals. For the father of Jamie and Paige, longtime Garden City High School guidance counselor Jim Malone, the Saturday, July 28 was “bittersweet,” as Adelphi University’s gymnasium filled up at 1 p.m. for the second annual Malone Mulhall Benefit Game that was held in honor of the three young Floral Park residents.

SM Players Part Of Little League World Series Run

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

NHP All-Stars to face international competition in Oregon

They make it look easy. Indeed, the New Hyde Park All-Stars, comprised of seventh and eighth-grade girls from Stewart Manor and New Hyde Park, clinched the East Region Little League Championship on July 27, wrapping up a tournament run that included four shutouts by the All-Stars.

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.”


GCHS Standout Signs With Tampa Bay Rays

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Rob Finneran assigned to Hudson Valley Renegades in New York-Penn League

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.


Fans Flock To WFAN’s Fantasy Phenom Challenge

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Long Island sports fans audition to become next big radio star

“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.


Congressional Delegation Lobbies FAA To Stay Grounded On Long Island

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Bipartisan bloc working to keep air traffic control facilities in Garden City and Ronkonkoma

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.


A Steward For A.T. Stewart’s Legacy

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Garden City historian John Ellis Kordes keeps the keys to the past

When millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart purchased a 10,000-acre swath of the Hempstead Plains in 1869, little did he know the rich history that would evolve out of what would eventually become the Incorporated Village of Garden City. It is a rich heritage that lifelong Garden City resident John Ellis Kordes has made a point of documenting and sharing via his career as a professional photographer. Since 1996, Kordes has been the official village historian, only the third after the late Mildred Smith and Vincent Seyfried. On Tuesday, July 10, the Oyster Bay Historical Society recognized Kordes’ efforts when they chose to honor him alongside a number of other historians during its inaugural awards program saluting, “Long Island’s Top Advocates for Historic Preservation & Education.” It was an event that Adelphi alum wound up getting more out of than he expected.

SMFD Hosts Annual 4th Of July Parade

Written by Marilou Giammona: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Super Soakers, Superheroes, and Stars and Stripes Abound

For the 14th consecutive year, the Stewart Manor Fire Department’s (SMFD) Fourth of July parade made a big splash. On Wednesday, July 4, the serene, tree-lined streets of the village were transformed into a no-holds-barred water fight, as spectators – armed with Super Soakers, water balloons and garden hoses - and local fire departments – armed with their own hydro artillery - waged war on each other.

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.


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