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Keeping The Pink Diamond Gleaming

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:59

Trio of Garden City residents to be recognized

The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education will be marking the 10th anniversary of its Pink Diamond fundraisers on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at East Meadow’s Carltun in Eisenhower Park. Garden City will be well represented for the evening’s festivities thanks to this year’s honorees and event founder Dr. Virginia Maurer. Funds raised at this year’s Pink Diamond Gala will support the Long Island-based non-profit organization’s breast health education mission.

The event will be honoring Thomas Poole, chairman of Hallen Construction Company, Inc., and his son, Shepard Poole, president and CEO of Hallen, for their unyielding support of the foundation through the years. Dr. Eva Chalas, director of Clinical Cancer Services and vice-chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop University Hospital, will also be honored for her tireless work on women’s health issues here on Long Island.


Dawn Of A New Era

Written by Vinny Messana, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

New school director

of athletics named

Garden City has named Dawn Cerrone as its new Director of Athletics and Physical Education, replacing the recently-retired Nancy Kalafus.

“I can honestly say that excellence is an expectation and standard for all,” Cerrone said. “Everyone that I have met is passionate, knowledgeable and invested in the school district and community.”

Cerrone’s predecessor, Kalafus, was beloved within the district. It is often difficult to replace someone that is held in such high regard. Cerrone, however, welcomes the challenge.

Miracle Foundation Donates $50K

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

The Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital received a very special gift eight years ago, and it’s continued ever since.

“In 2006, the [Garden City-based] Miracle Foundation gave a generous gift to start the Child Life Program here at the Center,” said Linda Sweeney, Pediatric Development Manager at Winthrop. “Their sustained philanthropy has made a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of patients and families during those years. We would not have a Child Life program without the Miracle Foundation’s support.”


Making Way For The Future

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Ellis Hall demolished for more green space

Demolition began Tuesday, Aug. 26, on a Garden City building that has stood vacant for more than two decades.

Ellis Hall, built in 1969 to provide additional classrooms, a new library and a science lab for St. Paul’s School students, was carefully deconstructed after extensive asbestos and mold removal was completed.

Earlier this year, the Garden City Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to demolish the structure, the site of break-ins and vandalism in recent years.


Manipulating Life With Photos

Written by Betsy Abraham, Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:45

John Micheals sees it

through the camera eye

When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression. It’ll all be on display firsthand when Micheals winds up having his work exhibited at the Barnes Gallery through Sept. 27.

“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.


The Sky Is Falling In Stewart Manor

Written by Chris Boyle, Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:28

Aircraft debris found in local man's backyard

Falling aircraft debris that landed last week in the backyard of a Stewart Manor resident who was on his way out to walk his dog was the talk of the jam-packed Aug. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC).

Lee Ackerman typically walks his dog twice a day; when heading out for his afternoon jaunt with his four-legged friend on Tuesday, Aug. 19, he noticed something in his backyard that wasn’t there that morning — an 11-inch by 12-inch sheet of metal, covered with aircraft maintenance text and graphite soot.


Neurocritical Care Director Named

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) recently announced that Garden City resident Richard E. Temes, MD, MS, has been appointed director of the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore University Hospital and assistant professor of neurology, neurological surgery and internal medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

“Dr. Temes is a nationally recognized leader in neurocritical care and we are delighted to have him on board to spearhead our efforts in further expanding the neurocritical care services program,” said Raj K. Narayan, MD, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and CNI’s director. For the past seven years, Dr. Temes served as director of the neurocritical care program he founded at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He also served as the hospital’s medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and as director of the Therapeutic Hypothermia Service. Under Dr. Temes’ leadership, he established Rush’s neurological emergencies transfer center, which grew to transfer 1,200 patients annually from over 30 institutions throughout southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and western Michigan.


Beating Back The Beetles

Written by Edith Updike, Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


No Books For You

Written by Matthew Ern, Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Garden City Homes Needed: Adopt Today

Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00


Although a bit unsure at first, all Foofa needs is a little bit of love and patience to bring out his true affectionate self. A favorite with the handlers, Foofa is proving an excellent student with his training, loves long walks on the trail, and enjoys his “pampering” sessions with petting and brushing.


Just like the Mario character, this little guy will keep you smiling all day long. Yoshi happily greets all people he meets, gets along well with his fellow canines, and loves long walks and petting sessions. Yoshi would make a wonderful addition in just about any home.


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