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Parents And Addiction Experts Call For I-STOP Legislation

Written by Ronald Scaglia: Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00
“Mommy, help me. How did I get into this? Get me out of this.”

Maria Basmas recalls those heartbreaking words that her son, Christopher, spoke to her while he was in the throes of an addiction to prescription medication, specifically Xanax and Oxycodone. She recalls the painful ordeal that her family went through as her son struggled to do simple tasks that most people can do effortlessly. She recalls the pain she felt as she helplessly watched her son have difficulty walking, speaking, getting out of a shower and holding a spoon. And most painfully, she recalls the awful day last October when her son lost his battle.


Lifetime SM Resident Remembers Fallen War Hero

Written by Marilou Giammona: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00
As the village of Stewart Manor works to put the finishing touches on its upcoming Memorial Day observance, residents will once again be reminded that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and not merely backyard barbecues. Political dignitaries, local clergy and residents will gather on the lawn of the Stewart Manor Country Club on Saturday, May 26, amidst a trio of memorials that honor fallen Stewart Manor residents, to remember those who have lost their lives to secure our freedom.

Among the memorials is a plaque that honors former Stewart Manor resident Lt. Thomas Lyons McVeigh, Marine Corps, who perished during the Korean War. Garden City Life recently had the opportunity to catch up with lifetime Stewart Manor resident Barbara McVeigh, sister-in-law of Lt. McVeigh. McVeigh’s late husband, Brian, also served with the Marines in the Korean War.


GC Residents Pass School Budget

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio: Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

Supermajority vote needed for passage is achieved thanks to 1,820-1,044 win

On May 15, the Garden City Board of Education kicked off its meeting with a mini-ceremony recognizing student accomplishments, including those who won medals at the Long Island Math Fair. The evening ended on a high note as residents voted to pass the proposed 2012-13 school budget by a tally of 1,820 approvals versus 1,044 rejections. Also, by getting the proposal passed by this margin, the 60 percent supermajority vote was garnered in order for the budget to pass as mandated by the New York State Department of Education. In addition, incumbent trustee Tom Pinou took over Hastings’ at-large seat with 1,571 votes. Newcomer Robert Martin received 1,424 votes approving his ascendancy to the East trustee seat.


Garden City School District Budget And Election Results

Thursday, 17 May 2012 00:00
School Budget Passes:

Yes: 1,820
No: 1044

BOE Trustee Election:

Robert Martin – 1,571
Tom Pinou – 1,424

(Both Martin and Pinou ran unopposed. Pinou will fill the at-large seat of Laura Hastings, who stepped down due to term limits and Martin will be the trustee from the East.)


Taking A Hike

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio: Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

GC Daniel Gale ad coordinator goes on Grand Canyon walkabout for charity

According to, May through September are considered the most dangerous months of the year to be traipsing through this geological marvel. And while most of the warnings regarding the dangers of heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn apply to the Inner Gorge, where temperatures can hover around 106 degrees in the shade, (of which there’s none), donning Timberlands and attempting to hike any of the foreboding terrain that constitutes the Grand Canyon is still quite a formidable task. But this is exactly what Kevin Wohlers intends to do when he laces his boots up on May 19, hits the Grandview Trailhead, a more temperate but no less difficult rim-to-rim hike and takes the first steps towards raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


GC BOE Hosts Final Work Session/Budget Hearing

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio: Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Proposals aim to maintain high standards while walking economic tightrope

(Editor’s note: Garden City Life went to press before the budget vote on May 15. Please visit for results.)

Throughout the process of formulating the 2012-13 school budget, the Garden City Board of Education has used a logo to represent its goal of achieving fiduciary equilibrium—a stick figure with outstretched arms forming a see-saw, one end featuring a group of children balanced out by an opposite end of stacks of money. In the presentation of the proposed budget that residents cast votes for or against on Tuesday, May 15, Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and his fellow board members considered this to be an ideal balance.


GC’s Music And Theatre Legacy Foundation Awards Scholarship To Student

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:58

Michael Amante supports veterans at upcoming Westbury show

Michael Amante, affectionately known as the “People’s Tenor,” announced that he will play NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. The concert will feature special guest, Ric Mango and an appearance by Amante’s duet partner, Marissa Famiglietti.

A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans and DAV Chapter 76 National Amputation Foundation, Inc. In addition, Music and Theatre Legacy Foundation (MTLF) will be awarding its inaugural scholarship for performance studies to New Hyde Park Memorial High School student Nicole Kemmet.


Piano Playing Prodigal Son Returns Home

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

GC native John Tesh set to bring Big Band to Westbury

The quintessential example of being able to take the boy out of his hometown but not the hometown out of the boy, John Tesh once again returns to the area in support of his latest musical project. On Saturday, May 12, he will be playing the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in support of his latest album, Big Band.

A former Garden City resident, Tesh has always carried a special place in his heart for the village despite the fact that his family moved out following his graduation from high school in 1970. Those formative years living on Seabury Road inspired him to not only lend his hometown’s name to the title track of his 1989 album, but do the same when he founded a recording imprint in 2000. When asked about this inspiration while preparing for the upcoming tour at his Los Angeles home, Tesh came up with an interesting rationale.


Melanoma Foundation Sounds Early Awareness Alarm

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis: Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

GC Residents team up with NYU Med Center for skin cancer prevention message

May is Melanoma Awareness Month and Garden City residents Maggie and Jack Biggane have been tireless champions of getting this message out to the public.

Twelve years ago, their 20-year-old daughter Mollie noticed a mole on the back of her leg that was changing. By the time it got checked out, it had metastasized and she died of melanoma six months later. To honor her memory and to ensure that no other parent suffers the devastating loss of a child from a preventable skin cancer, the Bigganes established the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation. Through their organization, the Bigganes have brought their message of skin cancer prevention to a nationwide audience, targeting middle school and high school students about the dangers of sun exposure and mole identification. Three years ago they teamed up with NYU Langone Medical Center to present a free annual lecture on skin cancer protection and treatment to the public. The Bigganes also have PSA announcements running in NYC taxis and on the LIRR.



Written by Ronald Scaglia: Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Forget dealers—new generation of addicts goes straight for the medicine cabinets

The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.


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