Thomas Onorato, office manager for a Garden City-based medical office, and wife, Melissa, are humbled by the overwhelming support shown to them since their son Thomas Kevin Onorato was born. On April 19, the couple hosted a fundraiser for baby Thomas, who is suffering from microvillous inclusion disease. They anticipated 200 or 300 people, but the turnout was far more successful—more than 1,000 attendees flocked to Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant to support the younger Thomas’ fight. Many were family and friends but larger numbers were people who were simply touched and inspired by Thomas’ story. At 7 months old, baby Thomas is unable to eat and absorb nutrients and he has spent nearly half his life in the hospital.
Continuing its popular “Meet the Author” series, The Garden City Historical Society will be hosting an illustrated lecture and book signing on Wednesday, May 21. The presentation features Caroline Rob Zaleski, author of Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 which is published by W.W. Norton and is an essential reference for architecture buffs, historians and everyone who lives on or visits Long Island. The book not only highlights the work within Nassau and Suffolk counties of 25 renowned architects, but also, in a master list, inventories 600 listed buildings and their locations. Zaleski will discuss how she came to work on an architectural field survey for The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) and how she discovered genuine surprises about Long Island’s recent past. She will show striking archival photographs from her critically-acclaimed book, which is as much a social history as an architectural history about world-renowned architects and the aspirations of their clients who built on Long Island.
New Ground, Inc. is a unique not-for-profit agency committed to educating and empowering families as well as individuals who are caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. On Monday, May 19, New Ground will host its 19th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner at Garden City’s Cherry Valley Club.
This year’s honoree is Stony Brook resident Mitchell Pally, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI). New Ground will recognize Pally for his ongoing efforts to make Long Island a better place to work and live. The day includes brunch, golf, competitions on the course, cocktail hour, Chinese auction and dinner. Participation is requested to help raise much-needed funds which will benefit the homeless families and veterans in New Ground’s Program.
The Garden City Police Department is one of just three departments across Long Island to receive a crime-fighting grant administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Intended to help reduce, solve and prevent crime, the $30,000 grant will specifically enable the department to fund special patrols and purchase equipment to more effectively target car larcenies and burglaries.
With nearly three and a half decades worth of service to the Village of Garden City under his belt, former village administrator Robert L. Schoelle is set to receive total retirement play of $264,138. The Garden City Board of Trustees approved $305,910 for the payment of termination benefits to Schoelle, as well as cash in provisions for other executive staff during a village board meeting held on Thursday, April 17.The payment was approved in a 5-0 decision, with three board members absent, and was derived from a Termination Reserve Account.
On April 26, the 5th Annual Garden City Teachers Association (GCTA) hosted the “GC For A Cure” Run/Walk, which wound up being a huge success. The run/walk event attracted close to 600 people and raised about $10,000 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A corresponding event, Uniting Against Lung Cancer “Kites for a Cure,” raised about $1,000 to support their lung cancer research grant program.
Marvin is a three-year-old kitten with a giddy personality. He has been in the shelter since July, and he is patiently waiting for someone to take him home.
Tonto was brought to the shelter when his owner couldn’t care for him anymore. His very affectionate personality will bring a smile to your face.
Garden City’s Gregory Burke recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative.
“A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.”
The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.
Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.
You hear the horn sound multiple times a day, around the clock, but did you ever wonder what happens during the critical moments after a distress call is made to the firehouse? Who are the volunteers who are stopped in their tracks at the sound of that horn and dash off to help a neighbor in need? You’d be surprised to learn that it could be the gentleman you see walking his dog after work in the evenings, the woman you see standing at the bus stop with her children every morning, or even the young man you used to see playing with his friends in front of your house.
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