Hooray! One of the best signs the school year is coming to a close is Field Day, and last week the fields at Stewart Manor Elementary School were swarming with Red, White and Blue as the students romped through some friendly intramural competition.
Blue won the day, but that didn’t dampen the fun for the other teams. “Field Day is awesome,” said second-grader Gianna Giovinazzo. “There is a lot of working together and that is why we won; I like doing all the stuff.”
The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) established its high school scholarship program twelve years ago, granting its first scholarship in 2002. Over the years, the program has assisted deserving Western Section students, who’ve combined academic efforts with volunteer community service in high school, and will go on to continue their education. The WPOA awards two $500 scholarships annually, and congratulates its 2013 winners, Jessie Lyons and Matthew Trabold.
Jessie Lyons is the recipient of the WPOA scholarship in memory of Past Presidents John F. Traxler and Paul J. Muscarella. She will attend Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, pursuing a degree in music industry and technology with the goal of developing a career as a voiceover artist in television and movies.
When the United Nations was founded in 1948, one of its goals was to provide dialogue between countries. It was this piece of ideology that inspired Emily Shaubeck and Andrea Laisure of Garden City Girl Scout Troop 1128 to come up with a unique Silver Award project. The two eighth-graders used creativity and their passion for anthropology to create an education and letter-writing campaign suitably named, “Just Say Thanks” dedicated to the workers of The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
By collecting two large boxes of 610 cards and letters written by children and adults, the team was able to hand the letters out at an all-staff meeting to UNICEF’s Manhattan headquarters’ president and CEO Caryl Stern last April. Stern and staff will be personally handing out the thank-yous at UNICEF field locations in various countries. The girls also spoke about their creation and were welcomed on a tour of the United Nations Headquarters.
Staffing decisions voted on unanimously on Monday, May 6 by the board of library trustees at a special meeting were rescinded by the library board at the regular monthly meeting on June 10. At the May 6 meeting, the library board voted to abolish one fulltime (35 hours/week) typist clerk position, one fulltime (40 hours/week) maintainer position and three part-time typist clerk positions. The library board was informed on May 31 that civil service would not approve some of the above changes. Additionally, contrary to their prior understanding, the library board was informed by the village counsel that part-time employees were not required to be laid off before laying off full-time employees. As a result, the personnel decisions were rescinded at the Monday, June 10 library board’s regular meeting.
There’s no denying that the teen years can be angst-ridden. A mainstay in literature, movies and, of course, music—every generation has an endless supply of “coming of age” tunes about being misunderstood.
Music can be a great equalizer and a way to express bottled emotion. Maria Sarro, founder of Beyond Rock, recalls her own childhood as being riddled with fears and insecurities. As an adult she explored outlets that challenged her to step out of her comfort zone. She thought, “If I’d had experiences like this as a kid, it would have changed everything.”
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer became pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury, 12 years ago, it was quite a change.
“I had served at a parish out in Hauppauge, St. Thomas More,” a fairly homogeneous parish, said Msgr. Sommer, known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.” In Westbury, he found great diversity.
“We have 11 Masses in four languages — Spanish, Creole, Italian, and English,” Father Sommer said. In addition, there are parishioners of African-American, Philippine, Indian, and other Asian birth or ancestry.
Seven decades ago in January 1943, 27 young women entered a 30-month war emergency course for New York State Registered Nurse certification at Adelphi College. 70 years later at what is now Adelphi University, the School of Nursing officially became the College of Nursing and Public Health on June 10.
In regard to the changing of the longtime School of Nursing, “it’s very timely,” says Dean Patrick Coonan. “Public health and nursing are becoming more connected. Nursing is moving to other places than just hospitals including the community and the home.”
“The three airports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) collectively represent the busiest airport system in the United States,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “The noise generated by all these overflights has increased steadily over time, and it’s incumbent upon the PA to conduct a noise study to ensure that aircraft noise is given proper consideration by airport operators when they determine which runways and approach paths to use.”
Hannon’s legislation, passed unanimously, is Senate bill 3841, which would require the PA to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study as set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 150. That report would then be submitted to the governors and legislatures of New York and New Jersey, and would require the PA to hold biennial public hearings at which the public would be heard regarding aircraft noise issues.
The suburban home setting in Freeport seems a long way from the small farmlands of the Irish midlands. Although former Garden City Schools employee Tom Phelan now lives thousands of miles away from the country he was born and raised in, he is set to release his fifth novel depicting life in his old Irish homeland.
Phelan is set to read from his collection of works on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summer Gazebo Readings on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside. Though he has been writing for many years before his work was published, his first novel was released in April 1998 when a Dublin publisher accepted In the Season of the Daisies. A decade and a half later, the Freeport native is currently finishing up his fifth novel, Lies, which is set for release in 2014.
Amid the Long Island suburban sprawl lie nine vast acres of peace you wouldn’t expect. Here at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS), nature enthusiasts and supporters recently came out for an inaugural Twilight Tour. Participants viewed portions of the reserve while enjoying refreshments and conversation around dusk.
The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Alvey Arboretum is an open community nature preserve dedicated to establishing local green space for environmental stewardship through education and community service. It is also a certified non-profit organization supported by the hard-working volunteers and residents of Garden City.
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