Crossing paths with the right teacher when you’re a student can have the kind of positive effect that has repercussions for the rest of your life. For me, it was my third-grade teacher Mrs. Packer, who not only made the transition easy for the new kid in the class who transferred in the middle of the school year, but fostered and reinforced my love of reading. For hundreds of Garden City High School students, that educator just might be Michael Stano, who was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo. To give you an idea of the prestige behind this honor, only 215 educators were selected from around the state to take place in this program. Part of the responsibilities for this position involves helping mentoring other teachers and help create an environment that supports both STEM education and teachers in the field. Being as this is something that Stano does on a day-in, day-out basis with his charges, he was a natural fit to be chosen. And for many students whose lives he’s effected in an undoubtedly positive fashion, it’s a honor both fitting and long overdue.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Village Pool Applications Mailed
Last week, the Garden City Recreation Department mailed their Splash newsletter which includes the 2014 pool application. If you have not received the newsletter/application, please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075.
Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience
I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.
Orphan diseases are rare maladies that strike a small percentage of the population and as such, people afflicted by them usually do not have the benefit of support groups, nonprofit support or extensive medical research being done in search of a cure. Unfortunately, little Thomas Kevin Onorato, whose great-uncle is Garden City dermatologist is Dr. Joseph Onorato, is in this quandary after being diagnosed with microvillus inclusion disease. Born on September 10, 2013, Baby Thomas has already endured a battery of tests that would sap the will out of the most hardened adult including multiple blood transfusions, colonoscopies, a pair of endoscopies and intestinal biopsies. That said, he and his parents Tom and Melissa are fighting the good fight with as positive an approach is possible under these horrible circumstances. To that end, Baby Thomas’ folks are holding a fundraiser at Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant on Saturday, April 19 to raise money to defray medical costs, but to also raise awareness around this extremely rare disease. The hope is that with community support, microvillus inclusion disease might not be as much of a hardship for children up to and including Baby Thomas going forward in the future.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending our sincere best wishes for a Happy Passover to village residents.
Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department
The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief William K. Castoro for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his recent term as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.
There are few things that reverberate in a Rockwellian way like Little League baseball, particularly the pomp and pageantry that is Opening Day. Like other Little League-related organizations around the country, the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) hosts a parade where all the league’s players get to march in solidarity with their teams. Every year it winds up being a communal all-ages event for everyone from adults, still wistfully thinking about their baseball experiences while watching their children go through it themselves, to 5-year-olds in the Rookie League just starting out down this athletic path. While competition and sportsmanship are fostered on the way towards squads making the playoffs and hopefully winning a championship, it’s the journey that’s hopefully a fun one that will wind up being the stuff of cherished memories for so many of these kids.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Diamonds In The Rough
I would like to extend thanks and congratulations to village residents Ruby and Brad Gustavson for the original musical production of Diamond in the Rough which they wrote and directed. I had the pleasure of seeing this play last weekend at the Garden City Community Church Theatre and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It was nice to see many residents young and old that evening and I know that they appreciate our support of their efforts.
Library Board Of Trustees
There will be a meeting of the board of library trustees on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library in the small meeting room, lower level.
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