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.
Even though winter seems to be putting up quite the fight to keep spring from establishing a foothold, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities, outdoor and otherwise, looming on the horizon for Garden City residents. Opening day for the Garden City Little League is on Saturday, April 5 and is the opening salvo for the season. Runners will undoubtedly be carb loading as the Earthfest, Earth Run III will be held the very next day at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center. Not to be outdone, the Garden City Teachers’ Association (GCTA) will be holding its 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 26 at Garden City High School labeled “GC For a Cure,” with proceeds going to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Little League Parade
This Saturday, April 5, marks the opening of the 2014 Little League baseball/softball season. The annual Little League Parade will step off promptly at 9 a.m. from village parking field No. 9E onto Tenth Street and proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street to Hilton Avenue, north on Hilton Avenue to Stewart Avenue for ceremonies at the village green.
How do you follow up someone’s 34 years of distinguished service that has found so many people describing that person as being irreplaceable? Well you might try hiring the equivalent of a political rock star, which for the purposes of this example is former Glen Cove mayor Ralph Suozzi. The ginormous shoes that he’ll be trying to fill are those of the deservedly beloved Robert Schoelle, who put in 34 years as Garden City’s village administrator. Then again, Suozzi is no stranger to public service, having served four two-year terms as the mayor of one of Long Island’s two cities (the other being Long Beach). During that time, he reduced the deficit he inherited by 79 percent, cut expenses by $4.1 million annually and secured more than $48 million in federal, state and local grants. He also generated more than $3 million in new revenue sources and led a $1 billion waterfront revitalization project. With that kind of background, Suozzi should be able to build and expand on the successes Robert Schoelle had during the three plus decades he served as village administrator for Garden City.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Village Wide Election: Congratulations
Congratulations to Deputy Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia, Trustee Brian C. Daughney, Trustee Robert A. Bolebruch and Trustee-Elect Theresa A. Trouvé on their election last Tuesday.
I also want to express gratitude to all of the many residents who took the time to vote in the annual village election and encourage you to become familiar with your property owners’ associations and to become involved with it.
Garden City is only a bit over five square miles, but within the confines of the village there’s enough going on to keep three times as many communities busy. When I took over covering Garden City back in April 2012, my predecessor told me that it was its own special community. And boy was she right. I was quickly introduced to the ongoing debate surrounding St. Paul’s, and it was then that I saw the passion Garden City residents had (and have) for their small burg. It’s this passion that’s made the school district a consistent presence on annual polls listing the best schools around the country. That commitment has also resulted in a dominant athletic program that’s yielded accolades to numerous to list here.
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