Official village historian Suzie Alvey was recently contacted by Katja Nauer, a German freelance journalist living in Coburg, Germany, the sister city of the Village of Garden City. In questioning how Christmas was celebrated over here, Nauer responded in kind when Suzie asked her the reciprocal question. And while a good part of Nauer’s response revolved around the variety of delectables cooked up during the holiday that include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), bratwurst and Coburger Klobe (potatoes and green salad), there was one edifice that really solidified the connection between both places. While St. Paul’s ranks as Garden City’s most notable architectural landmark, Coburg can boast having the Veste Coburg, one of Germany’s largest castles whose origins date back to 1225. It turns out Coburg’s history is as rich as its much younger but no less vibrant sibling community.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
This submission by Garden City attorney Thomas F. Liotti is a response to the “Judge Finds Garden City Un-Fair” article that ran in the Dec. 11-17 issue of Garden City Life.
The recent federal ruling holding that the Village of Garden City intentionally discriminated against minorities because it would not agree to have low income housing there is wrong. Home Rule allows Garden City to control its own zoning. Like many other communities, Garden City is de facto segregated not because of racial discrimination but due to economic circumstances.
They call boxing the sweet science and for Roseanne “RoHammad Ali” Beovich it was a lesson in hard knocks that wasn’t too far in approach to that of her full-time job as a an attorney. Sharpness of mind, endurance and drive all play into the success of failure of both pugilist and attorney. For Beovich, the months of training three times a week paid off when stepped in the ring as part of last month’s 10th annual LI Fight for Charity which was held at the Hilton in Melville. Along with equating herself well, Beovich and her team wound up raising close to $7,000. The third litigator and first from the firm of Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona (GDGC) to compete in this competition for charity, the Garden City native was a champ for leaving her comfort zone and taking some punches for the less fortunate.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Congratulations—Garden City Girls Soccer Champs
Throughout the years our young people’s many academic, cultural and athletic accomplishments bring well deserved credit to themselves, the Garden City High School and to our community. It is not uncommon for the Garden City High School teams to advance to a Long Island Championship and to move ahead to the New York State Championship games. Incredibly, on Sunday, Nov. 17, the Garden City High School Girls Soccer Team competed in the New York State Girls Class A Soccer Championship, and was victorious.
The Girls Soccer Team coached by Head Coach Mike Heedles, Assistant Coach Scott McAuley and Junior Varsity Coach Mark Quigley, defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima by a score of 1-0 to bring home the State Class A Title. Garden City finished this season with a record of 17-3-1.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in some way to our project of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and those in need on Thanksgiving afternoon. Through the generosity of so many, 295 hot dinners were delivered throughout Nassau County and 23 families were provided with the fixings to make their own Thanksgiving meal.
We are grateful to all those who contributed in some way—by donating food, beverages, or money; cooking a turkey, making a dessert or bread. We are grateful to all the children who made cards or baked in their Girl Scout Troop, Youth Group, or classroom. We are grateful to the art classes of Stewart School in Garden City and Unqua Elementary in Massapequa for the beautiful artwork on the bags in which the meals were delivered. We are grateful to those who gave their time on Thanksgiving Day to help us pack the meals and to those who helped us deliver them.
During a recent Toys for Tots appearance, Garden City’s Long Island Plastic Surgical Group was honored by Marines and Legislator Norma Gonsalves for the organization’s missions of mercy to Third World countries to provide free medical care to children in need of surgical assistance. Dr. Rachel Ruotolo, who has visited Vietnam to operate on children with cleft lip and palate issues, received a citation for the work done by her and her partners. But one fact that she pointed out was that while most awareness having to do with palate issues normally has to do with patients in underdeveloped countries, it’s still a very real issue in the United States. Ruotolo estimates that she sees roughly 60 patients a year, predominantly from Long Island, who are in need of corrective surgery. Hers was a subtle reminder that while there is a huge need for these humanitarian excursions, oftentimes charity begins at home.
- Dave Gil de Rubio
Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 13
On Friday, Dec. 13, the Western Property Owners’ Association will be holding their traditional tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., at the south end of New Hyde Park Road. I hope that you will be able to come to this event to join in with the festivities that include music, dancers and the arrival of Santa Claus.
The Pashayan Christmas Gala For Maria’s Mission Saturday, Dec. 14
On March 24 of this year, Richie and Maria Pashayan and their three daughters were on vacation in Italy for Easter. They were driving in the pouring rain when a car cut them off and forced them into the guardrail. The impact of the collision broke Maria’s neck. Miraculously, she is alive today, but is paralyzed from the neck down except for the ability to move a couple of muscles in her arms and left wrist. All of this happened in a split second, but their lives have now been changed forever.
If Long Island has become one of those hockey hotbeds that can be mentioned in the same breath as New England or Michigan, then Garden City happens to be one of those pockets where you’ll find a goodly amount of hockey moms and dads. If the fact that the Recreation Department dropped six figures to refurbish and relaunch a stellar roller/deck hockey rink isn’t enough proof that the village is teeming with rink rats, the Garden City Wings varsity ice hockey team has laced ‘em up and gotten the new season off to a great start. A recent 7-2 whupping applied to the Oceanside Sailors, no strangers to the State Finals two years running, is an auspicious start for yet another team sport that the youngsters growing up in the Village of Garden City have seemingly gotten a solid handle on.
-- Dave Gil de Rubio
Tree Restoration Plan Begins This Fall
It has been a year since the Village lost nearly 700 mature street trees from its inventory due to Hurricane Sandy. While the village has been reimbursed from the federal government for clean up costs, new trees are not reimbursable. In collaboration with the Urban Horticultural Institute at Cornell University, an arbor restoration plan has been developed and Phase I will begin this week with the planting of over 200 new trees in areas throughout the village that suffered the most tree losses. All tree planting will be performed by contract as a result of a competitive bid process requiring a one-year guarantee and the supply of over 30 new cultivars recommended by Cornell University. Phase II planting will follow in Spring 2014, using the remainder of the capital funds appropriated in the 2013-14 fiscal plan.
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