Garden City resident Robert Fullhardt (left) was one of the participants who broke wood at the Charles Water Karate & Fitness’ break-a-thon to raise money for the Kids Cancer Center at Winthrop Hospital. When a person breaks a piece of wood they are breaking through their challenges and helping other people to break through their challenges as well. Charles Water Karate & Fitness with the help of all those who raised more than $1,000 for Winthrop Hospitals.
The Recreation Department will be showing Toy Story 3 at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. The movie runs approximately 98 minutes. Admission is free. Popcorn and snacks will be available for a nominal charge. The Recreation staff will supervise.
During the Holiday Recess, the Garden City Recreation Department will offer a gym program for children in the St. Paul’s Fieldhouse on Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30. This program is open to youngsters of the Inc. Village of Garden City only.
Brian Fischer, a senior at Garden City High School who will be attending Harvard next year, was recently named a News 12 Scholar Athlete. Brian is a two-sport athlete playing on the award-winning varsity football and lacrosse teams, and brings Garden City’s total honored News 12 Scholar Athletes to 33 since the program’s inception. Brian Fischer’s segment was aired on the television network on Wednesday, Dec. 1 during their evening news broadcast.
Head Lacrosse Coach Steve Finnell, himself a Garden City graduate who has been teaching ninth- and 12th grade social studies for 10 years, nominated Brian for the honor. “Brian is the consummate scholar athlete who excels in the classroom and on the athletic field,” commented coach Finnell. “He’s a great kid who cares about his teammates. Brian works very hard on the field, but it is not uncommon for him to be talking about his school work — how others are preparing for a test, how they did on a recent paper —before and after practice.”
The Recreation Department will again offer an after school science program for grades K-five run by Mad Science of Long Island. These hands on workshops offer topics such as “Slime Time” and “Dry Ice Capades” in a fun and educational way! Make-and-take-its will be included in the sessions. This six-week program will begin the week of Jan. 11, according to the following schedule:
Grades K-two - Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Grades Three to Five - Thursdays at 4 p.m.
All classes are one hour in length and will be held in St. Paul’s Senior Center, next door to the Recreation Office, at 108 Rockaway Ave. The cost of this six-week session is $95. All checks should be made payable to Mad Science of LI. To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (fifth right, standing) proudly takes part in the recent Garden City South Little League Special Celebration honoring the District 29 Senior Girls Champions, held at Washington Street School in Franklin Square. Pictured (left to right, kneeling) are Caroline Cirisano, Gianna Roselli, Danielle Sorrentino, Nicole Sorrentino and Nicole Kaminski. Standing (left to right) are President John Turato, Tournament Director Nanci Bloore, Victoria Granatelli, Alexa Bloore, Jessica Boyle, Supervisor Murray, Brenda Hardman, Marcella Castellano, Courtney Pons and Manager Joe Sorrentino.
A Pool Redevelopment sub-committee is being formed to work in conjunction with the design team of deBruin Engineering P.C. and RGR Architecture in a series of focus meetings. Overall project goals will include, at minimal, the replacement of the wading pool, spray area and playground with an interactive water play area suitable for children up to 12 years old as well as renovations to locker room spaces. The project team will collect valuable input from committee members to formulate conceptual designs and construction cost estimates.
Interested residents may submit their names to their respective Property Owner Association’s Recreation Commissioner for consideration. The first focus meeting is scheduled for Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010 at the St. Paul’s Senior Center at 7:30 p.m.
There were no tricks for many local runners who ran the Marine Corps Marathon in our nation’s capitol on Halloween. Indeed, they ran every step of the 26.2 mile course. There were, however, treats—the biggest of which was a finisher’s medal for the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon.
For Floral Park resident Katie DiPietro-Rees, this was her eighth marathon. She already has five New York City Marathons and two Boston Marathons under her belt. “This was my first time doing Marine Corps, and I ran my best time.” She finished in 3:05:06, despite having tripped on debris in the road and falling to the ground around the 4-mile mark. In a field of 21,944 overall finishers, 8,698 of whom were women, DiPietro-Rees placed 251st overall and was the 19th woman to cross the finish line.
The young players of Garden City Centennials’ Boys Team 3 pose proudly for a winners’ team photo after completing an outstanding season on the field. The team is made up of third-graders attending Garden City schools. Happily contemplating their successful game achievements are, front row, from left: Jack Thompson, Shane Ross, Salvatore Ingrassia, Jaime Jorge and James Klein; middle row: Massimo Saponieri, Christian Byrne, Andrew Beauchamp and twins Michael and Joseph Bereswill; back row: Coach Chris Klein and Assistants Brian Ross and Carlos Jorge.
The Recreation Department is announcing the start of a series of interviews for summer jobs at the Garden City Pool. If you enjoy being outdoors and are willing to make a commitment to be a part of a team that works hard to provide quality facilities to our residents, the Recreation Department would like to meet you!
If you are presently a high school senior (graduating in June) or older and are looking for a great summer job, stop in the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave., pick up an application and make an appointment for an interview or you can call the office at 465-4075.
The Nassau County High School Tennis Tournament was recently held at Oceanside High School and Garden City High School’s Jacqueline “Jax” Raynor was seeded second overall going into the weekend of competition. Jax won her first round on Saturday 6-2, 6-0 as well as her first match on Sunday, 6-1, 6-3.
After only a 45-minute break, it was time to face her top-seeded Syosset opponent in the finals. Jax fell behind a break early on in the first set, but battled her way back on serve at 4-5. It was then one long point after another bringing the two to a tie at 6 all. Jax’s game got stronger with every point and she was able to win the tiebreak 7-4. It was all Raynor from then on. Jacqueline finished the second set at 6-2, taking the Nassau County Singles Title for the first time. Jax is pictured here after the tournament with her championship trophies.
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