Did you know that each of our neighborhood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering first through eighth grades who are residents of the village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.
The Recreation Department’s Preschool Camp is a great way for children ages 3-½ to 5 years to spend the summer. The Camps runs in one-week sessions for two hours each day at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. Pat Haas-Leonenko, preschool teacher at St. Joseph’s, designs an interesting and fun program that includes arts and crafts, nature, story time, and free play among others topics. This camp runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a cost of $110.
The following weeks have space available:
Week of July 19
Week of July 26
Week of Aug. 9
For further information or to register for any of these classes, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.
The miniature-golf course and outdoor batting cage at Eisenhower Park are now operating under longer summer hours. The batting cage opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., with last tokens sold at 8:30 p.m., while the mini-golf course opens at 10 a.m. and sells the last round of golf at 9 p.m.
The batting cage includes nine individual stalls with three different speeds for baseball or softball. For baseball, speeds range from 40-45 mph, 60-65 mph and 80-85 mph. Since the system is “self-feeding” and the balls are collected automatically, patrons don’t need to waste time and energy collecting them and filling boxes or feeding a pitching machine, as is the case at some indoor facilities. The fee for the cage is $3 for 25 pitches.
This spring, achievements in Garden City High School’s athletic program had the recurring theme of five: Fifth straight year as New York State Champions for the varsity girls lacrosse team; fifth straight Nassau County title for varsity boys lacrosse, and the fifth straight year winning the Nassau County championship in girls golf (with five girls representing Nassau County at the state final). The girls track 4x400m five-member team (Emily Menges, Michelle Rotondo, Jenna DeAngelo, Taylor Hennig, and Catherine Cafaro) won the New York State class (all large public schools) and federation championships (all public schools, large and small, PSAL, CHSAA, independent schools, etc.), setting a new school record and one of the top times in the country; the 4x800m team (Emily Menges, Taylor Hennig, Emma Gallagher and Katie O’Neill) also won the state class and federation championships. Their race broke the state record and set the second fastest time ever run by a high school in the U.S. This year marked the fifth time all 32 varsity teams qualified Garden City High School for New York State School of Distinction Award.
The Garden City Long Island RBI Team is being formed for children ages 6 years old for the 2010 summer baseball. The new team is part of the Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities (RBI) presented by KPMG program, which was introduced in 1989 and is an international youth development initiative. The new team is designed to create new playing opportunities for children in Garden City to play on the same teams with youth from underserved communities.
The Garden City Bombers Long Island RBI program currently has baseball teams, ages 7 through 16, with teams made up of half Garden City residents and half players from underserved communities. To qualify, players must be (a) no older than 6 years old as of May 1, 2010, (b) be above average baseball players, (c) wish to play baseball on a diverse team with players of many backgrounds, and (d), be crazy about baseball.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently honored the 2010 Adelphi University women’s lacrosse team for winning their second straight NCAA Division II title. The Adelphi Panthers defeated West Chester University to win the championship. “I want to congratulate the Adelphi Panthers for their remarkable effort in winning their second NCAA title. Two championships in a row is a great achievement, and these talented student athletes have made their university community and their county very proud,” said County Executive Mangano.
Did you know that each of our neighborhood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering first through eighth grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.
Each park has its own flavor and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.
The Garden City Marlins baseball team – comprised of second-graders attending Garden City schools – enjoyed one of their best spring seasons ever in the GCAA’s Pacific Division under the dynamic coaching of Joseph Pizzingrillo and Assistant Coach Jack Bautch.
The Recreation Department’s Summer Camps are rapidly filling and walk in registrations are now being accepted. We offer weekly camps in a wide array of sports as well as computer, yoga, science, and theatre. We also offer a Preschool Camp for ages 3-1/2 to 5 years.
To see what we have to offer, please visit the website at www.gardencity recreation.org or pick up a brochure at our office at 108 Rockaway Avenue. If you are interested in any of our camps, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.
The Friends of Mercy Medical Center will hold their 29th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 26 at the Cherry Valley Club in Garden City.
The event will honor Stephen McLoughlin —vice president of Command Financial in Manhattan, longtime resident of Rockville Centre, and past president of The Friends— for his many years of service to the Medical Center and many other community organizations including the St. Agnes Fathers Club and Sacred Heart Academy.
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