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The Garden City Friends of Music recently donated funds that will allow vocal music students to travel to Washington D.C. in March. Above, the choir performing in Philadelphia. See page 36

Will Village tennis facility be rented out? BY RIKKI N. MASSAND

At the monthly meeting of the village’s Board of Commissioners for Recreation and Cultural Affairs (Rec. Commission) held Wednesday November 28, the board discussed marketing of the Garden City Pool and Tennis enterprise operations, plus renting out the tennis center to non-residents. Village Department Head for Recreation and Parks Kevin Ocker stated that recently there’s been none to very little play booked on the indoor

tennis courts from Friday afternoon/evenings through Sundays. “With regard to tennis, the Commission has had conversations in the past about marketing the down times. We still are experiencing less on use Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We want to at least propose for the Commission’s consideration the establishment of a non-resident rate, in effect and limited for these times, for rental of the facilities. We are in the stage of getting the discussion underway with Commissioners’ feedback, as

one of the roles this Commission has is to establish Rec. fees and usage policies for facilities,” he said. Ocker explained the reason to re-establish the nonresident rates for renting the tennis courts, “because we would not be displacing any village resident(s). We (the Rec. department) would not sell court time if a resident booked it or told us they’re ready to book it.” The tennis facility in Garden City See page 41

Former Village of Garden City trustee Thomas Lamberti spoke at a recent school board meeting about the 150-apartment development approved for 555 Stewart Avenue, and its potential for getting tax breaks from either the Town of Hempstead or Nassau County -- an issue the Board of Education has scrutinized since spring. Lamberti spoke about the Fair Housing Compliance Officer, Anthony LaPinta, for the Village of Garden City, and his comments from a report regarding the municipal zoning change approved by the Village Board this summer. Lamberti spoke about the allocation of affordable housing units, with 10% of the 150 apartments so designated. He noted that the developer has committed to pay full village taxes through a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) while stating there would not be such a guarantee for the Garden City Public Schools portion of taxes over the next two decades. Lamberti read the Board of Trustees’ official resolution on the approval, with the knowledge that “the village will be made whole,” and deduced that the IDA application process was outlined already, although there is not any procedure or hearing scheduled as of December. “The applicant has agreed to conditions which would hold the Village harmless for any loss of tax revenues in the event that such IDA may find and approve a PILOT -then it goes on to say that service agreement will be enacted after the IDA has acted…..I believe the developer will go before the IDA and will tell them they cannot build this project without PILOTs. He could apply for that with the village, Nassau County and the school district and then he can enter into a side agreement to provide the village with the amount (for village taxes). After there is guaranteed tax relief granted from the IDA the developer has a side agreement with the village?” Lamberti said. He added that the resolution from the village contains wording about the developer offering the same type of relief to the Garden City school district. That led Lamberti to tell the school board that it’s the Village Board of Trustees who collectively outlined a way for the district See page 40

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A great intiative

We were glad to see that Garden City's Environmental Advisory Board and Recreation Commission met jointly to discuss the application of pesticides and herbicides on Village parks and playing fields. The Village has been experimenting with natural turf management practices at some parks and so far there have been no complaints even though some extra crabgrass has been seen on the fields. The Village has a number of different Boards that address everything from architecture to the environment, and it is a great idea the different boards to occasionally get together and discuss issues of common interest. Village Board Trustee Robert Bolebruch (a member of the


Environmental Advisory Board) commented, " This is something the EAB is very passionate about and we want to support, we felt it’s a very good initiative. At the same time we want to listen to ideas and thoughts of the Rec. Commission as we consider the ways to go about it. A lot of times the boards and commissions in the village don’t do this, and I wish they did so more. When you face an item that kind of crosses between boards it is beneficial to both sides to hear where the other is coming from,”" Well said, and we hope that other boards also find areas of interest to discuss. Just as open public discussion provides the best government, so does cooperation among different government entitites.

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Common sense needed To the Editor: I read in the Nov. 23rd issue of the Garden City News that the Garden City Board has approved up to “ $400 thousand for initial plans to evaluate St. Paul’s”. The residents of the Village of Garden City should demand that the serious issue of contamination of the tap water should be the No. 1 concern of the Board and its citizens, especially those families with young children. Common sense should prevail! Patricia C. Donnelly

Remembering Mildred Smith To the Editor: I, too, deplore the “impending demolition” of the house at 107 Fifth Street in Garden City’s National Register Historic District, which Mark Trolio discussed in his letter printed on November 29 in the “Garden City News.” I also would recommend M. H. Smith’s book, “Garden City, Long Island in Early Photographs.” However, Mr. Trolio errs when he refers to “Mr. Smith.” Mildred H. Smith (1901-1991) was the official historian of Garden City for many years and also is the author of a narrative “History of Garden City” (1963, revised 2d. ed. 1980), as well as a book on the “Early History of the Long Island Railroad, 1834-1900” (1958), and a half dozen articles in the “Nassau County Historical Society Journal.” I included Mrs. Smith in my book, “Women in

Long Island’s Past,” in the chapter on Historians and Preservationists. We should remember this woman’s important contributions to local history. Natalie A. Naylor, Professor Emerita, Hofstra University and President, Nassau County Historical Society

No PTC, No 3TC To the Editor: The Long Island Railroad will get a two year reprieve on a federal mandate issued a decade ago to install crash- prevention technology throughout its system. The LIRR no longer has to have Positive Train Control also known as PTC running on all its lines by December 31, 2018. This life saving technology is extremely important in order to insure communities and people are protected from devastating train accidents. Since the current mayor of Garden City and Board of Trustees brokered a deal with the LIRR to build the LIRR Third Track Project, I would wonder how it would be possible to move trains closer to homes, schools, recreation centers and churches without having Positive Train Control installed on the LIRR trains? Isn’t it important to protect the Village you represent? It would makes sense that without PTC , there should be no 3TC. No PTC, No 3TC. Karen Reiter

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The William Bradford Turner Post 265 of the American Legion will place wreaths on the monuments dedicated to Garden City residents who lost their lives while serving our country.

Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony which will take place on Saturday, December 15 ,at 11.00 AM at the monuments located on Seventh Street to the west of the library.

BY RIKKI N. MASSAND Two Garden City boards met on Wednesday, November 28th to discuss methods to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides on village sports fields. The Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) collaborated with the Board of Commissioners of Recreation and Cultural Affairs (Rec. Commission) last week after seven months of discussions and presentations from concerned parents on the safety of village playing areas and fields treated with pesticides. The 15-person meeting included participation from Village Trustee and EAB Chairman Robert Bolebruch, Village Superintendent of Public Works and recording secretary to the EAB Joseph DiFrancisco; the Garden City Recreation and Parks Department leadership with Rec. department head, Kevin E. Ocker and Recreation Program Development Supervisor Sandra Young and Senior Groundskeeper Tim Messner, several longtime volunteers on both boards as well as the new high school honorary EAB members/ambassadors. Ocker opened the meeting by stating the Recreation and Parks current natural turf management practices: “Under the Safe Fields Initiative we have been asked to look at other alternatives. We offered to do trials in our parks where we didn’t use insecticide or herbicide,

the latter of which is for controlling weeds and crabgrass. We have continued otherwise with our soil seeding, fertilization and aerating practices. We will continue with evaluating again after the winter months,” he said. His queue to the direction the village, particularly Recreation is looking towards, was the trial basis this year of not using any insecticides or herbicides on grass at Edgemere, Tullamore and Hemlock parks. Ocker said that to date, the Rec. Department has recorded no negative feedback from residents or users of the parks where the natural turf trial took place -- no complaints about the grass or playability for sports and games. “We have not seen any elevated growth or damage on fields with the trial. We continue to treat our other fields. Most trials, however, are not really going 100% natural right away -- there is a trial period and continued slicing and aerating,” he said. Due to weather Ocker says there’s been a large amount of crabgrass on village fields, though. He told the EAB members data from studies he’s reviewed equate to natural turf outgrowing crabgrass at untreated fields, but looking out onto village fields there’s noticeably higher percentages of crabgrass. Part of the growth can be attributed to irrigation over the sum-


mer. EAB member Elizabeth Bailey asked Ocker if the crabgrass becomes a problem for Rec. and he answered it does not for different levels of play on the fields. “Crabgrass doesn’t provide the optimum natural grass field of play that we look for and that our users look for. If we have toddlers and other little kids out there it honestly does not make much difference. We do have older age groups that look for real (natural) turf,” he explained.

State Law vs. Innovation

As noted several times at last Wednesday’s joint meeting, the Rec. Department and the Village of Garden City as a municipality are fully in compliance with the State of New York’s current laws and regulations for chemical usage on recreational fields. All village-owned properties that are treated have notice posted by Recreation and Parks, and treatments are done by a certified, contracted applicator accompanied by a Rec. division staff member during the maintenance.. Chemicallytreated fields are subsequently closed for a specific period of time, sometimes 24 to 48 hours, so the public does not come in direct contact with ‘unsettled’ herbicide or insecticides. Accordance with state law may appease some, but the village and its

Environmental Board isn’t a complacent bystander to issues impacting health and safety. Trustee Bolebruch stated that health and safety measures trump any laws on the books, and research presented in recent years leads to concerns about certain chemical products. “As a Village Trustee, if I ever see anything in any village department when it comes to safety, do not even tell me about the costs -- it has got to be done for the public and for people who work for this village. When this issue was brought to our attention we (the EAB) was definitely supportive, with our thoughts of children and grandchildren playing at these parks. Obviously pesticides and materials used on fields are things to be conscious of. I realize the difficult balance from the investment point of view, then I look at kids who play out on the fields….. Chemicals are chemicals. If one kids is better off in their life because Garden City is not putting chemicals down on the field, whether or not there’s some crabgrass, then it is worth it. But we cannot make a decision based upon a one-season trial as much as parents/advocates want the village to decide to go chemical-free in one shot. The reality is we need to have an See page 38

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New state senator to meet GC Democratic Club On Thursday, December 13 at 7:30pm, New York State Senator-Elect Kevin Thomas will meet with the Garden City Democratic Club at the Garden City Senior Center, 6 Golf Club Lane. During the campaign, candidate Kevin Thomas talked about proper funding for public schools and how he will press New York State to pay the nearly $200 million in funding owed to the district. Mr. Thomas also campaigned on infrastructure investment – fixing potholes, rebuilding bridges and roadways. Senator-Elect Thomas will talk about his vision for the State and the issues facing the District. To find out more about the Garden City Democratic Club should visit, contact them at 516-939-4740.

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Garden City Kiwanis’ Gloria Sena (pictured left) and Angela Romano (Pictured right), present donations from the Garden City Kiwanis for the “Baby Shower” to benefit NYU Winthrop’s Child Life that serves the pediatric floor, pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric emergency department, as well as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the hospital’s Hempstead Pediatric Center. To make donations in the future to Hempstead, located at 175 Fulton Ave, Suite 100, Hempstead, NY 11550, contact Jackie Weber at 516-535-4102.


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Joseph (Joe) DiFrancisco, superintendent of the Garden City Department of Public Works The Eastern Property Owners’ Association (EPOA) hosted its final public meeting of the calendar year on November 20th at the Senior Center on Golf Club Lane. The November meeting was highlighted by the EPOA’s Sock Drive. As part of the EPOA’s mission to serve as a civic association for residents of the East and in anticipation of the holidays, the EPOA invited residents and attendees to donate socks, one of the greatest needs of those less fortunate, to The Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead. The EPOA would like to thank all those who donated for their generosity and to EPOA Corporate Secretary Jonathan Debrich for organizing this event. The EPOA was pleased to host Deputy Village Administrator and Superintendent of Public Works Joseph DiFrancisco as its guest speaker. Mr. DiFrancisco gave a thorough update on the state of infrastructure and upcoming projects in the Village.

The November meeting also included a number of updates from EPOA Officers and East Village Trustees John Delany and Mark Hyer. For more information about these updates, the EPOA’s Fall Newsletter is available at www. under the “Newsletters” tab. The 2019 EPOA Membership Drive is now underway. East residents are invited to join for $20 for 1 year of membership or $40 for 2 years of membership. Dues may be paid by check, PayPal (go to, or through Venmo (@GCEPOA). As a reminder, the EPOA consists of all volunteers but does have ongoing communication-related expenses. Thank you for your support. To learn more about the EPOA in general, its membership benefits and how to sign up, upcoming events, and news concerning the East, you may visit us at our website, on Facebook (@ GardenCityEPOA), and on Twitter (@ GC_EPOA).

Adelphi to host reading of “A Christmas Carol” at Cathedral Adelphi University will bring Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life with a dramatic reading of the famous Victorian classic at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Saturday, December 15. This holiday event is free and fun for the entire family. The annual holiday event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral, located at 50 Cathedral Avenue in Garden City, New York. Attendees are welcome to park on the Cathedral grounds. Shuttles to and from the Adelphi PAC will be available before and after the performance. Nonperishable food items may be

donated at the event to benefit the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network Food Kitchen in Hempstead for those in need. Admission is free. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or online at Regular office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1-6 p.m. and the box office is open two hours before most scheduled performances. Ticket sales and additional information are also available online.

9 License plate theft: On November 27th a 34 year old Franklin Square man was arrested for the alleged theft of a license plate from a vehicle parked on the Adelphi University Campus. Vehicle entered: On November 28th sunglasses and loose change were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a Jefferson Street residence. Scam alert: On November 28th a Garden City business reports they received a phone call from a person claiming to be a PSEG representative who stated the company was behind in its payments and their electric service would be shut off unless they paid $1,000 in money cards via telephone. The company complied with the request, however, it was later determined to be a scam. Leaving the scene: On November 29th Garden City Detectives arrested a truck driver, a 25 year old Hempstead man, for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident with another vehicle on Nassau Boulevard. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor head and neck injuries. Uber driver attacked: On November 30th Garden City Police responded to Nassau Boulevard where an Uber driver stated a male passenger disputed his drop off location, struck him several times in the head,

and then kicked and damaged the vehicle’s side view mirror before fleeing southbound on Nassau Boulevard. Upon a search of the area, the passenger, an 18 year old Glen Oaks man, was apprehended and charged with criminal mischief and harassment. Roommate dispute: On November 30th a 35 year old Garden City woman was arrested for aggravated harassment after allegedly threatening to harm her roommate at their Garden City residence. Hit and run: A 43 year old Hempstead man was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident and unlicensed operation. The incident occurred on Hilton Avenue on November 29th. Porch pirate: On November 30th a package delivered by a courier service was reported stolen from the front porch of a Meadbrook Road residence. Locked in: On December 1st Garden City Police responded to a report of a young child accidentally locked inside a vehicle. The offi-

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cers were able to gain entry into the vehicle. The child was not injured. Water main break: On December 1st Garden City Police and workers from the Garden City Water Department responded to Stewart Avenue, east of Clinton Road, for a flooding condition caused by a large water main break. Traffic was diverted from the area until the condition was corrected. Downed power lines: On December 2nd Garden City Police responded to the Garden City Country Club for a report of downed power lines. PSEG responded and corrected the condition. Lights out: On December 2nd Garden City Police responded to a traffic light malfunction at the intersection of Clinton Road and Chestnut Street. Vehicle damaged: On December 2nd Garden City Police investigated

a report of a vehicle leaving the scene after striking and damaging a parked vehicle on the Adelphi University Campus. Missing person, found: On December 2nd a missing elderly male was located by Officers on 7th Street and returned to his family. Wallet stolen: A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a Pine Street residence. A gift card was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a Tremont Street residence. Suspended license: Garden City Police officers investigated a two-vehicle accident on Franklin Avenue at Main Street. One of the operators, a 29 year old Uniondale man, was charged with driving with a suspended license. The other operator suffered a minor chest injury. Leaving the scene: On December 4th a 69 year old Baldwin man was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident and unlicensed operation. The incident occurred on Clinton Road on November 19th. Vehicles entered: Three vehicles were entered during the overnight hours on Weyford Terrace and Tullamore Road. There is no reported loss at this time.

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GARDEN CITY UPDATE - NEWS AND INFORMATION The Board of Trustees and staff continue to work on numerous projects, including the water tank replacement project, the Third Track project, the concept plan for the former St. Paul’s School building and other matters. We encourage you to attend Village Board of Trustees meetings.

Parking lot studies: Metered parking

As part of the Board of Trustees review of streetscape related issues in the Seventh Street, Franklin and New Hyde Park Road commercial areas, the Board of Trustees engaged BFJ Planning in October 2017 to provide a parking analysis for downtown Garden City and the New Hyde Park commercial area. The results of that study were presented to the Board this past November. To date, the Board has taken no action but is currently considering the numerous recommendations BFJ made to address on-and off-street parking regulations. Various potential solutions were recommended by BFJ. Among possible changes or approaches are: • Limit short-term parking regulations to two hours. • Extend regulations to 8:00 p.m. in Field 7S and along Seventh Street. • Expand pick-up and drop-off parking in Fields 7N and 7S and along Seventh Street. • Phase in metered parking along Seventh Street and at time-limited spaces in Fields 7S, 7N and 7E. • Implement resident and employee parking permits in Field 7N, implement metered parking along and adjacent to Franklin Avenue and in portions of Fields 5, 6, 6E, 9E, 9W and 10. • Enhance parking enforcement methods with the use of license plate readers and periodic parking occupancy counts. Looking to the future, BFJ also suggested considering the possibility of a parking deck in Field 7S. The Board and the Village’s executive staff are reviewing and considering all the recommendations, as well as other recommendation made by other interested parties. The Village is also speaking to, and analyzing approaches to municipal parking utilized by, other towns and villages. An area of focus by the Board of Trustees is to increase parking turnover, help with enforcement and push long-term parkers into the more remote parking areas. We are also looking for ways to prevent railroad users from parking for free in lots and to also provide better parking for residents of apartment buildings adjacent to municipal lots. One of the recommendations by the consultant was to employ a pay-

by-license plate payment system which can interface with the Police Department’s license plate reading technology for efficient and consistent enforcement. It was also recommended that short-term parking spaces have multi-space kiosks and pick-up/drop-off spaces have individual meters. Again, the Board of Trustees has not made any decisions with respect to any of the recommendations, including any decision on paid or metered parking. To read the entire draft study report, as well as view the November 1, 2018 presentation, visit the Village website at

Village actively enhancing security at Library

The Village funds the Village Library through general tax revenue. The Village owns the building which houses the Library, in effect acting as the landlord for the Library. Additionally, employees of the Village are also considered village employees and are part of the general unionized workforce governed by a negotiated contract with the Village. The Library is actually operated under its charter by a separate Board of Library Trustees but it does not have the ability to raise funds separately unlike other library systems in other towns or villages. During the budget process, and throughout the year, the Library Board makes requests for funding for its budget and operations. The Village has been working with the Library director and its Board to review the physical plant and security issues for the facility. As is the case for all Village facilities such as Village Hall, the Pool, the Senior Center and St. Paul’s Fieldhouse where the public or our employees are present, we must consider and analyze the needs of each facility, including possible risks and possible security measures to address the risk. As part of the Village’s pro-active plan for security at the Library, the Village has recently installed security cameras at the Library and will be installing a panic button system as well. We have ordered convex mirrors which will be installed to assist Library staff with viewing certain areas. The Village police department has also increased patrols and visits to the Library. There are expected to be changes to the alarm system as well. The Village and the Library are also making changes to carbon monoxide and natural gas monitoring systems.

Improvements to Village sewer system

Under the heading of “things that need to be done all the time but go unnoticed” the Department of Public Works this week installed a new lacerator (grinder) for the Meadow Street sewer pumping station. The grinder acts somewhat akin to a garbage disposal but obviously on a much larger sale, to grind up solid refuse in the system so that the flow is improved. The new grinder with related electrical and labor cost approximately $100,000. This one of the many of the day to day infrastructure projects undertaken and completed by the Village every day and how residents’ tax money is spent.

Parks and Recreation items

The Village Parks and Recreation Department will soon commence renovation of Field 2 at Community Park. This baseball/softball field will be fully renovated, including a new artificial turf infield, new dugouts, natural outfield grass and new lighting. The field will be completed for spring barring significant weather issues. When completed, the Village will have substantially completed renovations of all of the fields at Community Park, renovations we commenced approximately 3 years’ ago. The Board believes that these facilities rival any facilities on Long Island and we invite our residents to visit these facilities and utilize them. The Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks takes great pride in preserving and improving parks and parkland for all residents to enjoy. Last year, more than 400,000 visitors participated in thousands of sports games, practices and activities at the various facilities around the Village while utilizing 100 acres of parkland. The Department’s Legacy Tree & Bench Program allows groups and individuals to honor, recognize and remember loved ones. Exact placement is at the discretion of the Department. Trees and benches that are purchased through the program are planted and placed at various parkland and green space locations around the Village. The cost of the tree program is $600 per tree. This includes the tree, plaque and continued maintenance of the tree (fertilizer, pruning, mulching, etc.). Trees can be donated any time of the year but they will be planted during late summer/early fall. Department staff will help in selecting a native and durable tree, which includes shade, evergreen and flowering trees. The cost of the bench program is $1,100 per bench, including a com-

memorate plaque and materials. Installation depends on the time of year received and the number of preceding orders. The benches are made from environmentally-friendly, recycled plastic lumber and placed at approved sites. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation and Parks at 465-4075 or visit www.

“Visions of Garden City” enhance the Senior Center

In our continued effort to enhance our visitors experience at the Senior Center the Garden City Department of Recreation and Parks recently commissioned professional photographer John Ellis Kordes to produce six 20”x30” enlargements of Garden City to be permanently displayed at the Senior Center on Golf Club Lane. Several of the images are from the Kordes book, Visions of Garden City and are exquisitely custom matted and framed and compliment other images of Garden City already on display at the center. The Senior Center continues to be utilized by over 1,300 residents and guests each month and this popular venue, with commercial kitchen and large screen televisions, is available for rent for family and organization gatherings and parties. For information call the Recreation and Parks office at 465-4075.

Water Conservation

The last day for lawn sprinkling was November 30. The Board of Trustees would like to express its appreciation to the residents and businesses for their cooperation in water conservation this past year. The Village is also doing its part to reduce consumption by undertaking a number of projects this year aimed at reducing consumption, including a system-wide leak detection survey.

Landscapers and Leaf Removal Board considering program change

Crews are completing leaf pick-up in the Estates section this week. Once completed crews will be moving to the West to complete a second pass through of the Village. As a reminder, landscapers are allowed to pile leaves in the street for Village crews to pick up until December 7, 2018. But be advised, landscapers are only allowed to pile leaves in the roadway. They are not permitted to put grass clippings, branches, dirt or any other debris. As has been previously discussed in this column and at meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Village is See page 26

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Troop #1242 completes Habitat Project

Toy drive to benefit The INN

Troop 1242 displaying their finished habitat dioramas. On Monday, December 2nd, the members of Troop 1242 were hard at work making their outdoor habitat dioramas as part of their current Journey project. The girls were split into groups of different habitats and were responsible for bringing in the necessary supplies, creating the diora-

ma as a team and speaking about their completed project. The creativity flowed as the girls worked to create a frozen tundra, ocean life, African wilderness and North American Wilderness. The girls finished products will soon be on display at the Garden City Library.

Thomas, Matthew and Grace Mage are holding their 9th annual toy drive to benefit the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network). The INN is located in Hempstead and helps to feed and clothe people in need here on Long Island. The items will go to children in need and will help to make the lives of these children a little happier this holiday season. Last year over 100 toys were collected from the residents of Garden City! A new, unwrapped toy can be dropped off at 57 Nassau Blvd. Any type of new toy would be great! The deadline for toy donations is December 10th. Thank you for your help!!

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The Cathedral of the Incarnation continues a Garden City tradition with their presentation of A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas on Sunday, December 16th at 4pm. The afternoon service of readings, Christmas carols and hymns has been performed by the Cathedral Choir for decades. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the festival, which began at King’s College Chapel in 1918. The Dean of the Chapel at the time, Eric Milner-White, planned the service to provide a more imaginative form of worship. The service, consisting of nine readings from

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Christmas Family Traditions at GC Community Church BY MELVA VICTORINO On Sunday, December 9th from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Chris Dieguez will lead the Sunday forum series at Garden City Community Church (GCCC) in the Church’s Parlor on “From Christmas Family Traditions to Transformations”. Chris Dieguez is one of the licensed ministers of the GCCC who is presently a Member in Discernment with the Metropolitan Association of the New York Conference, United Church of Christ. Chris has been serving at the GCCC as its youth coordinator since 2014, working with middle and high school students. He is currently the confirmation and youth leader. Among many things that he does, Chris is working with parents and youth leaders in Chris Dieguez preparation for the Summer Youth Mission Trip in July 2019. Chris in how young people form their many recently led a workshop both for young identities, characteristics, and beliefs, children and adults to be church litur- and how the church can be a place to gists. foster this development. He has served Chris Dieguez grew up in Roslyn as a church intern in Boone, North Heights, the second child of Rita and Carolina, where he helped develop a sex Richard Dieguez. He received his bache- education curriculum for high school lor’s in philosophy from Vassar College students. He has also served as a reliin 2011. Towards the end of college, he gious leader in Yellowstone National felt called to professional ministry and Park, leading a group of young adults traveled to Durham, North Carolina to in hosting services for park employees study at Duke Divinity School. There, and guests. he specialized in gender and theology Chris and his wife, Sarina Applegren, and studied under feminist theologians recently purchased their new home in and biblical scholars. Chris has tended New Jersey. Sarena will share some of towards marginalized populations and their Christmas Family Traditions. the ways that their experiences shed The Garden City Community Church new light on the way the church ought is part of the United Church of Christ to think, worship, and act. and is an Open and Affirming congreIn college, Chris pushed the Christian gation that welcomes people of all ages, organizations on campus to have joint races, gender identities, and sexual orimeetings with other religious organiza- entations to participate in the life of tions and served on the Vassar College its community. Worship services are Interreligious Council and functioned Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in our Chapel and at as a liaison between the LGBT center 10:30 a.m. in our Sanctuary. Wednesday and the Vassar Christian Fellowship. In Service is at 8:00 p.m. in Gardner Hall. seminary, he was co-president of Sacred There is a Church school for children Worth, the divinity school’s LGBT advo- and a crib room for infants and todcacy group, and spent a year living in an dlers during the 10:30 a.m. service. The intentional community for adults with Garden City Community Church is intellectual and developmental disabil- located at 245 Stewart Avenue between ities. Whitehall Blvd. and Kensington Road. Over time, Chris’ vocational call- For more information, email churchofing has settled on youth and helping or call 516- 746-1700. young people navigate the turbulent You may also visit our website at www. world of adolescence as they develop into a mature adults. He is interested

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On Saturday, December 8th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon, the youth of the Garden City Community Church will be holding their annual Christmas Tree and Bake Sale. The church is located at 245 Stewart Avenue at the corner of Whitehall Boulevard. A live brass band will help you get into the spirit of the season as the Youth help you select the perfect tree for your home. All proceeds from the tree sale will help fund the 2019 Mission Trip to Los Angeles, CA. Please come out and support these worthy projects and have

a very happy holiday season! The Garden City Community Church is part of the United Church of Christ and is an Open and Affirming congregation. Worship services are Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel and 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, with church school for children and a crib room for infants and toddlers during the latter service. The Garden City Community Church is located at Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. For more information, call 746-1700 or visit our website at www.

“Click! A LI Center of Photography Members Exhibition” “Click! A Long Island Center of Photography Members Exhibition” will be held at Barnes Gallery from December 1 through January 5. Store hours: 10-5pm (closed: Sundays, Mondays and Dec. 25–Jan. 1). The artists’ reception is December 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m. and is open to all. The LICP was founded in 1996 and remains the preeminent interactive photographic art group on Long Island. The exhibition will consist of 36 signature photos representing 12 participating LICP members: Richard Batilana, Ken Davidoff, Tom D’Emic, Pat Dillon, Judi Feinman, Fran Feiner, Marc Josloff,

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CPOA re-nominates Louis Minuto for Village Trustee The Nominating Committee of the Central Property Owners’ Association (CPOA) has selected Louis Minuto as Central’s candidate for the position of Village Trustee for the 2019-2020 term. Mr. Minuto is a creative Architecture and Construction executive who leads a large Global Environments team to drive design innovation in branded spaces to elevate the consumer experience. Louis also writes and implements the process and controls to track and manage risk vs actual spend for global construction budgets for over 200 projects annually. He is Senior Vice President of Global Environments at Tapestry, Inc. where he has held numerous escalating titles in Architecture and Construction for the past 18 years. He has won the Architectural Design Award from the City of Beverly Hills and leads a best in class global team of design and construction professionals located in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai. Mr. Minuto is a lifelong resident of Garden City, where he lived in the Estates Section with his family and attended Garden City High School. Louis then graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture. After working abroad for Tommy Hilfiger in the Special Projects Group, Louis and his wife Danielle, also a lifelong resident of the village settled back in Garden City in 2001 to raise their family. They now live at 31 Rockaway Avenue with their four children who all attend Garden City Public Schools and are active in Community Sports and Recreation. When asked for a statement Mr.

Louis Minuto Minuto said,”I am excited for the opportunity to again represent the CPOA as Village Trustee. As a lifelong resident of Garden City, I look forward to the preservation of both the villages unique visual aesthetic and the fiscal responsibility that all residents expect from village leadership. I believe the fabric of our community is woven together with the strong traditional values that make it so special to reside and raise a family here.” The CPOA Nominating Committee consists of the following members: Thomas Simpson, Chairperson, H. Arthur Anderson, Vice Chairperson, Members Donald T. Brudie, Peter T. Clarke, Donald J. Martis, John Pascal, Patty Siler and Alternates Susan Gammage Munn and Jennifer Weekley.

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On December 19, at 1:30p.m. at the Garden City Casino, The Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead will present Bob Spiotto and his exciting performance as Charles Dickens. The program will also include a short version of A Christmas Carol. Bob Spiotto is a renowned theatre and artistic professional, who has worked creatively in theatre and the arts, in various capacities for more than 30 years. Bob currently is director of programing and special events for New York’s famous Friars Club. The Club will also hold its Holiday

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Cozy Up Adult Winter Reading Club registration kick off It’s that time of year again! It’s hard to believe that it is the thirteenth year of “Cozy Up with a Good Book” and it is more popular than ever. The Garden City Public Library invites you to join the Thirteenth Annual Adult Winter Reading Club which will be held from Wednesday, November 28th to Saturday, March 16th. There are no meetings. You choose the books you want to read or listen to. You will fill out a review card for each book. You will then be entered into a final drawing at the “Cozy Up with a Good Book” Celebration Brunch (by invitation only)

to be held in the spring. Each participant must do a minimum of three reviews to be invited to the celebration brunch. The last day for reviews to be handed in is Saturday, March 16th. The more review cards you fill out, the more chances you have to win! Registration is underway and ends Sunday, January 13th, and must be done in person. You must be an adult Garden City Library cardholder to join. So come in and register at the Reference Desk. And remember --- cozy up with a good book this winter!

Adelphi Ensembles to perform

Rosalie Murphy was the first person to register for the Library’s Adult Winter Reading Club on Wednesday, November 28th. Registration only continues until January 13th, so hurry into the Library to register and then cozy up with a good book this winter.

Adelphi University’s Chorale and Vocal Ensembles, under the direction of Karen Faust Baer, will fill Adelphi’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) with the delightful sounds of voices singing in harmony on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. The highlight of the performance will be John Rutter’s “Mass for the Children,” in which the Chorale will be joined by the women’s choir of Floral Park Memorial High School. Also on the program are works of Fauré and Bernstein, among others. The program will conclude with the annual tradition of singing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

The concert, titled Reminiscences, is dedicated to the memory of Clayton Westermann, a former Adelphi professor for whom the main concert hall of Adelphi PAC is named. Tickets are $20, with discounts available for available to seniors, students and alumni. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-877-4000 or online at Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1–6 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances. Ticket sales and additional information are also available online.

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa

The Holidays are coming! It’s the Children’s Room’s favorite time of year! We celebrate with displays of books on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day. Favorites include our Christmas Around the World Series – celebrating the holiday in many countries from Sweden to Ireland to Spain and more! Don’t forget the traditional Christmas stories as well – The Grinch who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, the Nutcracker Comes to America by Chris Barton and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. We have many Hanukkah books including The Three French Hens by Margie Palatini, Schmelf the Hanukkah Elf, and Is It Hanukkah Yet by Chris Barash. Kwanzaa books include Kevin’s Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard, My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz and Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis. Don’t forget to welcome in 2019 with Squirrel’s New Year Resolution by Pat Miller, Shante Keys and the New

Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport and Just in time for New Year’s!: a Harry & Emily Adventure by Karen Gray Ruelle.

Winter 2019 Programs

The Librarians in the Children’s Room are hard at work preparing the program and storytime schedule for the winter and spring. Registration will be on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10 AM. Registration will be on-line using Eventkeeper ( and requires a Library Card. Please ensure that your children have a library card prior to registration. A separate registration is required for each child you wish to attend the program. A flyer with more information will be available shortly. Please check the Library website for upcoming events and registration dates. Priority for registration and participation is given to children who are Garden City Public Library cardholders.

Tiramisu: King of Italian Desserts Garden City Public Library Thursday, January 10th, at 2PM Come learn about and taste Tiramisu, the most loved and requested of Italian desserts on Thursday, January 10th at 2PM at the Garden City Public Library. Cultural icon Elena Florenzano of Thinking Italian will explore the ingredients, the step by step recipe, the cultural secrets, and the taste of this classic Italian dessert at this interesting presentation. Participants will receive a copy of a recipe to make authentic

Tiramisu and enjoy a sample of this delicious dessert. This program is limited to 30 participants. Garden City Library cardholders may register by telephone to Reference Librarian Ann Garnett at 516-742-8405 x 221 beginning Tuesday, December 18th at 9:30AM. Nonresidents may register beginning Friday, January 4th if space is available. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again Garden City Public Library Thursday, December 13th, at 2PM Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol. Uniting all aspects, media, and periods of Warhol’s career, a new exhibition at the Whitney Museum will provide an historic opportunity to better understand the work of this most American of artists. Professor Thomas Germano will discuss the

breadth and depth of the artist’s work shown in this first comprehensive retrospective of Warhol’s work organized by an American institution since 1989. This visual presentation on Thursday, December 13th at 2PM at the Garden City Public Library is open to all. No registration is required. This program is sponsored by The Friends of The Garden City Public Library.

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It’s What’s Happening for Young Adults at the Library Help decorate library tree

Stop by the Tweens and Teens Room at the Garden City Public Library during the month of December and help decorate our tree. We will have supplies to make ornaments and other decorations available in the Tweens and Teens room for tweens and teens to then hang on our tree. Stop by and decorate our tree for this holiday season! Ornaments will be available to make while supplies last.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids for Community Service Hours

Earn community service hours by volunteering to make cards for children in hospitals on Monday, December 10, 6:30PM-8:00PM. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and began Monday, November 26 online via Eventkeeper ( ). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.

Teen Holiday Cookie Swap Party and Movie – Home Alone

The Library will be hosting our second annual Teen Holiday Party and Cookie Swap! The program will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2PM-4PM and is for tweens and teens Grades 6-12. We are inviting tweens and teens to make cookies to bring to this fun holiday event. After we swap cookies, we will participate in some holidaythemed games and activities and then watch the holiday film Home Alone, which is rated PG. Registrants for the cookie swap are required to provide a list of ingredients and recipe and should bring at least 2 dozen cookies. Register to participate in the cookie swap began Monday, November 19 online via Eventkeeper ( ). Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. Those who bake for the

program will earn volunteer hours. Sign up to just watch the movie beginning Monday, December 3 at 9:30AM online via Eventkeeper ( ). Please note registrants will be eating baked goods, which will be baked by other tweens and teens. All registrants should indicate if they have any food allergies. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Winter-Spring 2019 YA Programs The Young Adult Department is gearing up for 2019! Information about tweens and teens Winter-Spring 2018 YA programs will be available by the end of December. Check online via Eventkeeper ( ) or look out for our flyers in the Young Adult Department at the Library to learn about 2019 events and programs for Grades 6-12.

YA Holiday and Winter-Themed Books

The YA Department has holiday and winter-themed books on display in the Tweens and Teens Department for the month of December. Titles include Last Christmas by Kate Brian, What Light by Jay Asher, A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, and many more. Celebrate the holiday season by checking out a holiday or winter-themed book.

December book lists for tweens, teens

Looking for book recommendations? Not sure what to read next? Stop by the Tweens and Teens room to check out this month’s book lists for middle school and high school students! Each month, the YA department recommends 60 books for middle school students and 60 books for high school students based on different genres and themes. While you’re at the Library, make sure to share what you’ve been reading recently for your chance to have one of your books on one of our upcoming monthly book lists.

Library Board to meet There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Library Trustees on Monday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library in the Library’s Board Room.

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GARDEN CITY UPDATE From page 10 considering whether to modify or continue the leaf collection program. No decisions have been made. The Village has been discussing with other villages their approach to this issue. The Board is considering the effects of the current practice for many reasons, including the mess created on streets, the clogging of catch basins, the manpower needed to collect the leaves and the overtime costs incurred, the need for specialized equipment, and the over 4 acres required as dumping grounds for the material created. For example, over the last few weeks, many residents have complained about the piles of leaves on their street which block water flow and generally create a mess. Residents also complain, during every fall period, about why leaves on this street or that street have been picked up while their street has not yet been cleaned.

Library is now approved passport acceptance facility

For the first time ever, the Garden City Public Library has become a U.S. Department of State approved passport acceptance facility. The Town of Hempstead Town Clerk’s office will hold a passport services event at the Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All applicants must have the following documents when applying for a passport: proof of citizenship and primary identification. Children under the age of 16 must be present with both parents, have a birth certificate (must include both parents’ names) and photo I.D (if applicable). It is recommended that 16 and 17-year old individuals have at least one parent present. Passport fees are as follows: $110 for Passport Book (16 years and older), $80 (under 16 years), $30 for Passport Card (16 years & older) and $15 (under 16 years). Expedited service fees are higher. Check or money orders must be made payable to the U.S. Department of State. A fee of $45 for a photo and mailing costs is payable to the Town of Hempstead by cash, check or money order. For more information, call 812-3046 or visit www.HempsteadTownNY. gov.

Operation Wounded Warrior

Bill Graham will join Volunteer Firefighters from all over Nassau County as they head to Bethesda Naval Hospital and other Wounded Warrior centers via firetruck caravan in an effort to enhance the morale of service members wounded in the line of duty while serving to protect our country’s freedoms. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please mail your check to: Nassau County Firefighters – Operation Wounded Warrior, P.O. Box 295 Garden City, New York 11530. Nassau County FirefightersOperation Wounded Warrior is comprised of firefighter and EMS volunteers who conduct numerous fundraising events throughout the year to help meet its goals and enjoys the cooperation of the fire departments of Nassau County.

Toys For Tots Program

With the holiday season upon us, it is the time to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to share these times with family and friends. As you may be aware, there are many displaced children and adults not so fortunate. In an effort to bring some happiness to families who will not have the resources to provide a gift for their child this year, the Garden City Police Department has a gift depository for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Toys for Tots Program. In the spirit of giving, I ask that if you are able to do so, please drop off any unused, unwrapped gifts into collection boxes in the lobbies of the Garden City Police Department and Village Hall. Your generous gifts, no matter how small, could make a difference in the life of another. Thank you in advance for your support of this most worthwhile program. Last year, the Department collected nearly a dozen full boxes of toys.

Holiday lighting: Please participate

Whether for Hanukkah or Christmas or just for holiday season cheer, lighting on residents’ homes and yards creates a festive atmosphere. We hope that you will add lights to your home and trees! There is plenty of time left in the season. The Village Board and Executive Staff wish all our residents a Happy Holiday Season.

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Special Events for December at the Senior Center

Tuesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. Caroling by Stratford School Come cheer on the youngsters as they spread their holiday cheer. Thursday, December 13 at 10 a.m. Computer Workshop – “Shopping Safely and Securely Online” Learn how to safely shop online without fear of hackers, spyware, and popups. Wednesday, December 19 at noon Christmas Luncheon $6.00. Reservations are necessary by visiting the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway with payment. Please register for any of the above program except the Luncheon by calling The Senior Center at 385-8006. To register for the Lunch, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue.

Upcoming Trips for Seniors

Here is the Garden City Recreation and Parks’ trip list for seniors who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. If you would like to register for any of our trips, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue. Payment must accompany registrations. Other trips will be added in the upcoming weeks. Wednesday, March 6 Trip to the Metropolitan Opera to see "Rigoletto"

We will travel by coach bus to the Opera House where we will see the 7:30PM performance. You will have time to eat on your own before the show. We will return to Garden City after the performance. Tickets will be $75, checks only made payable to the Village of Garden City.

Exercise for Seniors

Recreation and Parks is offering the following exercise classes for seniors at The Senior Center on Golf Club Lane. Classes are open to all seniors ages 60 and older who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes might be cancelled due to a special event or trip so please check the bulletin board at The Senior Center for updates. MONDAYS Exercise with Felicia at 10AM Meditation with Connie at Noon Tai Chi with Connie at 1PM TUESDAYS Yoga for all Levels with Allie at 1:30PM Chair Dancing with Felicia at 2:30PM WEDNESDAY Exercise with Felicia at 10AM Chair Yoga with Connie at 11AM THURSDAY Yoga for all Levels with Allie at 11:15AM Meditation with Allie at 12:25PM FRIDAY Exercise with Felicia at 10AM Resistance Bands with Felicia at 10:45AM Meditation with Connie at Noon Tai Chi with Connie at 1PM

GC Senior Bridge On December 3rd there were eight tables playing. The results: North/South 1--Joan Kiernan & Claire Burns 2--Athena Philippides & Dede Hirsch 3/4--Jo Kirby & Terry Schoenig

3/4--Carmel Quill & Jeanne Harmon East/West 1--Irene Christie & Nancy Cervini 2--Nick Basile & Bill ?? 3--Florence Dieterich & Gloria Weinrich

GC Retired Men’s Club News Schedule of Events

Monday, December 10 - Regular Meeting Monday, December 13 - Club Christmas Party - noon, at Cherry Valley Club Monday, December 17 - Regular Meeting December 24 and December 31: Closed for Holidays Monday, January 7 - Next meeting, sandwiches Monday, January 14 - Regular meeting Monday, January 21 - Closed for MLK Day Monday, January 28 - Pizza Poker players: check with John Marino at 248-1770. We welcome bridge, and especially

non-bridge, players, in order to expand the variety of our activities. Some suggestions: poker, chess, backgammon, other card games, cribbage and billiards. Also you may come for just conversation, camaraderie, and to make new friends. Lunch is served roughly twice a month.

About the GC Retired Men’s Club

All Garden City men, 55 years and older, are eligible for membership. Annual dues are a very “expensive” $10. Meetings are on Mondays, and a less busy meeting is on Thursdays. Both begin at noon and end at 4:00pm. Check with the GCNews RMC schedule re upcoming meetings. In good weather we offer BBQ, bocce, and shuffleboard.

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George H.W. Bush BY BOB MORGAN, JR. A few thoughts and remembrances of President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last Friday. Mr. Bush’s list of accomplishments before he entered the White House was indeed impressive. He enlisted in the Navy at age 18 and became a fighter pilot who was twice shot down during missions. After completing college at Yale, he helped revitalize the Republican Party in then-heavily Democratic Texas, winning election to Congress for two terms. He held two very important foreign policy positions, ambassador to the United Nations and director of the Central Intelligence Agency. After seeking the Republican nomination for President in 1980, Mr. Bush ended up by accepting the Vice Presidential nomination on the ticket with Ronald Reagan. The two were elected, and reelected in 1984. Most of the Reagan years were marked by an economic boom, and President Reagan remained generally popular. And so it was not surprising that Mr. Bush, the sitting vice president, became the 1988 GOP presidential nominee. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Bush promised a “kinder gentler nation” and also said “read my lips, no new taxes”. Mr. Bush was elected President in 1988, defeating Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee, fairly decisively in a rather nasty race. Although the candidates had substantial policy differences, Republicans were able to focus attention on the granting by Mr. Dukakis as governor of a weekend furlough to Willie Horton, a convicted murder (who then committed crimes while on release), Mr. Dukakis’s rather goofy appearance riding a tank, and Mr. Dukakis’s seeming indifference after a debate question concerning attack on his wife. In the end, Mr. Bush won by a 426-111 electoral vote margin and a popular majority of 53.4 percent to 45.6. Once Mr. Bush began his presidential term on January 20, 1989, most of his successes were in the foreign rather than domestic sphere. His major domestic milestones were the Americans with Disability Act, the confirmation of Supreme Court

justices and, unfortunately for him, his agreement to raise taxes. Mr. Bush presided over the collapse of the Soviet empire (the Berlin wall fell on November 9, 1989) and wisely avoided doing a victory lap even as the major adversary of the United States, the Soviet Union, was meeting its demise and the United States became the world’s only superpower. Mr. Bush will probably be most remembered for assembling an international coalition to oppose Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator, who invaded Kuwait and annexed it, There was considerable domestic opposition to this conflict. Nevertheless, the war was successful, with Kuwait liberated quickly and a mass surrender of the Iraqi army. For better or worse, Mr. Bush decided not to invade Baghdad and completely defeat Saddam, but certainly the initial mission was completely and successfully accomplished. Of course, Mr. Bush lost the 1992 election. As a candidate in 1988 of the same party as the outgoing two-term incumbent, he overcame the usual voter desire for a change in party, but was unable to do this again in 1992. The recession that year was obviously unhelpful to the incumbent party, and heavily was played up by the media. Times were beginning to improve, but it was too late. In addition, Mr. Bush drew a politically skillful opponent in Bill Clinton, who was able to show the common touch far better than Mr. Bush. He also drew a primary opponent, Pat Buchanan, who showed surprising strength on the right and a strong populist third party opponent in Ross Perot, who likely siphoned off support from Mr. Bush. Perhaps most important, Mr. Bush did not articulate a very clear vision for his second term and sometimes didn’t seem like he really wanted to win. He was also hurt by not keeping his promises not to raise taxes. All in all, Mr. Bush, in addition to being a good man by all accounts, was a judicious and moderate, if not particularly charismatic, leader. The country very much benefited from his many years of service.

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Nancy Schaefer Conway

Nancy Schaefer Conway

Nancy Schaefer Conway passed away at her home with family on November 27th, 2018. She was born on May 16, 1955, in Flushing, New York, as the second of six children to Frank and Jean Schaefer. She grew up in Garden City, and later moved to Miami, Florida with her family. She eventually made her way to Nashville, where she met the love of her life, Tony Conway. The two were married in September of 1978, and they celebrated 40 years of marriage this past September. She was his best friend, his love and his partner both in life and in business. Together they have a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Katie. While starting their family, Nancy’s greatest gift was realized. She made it her mission to be the best mother she could be, and she did just that by being the most loving, caring, compassionate and wonderful mom to her adoring children. Nancy graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. Those fortunate enough to be close to Nancy knew how truly brilliant, remarkable and special she was. She lived to help and comfort others

as evidenced by her close-knit family and the time she spent volunteering at Christ the King School, Alive Hospice, and The Crisis Line of Nashville. One of her greatest joys in life was taking on the title of Mimi to her grandsons Carter and Anthony, whom she shared a special bond with and loved dearly. She is survived by her husband, Tony; her son Matthew and his wife, Regina; her daughter Katie and her husband Blair; and her grandchildren Carter, 4, Anthony, 2, and baby girl Conway due December 12th. She is survived by her brothers Frank (Starr), John (Barbara) and Gene (Yoly) and her sister, Peggy. She is also survived by a host of in-laws who reside in Bardstown Kentucky, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy may be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation, Music’s Promise for Curing Cancer. ( A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at Saint Henry Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Visitation was held at Saint Henry Catholic Church, Nashville, TN. Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 1st at Saint Henry Catholic Church, Nashville, TN. An online guestbook is available at:

Seventy-seven years ago today, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked our naval ships and airfields at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing thousands. It was a surprise attack as we were not at war with Japan at the time. President Roosevelt declared it “a day that will live in infamy”. That was our entrance into World War II and young men all over the country enlisted into the armed services. Each Village had a list of those serving. In Garden City an “Honor Roll” was erected by the Village Hall located on Seventh Street back then in 1942.

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The Mineola High School a Capella Singers will perform a medley of specially arranged holiday music.

Ring in the Season at Rotary’s Holiday Luncheon

Everyone is invited to ring in the season aT the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club’s annual Holiday Luncheon set for next Monday, December 10, noon – 2 p m. at the Garden City Hotel’s Societé Suite. As has been Rotary’s tradition for many years, members and guests will gather to enjoy another fabulous luncheon plus an afternoon filled with holiday cheer good fellowship and

networking. Returning once again to entertain, will be a special holiday choral performance by the renowned Mineola High School’s a Capella Singers who will ring in the sounds of the season with a medley of specially prepared holiday music under the direction of Meg Mesinna, Choral Director. Also featured will be an impressive array of raffle prizes plus a 50/50 cash prize for a lucky winner. Proceeds from the event will benefit RotaCare, the

The Garden City Hotel’s Societé Suie was packed with holiday celebrants last year. Gift of Life program and Rotary’s good works. For last minute reservations at $65 per person(required), please call Joanne Meyer-Jendras, Club President at 516551-3931.

Please stop by Kings Supermarket tomorrow, December 8 Rotarians and volunteer scouts from St. Joseph’s Troop 243 will ring the Bell to support the efforts of the Salvation Army

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Troop 1242 meets the Rockettes

This past Sunday morning, members of Girl Scout Troop 1242 had the opportunity to meet some Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, prior to the matinĂŠe show. The girls were able to ask questions and learn what goes on behind the scenes at such an amazing show. It was a truly magical experience and a great way to kick off the upcoming holiday season! George Frideric Handel

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WPOA nominates Holub, Makrinos as Trustees

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The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) Nominating Committee has put forward the names of William Holub for School Board Trustee and Stephen Makrinos for Village Trustee. The WPOA General Meeting for Nomination of Trustees will be January 15 at Homestead School. Residents may nominate alternative or additional candidates. In order to nominate an alternative or additional candidate, a petition signed by fifteen (15) residents, which notice shall include the address of each signatory, setting forth the names and addresses of the prospective candidates. Petitioners shall make certain that said petition is received by the Secretary of the WPOA (or if not available, to any officer of

the POA Board) by December 18 (at least twenty-eight (28) days before the Electors Meeting). In turn, receipt of this petition shall be communicated to the Board of Directors immediately. The petition shall include a written consent of the candidates for whom the petition is submitted, along with the candidates’ complete resumes. The petition if properly received 28 days before the Electors Meeting must also be submitted at the Electors Meeting on January 15, 2019 to the WPOA President or officiating officer if the president is not present. For any questions or interests in joining the WPOA as a member or Director, please contact the President of the WPOA, Gerry Kelly, at gerry7th@

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Garden City HS Class of 1998 holds 20th reunion On Friday, November 23rd, the Garden City High School Class of 1998 celebrated its twentieth high school reunion at the Garden City Casino. The celebration was organized by a committee comprised of alumni, including, Rebecca Kelly, Carolyn Fowler, Lauren Scarantino, Laura Herrera, Sarah Mathers, Elizabeth Lewis and

Jennifer Soper, and was attended by over 75 classmates from near and far, as well as former Vice Principal Steve Leunig. A great time was had by all! Donations were collected to support the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation in memory of Mollie Biggane, a Class of 1998 graduate.

The Welcoming Club of GC Who we are:

The Welcoming Club of Garden City is a well-established women’s organization that focuses on welcoming new members to our community, fostering relationships of long-time residents, supporting local businesses and raising money for charity. This year The Welcoming Club of Garden City is proud to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The MDA is leading the fight to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Want to join the fun and make a difference? We invite you to join the club! For just $37 a year you will have access to lots of great events and many fun members-only clubs and events. Complete the easy online membership form today at www. in the “Join” section of the website. While you are there, browse the site for lots of great information about the club.

Upcoming Events

December 19th: Ladies Gingerbread Night at Capo Calling all builders, join us Wednesday, December 19th from 7:309:30pm to create your gingerbread masterpiece. The small price for this creation is $60. This will include supplies, wine and dinner. So embrace your creative side and join us for a fun lady’s night! Tickets available at http://www. gingerbread

Reunion Committee (left to right): Rebecca Kelly, Carolyn Fowler, Lauren Scarantino, Laura Herrera, Sarah Mathers, Elizabeth Lewis and Jennifer Soper

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Book Club Enjoy a good book amongst good friends. Our book club meets on a monthly basis to discuss the page turner of choice. For upcoming book club events please contact Rachel Weber (

Craft Club The craft club is a great way to meet with friends and practice your crafting skills. This club meets every few months and creates a seasonal project. If you are interested in joining, please contact Becky Iudica (beckybond01@gmail. com) or Sasha Iudica (sashaiudica@ Supper Club Bring your significant others out for this one! This is a great way to make new friends as a couple. You will be hooked up with 3-4 other couples to set up a rotation of dinner events. Host your new friends at a pot luck dinner or head out to try our local restaurants. Please contact Michele Serafino (mserafino35@ for more information. Bowling Club Join us! No experience necessary! We are looking for new faces to join our Wednesday morning league. Occasional pacers are also welcome. Onsite babysitting available! Anyone interested, please contact Ellen Diller (Diller05@ Carol Santangelo (santa060@ or Elizabeth Colantonio ( Stroller Walks The stroller walking club is for those moms who don’t want to leave the kiddos home but would like to get out with some girlfriends. We meet weekly at one of our lovely GC parks to walk and chat. Please contact Emily Kasel (ejkasel@ for more information. Bunko Bunko is a fast paced dice game usually played in a group of 12. It is a great way to meet people and make new friends. The game is easy to learn and play. If you are interested please contact Janalyn Pomeroy (janalynfs@yahoo. com) or Sasha Iudica (sashaiudica@

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Friends of Music: Trip to DC, history and brain science 12/18 Stratford Winter Concert 12/20 High School Winter Concert (Chorus/Orchestra)

The choir performing in Philadelphia The Garden City Friends of Music have a lot of reasons to celebrate. They get to help fund a trip, something they started doing over 40 years ago, and they are proud of the research showing that music and the arts are very good for your brain. This year, with a donation of $1,500 from FOM, the students in Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz will be taking a trip to Washington D.C. in March. “This will provide the students with a phenomenal performance opportunity while concurrently giving them the opportunity to see much of the history and culture the city has to offer”, said Mr. Mayo, GCHS music teacher, and director of Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. This trip will

include learning that crosses disciplines – converging music and history, displaying the district’s commitment to STEAM. The students have a full agenda planned. They will visit Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, the US Supreme Court, the US Capital, the Smithsonian, and the Archives Museum. They will get to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Additionally the students have been invited to participate in a choir clinic with Eric Poole, choir director at Howard University. Finally, they will have the thrilling experience of performing either at the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Sylvan Stage (by the Washington Memorial) or the Jefferson Memorial.

The Friends of Music organization was created in the early 1970’s to help raise funds for a choir trip to London for the GC High School students. FOM continues to raise funds, through their annual membership drive, and through candy and flower sales at all the district musical events. Support FOM and purchase some candy and flowers for your performer. Look for Friends of Music outside these events: 12/4 Middle School Chorus Concert 12/5 Stewart 4th Grade Choral Concert 12/12 Stewart Instrumental Concert 12/13 Middle School Winter Concert (Band/PM Jazz) 12/17 Middle School Winter Concert (Orchestra/AM Jazz)

Since the 1970’s FOM has expanded its scope to include reaching out to the community and raising awareness of the power of music education. The U. S. Department of Education examined data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who consistently participate in music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematic performance. In 2009, the Dana Foundation published “How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition,” by the education research psychologist Michael Posner and a colleague. Posner has done a significant amount of work over nearly 50 years on the brain’s attention networks, specifically the ability to focus. Recent research offers science-based support that focused training in any of the arts—such as music, dance or theater— strengthens the brain’s attention system, which in turn can improve cognition more generally. Dr. Posner says “this strengthening likely helps explain the effects of arts training on the brain and cognitive performance that have been reported in several scientific studies, such as those presented in May 2009 at a neuroeducation summit at Johns Hopkins University.” Researchers in Florida found strong relationship between individuals who participated in school arts experiences and higher academic success as demonstrated by grade point averages, scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and math and verbal portions of the SAT exam. Visit to learn more about how music and the arts education improves brain function.

Garden City Police Department offers holiday safety tips Garden City Police Department Offers Holiday Safety Tips The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become preoccupied and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. The Garden City Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season and offers the following tips:


• If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area. Lock your vehicle and close all windows. • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. • Park as close as you can to your

destination and take notice of where you parked. • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside. • Avoid leaving packages or valuables inside your vehicle where they can be seen by potential thieves. • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. • Do not roll down your window if approached by a stranger; talk through the glass or drive away.


• Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

• When leaving home for an extended period, ask a neighbor or family member to watch your house and pick up your newspapers, mail or deliveries. • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on automatic timers; leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied. • Gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.

Leaving Home

• Plan your trip carefully and avoid getting lost by knowing the routes you will be taking. Tell someone when and where you are going, as well as what time you expect to return home. • When leaving home, leave interior

and exterior lights on and if equipped, activate your alarm system. Be aware of anyone watching or following you when you leave. • Ensure your car has a full tank of gas and keep your doors locked and windows closed. • Do not post that you are going on vacation on social media sites.


• When using an ATM at night, choose locations that are well-lit and secure. • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

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Environmental Board, Rec Comm collaborate to reduce pesticides From page 3 idea while doing these pilot programs, what the results are of what we are trying. It is a balance and a difficult choice the Rec. Commission,” Trustee Bolebruch stated. Ocker says the Garden City Rec. Department would be very open to doing all the neighborhood parks in the village as certifiably pesticide-free. Among exceptions to date, Grove Park and Nassau Haven are not free of chemical usage in their maintenance, and Rec. advised the EAB that this is due to the soccer fields and their relevant usage at each. “But we certainly could consider them,” Ocker said. Trustee Bolebruch said he understood how Recreation and Parks staff applied their fiscal duties into the equation, and said “you must try to get a sense of returns.” Bolebruch says with the three parks covered in the trial basis, the Rec. staff needs evaluation of its whole natural turf management process. Bolebruch respected the Rec. staff’s information and thoughts on usage, as Nassau Haven has soccer usage and he felt that the no-pesticide trial should ‘spread’ there too. He believes that can provide data on how an untreated field holds up with usage, wear and tear. One reason why Nassau Haven may provide

a good testing ground is that there are fewer teenage kids and adults playing soccer there, mainly it is children under 11, according to Bolebruch. “As ALWAYS, there needs to be a balance. Too many times I have seen one committee in the village turns around and looks at something a certain way, but the reality is that our board (the EAB) needed to get the perspective of the Rec. Commission. The bottom line is that it’s easy to say what we should do and not do, but that was the whole point as I spoke with Kevin (Ocker). This is something the EAB is very passionate about and we want to support, we felt it’s a very good initiative. At the same time we want to listen to ideas and thoughts of the Rec. Commission as we consider the ways to go about it. A lot of times the boards and commissions in the village don’t do this, and I wish they did so more. When you face an item that kind of crosses between boards it is beneficial to both sides to hear where the other is coming from,” Bolebruch said. He believes there needs to be a larger trial basis continued so the Rec. department has a track record and a better idea of “what works or doesn’t work.”

Investments and Field Rentals

Recreation Commission member Tim Stapleford explained a consensus the Commission developed this year after

parents came forward with their concerns in spring. He says the questions on economics and cost-benefit analyses are a priority with this important chemical-use discussion. “Unanimously -- if this is the way to express it -- philosophically, we are fully supportive of going chemical-free. That being said I think this is important and within this public forum that we be honest with our village residents of the path we are very likely headed toward. These playing fields will deteriorate as we know them -- we have to collectively be prepared to accept that. The Village of Garden City and the Board of Trustees have invested enormously in these (Rec.) facilities -- millions and millions of dollars we’ve put into these facilities to achieve a certain level. It is not just aesthetically but these current facilities will deteriorate. We need to understand that and we also need to understand, particularly for us as the Rec. Commission, that we are generally charged with trying to work with our programming, season by season, sport by sport, to be essentially a self-funding and in fact a revenue-generating portion of the village’s budget. We may lose some of that ability (if fields are untreated). St. Paul’s is a tremendous asset for us as the fields are used in many different ways. That

allows us to generate revenues that in turn allows us to fund, as much as we can, for our programs,” Stapleford said. Rec. Commission member Michael Ryder explained how conditions of village-owned playing fields is always a top concern. He says twenty years ago there would be sports teams traveling to other Nassau County venues like Merrick and Massapequa, and they would comment to Rec. staff that those fields were pristine compared with lower quality on Garden City’s fields. The Commission and EAB understood that the village, like all municipalities, is involved in the business of athletic field rentals. Ocker maintained that key concerns aside from the environmentally-conscious topics with pesticides are the safety on fields with their playability and evenness of materials. During the meeting, EAB members understood the corresponding responsibilities Recreation and Parks must perform for the village. Ocker says the seeding process is very important for the parks that have been part of the chemical-free trial as grass grows in each season. “That is a huge factor -- it will be very interesting to see just how we do between the treated and natural turf. We know the practices that we have to do, as that has been formally laid out,” he said.

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St. Paul’s Fields Scrutinized

The EAB and Rec. Commission acknowledged speculation on the current heavy usage of soccer and lacrosse fields at the St. Paul’s campus as well as potential for a dramatic change in the future given the recreation and sports proposal for the “Centre at St. Paul’s.” But the popular playing fields there are unlikely to meet the criteria for developing a chemical-free program of treatment. Related to the discussion, according to Sandra Young answered a question from the EAB and stated that the Village of Garden City (through its Rec. Department) earns $100,000 per fiscal year for the rentals of fields at St. Paul’s campus alone. According to Kevin Ocker, “It is the amount of use and the types of use at St. Paul’s that makes it difficult to maintain.” He says lacrosse is one of the most detrimental uses impacting field conditions due to the way in which the sport is played. Nearly every person at the meeting nodded at the thought of heavy usage on the St. Paul’s grounds. Rec. Commission member Kristina Russo said for the large myriad of fields and sports that take place at St. Paul’s, “with all the activities going on there it may never be a practical location to go chemical-free.” She added that activity on its fields and overall with St. Paul’s in general is evolving, so “what we will ultimately have there is an anomaly.” The EAB and Rec. Commission contemplated the investments and maintenance costs of millions of dollars, all approved by the Board of Trustees and paid for by the village. Trustee Bolebruch said the Rec. department and village staff is aware of the residents who may not prefer chemical-free fields, as some may say they want to live in Garden City because they expect a certain quality of fields and amenities. Similar reactions were observed when, unsuccessfully, Cherry Valley Country Club tried to go chemical-free to maintain the golf course and the playability

and terrain were negatively impacted. Ultimately the club changed back to using products and the complaints died down. Health and Human Development in the Decision Carole Neidich-Ryder of the EAB spoke about misconceptions and scientific studies as they relate to public perception on the use of pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers. She wants better clarity because the public has had a tendency “to lump all chemicals into one pile, without regarding toxicity levels.” “It is important to understand as we look at and the village decides how we’re going to treat these fields, we investigate the toxicity of these chemicals, how long they persist in our environment and what they degrade down to. Some of the stuff we may talking about and have concern over may be found to be non-issues. There may be some chemicals that do certain things that we should not even involve in the discussion because there’s no threat to health,” she said. Ocker noted that the Rec. department has labels for every product used, and Neidich-Ryder says there’s corresponding data to research the ingredients and mixes. Nearing the end of the discussion, both Kristina Russo of the Rec. Commission and Neidich-Ryder of the EAB made a few comments that truly highlighted health and safety concerns parents have raised with this issue during 2018. “I think of our Garden City families with toddlers playing in the grass, licking themselves, and putting things in their mouth. I see that different than 14-year-olds and 17-year-olds playing on village fields today and turf in another town tomorrow. The usage of fields and who uses these fields is a consideration…. I’m glad that we started with the trial season because I do not consider Garden City a place that just adheres to the minimum standards or acceptable

guidelines under the law -- we are committed to doing a little bit better than what is typical. I do not know whether we need to be ‘all wholesale’ one way or another way -- chemical-free versus using chemicals everywhere. Our residents are not restricted that if they live next to Tullamore Park they would only be allowed to go into Tullamore. They can go into any of the municipal parks, so if it is important to residents that they are in ‘chemical-free zones’ then you may go to and enjoy one park over another. You may have to drive to a different park and it may not be the one just near your home. But having choices within the Village of Garden City is a standard I think our residents would appreciate. It’s like going into a grocery store where you have a choice to buy the regular peppers or organic peppers,” Russo said. Neidich-Ryder said if playgrounds and passive park areas near them are grass, then maybe all of those in Garden City should become chemical-free with maintenance of just mowing, seeding, sand and aeration. “Then our residents would not need to go to one playground or another, and we’d just be dealing with the playing fields and what we’d do with those. If you think about playgrounds that’s where the little babies play, and babies are not playing soccer. If you reflect on human development, at each stage of human development sees certain things happen. Most things are taking place when the child is smaller and if we look for the best cost-benefit -- that is not just money but limiting environmental damages and threats to health -- the biggest bang for the buck would be starting, if we could, with eliminating the grass treatments on playgrounds. If that is an easy choice for the village that can be made soon,” she said.

Parents, Community members can offer Feedback

Throughout the spring, parent Kelly Smith attended several EAB and Rec.

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Commission meetings as well as visits to each of the four Garden City property owners’ associations with data and information on the issues surrounding chemical usage on playing fields. At the November 28 joint meeting she thanked all the volunteer board members and village staff, and said she agrees with setting safety as the standard, “especially in regards to the youngest residents.” Smith and her colleague, Colleen Ciullo said a great next step would be for all village-owned and operated parks and playgrounds in Garden City to go pesticide-free and then looking into the same for sports fields. Ciullo supported an idea brought up by Rec. Commission member Judy Courtney and seconded by EAB member Leo Stimmler -- the use of pesticides on village fields and recreation areas should be noticed for all residents in The Garden City News. During the meeting November 28, Stimmler confirmed with Kevin Ocker that the Rec. department will ensure that the fields still treated with insecticides and herbicides will be noticed with signage posted for residents. “We should publish the chemical use in some parks and trials of going chemical-free in others in the News. If you want to take the temperature of residents in the village is to make these trials public knowledge and then let our residents tell you what matters most to them; safety and stopping chemicals or aesthetics and having pristine grass. Let the residents speak by informing them of what this village is doing thus far and what we may or may not do in the future,” she said. “I appreciate the diligence and thought all of you have put into this. One of the benefits to living in Garden City is to have more safety that what would be standard. We could really bolster our community support around this by explaining how Garden City is truly taking a forward-thinking initiative,” Smith told the EAB and Rec. Commission.

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L E G A L LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF LEGAL POSTPONEMENT OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, CITIBANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. S.T.D. HOLDINGS LLC, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on September 24, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CCP (Calendar Control Part Courtroom) in the Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on December 18, 2018 at 11:30 a.m., premises known as 603 Chestnut Street, Garden City, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 34, Block 112 and Lots 33-38. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 610111/2016. The original sale was scheduled for November 20, 2018 at the same time and location. Kathleen Wright, Esq., Referee Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 1010, Uniondale, NY 11553, Attorneys for Plaintiff GC 0871 1X 12/07 LEGAL NOTICE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NASSAU U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE CSFB MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH

N O T I C E S CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005CF1, V. COLLEEN TRETTIEN; ET. AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 19, 2017, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Nassau, wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE CSFB MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-CF1 is the Plaintiff and COLLEEN TRETTIEN; ET AL. are the Defendant(s). I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Calendar Control Part, Mineola, NY 11501, on January 8, 2019 at 11:30AM, premises known as 162 MEADOW ST, GARDEN CITY, NY 11530: Section 34, Block 546, Lot 32 & 39: ALL THAT CERTAIN PLOT PEICE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF GARDEN CITY, TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, COUNTY OF NASSAU AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 0000801/2015. Marilyn Salzman, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

School District urged to strike tax deal with apartment developer From page 1 to approach the developer directly about a tax/ payment agreement for the long term. He says the situation was murky throughout the hearing in front of the Board of Trustees for several months earlier in 2018, but if trustees on the current board of education did not attend any of the hearings at Village Hall on the 55% Stewart Avenue application, the official notice and wording is cause for alarm on the future involving school taxes for the property. “I think frankly that you (the board of education) needs to do that, take the steps that have been outlined, as you have an obligation to the community…. you are going to have a difficulty with residents of this town who can’t see a reason why you wouldn’t pursue the full tax dollars...You need to move forward with this, because if you do not you will have a difficult time gaining support from residents to vote in favor of the next year’s (2019-2020) school district budget. What will be the explanation if you do not follow through on this?” Lamberti said. At the board’s meeting on November 20, School Board President Angela Heineman responded to the public comment by stating the board of education was meeting with counsel by the end of November to discuss the matter and the board’s options. “As we have said all along we will report to the community as any decision is made,” she said. Lamberti also presented the board of education with the revised, May 4, 2017, application to the Village of Garden City on behalf of the developer of 555 Stewart Avenue, from attorney Kevin Walsh of firm Walsh, Markus, McDougal & DeBellis LLP, which contained “exhibit C” -- a real property tax analysis “based on current income projections, real property taxes generated from the project upon a full assess-

ment are estimated in excess of $1.5 million per year.” The revised application contained survey from VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture regarding easements, one for lighting (LILCO). The project document indicated a scale of 150 apartments with 15 affordable units, 16 one bedrooms, 16 three bedrooms, and 118 two bedroom units. The tax analysis within the application projects futures for school, village and general tax financials related to the property. Projected Effective Gross Income is listed as $5,133,921 with a net operating income of $3.85 million. Full value was presented at $28.994 million, and then the full breakdowns of village, county and schools’ tax were listed, based on assessments. The village tax portion would be up, from the current $19,917 paid on the vacant lot to $226,363; the county taxes would be $194,887, up from the current $20,174, while the school tax portion at $85,734 now would be $1.11 million. The total county and schools’ taxes were presented as a $1.305 million total per year as the tax cost. After construction is completed, the property would change from Tax Class 1 to Tax Class 2. Regarding the school district and enrollment impacts, Walsh’s May 2017 revised submission contained comments from Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph. D. of St. John’s University which describes enrollment trends in the Garden City Schools. “In our previous submission, we provided a report (a portion of the Rutgers Studies) which showed very few students will come from the proposed building. The report of Professor Hughes confirms that Garden City student population has peaked and is expected to trend down over the coming years. Based upon this trending, and the few students projected from this type of housing, it is clear that the Garden City School facilities can accommodate the proposed residential housing,” the application stated.

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From page 1 remains open until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. on Friday nights and weekends, and that is the norm for availability, Recreation Program Director Sandra Young noted. The “least busy times” commented on last week at the meeting are weekends and Friday nights after 6 p.m. Rec. Commission member Michael Ryder opposed opening the tennis facility to non-residents on weekends as he said it “sets a bad precedent.” He explained the nature of word-of-mouth tennis court bookings among professionals and tennis trainers in the area “looking for a good deal.” That might result in less village residents’ participation and interest in using the facility, he contended. Rec. Commission member Judy Courtney reminded him that the data Ocker’s staff collected shows that the facility remains unused at the times suggested for an open, public market. Ocker nodded and spoke about the Village of Garden City budget sessions, and every year over the last four years the Recreation and Parks Department staff is questioned about maximizing the use of these facilities, especially the pool and tennis enterprises. “Even though we remain cash positive with the tennis enterprise, each March I am

asked if we are doing everything we can to market facilities and rent out the down times,” he said. Courtney also asked for more data and evaluation on the staffing costs and utilities usage/costs of the evening hours as the tennis facilities are not being used to maximum capacity at this point. In her opinion that means measures need to be taken as soon as possible to increase facility usage (court rentals). Meanwhile, Ryder says the Rec. Department should present the Commission with a cost-benefit analysis of returns (gains) from the nonresidents’ fee proposed. He wants to ensure that “what the village gets out of it” is worth the open market structure and attracting any tennis communities and audiences. Ocker replied that the problem remains that Village of Garden City residents “are not using this facility on the weekend times suggested, period.” Another consideration at the meeting was the temperature for play inside the tennis facility, which was 52 degrees (F) as of late November. The marketability of the village tennis facility remains a key factor, as Commission member Kristina Russo asked the staff about varied programs that may attract rentals. Tennis-themed

birthday parties at the facility are one concept that Recreation has worked with in its advertising efforts. Commission member Tim Stapleford said the department’s goal and fiscal responsibility outlined preserving Garden City’s tennis facility as an enterprise fund, which should in be self-funding. He asked Ryder and others on his board to think of the long-term outlook, and “how much control would we have over tennis if it was no longer operated or structured as an enterprise?” Ocker said the Rec. Commission would still have control of regulating the fee structures and rules of the facility. Stapleford then thought of the equation with the tennis rates. “The idea remains generating enough revenue to maintain this (tennis) structure. We need to do whatever is necessary to run the facility,” he said. His short-term solution was to allow the nonresidents’ rentals of tennis courts on weekends for a trial basis lasting about three to six months, starting around January. Young explained that this suggestion can work because the indoor tennis season traditionally runs right through May due to the weather, and the period allows for data on rentals to flow over a few months. Methods of advertising and marketing

for the tennis facility, as well as for the 2019 summer pool season, are already being discussed and evaluated by the Recreation and Parks staff as well as Commission members. A tennis-related Recreation item was set to be voted on by the Village Board of Trustees this week as a $17,880 was bid proposed by Walsh & Hughes, Inc., d/b/a Velvetop Products of Huntington Station, for Har-Tru court pac field rollers, a tennis/recreation expense for the Board to approve.

St. Paul’s comfort station renovation

Also at the Commission’s meeting the Rec. staff spoke about the pending approval of the interior renovations for the comfort station at the St. Paul’s athletic fields, north of Stewart Avenue. The fields there are the most heavily-used in the Garden City Recreation and Parks system and the comfort station was in need of a makeover. On the Village Board of Trustees’ meeting agenda for Thursday, December 6, was the contract for approval: a bid award to B & B Contracting Group of Manhattan, low bidder on the project for a total of $162,948. The sum would come from this fiscal year’s capital budget, allocated from the Recreation Department “Cluett and Fieldhouse Rehab” account.

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Garden City PTA News 2019 Parent University and Community Support Services Fair is almost here! New this year - Parent University and Community Support Services Fair will be on the same night - January 31, 2019. Coming soon - a list of organizations that will be attending the Community Support Services Fair. Here are the educational workshops being presented at Parent University this year.

New Workshops

• Learning to Read is FUN with FUNdations • The Pitfalls of Parenting and How to Avoid Them: A Guide to More Conscious Parenting • Executive Functioning: Tips, Tools & Strategies for the Disorganized Student • Worried Parents, Stressed Teens: Whose Anxiety is it Anyway? • Money Talks: Strategies to Help You Start a Conversation with Your Child About Spending, Saving, and Budgeting • Empowering the Quiet Child • The Big “C” - Consent: Teaching Children Boundaries and Consent • New Diploma and Graduation Options for High School in NYS

Workshops Back by Popular Demand

• LGBTQ+ and Everything Under the Rainbow • Soaring into STEAM: Fun Experiments for Children and Parents • STILL Vaping in the Bathrooms! For more information contact the Parent University Team at or visit

Highlights from our November 29th PTA Meeting!

Insightful presentations by GCHS student members of Peer Educators and SADD followed by a presentation by

Erika Stroh, MA. of - Parent From The Heart. Ms. Stroh presented on “How Can Parents Help Their Kids to Develop Positive Social Skills and Healthy Relationships?” Developing and maintaining healthy relationships is something that is an important skill for adolescents of all ages (ages 10-20).

Upcoming events:

Attention Primary and Elementary Parents/Guardians Tuesday, December 11 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.: Homestead First Grade Winter Festival Wednesday, December 12 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.: Kindergarten First Grade Winter Festival Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.: Stewart Instrumental Winter Concert at Stewart Thursday, December 13 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.: Hemlock First Grade Winter Festival Friday, December 14 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.: Hemlock Kindergarten Winter Festival Attention Middle School Parents/ Guardians Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.: Middle School Band/PM Jazz Winter Concert at High School Attention High School Parents/ Guardians Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Winter Wonderland 11th and 12th Grade at High School

SADD Student Presenters

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On November 15th, 16th, and 17th, Garden City High School’s Masquers presented “Mamma Mia!” to a total of nearly 2,000 audience members. The uplifting musical features the music of the band ABBA – songs so familiar that audience members couldn’t help but sing along! The cast and crew did a spectacular job with the multi-harmonic soaring vocals, the twists and turns of the story line, and lively dance routines. Congratulations to the high school’s amazingly talented students in the cast, crew, and fantastic pit orchestra (under the baton of music teacher Andrew Albani) for a wonderfully inspired production of “Mamma Mia!” Thank you to Stephen Mayo (producer and vocal director), Katie Sckalor (director), Amanda Marino (technical director), Amanda Conte (production assistant

and choreographer), and Stephanie Knechtges (stage manager). Many thanks to the Garden City Teachers’ Association for sponsoring and serving a buffet dinner for 100 senior citizens who braved the surprise snowstorm to partake of a delicious hot dinner and special late afternoon performance of Mamma Mia! Many thanks to the GCTA for supporting GC’s senior citizens! Finally, a special “Thank you” goes out to GCHS Principal Nanine McLaughlin, Assistant Principals Dave Perrotta and Kevin Steingruebner, and the evening custodial staff at the high school for their above-and-beyond efforts during Thursday’s snow storm. They escorted attending senior citizens and parents to their cars and cleaned the snow from their vehicles so everyone could get home safely!

Harry Bright (Gilbert Puentes III), Bill Austin (George Arianas), and Sam Carmichael (Paul Stein) arrived on the island for Sophie’s wedding.

Tanya gets flirtatious with Pepper.

On the Greek island of Kalokairi for her impending wedding, Sophie Sheridan (played by Jordan Pearn), the daughter of the lead character Donna, revealed to her bridesmaid friends that she secretly invited her three possible fathers (discovered in her mom’s diary) to give her away at her wedding.

Sophie (Jordan Pearn) meets with each of her three possible fathers certain that she will be able to tell which one is her real father (not so).

Tanya (Julia Bedeian), Ali (Paige Sanossian) and Lisa (Lara Abruzzo) dance with Pepper (Andrew Braun) and Eddie (Farren Martinus) to “Does Your Mother Know?”

Friends get together before the wedding (left to right): Sophie (Jordan Pearn), Sky (Ryan Murphy), Donna (Sarah Fetherston), Rosie (Emma Gardner), Tanya (Julia Bedeian), Pepper (Andrew Braun), and Eddie (Farren Martinus).

The “Dynamos” reunited for a one-time-only performance of Super Trouper. Photo by Steve Mayo


Sky (Ryan Murphy) learned that Sophie (Jordan Pearn) invited her dads, and he’s upset - accusing her of having a big fancy wedding only to find out her paternity.

“The Winner Takes it All” – an iconic ABBA song – was performed expertly by Sarah Fetherston as Donna Sheridan. Donna (Sarah Fetherston) sang “Slipping through My Fingers” as she helped Sophie (Jordan Pearn) get ready for her wedding.

Rosie (Emma Gardner) sang “Take a Chance” to Bill (George Arianas) as the wedding party assembled.

Garden City High School teacher Kevin O’Hagan, along with more than a dozen volunteer teachers from across the district, served a delicious buffet dinner to GC’s senior citizens on Thursday, November 15th.

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Bill dances with the “bride” (groom “Sky” – Ryan Murphy) at his bachelor party.

Donna (Sarah Fetherston) and Harry (Gilbert Puentes III) reminisce about their younger days and times together.

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GC Middle School team attends education conference

GCHS teacher selected as PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Mike Stano teaching about pulley systems in a lesson to his PLTW students Garden City Middle School science teacher Christine Lebenns, guidance counselor Robyn Weiner, and reading specialist/Anti-Bullying Coordinator Kim Greenwald BY ROBYN WEINER, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Garden City Middle School science teacher Christine Lebenns, guidance counselor Robyn Weiner, and reading specialist/Anti-Bullying Coordinator Kim Greenwald recently attended the 2018 Annual Association for Middle Level Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. This conference is the world’s

largest professional development event for any person who works with middle school-aged students. The three-day event included keynote speakers, workshops, and networking with middle level educators from all over the United States. The Middle School team was able to come back with new ideas and materials to share with their colleagues and implement at the GCMS.

Congratulations to Mr. Mike Stano, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher at Garden City High School for being selected as a 2018-2019 PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In a congratulatory letter, PLTW officials stated: “Project Lead the Way recognizes outstanding PLTW teachers who inspire, engage, and empower their students by creating transformative learning experiences in their classrooms through PLTW programs.” As an Outstanding Teacher, Mr. Stano is invited to attend a PLTW

Summit to receive his award. He is also now eligible to be selected as one of six PLTW’s National Teachers of the Year. “I was thrilled to be selected as a PLTW 2018-2019 Outstanding Teacher because it helped legitimize myself as a PLTW teacher, and a program that myself and the district worked so hard to create,” shared Mr. Stano. “I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of Dr. Cascio and Ms. McLaughlin, and everyone else within Central Administration.”

GC resident named to Board of Directors of bank Ridgewood Savings Bank has announced the election of both Brian P. Mooney and Kevin J. Shine to its Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2019. Kevin Shine is a resident of Garden City. Mr. Shine currently serves as the senior vice president of the information technology division of a Fortune 500 technology and communications company, leading their IT datacenter and infrastructure support organization. Mr. Shine has nearly 35 years of technology industry experience, including leadership roles in engineering, design, deployment and support of IT infrastructure assets, data centers, mainframes, open

systems, data storage, and IT networks. Mr. Shine also currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Swim Across America, a non-profit organization funding cancer research and support priorities, as well as the Board of Trustees of MercyFirst, an accredited New York State not-for-profit service provider to families and children in crisis. “We are pleased to be adding Brian Mooney and Kevin Shine to our Board,” noted Leonard Stekol, the Bank’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “Their significant, yet diverse, experience in the areas of IT development, support and delivery, along with

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their Fortune 500 company experiences will provide invaluable governance and oversight to the Bank’s management.” Mr. Stekol continued, “Both individuals will also offer key strategic assistance to the Bank as it strives to deliver innovative digital banking offerings and acquire new customers and households in a rapidly evolving competitive landscape, and their firm dedication to charitable service throughout the local communities should strengthen the Bank’s ongoing mission to remain a premier, community-centered, mutual savings bank.”

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Favorite Places to Spend the Christmas Holiday BY KAREN RUBIN TRAVEL FEATURES SYNDICATE GOINGPLACESFARANDNEAR.COM I have so many fond memories of Christmases past, spent in charming, festive places that capture the magic and spirit of the season, and most importantly, bring our family together with experiences we share. My criteria for great destination places to spend the winter holidays starts with charm, offers plenty to do indoors as well as outdoors that interests everyone in the family, is walkable to get around or at least offers great public transportation, perhaps even a cutesy trolley or something that is fun. Has great decorations, has a festive feel, and most important, doesn’t shut down and close up for the holidays. Christmas in the Capital Washington DC certainly fits this bill – you can spend all your time just on the National Mall, visiting iconic museums like the National Air & Space Museum (a major favorite for families, great café also)), the relatively new Museum of the American Indian, the even newer Smithsonian National Museum of African American History &  Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, the National Portrait Gallery, National Archives, and just across the avenue is the gorgeous National Gallery of Art

The Great Hall of The Breakers, decked out for the holidays, part of Christmas at the Newport Mansions and festivities that take over the City-by-the-Sea, Newport, RI. Sculpture Garden ice skating rink and charming café (also skating at The Wharf, Georgetown, and Capitol Riverfront). Go further afield to the Spy Museum and if the weather permits, the National Zoo (easy access by Metro). Best way to take in the Capital city’s holiday lights is with these free offerings: Tour America’s

historic train stations in miniature at Seasons Greenings: All Aboard! at the U.S. Botanic Gardens (thru Jan. 2); Smithsonian National Zoo dazzles with more than 500,000 LED lights, snowless tubing and more at ZooLights, 5-9 pm thru Jan.1, (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31); take in National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse is attended by 56


decorated state and territory trees and Santa’s Workshop and enjoy nightly musical performances thru Dec. 31. Also memorable: George Washington’s Mount Vernon celebrates the season with Colonial dancing, chocolate-making and See page D2

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Favorite Places to Spend the Christmas Holiday Continued from page D1

caroling, Nov. 23-Dec. 31; candlelit tours run Nov. 23, 24, 30; Dec. 1, 7, 8, 16.There are Holiday in the Park thrills at Six Flags America with lights, rides and s’mores: Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, 26-31 Among the holiday performances underway: National Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 20-23); at Warner Theatre, the Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker recasts the classic in the Lincoln White House (Nov. 29-Dec. 28); and Richly Dressed, A Christmas Carol (Nov. 15-Dec. 30) at Ford’s Theatre. Find inspiration for memorable getaways on Destination DC’s holiday landing page on, and its Instagram and Facebook channels, including festive hotel packages, menus, holiday lights, ice skating rinks, gift markets, can’t-miss exhibitions and events across the city’s welcoming neighborhoods. Help with planning is available from a DC travel expert weekdays 8:30 am-5 pm, 800-422-8644.  To really get into the spirit, stay at the elegant and historic Willard InterContinental (it’s a stone’s throw from the White House and was where Abraham Lincoln stayed before his inauguration) which transforms into a holiday-inspired wonderland, a beloved tradition that both locals and visitors have come to anticipate each year, with its display of yuletide trimmings, musical fanfare and epicurean delights thru January 1. The centerpiece is the treasured Christmas tree, boasting decades of sentiment on each carefully curated branch. The Willard is the only hotel in Washington to feature the White House Ornament Collection, an initiative founded by the White House Historical Association in 1981: each ornament honors a different U.S. President or special White House event. This year honors Harry S. Truman, 33rd president, and the three significant changes made during his administration – one to the Presidential Seal and two to the White House itselfAnother iconic facet of the hotel’s décor is their picturesque gingerbread display  in the lobby that pays tribute to an iconic landmark in and around D.C.  This year’s display pays homage to Ronald Reagan Washington National  Airport and with a magnificent replica that will include all terminals, lighted runways, a control tower and even parts of the Washington Metro.  Turn your visit into a complete resort stay at the Gaylord National Resort which has its Christmas on the Potomac festival that is not to be missed (whether or not you stay), that includes ICE! where you walk

through a winter wonderland carved from over 2 million pounds of ice, this year telling the holiday tale of A Charlie Brown Christmas www. (

respite in a quaint New England coastal town. White lights illuminate homes, shops, restaurants and the bustling wharves in a ritual meant to represent candlelight from days gone by, when families would wait for their loved ones to return home from their seafaring adventures. Holiday events are tailored

Busch Gardens Colonial Williamsburg decorated for the holidays.

A resort stay: Gaylord National Resort just outside Washington DC offers a spectacular Christmas on the Potomac festival including ICE! where you get to go down an ice slide kept frozen at 9 degrees © 2016 Karen Rubin/ Christmas in Newport Newport, Rhode Island is always enchanting, but never more so than at the winter holidays, when, it seems, the entire town is one big festival. There’s a palpable elation throughout the City-by-the Sea during Christmas in Newport, a month-long celebration toasting simple traditions of the holiday season. For nearly 50 years, this event has made for an extraordinary holiday

to entertain every age, including tree lightings, Polar Express train rides, historical tours, shopping strolls, concerts and dances like the Newport Nutcracker, Island Moving Company’s rendition of the classic holiday ballet, Victorian-era Christmas festivities, culinary fêtes, arts and cultural celebrations and more. (Where else but Newport can you gaze at a 16-foot working gingerbread lighthouse?) (See, 800-326-6030, for trip planning help.) Christmas at the Newport Mansions returns to The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House with newly imagined holiday decor thru Jan. 1. The three houses offer a total of 25 large decorated Christmas trees, plus additional smaller potted trees and topiaries. Windows in each mansion are lit with individual white candles. New this year, professional event designers will create contemporary holiday tablescapes in the dining rooms at Marble House and The Elms, and in the Breakfast Room of The Breakers, to provide inspiration and ideas to visitors for ways they can decorate their own holiday tables. Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions recreate the ambience of an evening soirée during the Gilded Age: at The Breakers are Saturdays, December 1, 8, 22 and 29, 6-8 p.m; On December 15, guests can visit both The Elms and Marble House for the price of one, 6-9 p.m. ($35 in advance, $45 day-of the event. Children 6-17 are admitted for $10 in advance, $15 day-of. Children under the age of 6 free. More information and  tickets are available online  or call (401) 847-1000. The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House open daily for tours, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, through Jan. 1. Rosecliff will also be open in December, with a new exhibition,  Bill Cunningham: Facades, featuring photographs by the late  New York Times  photographer. A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to up to 4 houses can be purchased for $30 for adults, $10 for children 6-17. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free. Individual house tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased online  or at each property.  (Program information at There are any number of marvelous hotels and inns to accommodate. We loved our holiday stay at The Vanderbilt, a historic boutique hotel a short walk (and what a rooftop view) to Newport’s delightful waterfront, which makes you feel like a Vanderbilt. In fact, it was originally built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, third son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Vanderbilt, who died heroically in the sinking of the Lusitania. The 1909 mansion has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning luxury hotel in Rhode Island. The Vanderbilt offers 33 rooms and luxury suites, a lavish spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a signature restaurant, The Vanderbilt Grill. A Grace Hotel, it is now part of


the Auberge Resort Collection (www. More Favorite Places for the Winter Holidays Manchester, Vermont, a delightful New England village, hosts six weeks of holiday merriment, across the Manchester and the Mountains Region (a whole village of outlet shops, too!). There are tours of decorated inns, pub crawls with local  restaurants offering special pairings, a  Lighted Tractor Parade, and the Elf Express Train ride. A highlight of any visit to Manchester is a tour Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln’s estate, festooned in Victorian finery, just as it might have been when they stayed for the holidays so many years ago. Take the self-guided tour; throughout December, talented musicians play Mary Lincoln’s Steinway and the vintage Aeolian organ ( (Trip planning help at visitmanchestervt. com/merriment). One of our favorite places to stay for the holidays in Manchester is the historic  Equinox, where Mary Todd Lincoln would spend summers. The Equinox has since become a fourseason luxury resort with every imaginable amenity including worldclass spa, indoor pool, Orvis fly fishing school, a falconry school, Range Rover driving school. Besides outlet shopping and historic sites such as  Hildene, the Equinox is also a short drive to superb downhill skiing at Stratton, Bromley and Magic Mountain (www., 800-362-4747). Woodstock, Vermont  is the quintessential New England village,

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One of the light art installations that decorate San Francisco for the holidays, “Photosynthesis Love for all Seasons” by Ralsy Sabater. oozing charm and its centerpiece is the historic Woodstock Inn. An AAA Four Diamond resort, it is decked out in holiday finery and activities galore (Tubbs Snowshoe Adventure Center, cross-country skiing, luxurious spa and indoor recreation center with tennis,

visits to the fascinating Billings Farm & Museum, downhill skiing at the resort’s own Suicide Six ski hill, with Killington just 25 minutes away and Okemo 40 minutes away. Founded by the Rockefellers, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The

Woodstock Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs. Find vacation See page D5


20 ways to have a “Freylech” Hanukkah BY MARJORIE GOTTLIEB WOLFE *”freylech” means “happy,” “cheerful,” or “upbeat” in Yiddish. Hanukkah began on December 2. According to Carol Bell Ford (“Nice Jewish Girls Growing Up in Brownsville”), “Chanukah was not yet competing with Christmas. It was celebrated modestly. I remember receiving Chanukah gelt, usually fifty cents, but sometimes a silver dollar, from my father. ‘Here’s a shekel,’ he would say…” Shown below are 20 ways to enjoy the holiday: 1. Make a list of all the acceptable spellings for Hanukkah. Ex. Hanuka, Chanuka, Channuka, etc. 2. Buy the children a bag of milk chocolate Hanukkah coins. (Note: The custom of giving Hanukkah gelt can be traced to 18th century Eastern Europe, and maybe earlier. For many, gelt was traditionally distributed on the 5th night, and many sources claim it rewarded children for studying Torah.)

3. Buy a sweater inscribed, “Donald Trump Makes Hanukah Great Again.” 4. Sing Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song: Put on your yarmulke, Here comes Hanukkah! So much funukah, To celebrate Hanukkah! Hanukkah is the festival of lights. Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights. 5. Share Molly Katz’s comments about gift-wrapping papers in “Jewish As A Second Language”: “Gifts are opened carefully, using a pencil to lift the tape so the paper can be saved… It’s a crime to throw away such lovely paper.” 6. Never re-gift a present using an A & S (Abraham & Strauss) box! They’ve been out of business since 1995. 7. Take the Annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side Tour with the Big Onion Walking Tours. 8. According to Mary Cella, the following subjects are NOT safe to dis-

cuss at the holiday meal table: climate change, TV shows like “This Is Us,” and “The Real Housewives of New York City.” Tim Herrera says that we should AVOID bragging about our net worth and our salary. “It’s rude to ask your friends about their rent, even if it helps put your budget in perspective,” says Herrera. 9. Read the children Stephen Kerensky’s book, “Hanukkah at Valley Forge.” (The author reminds us that it’s a mitzvah not only to light a Hanukkah menorah, but to place it where others can see it.) 10. Buy Chanukah Fortune Cookies, with authentic Jewish folk sayings and witticisms: Ex. “May your pastrami never have mayonnaise on it.” “Please. You got the best fortune in the box, so stop kvetching.” 11. Read the children Ellis Weiner’s book, “Yiddish with Dick and Jane.” Check the glossary of Yiddish words. Pg. 92 - “latkes” (LOT-kiss) - Potato pancakes. It’s possible that Betty knows that Jane is lying, because you don’t

bake latkes in the oven. You cook them in oil in a skillet. It makes you wonder: Does Betty know how to make latkes?” 12. Watch the movie, “ A Rugrats Chanukah.” Listen to Angelica say, “Chanukah is that special time of year between Christmas and MISGIVING when all the bestest holiday shows are on TV.” 13. Buy the book, “Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah” by Sharon Duke Estrous. (The author suggests that you take your kids to the toy store, See page D6

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Taking Your Benefits at Age 62 BY TOM MARGENAU

Q: In a recent column, you said that most people retiring today are waiting until 70 to start their Social Security. But I read an article in USA Today quoting Social Security Administration statistics stating the majority of retirees take their Social Security at 62. Where did you get your information? A: Yes, you are right and so is USA Today. What I meant to say in that column is that based on the emails I get, it seems to me that most people are waiting until 70. The vast majority of people who email me are asking questions about maximizing their Social Security benefits and that usually involves waiting until age 70 to claim the extra 32 percent in “delayed retirement credits” that are added to a person’s monthly Social Security check. So based on all those emails, I assumed the majority of seniors were doing the same. Obviously, I was wrong. And I wonder why I am hearing from the age 70 start-date group and not the age 62 start-date group. I’m guessing that those large numbers of people who start their Social Security at 62 don’t have many questions because their Social Security eligibility isn’t too complicated. On the other hand, readers who are into this maximizing business have all kinds of questions because the rules (which I’ve discussed hundreds of times in this column) can get a little complicated. Having said all that, I do occasionally hear from people planning to take their benefits at age 62 and the rest of today’s column will highlight their questions. Q: I turned 62 on Sept. 15 and filed for my Social Security then. I just got my first check on Nov. 21. I know my Social Security checks are one month behind, so that was my October payment. But what happened to my September check? A: You aren’t due a payment for September. Here is why. Back in the 1980s, a conservative Congress was looking for ways to trim government spending. One of the ideas they came up with was a law that says you have to be 62 for an entire month before you can get your first Social Security check. Because you were not age 62 for the entire month of September, you can’t get a check for that month. Q: I plan to start my Social Security benefits at age 62. Will that decision affect my wife’s eventual widow’s benefit? A: Yes, it will. The reduction you take in your retirement benefits will carry over to any widow’s benefits payable to your wife -- with a bit of a twist. At age 62, you are going to get 75 percent of your full Social Security benefit. Let’s say your wife is over age 66 when you

die. (It’s too messy to try to explain the reduction factors for a widow who is under age 66.) There is a law that says a widow over age 66 cannot get less than 82.5 percent of your full benefit. So she’ll actually get a 7.5 percent bump in benefits when you die. If you wait until you are 66 to claim your benefits, you would get your full (100 percent) benefit rate. And your wife would also get that 100 percent rate after you die. If you wait until age 70 to apply for Social Security, you would get a 132 percent rate, and so would your widow. Q: I’m still working full time. I make about $80,000 per year. But I plan to start my Social Security at 62. Is that a good idea? A: It’s not a good or bad idea. It’s a non-starting idea. If you are still working full time and are under age 66, you are not due any Social Security benefits. Only once you stop working, or start working part time and making around $18,000 per year or less, or turn age 66, whichever comes first, should you consider filing for Social Security benefits. Q: I will take my small Social Security check at 62 next year. My husband, who is two years younger than me and has a much higher Social Security benefit, plans to wait until 70 to start his checks. I should be due some extra spousal benefits on his record. How will they be figured? A: It sounds like you will be about 72 when he files for his retirement and you sign up for spousal benefits on his record. To figure those benefits, they will take your full age 66 rate (even though you took benefits at 62) and subtract that from one-half of your husband’s age 66 rate (even though he took benefits at 70). The difference will be added to your reduced retirement benefit. To explain that further, let’s use an example. Say your full benefit is $800 per month and your husband’s full benefit is $2,700 per month. By starting your benefits at 62, you will get 75 percent of $800, or $600. At age 70, your husband is going to get 132 percent of his full rate, or $3,564. But again, your spousal benefit is based on his $2,700 rate. So they will take your full benefit amount ($800) and subtract that from one half of his full amount ($1,350). That leaves $550 in spousal benefits, which will be added to your reduced retirement benefit of $600, giving you total benefits of $1,150 per month once you go on your husband’s record. And for long-range planning purposes, you should know this. If your husband dies before you do, your widow’s rate is based on his full benefit, including the extra 32 percent he will get for delaying his benefits until age 70. Once again, let’s run the numbers. Let’s say he dies when he is 80 and you

are 82. (Your benefit rates will be higher by then because of yearly cost-of-living increases, but I’m going to use the current rates to keep my math simple.) You will always keep getting your own $600 reduced retirement benefit. Your $550 spousal benefit will stop after he dies, but you will start getting an extra $2,964 in widow’s benefits to take your

total monthly benefit rate up to the $3,564 level he was getting. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@ COPYRIGHT 2018 CREATORS.COM


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Favorite Places to Spend the Christmas Holiday C ontinued from page D3 packages and specials at www. One of my most memorable Christmases was spent in Wilmington, Delaware, the hub for nearby historic Newcastle and the whole Brandywine Valley Region. There are scores of holiday attractions and activities – Longworth Gardens, famous for its holiday decorations and enchanting Dancing Fountains (open even on Christmas Day), “Yuletide at

tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) through Jan. 1,; hours vary. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. There are historic district trolley tours (many themed, like Ghosts of Christmas Past), house tours, Lamplighter Christmas Tours which are self-guided evening tours of Cape May’s inns and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays. Here, the perfect place to stay is in one of the

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Historic train car turned into an enchanting sleeping room at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, Tennessee © Karen Rubin/ Winterthur” Museum, Gardens and Library with its sensational holiday performances; the fascinating Hagley Museum and DuPont Mansion; the Brandywine River Museum of Art with its unparalleled collection of Wyeth family art and nearby historic towns of Old New Castle and Odessa (http:// index.html). See schedule at https:// holiday/ Staying at the historic Hotel DuPont, makes it all the more special; that Christmas Eve we walked across the street to participate in the evening church services. ( Victorian Cape May at Christmas offers six weeks of festive tours and events sponsored by the MidAtlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) through Jan. 1.Take a guided, daytime, living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas, during Physick Family Christmas House Tours, presented from the viewpoint of a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s. The

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shows are on TV.” 13. Buy the book, “Can I Have a Cell Phone for Hanukkah” by Sharon Duke Estrous. (The author suggests that you take your kids to the toy store, where they can use a portion of their “tsedakah” money to buy a gift for a needy child. Let them personally deliver it to a children’s hospital, homeless shelter, or toy collection site.) 14. Hang this sign on the refrigerator: Christmas brings enormous electric bills. Candles are used for Hanukkah. Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis. 15. Remind the children that Anne Frank, who celebrated Hanukkah in the attic of a house in Amsterdam, wrote:

“We just gave each other a few little presents and then we lit the candles. Because of the shortage of candles we only had them alight for ten minutes.” 16. Have a sing-along: Dreidels and chocolate, never out of date. Old Jewish stories that we all relate. Blue-and-white giftware, so everything looks great And festive chazerai!

17. Use your Fujifilm - instaxWID 300 Instant Film camera (approximate cost: $129.99) to take photos of the children lighting the menorah. Remind them that in 1912, “tate and mameh” photographed the “kinder” with an Eastman Kodak Brownie box camera ($1 - $4) or a folding Brownie ($5 - $12). Let’s see a “shmaychl” (smile)! 18. Have the children examine newspapers in search of interesting

Hanukkah stories. For example: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a Hanukah scrunchie year round” “Scrunchie in ode to RBG’s sartorial spelendor - May she get well soon” by Marjorie Ingall. The story: Rabbi Yael Buechler sent a scrunchie to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is known for her devotion and justice and scrunchies. RBG-scrunchies include a black one with lace trim, which is reminiscent of her famous judicial collars. 19. Share a Hanukkah joke: A Long Island young mother was about to light the eighth Hanukkah candle. “Do you know what’s happening?” she asked her teenage son. “Yes,” said the youngster, smiling. “Liberace’s coming.” 20. Take out your Hallmark “Tree of Life” greeting card from the year 2000 and share the inscription: “The typical

potato latke contains nine grams or fat, but miraculously on Hanukkah… nobody seems to care.” MARJORIE GOTTLIEB WOLFE is NOT spending Hanukkah “in Santa Monica, wearing sandals by the sea…” (thanks, Tom Lehrer).

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Favorite Places to Spend the Christmas Holiday C ontinued from page D5 the visit with Busch Gardens Williamsburg and other attractions including the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, where you will experience Christmastide in Virginia. (Dec. 20-31), offering a glimpse of 17th and 18th century holiday traditions including daily appearances by the Lord of Misrule at Jamestown Settlement and period musical entertainment at both museums. At Busch Gardens, enjoy Christmas Town (select dates through January 5) offers one of the largest light displays in North America with more than 10 million lights. New this year, Busch Gardens Railway turns into the Christmas Town Express, with caroling, 2 million lights, holidaythemed vignets along the 1.5 mile route around the theme park; plus 25 rides are open including InvadR and Verbolten roller coasters. (Planning help at www. Complete the magical experience with a stay at the grand, historic Williamsburg Inn, a fullservice luxury (five Diamond) resort (www.colonialwilliamsburghotels. com). St Petersburg, Florida affords the unparalleled opportunity to combine arts, culture, heritage with a glamorous, historic and grand beach resort, the DonCesar Resort, known as “the Pink Lady” ( St. Petersburg/Clearwater offers scores of special activities – lighted boat parades

that take place at various times in small villages; outdoor carolers at the holiday market. The very special Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of the Dolphin’s Tale stories) transforms into Winter’s Wonderland through Jan. 6; watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway (CMA holiday fun). The annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens has a million LED lights shining throughout the Botanical Gardens (from 5:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) through Dec. 30.Head to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shopping and a million twinkling lights! (through Dec. 31). ( San Francisco has so many amazing attractions and charms (I can’t get enough of the trolley cars or the trolley museum), but really gets decked out for the holidays when the entire city becomes a Gallery of Light Art. Now in its sixth year, “Illuminate SF Festival of Light”  celebrates 37 dramatic, ecofriendly light art installations located throughout San Francisco. Located in 17 different neighborhoods, the works, by 30 local and world-renowned light artists, are accessible by public transport and many are free for all to view, thru New Year’s Day. The works come to life at dusk throughout the city with a luminescence that will turn any evening into an illuminating adventure, especially when combined

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The holiday season begins at the end of November and stretches into the first week of January. But this five-week stretch may not necessarily be the best time for everyone to shop. Harvard Business Review says that the retail industry has been turned on its head in recent years, and shoppers and retailers may want to rethink their approaches to the holiday shopping season. Consumers are no longer interested in retailers dictating their shopping schedules, and some people have grown accustomed to buying products when they want them — especially when price is of no concern. Even budget-conscious shoppers have changed their habits, says the shopping advisor RetailNext. Many holiday shoppers are delaying their shopping until January to take advantage of post-season sales. Holiday shopping need not wait until after the holiday season, either. A 2017 RetailMeNot survey found that 45 percent of U.S. consumers said they planned to start shopping before November 1. One-quarter of the survey respondents said they planned to start shopping before October, and 12 percent started shopping for the holidays in the summer. So when should consumers do their holiday shopping? It all depends on what fits a person’s individual needs. • Shop sales, not schedules. If budget is a big concern, shoppers should grab

items that are on sale whenever they are available. That can mean shopping at any time of the year. People can try making a master shopping list early in the year and saving it on their mobile phones. While shopping throughout the year, items from the list can be purchased and stored until the holidays. • Shop your strengths. Those who get a thrill from tackling their entire shopping list in one haul can still do that. Shopping in this manner can help shoppers focus on the task at hand and reduce the likelihood of wasting time. But keep in mind that, according to a survey conducted by Business Wire, 65 percent of holiday shoppers scramble to complete their purchases in the last two weeks before Christmas, so shoppers who delay may be stuck in long lines at the mall. • Embrace in-store pickup. Many retailers are merging their online and brick-and-mortar operations. Shoppers have the convenience of price-comparison and online shopping, with the physical enjoyment of going out to the store to complete their purchases. In-store pickup often enables shoppers to avoid hefty shipping fees, as in-store pickup is free. Plus, scoping out items online — and ensuring they’re in stock — saves the hassle of making a trip in vain. Shoppers can look beyond the conventional holiday season to get the best prices and deals that fit their shopping needs.


Gift giving in the workplace can be challenging territory to navigate. And as anyone who has received an inappropriate gift or something that really wasn’t useful can attest, he or she probably doesn’t want to face a situation in which a gift leads to office gossip. According to a poll conducted by Harris, around half of workers plan to gift at least one business associate around the holidays but are confused about what to give. Too often it’s up to workers to navigate these etiquette minefields on their own, but the following tips can help the process go smoothly. • Keep it impersonal. Impersonal doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to grab anything off the shelf. But the gift should not be something that would offend tastes or sentiments. Avoid clothing, perfume, jewelry, or accessories. Lotions and other scented items are also ill-advised. • Skip your boss. Etiquette experts

say that gifts should flow downward not upward in the realm of employment ranking. That means it’s best to stick with gifting colleagues who are on the same level as you. Buying a gift for the boss may look like you’re simply trying to score brownie points instead of offering a meaningful gift. • Give group gifts. Rather than gifting individuals, it can be safer to give a group gift from which many can benefit. This can include coffee and pastries from a nearby bakery, or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up the office environment. • Keep prices modest. Office giving is not about illustrating who can afford the most expensive gift. Remember, some people will not be able to reciprocate, and they shouldn’t feel uncomfortable for being on the receiving end of a lavish gift. • Follow the rules. Gift exchanges should be cleared with supervisors or human resources professionals. It pays to check if there are rules in place for gifting others. • Avoid cash gifts. Giving cash or checks is not a good idea. Money should only come by way of bonuses from higher-ups. If you’re stuck on what to give, a gift card to a store that a coworker visits is acceptable. Gifting at work is complicated, and certain etiquette should be followed so no lines are crossed.

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Did you know? Dreidels are especially popular during the eight-day Jewish festival of Chanukah. Even though they may seem like novelty items for children, dreidels have a rich and interesting history. In ancient times, Greek Syrians infiltrated areas where many practicing Jews resided. Over time, the Greek Syrians became more oppressive and tried to convert the Jewish people to their pagan beliefs. However, their efforts were not very successful. As a result, the Greek Syrians established laws that outlawed ritual commandments and the study of the Torah. It is widely believed that Jewish people used dreidels to fool the Greeks into thinking they were just playing a game. Instead, rolls of the dreidel corresponded to numerical equivalents that could represent elements of the Jewish faith, according to My Jewish Learning. Others say the dreidel was a distraction. Children of Israel would learn the Torah in outlying areas and forests. When Greek patrols were nearby, the children would hide their texts and take out dreidels instead, says Today the dreidel is a token of the Chanukah miracle. In Israel, the letters upon the dreidel are Nun, Gimel, Hay, and Pay, which stand for the Hebrew equivalent of “a great miracle happened here.” Outside of israel, the last letter is Shin, which transforms the phrase into “a great miracle happened there.”

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Tradition is a major component of the Jewish faith, so it’s no surprise that tradition plays such a central role during the celebration of Chanukah. Although some are quick to note Chanukah is not one of the major Jewish holidays, Chanukah is celebrated in a very public fashion. Chanukah celebrants make the holiday more high profile by displaying their menorahs in prominent locations and participating in holiday meals. Like other Jewish holidays, Chanukah is shrouded in tradition. Chanukah means “dedication” or “induction” in Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 25th of Kislev and can occur in either November or December. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Chanukah includes menorah displays, traditional foods and games and songs. Chanukah rose to prominence thanks in part to the story of faith and miracle behind its inception. Antiochus IV was a Greek sovereign in control of the region of Syria, Egypt and Palestine, where many Jews resided. Antiochus began to oppress the Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion and desecrating the Jewish Temple. Opposition to Antiochus grew, and a group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son, Judah Maccabee, took on the Syrian army. They were successful in their efforts to combat religious oppression, and the Temple was subsequently rededicated. The Talmud states that, at the time of the rededication, there was

very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. This posed a problem because oil was needed to burn the Temple menorah throughout the night every night. However, there was only enough left for one night’s illumination. Miraculously, that oil burned for eight nights, leading to the development of an eight-day festival to commemorate this miracle. Because Chanukah is about the miracle of the oil and the lasting flame, oil and candles factor heavily in the holiday. A nine-armed menorah called the hanukiah is lit, and one candle is lit on each of the eight nights of the celebration. The last branch of the candelabra holds the shamash (servant) candle. The organization Reform Judaism says the traditional song “Ma’oz Tzur (Rock of Ages)” is sung after the lighting of the candles each night and at other times throughout the holiday. Foods fried in oil, including latkes and jelly doughnuts, are consumed as well. Celebrants play games with a dreidel, a German-based spinning top, and giving to charity is encouraged. Chanukah is one of the few times of the year when rabbis permit games of chance. The letters atop the dreidel stand for the first letter of each word in the Hebrew statement “Neis gadol hayah sham,” which translates to “A great miracle happened there,” and refers to the defeat of the Syrian army and the rededication of the Temple.

Chanukah is an eight-day “festival of lights” that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. Faithful Jews led by Judah the Maccabee defeated the Greek army, reclaimed the Holy Temple and were able to light the Temple’s menorah using only a single cruse of olive oil. Miraculously, that supply lasted for eight days. Today, people honor these miracles by lighting their own menorahs and enjoying foods fried in oil. Although fried doughnuts and latkes reign supreme on Chanukah, other treats can be included in the festivities as well. Rugelach are Jewish pastries of Ashkenazic origin. Chanukah celebrants and others can make their own rugelach by following this recipe, courtesy of King Arthur Flour.

Rugelach Yields 36 Crust 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3⁄4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature 1⁄3 cup sour cream 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour Filling 1⁄2 cup brown sugar 1 cup walnuts, chopped 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries, raisins, or currants 1 tablespoon cinnamon Water for brushing dough Topping Granulated sugar or coarse white sparkling sugar Milk or cream To make the crust using a food processor: Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse briefly to combine. Cut the butter and cream cheese into chunks and add to the

bowl along with the sour cream. Pulse just until the dough forms chunks, and you can squeeze it together. To make the dough using a mixer: Beat together the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and salt until smooth. Add the flour, mixing to make a stiff dough. Divide the dough into three equal portions. Press each gently into a disk. Make the disks as round as possible, smoothing their edges; this will allow you to roll the disks into a perfectly round circle, making the resulting rugelach more attractive. Wrap the disks in plastic, and chill the dough for about 1 hour, until it’s firm but not rock hard. Or chill longer (up to overnight), then warm for about 45 to 60 minutes at room temperature, until the dough softens enough to roll out without cracking. To make the filling, process the sugar, walnuts, dried fruit, and cinnamon in a food processor or blender until finely chopped and well combined (but not pasty). Don’t have a food processor? Simply stir together the filling ingredients; your filling will be chunky rather than smooth. Working with one piece of dough at a time, place it on a generously floured surface. Roll it into a 10-inch circle and brush it lightly with water. For a flavorful touch, brush the rolled-out rugelach dough with a thin layer of boiled cider, warmed apple or currant jelly, or puréed fruit preserves, instead of water. Use your fingers to spread about 1⁄3 of the filling onto the round, going all the way to the edges and gently patting the filling to help anchor it to the dough. Using a pizza cutter, baker’s bench knife, or sharp knife, divide the dough into 12 equal wedges. Roll each wedge up, beginning with the wide end and ending with the narrow end. Place the rolls point-side down on a baking sheet; lining the baking sheet with parchment will help with cleanup. Repeat with the remaining two pieces of dough. Brush the rugelach with milk or cream; and sprinkle with granulated or coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Refrigerate the rugelach while the oven is preheating. Bake the rugelach for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool right on the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftover rugelach in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage.

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The fitness industry is booming and attracting new devotees every day. Research from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association says 2017 was a strong year for the health and fitness industry, and several health clubs have built on that success in 2018. The growth of the fitness industry has included a surge in boutique fitness regimens. While major clubs offer classes, separate boutique clubs also are thriving. Clubs focusing on ballet barre,

Cross-Fit® and Orangetheory® are just some examples of the booming boutique fitness industry. Holiday shoppers with fitness fans on their list can look to their loved ones’ love of physical activity when seeking inspiration for holiday gifts. Purchasing gifts for someone with a specific hobby or interest can often be daunting because enthusiasts may have firm ideas of what they like and want to use. While the same can be said for athletes and people who live active lifestyles,

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there are plenty of gifts that will appeal to those who embrace fitness as part of their lifestyle. • Bluetooth headphones: Music can inspire and get fitness buffs motivated. Bluetooth headphones connect wirelessly to most devices, and such headphones won’t get tangled up while running or hitting the elliptical at the gym. Select a pair that are lightweight and comfortable and securely fit in the ears for ultimate convenience. • Reversible yoga mat: Active yogis know just how much a stretch session can work up a sweat. Throw in an hour of hot yoga, and perspiration will certainly be flowing. Everyone recognizes Lululemon for their comfortable workout attire, but the company also has a reversible yoga mat that wicks away moisture during yoga sessions. When gifting yoga mats, throw in a yoga mat carrier as well. • Fitness tracker: Active people often like to track their progress during a workout or to see just how much they’ve been moving during the day. Fitness trackers are ideal for this. Different brands come at various price points to make giving easier on the budget.

• Personal blender: Diet plays a big role in fitness, and many fitness enthusiasts enjoy protein shakes and smoothies as part of their daily regimen. A personal blender makes enough for a single bottle at a time. Some are designed so the blender tube is actually the receptacle that can be carried on the go. • Suspension training kit: Many workouts are based on counterbalancing body weight to drive up resistance. Suspension training, like the workouts from TRX, utilize a network of straps so athletes can put their body weight to use in a variety of exercises. A portable kit can be set up wherever it’s needed. • Dumbbell set: Weight training can boost metabolism and strengthen bones and muscles. When athletes can’t make it to the gym, a home set of dumbbells can ensure they still get their strength-training sessions in. • Workout bag: A durable duffel bag that can tote a change of clothes, towel, equipment, and more to and from workouts is a gift any fitness enthusiast can enjoy. Outfitting fitness enthusiasts with the tools of the trade is a surefire way to purchase a holiday-gift hit.

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Gifting students with tech is a surefire way to help them with their educations. In a 2013 Harris Interactive poll, 86 percent of teachers thought it was important or absolutely essential to use edtech in the classroom. In addition, 96 percent of teachers felt edtech increased student engagement in learning. Today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever before, so hot gadgets figure to be coveted items this holiday season. Here’s what to add to holiday shopping lists.

• E-reader: Digital e-readers enable students to carry an entire library of books in one small device. Full backpacks or small dorm rooms bogged down by piles of books are a thing of the past. E-readers have highlighting and notetaking features that can facilitate learning. • Digital assistant: Digital assistants pack a lot of intelligence into their diminutive size. When paired with smart home devices, digital assistants can be used to turn on lights or small

Did you grab your L.O.L. Surprise dolls last year? What about Hatchimals the year before? Each year, a new crop of must-have toys surfaces. Smart shoppers who do their research and prepare in advance of the holidays can grab these coveted gifts. Each year, industry experts weigh in on which toys are sure to be hits with children and adults. This data can help shoppers become more informed consumers and may help prevent the last-minute rush when coveted gifts are already sold out and new stock is nowhere in sight. The following are some gifts children may want to see wrapped and waiting under the tree this year. • Pomsies by Skyrocket: These are fashionable plush pets for children to nurture. They’re adorable and designed to travel with children in a backpack or wrapped around kids’ wrists. The kitties can be played with in a one-on-one setting and also have a mode for social play. • Luvabella: This is a life-like baby doll that features many of the same surprises that come with a real live infant. Realistic facial expressions and responses, as well as interactive accessories, can make this a true-to-life experience for young girls or boys. • Blind bag toys: Children seemingly can’t get enough of collectible playthings that focus on the act of unboxing. The Toy Association says sales for collectible playthings grew by 14 percent globally in 2017. The act of removing a surprise from packaging is just as exciting as the toy itself. Expect to find many

more of these types of collectibles this year. • Mecard: This is a battle-action game from Mattel based on the Korean animated series Turning Mecard. Mecards are cars that transform into hero or villain action figures when they drive over a power-charged card. • Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar: This toy from Fisher-Price gives youngsters an early introduction to STEM. They learn basic coding, planning and sequencing skills by connecting segments of a cute caterpillar. • SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone: Children who are into social media karaoke apps can transform themselves into pop stars. They can sing along to their favorite tunes as a solo artist or with friends in a group. This device works in conjunction with the StarMaker singing app available for iOs and Android. • Slimy squishy toys: These types of toys were a big hit in 2017 and stand to remain big sellers this year. Make-yourown and premade versions of slime and squishy products are sure to be filling up the shelves of neighborhood stores. WeCool’s Squishy Like Slime is one option to keep an eye on. • K’NEX building sets: These sets from K’NEX marry tangible building with interactive play. Once kids build the sets, which can include roller coasters and more, they can take them on a virtual reality ride. These are just some of the hot toys and gifts that are primed as big sellers for this holiday season.


appliances, making them an asset in a bedroom or a dorm room. • Smart bulbs or alarm clocks: The importance of lighting on mood and function has been well-documented. Innovative LED bulbs and technology can simulate various times of day and even be used for mood lighting. Instead of waking up to a blaring alarm buzzer, students afraid of sleeping in can set special lighted clocks to gradually brighten, simulating the rising of the sun. • Streaming media players: Devices


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like Roku, Amazon Fire stick and Apple TV can broaden media horizons. These players are paired with viewing apps (some free; others requiring subscriptions) that can do everything from stream TV, movies and music, and offer connectivity to the internet. They’re a boon when setting up a functional student spot for hanging out. • Earbuds: Students can never have enough quality earbuds for personal use or school study. Whether walking around campus listening to music, using a classroom chromebook or catching up on an audiobook, earbuds are a must-have for modern students. • Digital tracking devices: Students can keep tabs on prized possessions by using Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices, like TrackR. These plastic gadgets can be placed on or in items and paired with Android and iOS apps on smartphones. The user then locates the item through a locate network. • Computer workstation: Even though handheld digital devices are functional and in demand, a student can always use a quality laptop or desktop computer for writing papers or doing research. Students can benefit from a world of tech this holiday season. It’s time to start shopping to secure the hottest items.

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Great gifts for sports fans

Sports fans are passionate about their favorite sports and favorite teams. Perhaps nowhere is that passion more evident than in how much sports fans are spending to attend sporting events. A 2017 study from found that American consumers spent $56 billion to attend sporting events over the year prior to the study being conducted. But sports fans weren’t just paying to see their favorite sports, but to participate in them as well. In

the 12-month span covered by the study, sports lovers spent $33 billion on athletic equipment. Holiday shoppers no doubt have one or two sports fans and/or athletes on their shopping lists. The following sports-related gifts might be just the thing such loved ones are hoping to find under the tree this holiday season. • Tickets: For diehard sports fans, few things can rival the thrill of seeing a favorite team in person. But

sports tickets don’t come cheap, especially for fans who want to take their families to the game. Data from indicates that the average cost for a family of four to attend a National Football League game in 2016 was $502.84, while the same family spent roughly $220 that year to attend a Major League Baseball game. Those costs include food, beverages, parking, and apparel. Holiday shoppers can soften the blow of attending a game with the family by purchasing the tickets. • Apparel: Watch a ballgame on television and it might seem as if every fan in the stands is decked out in the home team’s colors. That’s not an illusion, as a 2018 survey from Statista found that more than 13 percent of sports fans spent $500 or more on sports apparel in 2017. Jerseys, hats, scarves, and outerwear are sure to please sports fans who want to showcase the love they have for their favorite teams. • Streaming service/television packages: Sports fans live all over the globe, and many do not live within the television markets of their favorite teams. That can make it difficult, but not impossible, for sports fans to watch their favorite teams. Streaming services such as MLB.TV and NFL Sunday Ticket.TV (also available through DirecTV as NFL Sunday Ticket) enable fans to watch their favorite teams regardless of where they live. • Gear: For the sports fan who’s more than just a spectator but a participant as well, gear such as golf clubs, mitts, bats, or whatever else is necessary to participate in his or her favorite sport is sure to please this holiday season. Some sports, such as golf and rock climbing, may require an intimate knowledge of a loved one’s game and skill level. In such instances, shoppers can simply buy gift cards to retailers that cater to athletes who participate in specific sports. Gifting sports fans and athletes can be fun. Sports-related presents are a great way to stoke loved ones’ passions for their favorite teams.

5 reasons it’s smart to use credit when holiday shopping The average American shopper will spend around $975 on holiday gifts, according to past spending trends and estimates from the American Research Group and the National Retail Federation. Although shoppers have various payment options at their disposal, the use of credit cards remains a popular and financially savvy way to handle purchases, albeit when done correctly. 1. Build your credit history. Creditors look at how individuals use credit cards when determining credit scores. One of the biggest components of a credit scoring model is payment history, or the pattern of using credit and paying it back on time. Making repeated purchases on credit cards and then paying the bill when it is due can result in a spike in credit score and help consumers build a healthy credit history. The key is to make payments in full and on time.

itemize shopping excursions on cardholders’ statements. This can make it much easier to keep track of your spending. In addition, some stores do not require receipts for purchases made with credit cards. 4. Earn reward points while spending. Competition in the credit card world is stiff, and many financial institutions are trying to entice customers with special deals for signing up and using their cards. Some credit cards give cash back. Others accrue points based on spending on particular categories, such as dining or travel. Rewards can be redeemed in various ways and can be a big bonus of using credit over cash.

5. Cards may come with warranties. Credit cards can provide built-in warranties on purchases made on the card, such as replacement coverage for an electronCredit cards are often a safe and effective way to handle holiday ic device or cancellation insurance on a 2. Credit is safer than carrying cash. trip. What’s more, if you have a dispute Stores are very busy during the holiday and everyday spending. with a merchant or aren’t happy with rush, and consumers are easily distractsomething you bought, you can often reed. Carrying around large sums of cash have security protocols in place to freeze accounts and for purchases can put you at risk for theft or losing the erase purchases that were made under fraudulent sce- quest a chargeback through the credit card company. Credit cards have many advantages, but it’s imperamoney along the way. There’s little chance of having narios. tive that consumers pay their balances in full and on lost or stolen cash returned, but a credit card can be time. cancelled and replaced. Plus, financial institutions 3. Track your purchases. Credit card companies track all purchases and will


with exploring San Francisco’s world=======================\ dero along the waterfront, in North Beach, Civic Center, Central Market, the Inner Sunset, South of Market (SoMa), Potrero, Mission Bay, Bayview, Golden Gate Park, Hayes Valley, South Beach, the Castro, the Mission District and even flying in or out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO). (The San Francisco Travel Association offers a guide to all of the installations and artists at; plan your visit at Combine city and country with a stay at The Tenaya Lodge at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park. Families are delighted by the festive décor and special holiday activities, including gingerbread house and ornament decoraiting workshops, live lobby music, a Christmas Eve reading with Mrs. Claus, and Dinner

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with Santa. The resort has its own ice skating rink, sleds, horse-drawn sleigh rides, showshoes. And this holiday season, the resort is helping California wildfire victims by donating $25 toward CalFund’s Wildfire Relief Fund  on stays booked with this offer where you also save 15% on holiday stays, Dec. 21 to Jan. 6, two-night minimum stay, promo: HOLIDAYS ( Chattanooga, Tennessee offers a surprising array of extraordinary experiences: walk through a secret underground ice cave  and see Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights, explore a nocturnal fantasyland with more than one million twinkling lights high atop Lookout Mountain; hop on board a train for a North Pole adventure; sing Christmas carols and dance with Santa on a river cruise; meet coral reef Santa divers; build creative gingerbread

houses; watch animals open their own Christmas presents when you visit the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Get the full scoop on planning a holiday getaway in Chattanooga at www.chattanoogafun. com/winter. The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel  offers an absolutely magical experience. The historic hotel (and member of Historic Hotels of America) is literally created out of the legendary railroad station, where you can stay in one of 48 Victorian train cars converted to the most delightful rooms, wonderfully furnished in period pieces (but with modern amenities like highspeed wireless Internet access), and the station serves as the hotel lobby (you can also tour some of the historic trains and meet the engineer). A free electric shuttle from the bus terminal next door takes you downtown.  I don’t know

when I have had a more enjoyable and interesting stay. (Chattanooga Choo Choo, 400 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402, 800-TRACK-29 (872-2529,  www. _____________________________ © 2018 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit, & TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at goingplacesnearandfar. & moralcompasstravel. info. Send comments or questions to Tweet @ TravelFeatures. ‘Like’ us at facebook. com/NewsPhotoFeatures

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COMPANION SERVICES Available Monday​—​Friday for the elderly. Licensed driver with own car will also do light housekeeping, cooking, driving errands, to and from doctor​ / hospital appointments. Also available to pick up children from school​/​camp. Full or part time. Live out. Experienced with references available upon request. Call EV 516-673-3479

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CHERRYWOOD BEDROOM FURNITURE Twin bed with shelving and storage drawers and a matching desk with bookshelves. Very good condition. $500 for both and negotiable. Please call 516-877-1533

INVITED ESTATE SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Looking to sell items from your home? Consider doing an Online Auction! Online Auctions reach more interested buyers than tag sales and can often sell for more than what you would make at an estate or tag sale. Invited Estate Sales by Tracy Jordan can do both! You can sell your items online reaching potential buyers locally or globally as well as hosting a private sale from your home! Let us guide you on what items to put in auction including furniture, housewares, decorative items, jewelry, collectibles, coins, artwork and anything else you may no longer want or need. Our services can help you to maximize your selling experience whether you are selling 1 item or 500 items. We are a one stop service for all your needs when you are moving or selling a property! Selling, donating, discarding and cleaning out services can be done to meet your time frame with minimal stress. Estate and Tag Sales Online Auctions Cleanout and Moving Services Home Staging Services Appraisals Contact for more info: or Call: 516-279-6378 to schedule a consultation or receive more information.

WANTED TO BUY LOOKING TO BUY! Oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, flatware. Call George 718-3861104 or 917-775-3048 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718-598-3045 or 516-270-2128.

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A GARDEN CITY ANIMAL LOVER doesn’t want to leave your precious pooch or fantastic feline alone all day. I’m reliable, dependable and will walk and feed your pet while you work or travel. Please call Cheryl at 516-971-3242

WANTED! Comic books, toys, video games, Star Wars. 30’s through 90’s. Call 516-313-3237 or email:


GARAGE SALE GARDEN CITY GARAGE​/​ESTATE SALE Saturday, December 8 10:00am to 5:00pm 131 Pine Street Furniture some Vintage and Household items. If interested in private viewing, please call 516-316-8851 (leave message) MANHASSET MOVING SALE Fri & Sat 12/7 & 12/8 9:00am to 5:00pm 255 Park Ave Contents of house with fine furniture and decor. Christmas Department 56, basement and garden.

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AUTO SERVICES CAR DETAILING done at your home, includes cleaning of interior, vacuuming. Very reasonable. Please call 516-373-5928

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U16 LIJSL DIVISION CHAMPS: GC Inferno: Front row l to r: Maggie Moran, Kristen Hegarty, Carla Curth, Maya Batra, Gwen Liberopoulos, Ashley Dellolio, Sami Penney. Back row l to r: Coach John McNaboe, Kaylin Kufs, Catherine O’Brien, Katherine Shammas, Aly Jeffrey, Caitlin McNaboe, Marisa Bommarito, Emma Uhoda, Elizabeth Crowley, Coach Kristi Jeffrey, Trainer Jose Martinez Missing from photo: Kiely Maher and Giselle Ross The GC Inferno Girls U16 soccer team won the Long Island Junior Soccer League Division Championship for the third consecutive season in a row -- Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Fall 2018. This was no easy feat as the team, made up of all ninth grade students, plays up an age group competing with mostly sophomore teams. They ended the Spring season with 9 wins and 1 loss having played talented teams from both Nassau and Suffolk County. The team as a whole scored 27 goals throughout the season making them the leading scorers in their division. The girls on this winning Inferno team include: Aly Jeffrey, Ashley Dellolio, Caitlin McNaboe, Carla Curth, Catherine O’Brien, Elizabeth Crowley, Emma Uhoda, Giselle Ross, Gwen Liberopoulos, Katherine Shammas, Kaylin Kufs, Kiely Maher, Kristen Hegarty, Maggie Moran, Marisa Bommarito, Sami Penney, and keeper

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The GC Centennials and GCHS and some neighboring high schools Alumni got together for their annual soccer game at GCHS on Saturday, November 24th. It was a great time to rekindle the relationships of years past and present. Tom Gillan, Billy Metzler and Jimmy Connolly all help as did the GC Centennials Staff in putting this together this year. The gold team was that of the even graduation years and the white the odd years. The girls side was led by Coach

Heedles and needless to say he did not back down. He dominated the girls game showing the girls he has some great skills and pace to his game. The boys side was orchestrated by Tom Gillan in goal (didn’t have to run at all) and the alumni didn’t disappoint on either side of the ball. After the games the alumni met at Doc O’Grady’s for some laughs, drinks and food. Thanks to the Doc’s staff and ownership for letting us invade after a cold Thanksgiving day.

Denied by Coach Heedles. That is how you save a shot!

Gillan, good effort and techniques, but another goal. Metzler using his head… Just not getting off the Maybe takes some lessons from Coach Heedles. ground as usual.

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Connolly looks like he scores GOALLLLL…! However his legs just gave out… NO goal.

GC Girls Alumni 2018. Great Game!

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GCHS Men’s Varsity Fencing Team Opens Season 2-0

The Trojans opened the season on 11/29 with a 20-7 win at Cold Spring Harbor High School. There were timely wins by several team members including, in Saber: by Co-captains Christian Durante (Sr.) and Christos Yannios (Jr.) and also Logan O’Grady (Jr.); in Foil by Captain Zach Ortiz (Jr.), and Sebastian Vazquez (Jr.); and in Epée by Captain Bryce Morrison (Sr.) and Sean Maas (Soph.). In the home opener on 12/4 the men defeated Syosset 22-5. In Saber, there were wins by Christian Durante, Christos Yannios and Logan O’Grady. In Foil, Zach Ortiz and Sebastian Vazquez both went 2-0 and Andrew Burns (Soph.) went 1-1. In Epée, Bryce Morrison and Sean Mass both went 2-1 and Ryan Bradley (Soph.) went 1-2. For those unfamiliar with the High School format, each meet consists of three rounds of nine bouts, three for each weapon - Saber, Foil and Epée. The winner is the fencer to reach five touches or the fencer with the most touches at the end of the three-minute

Captain Christos Yannios scores in saber

Sebastian Vazquez lunges to attack in foil

Coach Kevin Oliver gathers the team before the opening meet at Cold Spring Harbor bout. A tie at the end of regulation goes to a one minute overtime period where a fencer is awarded “priority” based on chance and that fencer will win at

the end of the one minute unless the other fencer scores a touch. A team point is awarded for every bout won and the team that reaches 14 points first

Captain Zach Ortiz scores a touch in foil

Sean Mass attacks in epée

wins the meet, though fencing continues until all 27 bouts have been fenced. There are very different strategies and techniques utilized by the fencers based on the weapon, ranging from high speed attacks in saber and foil to opponents playing more cat and mouse in epée. The team is coached by Kevin Oliver. Home meets take place at the GCHS cafeteria. Come on down to catch this exciting sport and cheer for the Trojans! The remaining season schedule: 12/8 – Manhasset 12:00 pm 12/11 – at Hewlett HS - 6:00 pm 12/13 – at Great Neck South HS – 5:00 pm 12/15 – Brentwood Holiday Classic (Competitors from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester) – all day 12/19 – Great Neck South – 5:00 pm 1/2 - at Jericho HS – 5:00 pm 1/5 – Syosset – 10:00 am 1/8 – Manhasset – 5:00 pm 1/14 – Great Neck North – 5:00 pm 1/16 – Wheatley – 10:00 am 1/28 – Oyster Bay – 5:00 pm

Co-Captain Christian Durante scores a touch against Syosset

Let’s get the winter sports fans out in droves to support the young men and women of GC.

TMA GCHS Alumni Men and Women Alumni Basketball Game

Will take place January 5th, 2019 immediately following the GCHS Boys game vs Herricks at 1:30pm. So probably around 3pm. Come on down support the boys team and then jump on the court for some laughs and fun… Following the Alumni game we will gather at Doc O’Grady’s for some food/ drink and laughs. Look for registration details on the TMA website www.gctma. org.

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Captain Bryce Morrison scores a touch in epée

For over 80 years TMA has been the main booster club to support the athletic and social activities of the students of the Garden City School system. We have help fundraise for those groups that ask for our support and we have also promoted good sportsmanship as well as ideal citizenship. The TMA is composed of around 60 directors and 50 Life directors. We have over 300 Family and Senior Members. The generous support from the residents of GC have

helped the TMA provide raffle prizes for the TMA/Friends of Music “Rock for the Kids” and also a robotic prize for the STEM program. We have also helped with transportation for sports teams to their camps and tournaments. SEPTA Wine tasting fundraiser is one of our events that is sold out annually. We have helped Best Buddies, CPR Training for coaches, HUDL for the athletic teams and many more. TMA also runs the Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance annually with the use of volunteers to bring this special night together. We also run the BAA/GAA award dinner annually for all Student Athletes of GCHS. Without your support these special events would NOT BE possible. So we THANK YOU ahead of time.

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Father/Daughter Dance: June 21, 2019 Mother/Son Dance: June 22,2019 Director and Volunteer Meeting TBA Thanks for all your support! It takes all the organizations behind the scene to keep the GC Schools at the top of the list…. GO Trojans! Next meeting: if you would like to come down and see what we do will be posted shortly on the website.

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Women’s Fencing Team victory for new coach On Thursday November 29th, The Women’s Fencing team won their first meet of the season against Cold Spring Harbor High School. It was also the first meet for Ms. Brooke Appelman, Women’s Fencing Coach. Coach Appelman is a physical education teacher who has been fencing since High School. She loved the sport and when she was in college she started a Fencing Team at Ithaca College where she fenced Epee. It was a short meet against a small team, but a great way to start the season; the final score was 24 – 3. The Garden City Fencing Team’s first Home Meet will be Tuesday December 4th, come out and cheer on the Trojans!

Sabre Kayla Quinn (r)

Foil Co-Captain Zoe Heath (r)

Sabre Captain Alexandra Michael (r) Coach Appelman (l ) with Kayla Quinn (r)

Sabre Riley DeGearo (r)

Foil Christina Marciano (r)

Foil Co-Captain Rosie Lynch (r)

Girls 2nd and 3rd Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Cavs 1 0 Celtics 1 0 Knicks 1 0 Nuggets 1 0 Spurs 1 0 Suns 1 0

Girls 4th thru 6th Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Celtics 17 Nuggets 10 12/1/2018 Knicks 26 Spurs 16 12/1/2018 Suns 24 Cavs 23

Girls 4th thru 6th Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Celtics 1 0 Knicks 1 0 Suns 1 0 Nets 0 0 Nuggets 0 1 Cavs 0 1 Spurs 0 1

Boys 2nd Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Cavs 1 0 Celtics 1 0 Heat 1 0 Knicks 1 0 Nets 1 0 Nuggets 1 0 Spurs 1 0 Suns 1 0

Boys 3rd Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Suns 14 Cavs 7 12/1/2018 Heat 23 Spurs 13 12/1/2018 Knicks 26 Nets 24 12/1/2018 Nuggets 25 Celtics 18

Boys 3rd Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Suns 1 0 Heat 1 0 Nuggets 1 0 Knicks 1 0 Cavs 0 1 Spurs 0 1 Celtics 0 1 Nets 0 1

Boys 4th Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Suns 25 Cavs 11 12/1/2018 Nuggets 32 Celtics 17 12/1/2018 Knicks 20 Spurs 16

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Boys 5th Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Cavs 37 Suns 32 12/1/2018 Heat 45 Spurs 30 12/1/2018 Knicks 26 Nets 19 12/1/2018 Celtics 27 Nuggets 24

Boys 5th Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Knicks 1 0 Celtics 1 0 Heat 1 0 Cavs 1 0 Nets 0 1 Nuggets 0 1 Suns 0 1 Spurs 0 1

Boys 6th Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Suns 48 Cavs 31 12/1/2018 Nets 36 Knicks 29 12/1/2018 Nuggets 45 Celtics 36 12/1/2018 Spurs 41 Heat 41

Boys 6th Grade Standings

Team Won Lost Tied Nets 1 0 0 Suns 1 0 0 Nuggets 1 0 0 Heat 0 0 1 Spurs 0 0 1 Knicks 0 1 0 Celtics 0 1 0 Cavs 0 1 0

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Boys 7th and 8th Grade Results

Date Score 12/1/2018 Cavs 49 Suns 43 12/1/2018 Knicks 48 Nets 43 12/1/2018 Nuggets 52 Celtics 46 12/1/2018 Heat 39 Spurs 36 12/1/2018 Pacers 40 Wolves 37

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Team Won Lost Heat 1 0 Pacers 1 0 Cavs 1 0 Knicks 1 0 Nuggets 1 0 Spurs 0 1 Wolves 0 1 Nets 0 1 Suns 0 1 Celtics 0 1

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The Garden City Wings defeated Massapequa by a score of 5 – 2, out shooting them by a 28 to 17 margin. Their record now stands at 4 wins, 1 lost and 1 tie for 9 points and tied for 2nd place in the league of 18 teams. The Wings scored first, Matthew Conelli (assisted by Matthew Savino and Zachary Debler) at 7:45 of the 2nd period. Just 2 minutes later at 9:48 Ryan Michel (aqssisted by Connor Holfester) scored. Massapequa rallied to tie the score at 10:06 and 10:37. Ryan Michal scored his 2nd of the game, a short handed goal at 11:55 which turned out to be the game winner. Connor Holfester added another on the power play to close out the 2nd period at 13:52. Thomas Allen (assisted by Tyler Bedard and Zachary Debler) scored at 13:20 of the 3rd period to close out the game. Jason Derby was in goal, making 15 saves on 17 shots. The rest of the squad was: Billy Willis, Sean Jaeger, Christopher Heckelmann, Christopher Michal, Jeffery Papazian, Eric Mueller, Troy Dorizas, Jack Valenti and Luca Bevil. Coaches: Richard Peck and Joe Pyeron. The Garden City Wings suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of Manhasset by a score of 7 – 3, but we out shooting them by a 35 to 32 margin. Their record now stands at 4 wins, 2 loses and 1 tie for 9 points. Manhasset opened the scoring at the 5:29 mark of the 1st period. Then added another at the 6:24. The Wings answered back with Thomas Allen goal at 9:50. Manhasset opened the 2nd period with a goal at 0:44. Connor Holfester’s goal (assisted by Ryan Michel) at 2:11 closed the gap. Tyler Bedard’s goal at 8:23 tied the score at 3. 21 seconds later Manhasset broke the tie. The 3rd period was all Manhasset,

scoring 3 unanswered goals. This was a penalty filled period with each team receiving 5 of them. Billy Willis was in goal, making 25 saves on 32 shots. The rest of the squad was: Jason Derby, Matthew Conelli, Matthew Savino, Sean Jaeger, Christopher Heckelmann, Zachary Debler, Christopher Michal, Ryan Michel, Jeffery Papazian, Eric Mueller, Julian Larenas, Troy Dorizas, Jack Valenti and Luca Bevil. Coaches: Richard Peck and Joe Pyeron.

Game 9

The Garden City Wings defeated Port Washington / Great Neck / Herricks for their fifth win the season by a score of 6 – 4, out shooting them by a 30 to 29 margin. Their record now stands at 5 wins, 2 loses and 1 tie for 11 points and tied for 2nd place in the league. PW opened the scoring at the 1:47 and 4:32 marks of the 1st period. At the 5:50, Thomas Allen put the Wings on the score board. PW added another at the 8:41. The Wings opened the 2nd period with Ryna Michel’s (assisted by Jack Valenti and Connor Holfester) at goal at 4:59. Jeffery Papazian’s goal (assisted by Matthew Savino) at 6:29 tied the score. Ryan Michel’s goal (assisted by Connor Holfester) at 13:49 put the Wings ahead. At 3:51 of the 3rd period, Matthew Savino scored (assisted by Christopher Michel) which turned out to be the game winner. PW scored at 6:00 to draw within 1. With the PW’s goal tender pulled, Ryan Michel scored his 3rd of the game, the Hat Trick, (assisted by Connor Holfester) at the 14:00. Jason Derby was in goal, making 25 saves on 29 shots. The rest of the squad was: Billy Willis, Matthew Conelli, Christopher Heckelmann, Zachary Debler, Tyler Bedard, Eric Mueller, Julian Larenas, Troy Dorizas and Luca Bevil. Coaches: Richard Peck and Joe Pyeron.

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VILLAGE SPORTS Registration for Winter Youth Tennis Lessons begins

We are pleased to announce the start of registration for our WINTER Tennis Program for children at the Community Park Tennis Center. Classes are held weekdays with some levels on Saturdays. A full schedule of classes can be found at the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or on our website at Classes will begin on Monday, January 7. All classes will run for 10 weeks. To register for a class, please visit our office or website or, if you have a password you can register online at An explanation of each level of classes is as follows: Tots Ages 4-5 (not in kindergarten) and PeeWee - Ages 5(in kindergarten) to 7 Introduction to Tennis, emphasizing basic movement and striking skills in a fun game playing environment. Novice - Ages 6 to 7 - Continued development of basic movement and striking skills on a full size court. Serving and scorekeeping will be introduced. Past Tennis experience required. Junior - Ages 8 to 11 - Extension of Novice Level program. Continued emphasis on striking concepts, movement, and skills related to tennis play. Junior Advanced - Ages 8 to 11 For the more serious, more advanced students. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hr time slots. Experience required. Senior - Ages 12 and older Extension of Junior Program, continued emphasis on fundamentals and skills related to tennis play. Senior Advanced - Ages 12 and older - For the more serious, more advanced student. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hour time slots. Experience required.

Letters to Santa

It’s time to send letters to Santa and the Recreation Department will speed up the process! A special “Santa’s Mailbox” will be set up in the waiting area of the Recreation Department’s Administrative Offices at 108 Rockaway Avenue beginning December 3. Children can drop their letters in the mailbox and Santa will send them a personalized reply. Santa’s Mailbox will be available through December 20th.

Christmas Candy Contest

In addition to sending their letters to Santa, kids can take a chance at guessing the number of candy pieces in the jar next to Santa’s Mailbox, and the child whose guess is closest to the actual

number will win the jar, candy and all! As with Santa’s mailbox, the candy contest will be available from December 3rd to December 20th.

A Visit From Santa

Santa will visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue for visits and photos on December 11th and 13th from 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Bring your cameras to take photos! There is no fee for a photo but a donation of a small gift for Toys for Tots would be appreciated.

Winter Swim Lesson Registration

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting Children’s swimming lessons for Village residents at the Adelphi University Swimming Pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10 week session will begin Saturday, December 15, 2018. Classes are taught by Red Cross Certified Instructors. The cost is $120. Space is limited. Please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to register, or, if you have a password you can register online at Level 1 – Introduction to Water Skills Level 2 – for children who have taken a lesson but need to learn fundamental skills Level 3 – will build on fundamental skills by providing guided practices Level 4 – Develops confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills Level 5 – Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes Level 6P – Personal Water Safety - stresses survival floating, treading water, swimming in clothes, etc. Level 6F – Water Fitness – sessions will cover learning training techniques, how to use fins, kickboards, pace, clock, etc. Classes that still have openings are as follows - 10:00 am Level 1 (10 children maximum) 10:00 am Level 6F (12 maximum) 11:00 am Level 4 (10 maximum) 11:00 am Level 5 (10 maximum) 12:00 pm Level 3 (10 maximum) 12:00 pm Level 6P (12 maximum) 1:00 pm Level 2 (10 maximum) 1:00 pm Level 5 (10 maximum) Please make selections carefully as fees are not refundable.

LEGOS “Bricks4Kids” at St.Paul’s Cluett Hall!

When: Wednesdays Grades 1-4 Beginning November 28th through December19th from 4:00-5:00 pm. Location: St.Paul’s Cluett Hall

$90 per child; 1 hour session per week for 4 weeks Bricks4Kidz classes build on the popular LEGO bricks to deliver high-quality educational play. Each hour-long class is an engaging experience for your child with a new project each week. Our unique models aren’t the kits you find on the shelves of a toy store. They’re designed by Bricks4Kidz to teach concepts across a variety of subject areas. We kick things off with a discussion about key concepts related to the model, then get right into the building. Working with a partner, or on their own, your child will experience the hands-on fun of seeing a model come together piece by piece, from concept to completion – and it’s motorized! It's a zoo in here! Join us for a 4-week session building models of amazing animals. Each week, we’ll discuss fascinating facts about the animals we build, from the chameleon that changes colors to the seal model that waddles across the table. At the end of the 4-week session, children will go home with a goody bag filled with LEGO bricks to build an animal creation. To register, please visit the Recreation and Parks office at 108 Rockaway Avenue. Checks only, must be made payable to Bricks4Kidz.

Pee-Wee Sports Mini Sampler for Children Ages 4 & 5 Years Old

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer our poplar PeeWee Sports Sampler program this winter for children ages 4 & 5 who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. We are offering 2 three-week sessions for the children to get a taste of the program with longer sessions planned after the holidays. This program has been designed to provide an opportunity to try a wide variety of sports with basic instruction. This program will take place in St. Paul’s Fieldhouse beginning the week of December 3 and will run for 55 minutes. Our Sampler will incorporate new skills and free play in a non-competitive atmosphere. A different sport will be offered each week. Classes will be held according to the following schedule: Mondays 1:30 to 2:25 pm Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:25 am Tuesdays 1 to 1:55 pm Wednesdays 1:30 to 2:25 pm Session One – Week of December 3 through week of December 17 Session Two – Week of January 2 through week of January 14 (Mondays end 1/28) The cost of this program is $50 each session or $100 for both. To register for this program, please

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Garden City Recreation’s Gym Program for Grades 2 to 6 - Session 1

Garden City Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce the start of registration for this winter’s six week gym program for children in grades 2 - 6. This program is run by Recreation and Parks’ staff and the registration fee for this program is $40. The program will consist of organized games and activities in a supervised setting. This six-week program will run from 3:30 to 5:45 pm in St. Paul’s Field House according to the following schedule: Grades 2-3 Mondays from 3:30 – 5:45 pm beginning December 3 Grades 4-6 Fridays from 3:30 – 5:45 pm beginning December 7 Space is limited. Sneakers must be worn for any activity in the field house and only water is allowed in the facility. Please note- Once the children are in our facility, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child and please be prompt. Space is limited. Please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to register, or, if you have a password you can register online at

Recreation and Park’s Gym Program for Grades K and 1 – Session 1

Garden City Recreation and Parks is pleased to announce that this winter, the Recreation Staff will conduct a gym program for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. This program will consist of organized games and activities in a supervised setting. This program will run on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm in St. Paul’s Field House beginning January 10 and ending March 7th. There is a $40 registration fee for this program and a permission slip is necessary. Space is limited. No fees will be taken at the door. Meeting Dates – December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, 16 Sneakers must be worn for any activity in the field house and only water is allowed to bring as a drink. Please note- Once the children are in our facility, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child. Space is limited! To register, please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Ave., or, if you have a password you can register online at

Congratulations to the Garden City Panthers (U9 Blue) Soccer Team for achieving second place in their Long Island Junior Soccer League division. This was the first season playing travel soccer together and the team came out with a record of 7-0-3 having scored collectively 29 goals all season. During the season, the team also had the honor of walking the Adelphi players out onto the field and showcasing their talents during a halftime scrimmage.

The members of this talented team are: Ava Oppedisano, Delaney McNaboe, Ellie Kavouridis, Emily Ryker, Erin Dolan, Giuliana Bianco, Hannah Gorman, Kylie O’Leary, Mikaela Regazzi, Scarlet Raia, Sophia Pica, and Victoria Racich. The team is led by the coaching direction of trainer Brie McDonnell and Kevin O’Leary. Congratulations, Garden City Panthers!

GC Panthers at the Adelphi Panthers game Clinics teach young players the fundamentals of the sport.

Celebration after a hard fought season!

The Season has begun!! The Boys and Girls Garden City Basketball preK-K-1-2 Clinic will be held on Sundays from 12:30pm - 2:15pm at the St Paul’s Fieldhouse. The season began Sunday, December 2nd and runs through Sunday March 3, 2019. There will be off dates for the three day weekends of Christmas, New Years, Martin Luther King and Presidents holidays. This nationally recognized clinic for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade boys & girls uses 8ft baskets and stations of

different foundational skills & drills. Professionals recommend staying at a lower basket as not to create poor shooting mechanics in younger players. Please use the “clinic link” on our website for background on the skills/ format/structure of the clinic. Registration continues to be $125 with NO LATE FEES. Sign-up ONLINE TODAY at www. If there are any questions about our program, please contact John Skramko at or 516-746- 9659.


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Thunder 8’s win championship

Coming off of an undefeated rookie season as Thunder 7s, this team of boys had a lot to defend and a goal to achieve - win the championship! This would be the first year they would be eligible to play for a championship since here are no playoffs in 2nd grade. The Walker Thunder 8’s did not disappoint, racking up and second straight undefeated season, including three shutouts and out scoring their opponents 176 – 60. On that cold Championship Sunday at 8:00am, surrounded by family, fans, Spirit Cheerleaders and News 12, the Thunder 8’s again faced East Rockaway, who they had defeated 13-6 in their season opener. Although it was sunny, a clap of Thunder descended upon Mitchell Field as they rolled over the Raiders with a score of 26 -7. Quarterbacks Ryan Rafferty and James Walker lead the offence onto the field where the offensive line, which Coach Walker named the MVPs of the game, flattened the Raiders. Center Zachary Psilakis along with Vance

Undefeated Champions – Thunder 8’s Palmer, RJ Falvey, Wolfgang Ullrich, Connor Doherty and Colin Walsh made great blocks and opened holes for the running backs.

Kevin Prybylski runs in for a touchdown with help from the O Line

QB Ryan Rafferty gets the first down

The defensive line who only allowed nine touchdowns all season held the Raiders to just 7 points because of great stops by Christian Gamba, Gavin

Macchio, Kevin Sorohan and Tyler Feeney. Great tackles by Cristian Agnetti, Ronan Coyle and Brian Kahn shut down the Raiders offensive. CJ Mattice, Brett Webber, Mark Escher, and Ethan Dorsainvil pulled double duty with both great tackles and ball carries that set up the Thunder touchdowns by Jeffery Finnell, AJ Haffner, Christian Roddini and Kevin Prybylski. Crosby Kraus and Ryan Rafferty scored the extra points. When the clock ran down to 0:00, Thunder erupted on the field and this wonderful group of boys celebrated in front of families, friends and T.V. cameras with the Macarena. Congratulations to the boys on a well earned championship, and thank you to Coaches Walker, Rafferty, Kraus, Haffner, Palmer, Harding and Escher for a great season and more importantly teaching theses boys to be athletes, teammates and young men. Go Thunder!

Christian Roddini is chased by the Raiders as he scores a TD

A clap of Thunder hits the Raiders

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Thunder 8’s - Legion of Boom

QB James Walker hands the ball off to Mark Escher

Thanks to great blocking by the Thunder Offense, Crosby Kraus scores the extra point

Thunder defense – Thunder Tough

Spirit Cheerleaders brave the cold and cheer on the Thunder

The Boys of Fall

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Open House Saturday, Dec. 8th 12:00 – 3:00pm

103 Tran sve rse Roa d, G arde n C ity, N Y This brand new construction Hampton-style Masterpiece features supreme design details and 3,600 sq. ft. of luxury for gracious entertaining and comfortable family living. The main level welcomes you with a soaring 2-story entry foyer, powder room, formal dining room, living room, Chef 's gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, quartz counters and center island open to a large great room, an office, full bath and mudroom. Upstairs you will find a long open hallway overlooking entry foyer, a laundry room, a spacious master suite with trey ceiling, walk-in closet and en suite bath with tub and glass shower. 4 additional bedrooms and 3 additional full baths complete this level. Other highlights include inlay and Herringbone hardwood floors, 9 ft. high ceilings throughout, thick moldings, full basement with egress, huge walk-up attic with windows, attached 2-car garage, central vac, hydronic heat, CAC and professionally landscaped grounds with large paver patio. Experience blissful moments every day in this one-of-a-kind home. SD #18. MLS# 3084181. $1,989,000.

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Open House Saturday, Dec. 8th 12:00 – 3:00pm

45 Russell Road, Garden City, NY This newly constructed Center Hall Colonial o�ers timeless architectural details with its masterfully designed entertaining rooms rich in detail with thick moldings, co�ered ceilings and grand windows with beaming light. The main level welcomes you with a 2-story entry foyer with a focal point Palladian window. The traditional yet open layout features a formal dining room, living room, wet bar, gourmet kitchen with oversized center island, quartz counters, Viking appliances, walk-in pantry adjacent to the great room, a powder room and mud room. Upstairs, you arrive at the luxurious master suite, comprised of a restful bedroom with trey ceiling, walk-in closet and en suite bath with tub and glass shower. 3 additional bedrooms all with walk-in closets, a laundry room and 2 additional full baths complete this floor. Other highlights include inlay and Herringbone hardwood floors, full basement with egress, central vac, hydronic heat, CAC and a large backyard with paver patio. Entertain with ease in this 3,400 sq. ft. dream home. SD #18. MLS# 3084268. $1,949,000.

Jennifer Sullivan, CBR Real Estate Salesperson Gold Circle of Excellence Garden City O�ce 102 Seventh St, Garden City 516.248.6655, c.516.361.7190

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Saturday, Dec. 8th 12:00 – 3:00pm 45 Russell Road, Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3084268. $1,949,000.


Saturday, Dec. 8th, 12:00 – 3:00pm 103 Transverse Rd, Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3084181. $1,989,000.

Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3067005. $499,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3050208. $669,000.

Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3071781. $749,000.

Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3064025. $899,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3065023. $949,999.

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Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3043241. $1,299,000.

Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3046433. $1,395,000.

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Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3026166. $780,000. U N DE R CONT RACT

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3075809. $999,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3061824. $799,000. UNDER CONTRACT

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3031377. $999,000.



Out of Town Listings Hempstead, NY 4-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #1. MLS# 3072529. $298,000.

Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3034447. $1,425,000. U N DE R CONT RACT

Franklin Square, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #17. MLS# 3072465. $539,000.

Seaford, NY 2-bedroom, 1-bath. SD #6. MLS# 3064742. $379,000.


Floral Park, NY 4-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #22. MLS# 3064334. $524,000.

Old Bethpage, NY 3-bedroom, 3-bath SD #4. MLS# 3070758. $400,000.


Franklin Square, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #13. MLS# 3047662. $549,000.

New Hyde Park, NY 3-bedroom, 1-bath. SD #5. MLS# 3072910. $639,000.

Floral Park, NY 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #22. MLS# 3069765. $643,000.

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Bellerose, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #26. MLS# 3054945. $799,000.

Floral Park, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #22. MLS# 3059413. $859,000.

Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3074901. $4,200.

Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 3084120. $5,500.

Southampton, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #6. MLS# 3068772. $1,750,000.

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Garden City South, NY 5-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #17. MLS# 3048514. $649,000.

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