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Board approves zoning change, path cleared for Ring Road hotel BY RIKKI N. MASSAND The first hurdle is cleared for Marriott’s Residence Inn hotel brand to come to Ring Road, adjacent to the Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant. While some in the village and others in Nassau County objected to the project and local zoning code changes that would permit a hotel use in Garden City’s vicinity bordering Roosevelt Field, on November 17 the Village Board of Trustees approved the zoning change for the CR (commercial-residential) zone, with developers on hand to talk about their vision for a 163-room hotel building just under 60-feet tall. Trustee John Delany said he hoped that all members of the public were aware that the process for approving the actual hotel and its site plan and specifications is a separate consideration, noting that at the hearing “this is strictly a motion and a law to change the zoning.” Mayor Nicholas Episcopia explained it as the first step in a process at the municipal level for Garden City to go over the plans. “This changes the zoning and this project first will have to go before the Planning Commission so the site plan is approved, then would come the actual structure itself in front of the Architectural Design Review See page 53

6200 runners from 38 different states participated in this year’s Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving day. Above, a couple of free riders enjoy cheering on the runners. See page 56 for story, more photos.

After 52 years, a move from 7th Street BY RIKKI N. MASSAND After 52 years there will be a new beginning for a store that captured the cheerful, aromatic fragrance and ambiance of downtown Seventh Street, earning scores of loyal Garden City customers over generations as only a small family business can do. Owner Tim Feldis says everything at the current 160 Seventh Street location as well as new signage, seasonal items and décor will be moved

to the new store location, 301 Nassau Boulevard in Garden City South. “We love Garden City – this village is very unique and special, it has a special community and hometown feel that is very unique today, and it is wonderful. Considering that we are on Long Island and that this is the New York Megalopolis just keeps expanding, Garden City is just a haven near that. It’s difficult that we won’t be on Seventh Street but we are not mov-

ing far. Garden City South is a beautiful location and we are right there. For a lot of our Garden City customers, we’re going to be even closer,” Feldis said. The close-knit Feldis Florist family extends to many loyal customers. That includes other small business owners, people who live in the village, perhaps working for Feldis over the years when they were students, and those who grew up in Garden City See page 49

With eyes on Summer 2017, Rec Department reviews pool success BY RIKKI N. MASSAND At the Recreation Commission meeting held Wednesday, November 16 at the new senior center, several reflections on the success of the Garden City Pool in 2016 turned into eyes for further enhancements next summer. It isn’t too soon to start planning as expenses are expected and another increase in family memberships will be pursued, with marketing strategy ready to be implemented right after the holidays. Kevin Ocker, the village’s department head of Parks and Recreation, explained that his staff and the Board of Commissioners of Recreation and Cultural Affairs set targets and sought ways to increase revenues for the pool enterprise, reported as underperforming during the village budget processes in early 2014 and scrutinized more with each budget cycle since then. The pool bathhouse project and several facility upgrades had been targeted as ways to bring the facility forward and drive demand for memberships. That planned has worked as although pool revenues projected for 2016 have not met expectations, memberships continued to mount. See page 49

A treasured instrument connects alumni PAGE 46 GCHS Varsity Football wins LI Championship PAGE 61

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Village Tree Lighting

The Garden City Village Christmas Tree lighting will take place on the Village Green by the gazebo on Sunday, December 4th from 3:30 to 4:30. Come down and enjoy a traditional happening with music and entertainment. We hear that a special jolly visitor might just make an appearance - you never know! As the holiday shopping season gets underway, avoid the malls and shop at the fine merchants here in town. It seems every year that the traffic around the local malls gets crazier and crazier. Do yourself a favor and avoid the madness - shop locally at one of the

fine establishments in town. Whether it’s the latest fashion or a gift certificate for a good meal or spa services at a local salon, there’s something for everyone on your list, right here in Garden City. And even better, you’ll be supporting the merchants who support the community. Garden City is fortunate to have a thriving business community that contributes to the tax base, but all local merchants need the support of the residents to continue to do well.


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Union misconstruing facts

To the Editor: It is said that each of us is entitled to our own opinion, but none of us is entitled to our own facts. Nevertheless, in a letter to the editor last week, the CSEA union persists in misconstruing the facts regarding the contract offer they agreed to, before their membership overwhelmingly voted it down earlier this year. Contrary to statements in that letter, the contract would have not have caused many CSEA members to take home less after paying modest increases for health coverage. Far from it. The health contribution increases agreed to by union leadership would have required employees currently contributing 0% toward health coverage to pay 5%. Those paying 10% would go to 15%. The increases were to be staged in over 2 years. Even with those increases, a typical employee making $60,000 and choosing the more expensive family health coverage would have seen an increase in earnings of almost $3,000 in 2016-17. Of course, the first year increase included back pay and a one-time bonus (which was designed to more than offset higher health contributions). Over the life of the contract, these workers would have earned nearly $15,000 more than current levels despite increased health contributions. Employees choosing the less expensive individual health coverage would have seen even larger net pay increases, as would more highly compensated individuals and those employees whose health contributions would only be 5%. And this analysis largely ignores the impact of annual salary step increases, averaging 3% or more, for the roughly 40% of employees eligible for them. We used $60,000 as our measure of the typical worker’s salary because it is the average base salary for these workers and over 80% of them make more than $60,000 when overtime and other items are added (before considering pension, health and other benefits). We also looked at the impact on the small number of employees making meaning-


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To the Editor: When my grandchildren Christian and Marissa were young, I was the self-appointed Santa’s intermediary. I assisted them in writing the customary list-letter promising safe and urgent delivery. They believed that I would actually travel to the North Pole to personally deliver their letter ‘in hand’, hence, I was the depositary and trustee of their dreams and desires. (Well, maybe I helped a little bit in creating such dreams). I continued this task for many years afterward since all that knowledge made me a the facto trusted ‘messenger’ vis a vis the Red Robed gentleman. After Thanksgiving, I was already preparing myself physically and psychologically, pondering how, where was I going to find, purchase, pack, place and have ready all the presents that my See page 26

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BY MARY CLARKE Adults, young adults, teens and children — mark your calendars for the open casting call of the Spring 2017 musical production of The Garden City Community Theatre. Those who love to act and sing are encouraged to come to The Garden City Community Church on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm or Sunday, December 4th at 2:00pm. Auditions will take place in Gardner Hall at the Church located at 245 Stewart Avenue in Garden City. Those who will be auditioning should bring a head-shot photo of themselves and be prepared to sing. Audition Forms are available at the Church; forms can be picked up at one’s convenience or on audition days. They can be found on the desk located just inside the Church’s Whitehall Boulevard entrance. Fill it out and bring it along with you to your audition. The play will take place over the

weekend of March 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2017. The Garden City Community Theatre is a part of the Garden City Community Church. The theatre group was formed in 1996 as a creative outlet for the many talented individuals living in the Church community and also as a means to fundraise for the Church. 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 8:30am in the chapel and 10:30 am 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 Blvd. For more information, call 746-1700 or visit our website at www.gardencitycommunitychurch. org. You can also contact Ruby Gustavson for information at 516-746-1061.

GC firefighters responded to a basement fire in a 2nd Street home Monday, November 28. Met with heavy smoke, firefighters discovered a fire between the drop ceiling and the floor above. Garden City volunteers and paid firefighters battled the blaze, along with additional volunteers from the New Hyde Park, Franklin Square and Mineola Fire Departments. The Stewart Manor and Garden City Park Fire Departments also provided mutual aid, responding to the scene with ambulances. Additional volunteers from the Westbury and Carle Place Fire Departments stood by at Garden City Fire Headquarters on Stewart Avenue. No one was injured.

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“Legendary Women of Long Island” GC Community Coalition News Come Alive for Community Club

Prem Chauhan and Monica Randall On Tuesday, November 22nd, Monica Randall, Long Island historian and bestselling author, brought to life the “Legendary Women of Long Island” in a fascinating program presented to the Community Club. In the 1950’s there were hundreds of abandoned mansions on Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast which had been owned by the “beautiful people” of a bygone era dating from the 1920’s to WWII. They were the nouveau riche who made fortunes in oil, railroads and other booming industries, and they spent their wealth extravagantly and conspicuously. They were also the backbone of high society. There were parties for 3,000 people hosting the Prince of Wales where Chanel No. 5 scented the fountains. A dress for such a gathering could cost thousands

of dollars. The party itself cost $1 million. Their mansions were elaborate “castles” mimicking royal dwellings in Europe with priceless furnishings, art and fixtures. A lucky Shi Tzu pet sported a collar worth thousands at a party costing hundreds of thousands. Women like Alva Vanderbilt, Mrs. Clarence Mackay, Barbara Hutton and the Countess of Bismarck were scions of society, and other women sought to copy their style. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, attended many of these affairs, and he based “The Great Gatsby” on this elite echelon of society. But, as we know, wealth doesn’t buy happiness, and many of these women’s lives were plagued by tragedy and scandal. Zelda Fitzgerald, Winifred Bird, Ann Woodward and Gertrude Whitney are among those who are remembered for their colorful, but troubled lives. In addition to her popular speaking engagements, Ms. Randall has published the following books: Mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast; Winfield: Living in the Shadow of the Woolworth’s; Phantoms of the Hudson Valley. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program. Arrangements for the meeting were handled by Prem Chauhan. Ruth LaBosco provided decorations. Barbara Burke, Mary Alice Burchell and Jane Greve greeted the guests, while Mary Alice Burchell, Barbara Burke and Judy Mauro provided hospitality. Louise Abitabile and Ruth La Bosco served the hot beverages. Judy Mauro prepared publicity. The Community Club, established in 1919, offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, creative and philanthropic programs and activities. To learn more about the Community Club and how you may become a member, please call the office at (516) 746-0488 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

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FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE By: Nicholas P. Episcopia

MTA bill favoring local governments vetoed

In the current New York State budget, there is a clause that gives the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) authority to effectively go into the commercial real estate business. It allows the MTA to purchase commercial real estate, take the properties off the local tax rolls and “allegedly” use the money to improve transportation. The real estate tax exemption not only further empowers the MTA, it gives them an unfair market advantage over private property owners who must pay the taxes to local municipalities. By a very wide margin, the New York State Legislature quickly passed a bill overturning this clause, preventing the MTA from going into the local real estate business and removing valuable properties from the local tax rolls which directly hurts Villages. It is interesting to note that New York City strongly supported the bill. Governor Cuomo has vetoed the bill. New York State Conference of Mayors and the Nassau County Village Officials Association sources in Albany report that there probably

aren’t enough votes in the Legislature to override the veto. This is just another item on a long list of unfair New York State policies which unquestionably continue to further empower and grow the scope of state government while hurting local municipalities.

Third Track Draft Environmental Impact Study (“DEIS)

On November 22, members of the Board of Trustees met with Governor Cuomo’s staff to discuss the proposed LIRR Third Track Project. On November 28, they released the 1,000 page Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) and have set January 17 and 19 for public hearings, and will close the public comment period by the end of the month, thereby allowing local elected officials, the general pub-

lic and, if need be, our attorneys and/ or engineers very little time to read, absorb and critique this massive technical document. Given the size and scope of the DEIS material, this time frame is even more unfair to the public than the extremely short time frame allowed earlier this year for review of the initial Scoping Document which was not nearly as extensive as the DEIS. Meanwhile, the Governor’s representatives have launched a massive media campaign and on their website,, touting the merits of the project, leaving the impression that there is no need to question any aspect of the plan – be it the necessity for this project and its alleged benefits to the Main Line communities between Floral Park and Hicksville, the cost, projected time frame to completion and staging areas

for the extremely massive and heavy construction equipment. At our November 22 meeting, we discussed the projected cost for the 9.8 mile long Third Track Project which has now ballooned to $2 billion - up from $1.5 billion in about six months. Given the MTA’s record on construction of the massive East Side Tunnel Project and the Second Avenue Subway, who knows what the LIRR Third Track Project will really cost. Prior to this current Third Track Plan, the LIRR president firmly stated that the antiquated switching system both east and west of Jamaica Station is the main problem with train service. However, this much needed and critical switching system upgrade is not included in the $2 billion cost for the Third Track. When questioned, the Governor’s representatives vaguely answered that the switching system project is separate from the third track and is being funded “differently.” They brushed off questions and had no answers as to what “different” means, nor did they say when the switching project would start or when it would be completed. This type of off-handed response is See page 28

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The Electoral College Dilemma BY BOB MORGAN, JR. Whither the electoral college? Current counts indicate that Hillary Clinton likely won the popular vote by about 2.3 million votes of the 135 million or so votes tabulated, approximately a margin of 1.8 percent. This percentage margin exceeded the margin of such winning candidates as John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Richard M. Nixon in 1968. Ms. Clinton’s margin in the popular votes comes entirely from one state, California (amazingly still counting votes), where she has over a 4 million vote plurality at this writing; put in another way, Donald Trump won the remaining 49 states by just under 2 million votes. Of course, Mr. Trump likely will receive 306 electoral votes to 232, and will be sworn in as President on January 20. Not surprisingly, supporters of Ms. Clinton have called for the end of the electoral college and the substitution of a national popular vote. Somewhat ironically, Donald Trump also favored an end to the electoral college in 2012. In fact, it is not particularly clear if one party or the other is favored over the years by the electoral college, which usually does vote for the popular vote winner. It helped Mr. Trump this year and George W. Bush in 2000, but it probably would have helped President Obama in 2012 if he and Mitt Romney had the same number of popular votes. And we don’t know what would have happened this year if there were no electoral college. Mr. Trump for example likely would have made a serious effort to dent Ms. Clinton’s huge California margin. There is something intuitively appealing in a democracy about having its leader selected by receiving the most votes of the people. Also, the model envisioned by the Founders of presidential electors as wise leaders from different states who use independent judgment and conscience in selecting a president never really took root. Rather, the electors are party stalwarts (not to say hacks) who can be counted to cast their votes unanimously for the

party nominee when they meet at their state capitol (the meetings will be on December 16). It is also not completely fair that voters in swing states like Ohio and Florida receive disproportionate attention from the candidates. Nevertheless, while at least for me this is not a matter of great principle, there are quite a few practical reasons to be hesitant in replacing the electoral college. One major practical result of eliminating the electoral college is that there might be many more serious candidates on the ballot than we have now. This is because a candidate with regional or ideological appeal, but little desire to build a national coalition across state lines, might have a plausible chance of winning with 25 or 30 percent of the voters on the support of dedicated followers. For example, one can imagine a Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz-like figure winning a narrow plurality of the vote in a multicandidate race despite broad opposition to their candidacies. The new system might have to provide for a runoff election, but even this would be problematic, since we might end up with a Sander-Cruz choice. Second, a national popular vote at least raises the possibility of much greater election fraud. Right now, it is an almost complete waste of time to cheat in all but the swing states, but this would change completely. The problem would be exacerbated in that the electoral machinery in one-party dominated states might well be controlled by that party. Some of these problems might be addressed by nationalizing the vote counting process, but this step, controversial in itself, might provide additional incentives to hackers who then would only have one system to compromise. Right now, the chance of a constitutional amendment ending the electoral college are slim and the other alternative, a state compact requiring electors to choose the popular vote winner, even if workable, is a long way off. I suspect this may be a good thing.

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Annual Christmas Tea Party, Santa Visit Join the party and come to the Cathedral of the Incarnations First Annual Christmas Tea Party and Santa Visit on Sunday, December 11 at the Cathedral Diocesan House at 36 Cathedral Avenue. Enjoy afternoon tea in this spectacular Stewart Era Victorian home which traditionally housed the Episcopal Bishops of Long Island. There will be two seatings for tea, the first at 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. and the second from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. Feast on home baked Christmas cookies and sumptuous sandwiches while

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THE OFFICE CAT Identity theft: On November 21st Garden City Police investigated an identity theft where credit cards were opened without authorization by using a resident’s personal information. Bridge 1, Vehicles 0: On November 23rd a delivery van struck the Chestnut Street overpass, damaging the vehicle. The driver, a 49 year old Queens man, was charged with disobeying a bridge clearance sign. MTA personnel determined that there was no apparent damage to the bridge. Domestic assault: On November 23rd, during a domestic incident investigation, Officer Dallolio arrested a 48 year old Garden City man for allegedly punching and choking another family member. He was charged with assault and harassment. Leaving the scene: On November 23rd, Garden City Detectives arrested a 36 year old Bayside man for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident that occurred November 21st on Old Country Road. Bad check: On November 23rd Garden City Police investigated a report of an unknown male subject attempting to withdraw $969 from a Franklin Avenue Bank by using a


forged check. Over exposure: On November 23rd Garden City Police Officers investigated two separate incidents in Parking Field 7N where a man driving a black Honda exposed himself to females. The subject is described as a male, white in his 20’s or 30’s. He was wearing a baseball hat during one of the incidents. The incidents occurred between 5 - 5:30 PM. Still hungry?: On November 24th Garden City Detectives investigated a dispute in the rear of a restaurant in Parking Field 8 which resulted in the arrest of a 27 year old Westbury man. Police say he punched and bit another person. He was charged with assault and harassment. DWI arrest: On November 24th Officer Pumilia investigated a two-vehicle crash on 6th Street at Franklin Avenue resulting in the arrest of a 29 year old Garden City man for DWI. There were no injuries reported. Merchandise theft: On November 25th Officers Touhy and Roumeliotis arrested two Queens men, ages 34 and 51, for the alleged theft of $626 in merchandise from

Lord and Taylor. Upon investigation both subjects were also charged with a similar incident at the store on November 18th. The 34 year old man was also charged with driving while having 11 active driving license suspensions. Another arrest at Lord and Taylor took place on November 26th when Officer Touhy arrested a 40 year old Bronx woman for the alleged theft of $40 in merchandise from Lord and Taylor. Wallet taken: On November 26th a wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a Tremont Street residence. Many many violations: On November 27th Officer Pumilia was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling north on Franklin Avenue. The operator of the vehicle was driving erratically, committing numerous traffic law violations. The operator refused to pull over after the officer activated his lights and sirens.

The officer followed the vehicle on several streets where the driver continued to commit multiple traffic violations while refusing to stop. Officer Pumilia was able to pull alongside the vehicle when the suspect vehicle suddenly turned into the police vehicle causing them both to stop. The driver, a 19 year old Roosevelt man, was then placed under arrest for attempted assault of a police officer, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing from a police officer, possession of marijuana, reckless driving and numerous other moving traffic violations. Both vehicles were damaged. The subject suffered a minor chest injury. The officer was not injured. Bridge 2, Vehicles 0: On November 28th Officer Petraglia responded to Chestnut Street where a 24 year old Brooklyn man with another occupant when he struck a train trestle. He was charged with disobeying low bridge clearance signs. There were no reported injuries. Vandalism: On November 28 officers investigated a criminal mischief report at St. Joseph’s School where unknown persons vandalized a classroom by pouring paint on the floor and over books.

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Garden City East supports Mark Hyer for Trustee

The independent Garden City East Nominating Committee has voted to support the nomination at the January 2017 Resident Electors’ meeting of Mark Hyer for the position of Village Trustee from the East for a two-year term commencing in April 2017. Committee members who interviewed Mr. Hyer were impressed with his professional background, as well as his volunteer service. A current EPOA director and chair of the Streets & Traffic Committee, Mr. Hyer has been a resident for 17 years and a 13-year active member of the GC Volunteer Fire Department. He is married, with one son who attended the GC public schools. Mr. Hyer spent just over 20 years with the New York City Police Department, where his assignments included managerial positions in law enforcement and administration and where he developed hands-on practical skills in union issues, personnel supervision, operations management, budgeting, purchasing, contract review and construction oversight. After retiring from the NYPD with the rank of Sergeant, Mr. Hyer has held several positions in the private sector, including nine years as the Director of Security, Telecommunications and Transportation for Forest Hills Hospital within the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System. He is currently a consultant for a security/emergency

management company specializing in emergency preparedness training. “I am ready and willing to undertake the extensive responsibility and time commitment necessary to serve as a Village Trustee,” Mr. Hyer assured the nominating committee, noting that his professional experience has required him to look at the same type of issues that Village Trustees must deal with on a regular basis. Additional proposals for nomination as a Village Trustee may be made by petition filed with the Corporate Secretary of the EPOA at least 30 days prior to the January electors’ meeting and signed by not less than 15 resident electors. Any nominating petition so filed shall, in addition, set forth the residence addresses of the signers, the names and addresses of the persons proposed for nomination for Village offices and the offices for which they are proposed. The Resident Electors’ meeting will be held on January 17, 2017, at the senior center on Golf Club Lane. The Corporate Secretary of the EPOA is Joseph Courtade. His address is 15 Kingsbury Road, Garden City. Voting members of the 2016 GC East Nominating Committee are: Jill Bauer, Joe Courtade, Bill Graham, Steve Ilardi, Ken Moody, Christine Mullaney (chair), Joe Nadolny, Heather Nielsen, Brian Paradine, Karl Schmidt and Ted Ucinski.

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The new Douglas Elliman office on Seventh Street Douglas Elliman has changed locations and moved to larger office space in Garden City. The new Douglas Elliman Garden City offices are located at 130 Seventh Street in the village and are approximately 2,500 square feet of modern design. Growing from the former office location on Franklin Avenue, the new state-of-the-art space has more than 30 desks, a conference room, kitchen and three bathrooms. The spacious twofloor offices were designed with an open floor plan and comprise a main level

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Wednesday, December 14, 8 PM at the Cathedral of The Incarnation, located at 50 Cathedral Ave, Garden City, NY 11530. There will be a second performance on Sunday, December 18, 3 PM at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts located at 37 W Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased online at www.”

News From the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island On Sunday, December 11, at 11 am, Dr. Philip Nicholson will speak at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City. His topic for this free event is “Reflections on an Imperfect Life in a Contradictory World.” Dr. Nicholson says that after the surprising outcome of our recent national elections, and amidst the great uncertainties about the future direction of our nation, attention is drawn once again to personal agency and responsibility. “As much or more than at any other time in our lives, we are all compelled to ponder the moral dimensions of our circumstances,” he says. “The threats, fears, and dangers that have just been unleashed have caused me to ponder the choices I’ve made in the past, the actions taken, the work that I did, and the risks that I took when was faced with some of the fundamental contradictions in our national experience.” He asks these questions: Were those choices wise, the actions prudent, the energy and costs

expended all worthwhile? What else might have been done? Finally, and most important, what now? Dr. Philip Yale Nicholson retired from a 46-year long career at Nassau Community College in 2013 with the rank of State University of New York Distinguished Professor. While at NCC he served as an officer of the faculty union, the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers (Vice President for 11 years, President for 12 years), and as the Chairperson of the Department of History, Political Science & Geography, 2005-2013. He is the author of many published articles, reviews, essays, and two books: Who Do We Think We Are? Race and Nation in the Modern World (M.E. Sharpe, 1999) and Labor’s Story in the United States (Temple University Press, 2004). The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is located at 38 Old Country Road in Garden City, between Herricks Road and Mineola Boulevard.

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GC Community Church Youth Christmas Tree Sale

On Saturday, December 10th, 2016, from 8:00am 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

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your home. All proceeds from the tree sale will help fund the 2017 Mission Trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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 am in the chapel and 10:30 am 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

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Realtors sponsor tour, networking event

On November 10th the Garden City office and Relocation Department of Coach Realtors sponsored a networking event and property tour in conjunction with fellow Leading RE affiliates, Stribling & Associates and Houlihan Lawrence. It was a picturesque sunny fall day in Garden City. The tour included; 32 Nassau Blvd., 36 Hilton Blvd, 90 5th Street, 3 Saint Paul’s Crescent, and 31 Cathedral Avenue. The tour culminated at 36 Hilton with a delicious lunch, refreshments and networking. The participating agents learned about each other’s market, and received a fascinating history lesson of Garden City from Coach Realtors own Stephanie Cullum, manager of its Garden City office.

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Garden City Retired Men’s Club Schedule of Activities

• Monday, December 5 - Meeting • Monday, December 12 - Meeting • Thursday, December 15th at noon. Save the Date: RMC Annual Xmas Party at Cherry Valley Club. Cost: $30 for members, $75 per couple, Includes one free drink. Bring checks to club (12/5, or 12/12) or mail to Frank DeAngelo at 206 Brompton Rd., Garden City. Bowling every Friday during season at Herrill Lanes. Contact Ron Zwicke at 747-6842 details. 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.

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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 formal meeting is on Thursdays. Both begin at noon and end at 4:00pm. The Club offers a large screen TV, card games (bridge, poker, cribbage), chess, backgammon, and billiards. In good weather we offer bocce, shuffleboard and horseshoe pitching. Also, the RMC will sponsor periodic speakers which are in addition to those speakers sponsored by the GC Dept. of Recreation and Parks.

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On November 28th there were seven tables playing. The results: North/South 1--Fran & Frank DeAngelo 2--Joan Kiernan & Claire Burns 3--Grace Basile & Joan Cowie

East/West 1--Judy Cashman & Maureen Minion 2--Carrie Flapan & Dian Kendrick 3--Mickey Norton & Arline Greco

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Beginning December 5th, the Department of Recreation and Parks will no longer accept cash payments for program registrations, rentals, and contracts at our Administrative Office or for Platform Tennis or Tennis at Community Park. Checks and credit cards will continue to be accepted.

Special Events for December •

Monday, December 5 at 10 am– Stratford School will come and serenade our seniors for the holidays • Wednesday, December 7 at 1 pm – Elder Law Presentation • Monday, December 12 at 1 pm – Kevin Westley, “Christmas in Killarney” a song and visual show for the holidays • Wednesday, December 14 at noon – Holiday Luncheon given by the Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Reservations are necessary. The cost is $6.00. Please visit the Recreation and Parks Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue to register for this event. Registration is necessary. To register for any of the above programs EXCEPT the “Holiday Luncheon”, call The Senior Center at 385-8006. To attend the “Holiday Luncheon”, please visit the Office of Recreation and Parks at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Exercise for Seniors

Recreation and Parks is offering the following exercise classes for seniors at The Senior Center on Golf Club Lane. For the next few months the classes will be free in order to for you to try each class, after which they will be offered at a nominal charge. Classes are open to all seniors ages 60 and older who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. Classes might be canceled due to a special event or trip so please check the bulletin board at The Senior Center for updates. • MONDAYS Exercise with Felicia at 10 am Tai Chi with Connie at 1 pm Meditation with Connie at 2 pm

• TUESDAYS Yoga for all Levels with Allie at 11:15 am Chair Dancing with Felicia at 2:30 pm • WEDNESDAY Exercise with Felicia at 9:45 am Chair Yoga with Connie at 11 am • THURSDAY Exercise with Joy at 9 am (paid class, prior registration is needed) Yoga for all Levels with Allie at 11:15 am Yoga for all Levels with Allie at 12:15 pm • FRIDAY Exercise with Felicia at 9:45 am Resistance Bands with Felicia at 10:45 am Meditation with Connie at noon Tai Chi with Connie at 1 pm

Registration for upcoming Senior trips - New trips added

The Recreation and Parks Department, with the advisement of the Senior Advisory Committee, is sponsoring the following trips for seniors who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City during the upcoming months. Please remember to register early because all trips are first come, first served. No registrations will be taken before they are announced in the paper & payment must accompany any registration. Monday, December 5 – Dyker Lights Tour –Back by popular demand, we will again ride to Brooklyn to see the famous Holiday light displays in Dyker Heights. We will have dinner at the Colandrea New Corner Restaurant first, then visit the neighborhood to see the display. After reboarding the bus, we will then drive to Rockefeller Center to see the tree! The cost of this trip will be $85, checks only made payable to Rendezvous Travel. PLEASE NOTE, THIS TRIP IS NOW FILLED. To register for any of these trips, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Please note, once the fees are sent to the venues, they are not refundable so make your selections carefully. All trips are open senior residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City only.

Service of Hope and Remembrance Sunday, December 11, 2016 3:30 p.m. in the Church

Acknowledging that the Advent and Christmas Season can be less joyful for some due to prolonged illness, unhappy relationships, employment transitions and painful memories, the Garden City Community Church will be holding a Service of Hope and Remembrance on Sunday, December 4th at 3 PM to

provide an opportunity for deliberate prayer, scripture, and reflection. All are welcome. The Garden City Community Church is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. Please call 746-1700 or email churchoffice@thegccc. org for more information.


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In what has become a holiday tradition, Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) is pleased to present a live radio-style reading of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, by student actors on Saturday December 17, at 2 p.m. at the AUPAC’s Olmsted Theatre, 1 South Avenue, Garden City. Dramatized by Barbara Field and under the direction of Brian Rose, Adelphi Department of Theatre Professor, this popular adaptation is brought to life by more than a dozen Department of Theatre students who embody Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the other characters we all know and love. While this beloved holiday

Members of the Adelphi Department of Theatre will present a live radiostyle reading of “A Christmas Carol”

event is free, audience members are encouraged to bring a can or box of non-perishable food as a donation to the Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network of Hempstead. With the addition of a food drive, the students, faculty and staff of Adelphi University’s Department of Theatre hope to share the spirit of the holidays with families throughout Long Island. AUPAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. For more information about all events at AUPAC and to purchase tickets, visit aupac.adelphi. edu. Information is available at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office at 516-8774000 or boxoffice@adelphi. edu. Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

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From page 2 5 and 7 year old grandchildren Christian and Marissa asked Santa to bring. The night before Christmas, we filled the usual glass of milk and deposited in a plate 4 or 5 chocolate cookies, as they insisted it was the magnanimous personage’s (also known as “Santa”) preferred taste. Today, 26 days before his arrival, I remember those bygone days with a mixture of longing and great relief since my grandchildren are now teenagers They now prefer money plus one or two specific wearing article. No more waiting on long lines at Toys R Us and 10 or 15 other stores to purchase the toys some of which were already sold out, trying to assemble pieces together, wrapping, returning some that did not fit the requested specific toy, carrying them home and placing the packages under the tree, making sure I did not spill the milk or cookies placed next to the tree for the red robed fellow. I remember one particular occasion when my son forgot to retrieve the

cookies and lower the milk level in the glass. The children noticed and for a few seconds they worried although the sudden fright immediately disappear when they glanced toward the tree and saw the ‘mountain’ of wrapped presents under the it. Yes, I remember those days with a mixture of intimate pleasure, satisfaction, joy and inclusive longing but also, now getting old, my body and mind are indeed grateful that those days have become history. My heart is at rest as well as my legs and body also rested. Yes indeed, there are beautiful memories but glad it is ‘almost’ over. Hello and Good-by dear Santa. Good luck to those grandpas that still doing what I did! I do strongly recommend that plenty of vitamins and any other recommended medical prescriptions be consumed each and every day. If possible, rest a little in between and have something to eat if that is possible. I know it won’t be easy but the love of our grandchildren deserve the sacrifice. Maybe! Antonio Moreno

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“Emma, Alex and Fred” BY JOHN ELLIS KORDES During the 1870’s, Emma was a poet, Alex built railroads and Fred was a sculptor. Alex and Fred met during one of Fred’s projects. Emma was never to meet either of them, yet the three would forever be linked to one of the most important symbols the world has ever known. Emma died in 1887 at the age of 38, never to know her connection. Alex would later be known for another symbol known throughout the world. As for Fred, it would be his vision that would inspire Alex and Emma’s involvement. You see, without Alex, the symbol could not stand and without Emma it might never have found its true meaning. Fred was a sculptor with vision and in 1871 a trip into New York Harbor gave him an inspiration. Before the ship docked he had a rough draft on paper. However, it would be years before his inspiration which would involve his mother’s face would become a reality. A sculptor’s work, like most artists, is not always appreciated at first. Fred knew this only too well. Fred was French and he enlisted the help of Alex, who was also French. The two set out to stun the world with a project which, at the time, was extremely controversial. The inspiration Fred saw in the harbor was Bedloe’s Island - a small 12 acre barren piece of land. As Fred and Alex struggled with their project Emma continued her poetry. She was a Jewish New York poet whose work was praised by Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. Emma devoted much of her life to the cause of Jewish nationalism. In 1883 she learned of Fred’s project and, inspired, wrote a poem.

It was written for a literary auction held by the New York Academy of Design. She called it “New Colossus” and it was quickly dismissed by critics and the public alike (much like Fred’s project). Fred’s project was finally completed in 1886 with the invaluable help Alex provided. Emma died the next year. It would not be until 1903 that Emma would be connected with Fred’s project. He died the next year, 1904. Fred was Frederic-Auguste Bertholdi and his project entitled “Liberty Enlightening the World” 225 ton 152 foot high statue on Bedloe’s Island. The statue (later renamed the “Statue of Liberty”) could never have been built without Alex’s expertise. Alex was Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel who designed the interior steel framework. He is better known for a certain tower in Paris he built in 1889. As for Emma Lazarus, it was from her poem the “New Colossus” that in 1903 five lines were taken to be engraved in bronze in the statue’s pedestal, and in the nation’s memory. By that time the statue had become synonymous with Ellis Island and massive immigration to the United States. The five lines she penned 20 years earlier were: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free The wretched refuse of your teeming shore Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Fire Fighters offer holiday tips

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Combined with faulty holiday lights or open flames from candles, dry Christmas trees can quickly ignite and burn down a home. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires. Your Garden City Professional Fire Fighters Association recommends keeping Christmas trees away from heat sources and exits. Watering your tree daily will help prevent it from becoming dry and hazardous.

“People are busy during the holiday season, and often forget to check for fire hazards,” says TJ Michon, GCPFFA President. “Simple things like checking holiday lights for excessive wear and turning off Christmas tree lights before going to bed can make a huge difference.” Fire fighters also recommend using non-flammable decorations and LED lights, and caution against leaving burning candles unattended or linking more than three strands of holiday lights. For more safety tips, check us out on Facebook (Garden City Professional Firefighters Local 1588) and follow us on Twitter @gcpffa1588 The Garden City Professional Fire Fighters wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

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FROM THE MAYOR’S OFFICE By: Nicholas P. Episcopia From page 8 typical of the Governor’s representatives and is totally unacceptable when public funding, safety and your quality of life are at stake. Therefore, I am again contacting Senator Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Ed Ra, as well as our Town of Hempstead and Nassau County representatives, and the Nassau County Village Officials Association. Just as they did regarding the initial scoping document earlier this year, I am hoping that they will again send effective strong letters protesting the very short time frame that has been given to our local municipalities and the public at large to effectively review and comment on the 1,000 page DEIS. Time is of the essence. I am asking you to let your respective Village Trustees and Property Owners’ Associations, as well as our elected State, County and Town of Hempstead representatives know that the terribly short time frame for review and comment on the DEIS is unacceptable. It makes no difference whether or not your home is adjacent to or near the LIRR Main Line. We are a community. Despite the Governor’s representatives’ claim that there will be no deleterious effect on residential properties, the heavy construction of the Main Line Third Track will cer-

tainly impact homes in the Western and Estates sections. Additionally, we all will be burdened with the massive cost of this project. By way of the Governor’s veto of the bill that would stop the MTA’s ability to purchase and operate commercial real estate property for a profit, which may or may not be applied to offset the cost, not only will the properties be removed from our local tax rolls, the LIRR can also raise fares – which it has done six times since 2008.

A Reminder from the Public Works Department

The last day for placing leaves in the street for this season was December 10, 2016. Please advise your landscapers not to place the leaves into the street and to take them away. The Public Works Department will be starting its final pass through the Village next week. Equipment will then be retrofitted for ice and snow removal. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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 happi-

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ness 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 an unused, unwrapped gift into the collection box in the lobby of the Garden City Police Department. Your generous gift, 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.

celebration to be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Enjoy delicious refreshments, caroling by members of the Cathedral Choir, plus a chance to win a door prize. Adding to the spirit of the season, members of the choir will lead attendees in a procession heading over to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Village Gazebo on the corner of Hilton and Stewart Avenues. While there will not be a charge for the Pre-Tree Lighting event, reservations are required. Please contact Kris at 746-2955 or

West End Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 2

The Town of Hempstead will conduct its next monthly S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program on Saturday, December 4, 2016. The program will make disposing of hazardous waste material accessible to as many residents as possible. Saturday’s program is being held at Eisenhower Park, Merrick Avenue and Park Boulevard Parking Field 3. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It literally takes minutes to drop off the materials. Workers are at the site and will remove the material directly from your car, free of charge. When bringing items, please follow these simple guidelines: • Wrap leaking containers in newspaper and place in a plastic bag or larger container. • Make sure all caps and lids are tight. • Place items securely in a box for transportation. • Use newspaper or cardboard to keep items from tipping or hitting each other. • Place chemicals that may react with each other in separate areas of the vehicle. • Do not leave products in a hot, unventilated vehicle for an extended period of time. • Do not smoke near chemical products. • Wear rubber gloves when handling containers. The facility will NOT accept the following materials: ammunition, explosives, fire extinguishers, fireworks, electronic recyclable waste, infectious or medical waste, propane tanks larger than 20 pounds, oxygen tanks, radioactive materials and unlabeled materials. For further information about S.T.O.P. call 378-4210 (Option 6) or visit www.TOH.LI.

The West End Christmas tree lighting, sponsored by the Western Property Owners’ Association, will be held Friday, December 2, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  in front of the Village park on Plattsdale Avenue, located at the south end of the New Hyde Park Road business district. Holiday music will be provided by Sal Nastasi of “Ready in 10” and singing and dance entertainment will feature the talented performers from Broadway Bound. And as always, Santa will make an appearance! All are invited to kick-off the holiday season with neighbors and friends.

Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday, December 4

On Sunday, December 4, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the Village Green (corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues). This year’s program once again is sponsored by Astoria Bank and will feature the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing a medley of holiday music. Also featured will be the Fivestone Contemporary Rock Band well known for their performances at past spring Belmont Festivals and the summer Friday Night Promenades. They will be performing special renditions of familiar holiday tunes. The Garden City Volunteer Fire Department will deliver Santa Claus and hot chocolate will be provided to everyone. Please bring your entire family to welcome Santa and the holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Pre-Village Christmas Tree Lighting Event December 4


Now’s the time to photograph your family for Christmas cards.

On Sunday, December 4, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Garden City Foundation invites members of the Garden City community and beyond to share the good cheer of the season. Usher in the Christmas holidays at the Garden City Foundation’s first annual Pre-Village Christmas Tree Lighting

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Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held December 15, 2016. I encourage all residents to attend Board of Trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of Village issues from a firsthand perspective.


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The Garden City Hotel receives 4 Diamond Award

The Garden City Hotel has been given a four diamond rating by AAA. This is an achievement that distinguishes the hotel by inclusion on a listing of less than 6% of the nearly 28,000 properties approved by AAA throughout North America. On Thursday, November 17th the hotel held a press event and reception to celebrate the

achievement. Garden City resident and actress Susan Lucci spoke and told the story of working at the old hotel in the 1960’s and meeting her husband, Helmut Huber, there. He was the Executive Chef at the time. Also in attendance were representatives from AAA North America as well as Discover Long Island President

Kristen Jarnagin. The hotel’s owner Morris Moinian, President of Fortuna Realty Group addressed the crowd in the Grand Ballroom as hotel employees stood behind him on stage. Moinian purchased the hotel in 2012 from the Nelkin family and has since completely renovated the hotel at a cost of over $35 million.

Garden City Hotel owner Morris Moinian displays the 4 Diamond Award along with the hotel’s General Manager J. Grady Colin

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Cradle of Aviation Museum Membership Appreciation Night

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, located on Museum Row in Garden City, is hosting its annual Member Appreciation Night and Holiday Shop on Thursday, December 8th. The museum galleries will be open from 7pm - 9pm for an exclusive night for all general and educator members and their guests. In addition to being able to explore the galleries, the store will

be open and will be extending a 10% discount in additional to the 25% member discount on all merchandise purchased that evening. A screening of Journey to Space, narrated by Patrick Stewart, will be shown in the NatGeo Giant Dome Theatre and refreshments will be served. A special Membership Gift Giving Sale will also be offered: buy one membership level; get one of

the same level at half off! Give the gift that fits all and lasts an entire year! The event is free, but reservations are required. Please call 516-572-4066 to reserve your spot or visit our website at for more information. Join us as we thank YOU for your support in preserving Garden City’s rich aerospace legacy!

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On to Christmas With ATHENA A Turkey Day is over and we look forward to Christmas and all the shopping that goes with it. There are the Christmas cards to write, address and stamp and then remember to mail. It is really a bit of a chore but worth it in the end. When you do not write and send cards you generally do not get cards, so get busy. Irene Lincks, who used to work at the Garden City News but who moved to upstate New York some time ago, but still gets this paper to keep up with us, sends her best wishes to all her friends here in town. I have been requested to let you know about a new event in town for the holidays and it came from Althea Robinson. There is a new group in town called the Garden City Foundation and they will be holding their First Annual Pre-Village Tree Lighting Community Event on Sunday, December 4th beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. You will enjoy some delicious refreshments, caroling by the Cathedral Choir plus a chance to win a great door prize. The members of the Cathedral Choir will lead you to the Village Tree Lighting at the Village Gazebo on the corner of Hilton and Stewart Avenues. There will not be a charge for this event but you must have a reservation so please call Kris at 516-746-2955 for reservations at the Cathedral. It sounds lovely and it is always lovely to have something new to do for the holidays. Do make that call today. The Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead’s Garden Department received an Award of Recognition for their work on the Annual Greens Day project. This is the time that the ladies make sprays for the 9-11 Memorial, the Veterans Memorials by the Village Gazebo and the World War Memorials in town as well as the Blue Star Memorial at Eisenhower Park. They also provide a number of baskets of greens for the folks at Village Hall, and also

for the Police and Fire Departments. They have been doing this project since 1920. They also make arrangements for our Garden City Library. This is done by the ladies of the Garden Department, and boy do they work! Good for you, ladies. All I hear from most folks these days is complaints about the weather. Now, we all know you can complain about the weather but there is nothing you can do about it. It does seem that our weather has been changing for some time but we probably haven’t thought about it. While there is nothing we can do about it, we can complain about it and that is something we all do. Yes, I hear from scientists that our patterns are changing and we do have pollution and in spite of attempts to cut that down we have not really succeeded. From what I have been reading it could be the cause of air circulating all over the earth and spreading toxic matter from one area to another. From what I hear, most folks have started their holiday greeting cards and some are happy to say that they are all done, signed, sealed and ready to be delivered. Congratulations. We have a number of readers groups in town, and one of them has been reading “A Man Called Ove” and they will be discussing their thoughts on the plot and how it was carried out in January. However, they have already picked out their next book and that will be “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly. The discussion on that one will take place on March 7, 2017. It seems that there are a good number of reading groups in town and I give them a lot of credit. Reading is a wonderful pastime and you can learn more than you ever thought you would. Keep on reading ladies - and maybe gentlemen too. See you next week.

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Tai Chi and Mindfulness: An St. Joseph’s “Sponsor A Family” approach to stress management for Christmas - Urgent Appeal A healthy body-mind connection is an important element of wellness. When dealing with the daily challenges of life, it is important to maximize techniques that can help our bodies move more easily and our minds nurture a sense of calm. To learn about some of these techniques, seniors are invited to attend Winthrop-University Hospital’s Health Update for Seniors free program, “Improve Your Well-Being: Tai Chi & A Mindfulness Approach to Stress Management,” on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 1:15 PM. It will be held at the Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Avenue in Mineola (one block south of Jericho Turnpike, between Mineola Boulevard and Willis Avenue). Grace Rowan, MSN, RN, Community Health Educator, will provide a demon-

stration of Tai Chi, which can help seniors learn to move with grace and walk without the fear of falling. Loretta Gambino, LMSW, Home Care Social Workers at Winthrop, will explain the concept of mindfulness and share with the audience relaxation techniques that have been proven to reduce stress. A question and answer period will be included. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building, as well as in metered lots across the street. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a space, please call (516) 663-3916. Health Update for Seniors is a free community health education program presented by the Department of Public Affairs, Geriatric Health Services and the Winthrop Home Health Agency. For information on other programs at the Hospital, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Organizers still need more sponsors to achieve our goal to provide 200 dinners to families from The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt and Our Lady of Loretto in Hempstead. The need is greater than ever and there is still plenty of time to sign up!! Sponsorship includes the purchase of a Stop & Shop gift card and groceries for a festive meal. All of the details will be provided in the letter of instruction that you will receive after you sign up. So please email us at eileenbhoey@ Provide your name, address, phone, and family size (4, 6 or 8) that you would like to sponsor. If you have questions or want to sign up over the phone, call Pat DiMattia at 294-9316 or Eileen Hoey at 248-1296. The


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A woman of extraordinary grace and dignity, Pat Kaliban, 83, has left us. She was a glowing example for her extended family and friends, providing clear markers for living a full life of unparalleled generosity, kindness, forgiveness, faithfulness and humor. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Pat graduated Clarke College in Dubuque, where she met the love of her life, actor Bob Kaliban, a student at nearby Loras College. While Bob took to the stage in London and Chicago, Pat taught elementary school, bestowing upon her 4th grade students her love of the English language and all things grammatical, and a fondness for books and for writing that would last her a lifetime. Pat and Bob made their way to New York to raise a family and pursue his dream of a career on Broadway and beyond. Pat was, always, the most supportive and enthusiastic audience for

her precious Bob, laughing at familiar old jokes as if hearing them for the first time every time, delighting in his many dialects. Watching Bob from the wings, Pat settled into her role of a lifetime, dazzling in turns as mother, daughter, aunt, sister, friend, grandmother. She became, in every sense, the heart of her extended family, sending her love and warmth in every direction, to friends and family, near and far, from her cherished English Tudor home in her beloved village of Garden City, NY. She loved Sinatra, pink beaches in Bermuda, and Point Lookout, NY. She was a connoisseur of the well-written thank-you note, a fan of the NY Mets, and the “hostess with the mostest”. She leaves behind her treasured husband, Bob, her three children and their spouses, Kal and Dawn, Kathy and Chris, Tim and Angie, nine grandchildren, and a multitude of extended family members, all of whom she adored. The feeling was mutual.

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Traditions behind holiday gifts

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family. Several holidays are celebrated in this relatively short time period, making this one of the most festive times of the year. Many holiday celebrations focus on the exchange of presents, which may be exchanged with relatives, friends and even coworkers. But are you familiar with the origins of exchanging gifts? Gift exchanges trace their origins to both religious and secular traditions, each of which has helped shape the holidays into what they are today. Christmas People exchange gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day all over the world. For Christians, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe was a gift from the Creator. From a religious standpoint, gifting others around Christmastime can be traced back to the stories of the Three Kings (also referred to as the “Three Wise Men”) who visited Jesus after his birth. Frankincense, a fragrance involved in worship; gold; and myrrh, an incense associated with funerals, was presented. These gifts symbolized worship in Christ, that He would be the King of Kings, and that suffering and death would come to Him. Another giver of gifts is part of many Christmas

celebrations. St. Nicholas, a fourth century saint, is a beloved figure across the globe who has a reputation for giving gifts in secret and helping the needy. The figure of “Santa Claus” is based on St. Nicholas, and the blending of the two has evolved as history has mixed with folklore and personal traditions. Hanukkah Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The word “hanukkah” actually means “dedication” in Hebrew. The Jews, including Judah Maccabee, helped drive

the Syrians out of Jerusalem. In one of Judaism’s most central texts, Maccabee and others witnessed a miracle at the temple. Even though there was only enough oil to keep a menorah’s candles burning for one day, the flames continued for eight nights. Traditionally, gelt, or money, was given as a Hanukkah gift. Many Hanukkah gift givers aim to give gifts that are thoughtful and sweet. Money is not exchanged as much today, with other gifts taking its place. Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is an American holiday that pays homage to traditions and cultural influences from Africa. The holiday was developed in 1966 by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga. The focus of Kwanzaa is on family and the harvest as well as certain principles, such as unity and faith. Gifts make up one of the seven symbols of Kwanzaa celebrations. However, gift-sharing is not the central part of this special holiday. Gifts are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by their children. Gifts are exchanged in abundance this time of year. The traditions behind the giving of presents is far-reaching and based in religious, secular and cultural traditions.

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The benefits to buying local this holiday season

Holiday shopping dominates many people’s free time between the day after Thanksgiving and the final days before Christmas. While many people may shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those days still account for a relatively small amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars that are spent each holiday season. Shoppers now have a bevy of options at their disposal as they embark on holiday shopping season. Traditional in-store retailers are still around, and online shopping continues to grow in popularity with each holiday season. But many holiday shoppers are looking to buy local this holiday season, and such a decision can pay a host of dividends for both shoppers and the communities they call home. • Buying local benefits your local economy. Studies from Civic Economics, an economics and strategics planning firm, found that independent, locally-owned retailers return a far greater percentage of their revenue into their local economies than national chain stores. One such study examined the disparity between revenue recirculation among independent, locally-owned businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina, versus four major national chains in the city. The former recirculated 51.1 percent of revenue into the local economy, while the latter recirculated less than 14 percent. Similar results were discovered in many cities, indicating that buying local not only benefits local business owners, but also the communities those owners and their customers call home. • Buying local creates jobs in your community. One of the biggest ways local business owners in Raleigh recirculated their revenue in the local economy was

job creation. While national chains also create jobs, such jobs only benefit your community if the chains are located within your community. If your local mall is a considerable drive away, chances are the chains within that mall are not employing many of your fellow community members. Local businesses in your community are more likely to employ residents of your town. • Shopping local may provide access to more unique gifts. In addition to the economic benefits of buying local, shoppers may find merchandise made by local craftsmen is more unique than mass-produced items found on the shelves of national retailers. Recipients may cherish more unique items that they cannot find on their own, and that appreciation may even spur them to visit more local retailers after the holiday season has come and gone, benefiting their own communities in so doing. • Local business may provide a more personal touch. Buying from national chains has its advantages, but customer service is not always one of them. Should your loved ones encounter problems with their gift that requires assistance, they might be forced to wait on the phone for extended periods of time as they and thousands of others wait for customer service representatives to answer their calls. Local businesses do not deal with nearly the volume of customers as national retailers and, therefore, are capable of addressing concerns more quickly and personally than large chains. Buying local not only benefits small business owners, but it also pays dividends for their customers and the communities they call home.

Shopping local this holiday season can benefit your community in various ways.

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Reconnecting with loved ones come the holidays is not always possible, especially when family and friends are spread out across the country, if not the globe. Even though these people may not be close geographically, they’re still close in our hearts and, therefore, still on our holiday shopping lists. Some issues arise when sending gifts to faraway friends and family. Distance necessitates shipping gifts or making travel arrangements. To make that process less complicated, consider these suggestions. • Package gifts wisely. When shipping gifts, exercise caution to ensure the item arrives on time and in one piece. The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for the shipping industry, and packages may endure a few bumps along the way. For fragile items, use extra packing peanuts, newspaper or other protective wrapping material. Choose the right size package so the gift does not move around much inside of the box. If the gift is expensive, insure the package in the event it gets lost or damaged. Also, you may want to spend a little more money to have the shipment tracked and a confirmation sent when the package is delivered. This can offer some peace of mind during a hectic time of year. • Take advantage of free shipping offers. Many retailers offer discounts on shipping rates during the holiday season. Shop at retailers that offer such discounts, as shipping costs can be ex-

orbitant depending on the sizes of the packages being sent. In addition, online retailers may allow you to ship the gift directly to its recipient, which can help you ensure the gift gets to its destination on time. • Give gift cards and certificates. Gift cards are an easy item to ship, and can be sent within the regular mail for the cost of a stamp. Certain retailers may have digital gift cards or certificates that allow buyers to email a special code to the gift recipient, who can then redeem the code for a purchase credit. This is a convenient, fast and inexpensive way to send holiday wishes. • Don’t forget about inspections and customs procedures. Items shipped out of the country may be delayed by customs inspectors at their ultimate destination. Assume that certain packages may be opened or detained, and ship such packages early so the gifts still arrive on time. Packages that look unusual or like they’re hiding something may be prone to inspection more so than others. Be honest about declarations of value and what is contained in the package. Also, realize certain items, like fruits, vegetables, plants, or seeds, may be prohibited. Learn the international shipping rules for your gift’s destination prior to sending anything. Distant family members and friends may be out of sight but certainly not out of mind come the holidays. When it comes to sending gifts, ship smart.


As the cost of living continues to rise, holiday shopping also has become much more expensive in recent years, and it can be easy for shoppers to overextend themselves financially come the holiday season. According to a recent Gallup poll, the average American plans to spend around $790 per holiday season, although many go above and beyond that amount. Starting off the new year in debt is a recipe for stress, which can have negative repercussions for the rest of the year. In addition to overspending during the holiday season, many people stretch themselves thin on Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. One way to make shopping more manageable is to establish spending limits that dictate how much each family member can spend on each gift he or she buys. It is important to exercise tact when approaching the subject of gift limits. Discuss the topic with friends and family members with whom you usually exchange gifts long before the holiday season. Agree on a reasonable amount of money each person will spend on gifts. If necessary, ask everyone to write


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For the first time in its 40-year history the Council for Unity’s annual awards gala “Champions for Children” will be held on Long Island, right in the heart of Nassau County at the posh Garden City Hotel on Wednesday, December 7. The Council for Unity was founded in 1975 by Bob De Sena, an English teacher at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn who was a former street gang member turned social activist. For the past 40 years the annual event was held with major public figures in attendance in Manhattan. Last year’s event was headlined by NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson as an honoree. A shift this year to recognize the 501c3 nonprofit’s outreach and impacts in Long Island communities as well as its 2016 class of honorees have catapulted the high-profile event to Garden City, where 200 people are expected to attend but reservations are still being accepted. The Mistress of Ceremony for Champions for Children will be WABCTV Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne. Among this year’s honorees are Jerry Laricchiuta, the outspoken president of the CSEA Nassau Local 830 union, which represents nearly 10,000 people who work for Nassau County. The union has nearly 7,000 members in county positions and 3,400 from Nassau Health Care Corporation, abbreviated NuHealth. “Once a year we honor three people that have come up to the plate and helped us move this mission forward. The Council for Unity teaches New York communities about bullying, drug-dealing and societal issues. We help people in building positive relationships, interactions with law enforcement, and becoming great both academically and socially. We empower young children in our community and in correctional facilities, giving them the tools for education and offering scholarships to college,” said 2016 volunteer Dinner Chairperson Maria P. Glorioso. She is a member of Council for Unity’s board of directors and a psychologist and a patient care representative for NuHealth. Laricchiuta will be receiving the Council for Unity’s Theodore Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, which is bestowed upon someone who has “pushed the envelope to the limit, usually somebody who is a civil servant,” says Glorioso. Through representation the CSEA hopes to benefit the quality of life for all Long Islanders, from working families to the residents its employees are serviced by. “Jerry believes in the mission we work with. We teach children positive attitudes, skills and behavior so they can go on to lead more effective lives. Jerry is a powerful person in

Nassau County and he works to help us empower the children on behalf of Nassau County and its residents. Through schools we help them with programs, and Jerry helps us in those efforts,” Glorioso said. For 21 years Glorioso ran a clinic called RotaCare, part of Rotary International, in Uniondale. Now in East Meadow at NuHealth’s A. Holly Paterson extended care facility – the nursing home for Nassau County – she currently works full-time, but in her volunteer efforts with Council for Unity (CFU) she’s joined by very influential individuals committed to a good cause. Notable people serving on the Champions for Children Dinner Committee this year include former Saundra Thomas, a former candidate for New York City Council and the vice president for Community Affairs at WABC-TV for the past 15 years. Another committeeperson is the former head of the FBI in Nassau County, Michael Ferrandino. After retiring from his federal post Ferrandino began a new chapter in his career with NuHealth where he’s now the vice president of Security and Investigative Services. He has been its Chief Compliance Officer since August 3, 2015. Committee member Michael Seremetis was a Secret Service detail for the President of the United States, and he accompanied the wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Washington, D.C. on 9-11-2001. The John Jay College graduate is entering his 26th year with the U.S. Secret Service, now as a public information officer in the New York field office. In addition to Laricchiuta, the other honorees at this year’s CFU gala include Andrew Palotta, the executive vice president for NYSUT, and entrepreneur Joy Schonholz. CFU Bob De Sena founder is credited with designing and implementing a correctional facility model currently employed in the Sing Correctional Facility and the Suffolk County Jail that engages inmates, in an effort to reimagine local prisons “from institutions of retribution to community assets that assist in deterring crime.” On its website, the Council for Unity states that “prison membership renounces violence and criminal activity, articulates with at-risk Council high school youth to demonstrate the consequences of bad choices, ceases prison-led and prison-organized gang directives to the community and, in support of this commitment, the Council employs ex-offenders upon their parole, thus reversing trends in recidivism with released ex-offenders. The integration of the Council models represents one of the few systemic and holistic approaches to ending gang and criminal activity anywhere in the country.” Glorioso believes in passion for

serving others as a driving force behind each Council for Unity board member, activist and honoree. She was honored by President Obama in 2013, receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and in 2011 she received a citation from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for Hispanic community leadership. In the 1980s Glorioso studied at Spain’s Universitat de Barcelona for her master’s degree in psychology after receiving her bachelor’s from Queens College. For the past 30 years she’s lived in Nassau County and interacted with families and children in need of support and direction. “I have created programs, worked on behalf of the poor and done many things I have loved. My father always said we have a small window of opportunity to make the world a better place. Every time I am able to do this it gives me the greatest satisfaction – being a good honorable person and working for the good of the world, comforting those in need and taking care of those who have less. In the end I am able to say I did what I could with the education I had, brought people together and reached out to organizations and people. I need more hours in a day to do what I do,” Glorioso said. The Council for Unity operates in Nassau and Suffolk counties, in New York City’s five boroughs and even the metropolitan Buffalo area through a network of schools, community-based organizations, local and regional law enforcement authorities and correctional facilities. Its title for the December gala “Champions for Children” is not to be confused with fundraiser events held in Manhattan including the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, and others headlined by sports celebrities, as former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support childhood cancer also has held a number of events of the same name. The Council for Unity works with the Nassau County Sheriff Michael J. Sposato and Suffolk Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco and law enforcement person-

nel at each county headquarters, as well as the NYPD. Glorioso is hopeful that new NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill can attend the Garden City Hotel gala as former Commissioner William Bratton was supporter of the organization. “We call our awards dinner Champions for Children so people can realize what we do is about moving our children forward, and our children haven’t been left behind. We work with law enforcement and correctional facilities. This is about our Long Island communities and our backyard, taking care of our people out here,” Glorioso said. The event comes to the Garden City Hotel and suburbs of the city for the first time in 2016 to add in Long Island authenticity. But another reason for the selection was because the original person set to receive this year’s Theodore Roosevelt Award was County Executive Mangano, and December 7 was initially a date set based on his calendar. Plans fell through when Mangano was indicted in federal court last month. But the award shifted to the CSEA leader who has spoken up to help Long Islanders. As a public figure in Nassau County, Laricchiuta is thankful and thrilled the event can be in Nassau County. Glorioso says the Council for Unity is excited by the splendor and elegance of the Garden City Hotel. The reception will start at 6pm with dinner at 7pm and live music throughout the event. “It is going to be a magnificent evening for the good of Nassau County and our children. From this year’s gala going forward, we are praying it’s going to continue tradition at the Garden City Hotel,” she said. To RSVP to the December 7 Champions for Children dinner please contact Leslie Walter Pollak, the vice president for development at Council for Unity, at 914-217-312 or via email at And for more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to the 501c3 nonprofit, please visit

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It’s What’s Happening for Young Adults at the Library Teen Advisory Board General Meeting

If you’re in Grades 6-12 and need volunteer hours, consider coming to the next general meeting on Thursday, December 8 from 6 - 7 p.m. We will be working on decorations for our Ugly Holiday Sweater Party on Wednesday, December 21 and discussing programs for 2017. Can’t make a meeting? Find ways to volunteer by contacting Laura Giunta via email at or via phone at 516-742-8405 x242.

Holiday Science with Chris Buchman

Learn some science with a holiday and winter theme with science teacher Chris Buchman during the program Holiday Science. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and began Monday, November 28 online via Eventkeeper ( Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and join us for a fun evening with food, music, and more during our first annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party on Wednesday, December 21 from 7 - 8 p.m. This program is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. online via Eventkeeper ( This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

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Pre-Loaded Tablets for Tweens and Teens to Check Out The Garden City Public Library’s Young Adult Department is excited to announce the addition of Playaway Launchpads to their AV collection. Playaway Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets with high-quality, ad-free learning apps to provide themed,

grade-leveled, subject-based learning. Subject include ACT and SAT Prep, Middle School Science, Languages (including Spanish, Italian, and German), and Brain and Casual Games. Each Launchpad comes with a 7” HD Touchscreen, an Android operating system, a protective case, and preloaded apps. The Playway Launchpads are circulating, but may be taken out only by Garden City adult card holders. They circulate for 7 days and are not holdable, but can be renewed 1 time. There is a limit to 1 Launchpad per household at a time. Late fees are $2 a day up to $25 and the replacement fee is $99.

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Join us for an afternoon of gaming on Saturday, December 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. This program is for Grades 6-12. We’ll be playing tabletop games, including Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Codenames, and more, plus playing Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U. Prior experience playing tabletop games is not necessary, as instruction will be provided. Registration is required and began Monday, November 21 online via Eventkeeper ( Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability.

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Participate in Computer Science Education Week and the international Hour of Code challenge by taking this introduction to coding class This class will be held Tuesday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m. and is for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12. Registration is required and began Monday, November 14 online via Eventkeeper ( Space is limited, so check Eventkeeper for availability. This program has been funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library.

Cozy up with a good book It’s that time again! It’s hard to believe that the Garden City Public Library is entering its second decade of the very popular Cozy Up with a Good Book Adult Winter Reading Club. You are invited to join the Eleventh Annual Adult Winter Reading Club which will be held from Sunday, November 27th to Sunday, April 9th, 2017. There are no meetings. You choose the books you want to read or listen to. You fill out a review card for each book read. Your review cards 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. The more review cards you fill out, the more chances you have to win! Registration begins on Sunday, November 27th at 1:00 PM and ends Sunday, January 22nd, 2017. Registration must be done in person and 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!

News from the Children’s Room Let the Festivities Begin Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will soon be here! The Children’s Room has many books and DVDs about Christmas including classics like The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. Your favorite storybook characters also celebrate the holidays in books including Maisy’s Christmas Presents by Lucy Cousins, Elmo’s Merry Christmas: Oscar’s Grouchy Christmas by Christy Webster; and Thomas Counts on Christmas illustrated by Tommy Stubbs. To celebrate Hanukkah there are Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah by Norman Bridwell, Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser, Light the Lights!: A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah & Christmas by Margaret Moorman,

Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles by David A. Adler and Where is Baby’s Dreidel? by Karen Katz. Kwanzaa books include: Kevin’s Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard, My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz, and Seven Spools of Thread: a Kwanzaa story by Angela Shelf Medearis. Stop by the Library to read all about the December holidays. The Elves in the Children’s Room are putting together a new schedule of programs for the winter and spring! Look for the new flyer announcing all the programs shortly. Please check the Library website for upcoming events and registration dates. Funding for these programs has been provided by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Priority for registration and participation is given to children who are Garden City Public Library cardholders.

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Garden City Public Library Wednesday, December 14th at 2PM Savvy Sightseer Jeanne Schnupp will host an international Cheese Tasting and Swiss Chocolate Fondue party at the Garden City Public Library on Wednesday, December 14th at 2PM. Jeanne will provide a selection of cheeses imported from Europe, while sharing interesting food facts and viewing scenes from each country. Guests will learn about different types of chees-

es as they savor distinct flavors and textures. We will round out the afternoon with a Swiss Chocolate Fondue. Dippers are a delicious combination of European baked goods and fresh fruit. Registration begins in person at the Reference Desk on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00 PM and is limited to 35 Garden City Public Library cardholders. Non-Garden City Library cardholders may register in person beginning December 11th if space is available.

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Class of 1966 with music teacher Mr. Bert Konowitz at their 50th Garden City High School Reunion:

A treasured instrument connects alumni

GCHS music student Connor Cowie performed Prelude Op. 3 No.2 in C# minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff on the refurbished Steinway for the Class of 1966.

GCHS vocal music teacher Mr. Steve Mayo (left) speaks with the Class of 1966 about the restoration of the grand piano; a new instrument when the alums were high school seniors.

Singing along with their younger selves from a recorded performance at the 1964 World’s Fair, alums were teary-eyed but happy during the reunion.

Time is funny that way – it slips away, moment by moment until, before you know it, 50 years have gone by. For alums from Garden City High School’s Class of 1966, such was the sentiment at their 50th Reunion held on October 14th. Name tags helped to refresh memories, as did walking the high school hallways during a special afternoon of activities coordinated by three ’66 alums: Bob Hughes, Kathy Setian, and Cici Fougner Hunt, and current high school vocal teacher Mr. Stephen Mayo along with the district’s coordinator of Music & the Arts, Dr. Nina Prasso. Music was the connector for many in this class, a lifelong love of vocal music instilled by a very special teacher, Mr. Bert Konowitz, who, to the delight of all, attended the reunion. Mr. Konowitz’s first year teaching music at Garden City High School was with the Class of ’66, another special bond that renewed itself at the reunion. After many hugs, broad smiles, and animated conversations, the three dozen alums and their teacher settled in for a brief history of the high school’s music program led by Mr. Mayo. A tour of the new music wing followed, with a lingering stop outside one classroom where teacher Ms. Amanda Conte was leading the Vocal Jazz Ensemble in a rehearsal for an upcoming performance. The tour culminated in the high school chorus room with the most touching moments of all. There, in the center of the room, was the beautiful Steinway grand piano, gleaming, shiny, and as new as when the alums stood by it to sing together for the last time as the Class of 1966.

Mr. Bert Konowitz addresses his former students, the Class of 1966 at the mid-October 50th reunion. Pictured standing are (left to right) Cici Fougner Hunt, Kathy Setian and Bob Hughes.

Of course, to the alums the piano was instantly familiar, but over the ensuing years, a half-century of daily use, the moves here-and-there within the building, and the five decades of general wear-and-tear had reduced the once stunning instrument to a pale shadow of its glory-days self – a Stein“was,” as described by Mr. Mayo. He explained that the piano had just undergone a complete restoration at the Steinway factory, however, and played “like a whole new instrument.” After viewing slides of the piano’s “before” state, alums could see that the transformation back to the image in their memories was indeed dramatic. To demonstrate the quality of the refurbished piano’s sound, high school student Connor Cowie performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 3 No.2 in C# minor as an added treat. Mr. Mayo surprised the group by playing a recording he discovered of the alums singing at the New York Pavilion during the 1964 World’s Fair. As he played the recording, several alums chimed in to sing along, word for word, note for note, as if their last performance were only the day before. Tears were shed as the group came full circle back to the love of music they had discovered so many years before. As a final memento, Mr. Mayo handed each alum a CD of the original Class of 1966 World’s Fair recording he had made for the group. A few weeks after the reunion, the alums, in turn, thanked the school district and Mr. Mayo with a “Success-o-gram,” an online submission form the district has established to honor staff members whose service goes above-and-beyond. At the November 15th Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen presented Mr. Mayo with a “Success-o-gram” certificate and read a section of the message from organizer Bob Hughes: “On behalf of my 50th reunion music committee colleagues, Kathy Setian and Cici Fougner Hunt, and the entire Class of 1966, I’d like to thank you and your team for the hospitality and support you gave us for our reunion music event. In particular, we are extremely thankful for Steve Mayo’s involvement. He was supportive throughout, provided everything we asked for, made important suggestions to make the event better, and even surprised us with some very welcome details.” Thank you to Mr. Steve Mayo, and congratulations to the Class of 1966! Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories from your days at Garden City High School!


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THIS WEEK AT ROTARY Army. “I have served the Lord in the Salvation Army for 40 years and was appointed to Hempstead in July 2015. I am responsible for the ministry of the Hempstead Citadel at 65 Atlantic Ave.,” Doug told Club members and guests. He said that he and his wife are co-pastors. They live in a home owned by the Salvation Army in West Hempstead

Upcoming Events:

Susan MacDonald, Club president (left) and Diane Marmann, past Club president/Asst. district governor, induct Doug Jones, of the Salvation Army.

Guests Attend Special Meeting

At last Monday’s special “Bring a Friend to Rotary” meeting at the Garden City Hotel, several members brought guests who learned from President Susan MacDonald, Past President/Asst. District Governor Dianne Marmann about the services which Rotary provides, along with the meaning of its theme: “Service Above Self.” Past President Jim Brady of RotaCare spoke of the free medical care which the organization provides for those in need. RotaCare was established by the MineolaGarden City Rotary Club in 1992. Each guest was introduced to Club members and given the opportunity to speak of their professional connections and associations. The Garden City Hotel’s Wine Room was packed!

New Members Inducted

The Club was pleased to welcome and induct new member, Major Corps Officer Doug Jones, of the Salvation

December 9/10 Stop by Kings Market on Friday evening, December 9 – or all day Saturday where Club volunteers will be ringing the bell to assist the Salvation Army toward the many services the organization provides. December 12 Get your resin by Dec. 7 for the Club’s annual Christmas Holiday Fellowship Luncheon. All members of the community are welcome to join us for the festivities of the season to include good cheer, fellowship plus holiday tunes performed by the Garden City High School’s renowned Vocal Jazz Ensemble. To reserve, please call Emily Franchina, Esq., chairperson at 516-8777500; January 9, 2017 Start the New Year with a real treat! The Club will kick off 2017 with a presentation by Andy Perillo, vice president along with Mike Manning, president, of the AUTOSEUM, a unique museum which teaches the craftsmanship involved in the creation of the world’s most famous movie cars. With classes open to all generations, Autoseum is the home of many of the word’s most famous cars. See you at the Christmas Holiday Fellowship Luncheon on December 12!

Welcoming Club of Garden City Who we are:

Attention members! Are you ready to rumble? Rumble that bowling bowl down the lane that is! Rock n Bowl is around the corner so start getting your teams of 8 bowlers together. New to town and haven’t met many people yet, just let us know and we will match you with another group. Tickets will be on sale soon to members only at first. Tickets may be offered at a later date to non-members so stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

Want to join the fun and make a difference?

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 Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. January 19, 2017: Ladies Paint and Sip Night HOLD THE DATE! We’re setting up a great night of painting and sipping with friends. No great artistic talent needed, just a willingness to try. There will be drinks, munchies and you’ll bring home your own masterpiece. Stay tuned for more info! January 28: Rock n Bowl, 8-11pm

We invite you to join the club! For just $35 a year you will have access to lots of great events and many fun members-only clubs. Complete the easy online membership form today at www.thegardencitywelcomingclub. org, in the “Join” section of the website.

GCMiddle School recognizes outstanding students

Garden City Middle School launched two new initiatives this fall with its “Kindness Counts” and “Student of the Month” award presentations on November 14th. For the “Kindness Counts” awards, any middle school student “caught” in an act of kindness can be nominated by any staff member. Students would then be recognized at the end of each month for their kindnesses. Similarly, each academic team can

nominate one student for their outstanding work, dedication, and achievement. “This award is for students who stand out amongst their peers,” explained assistant principal Dr. Daniel Fasano. “Students may be nominated for academic achievements, showing great improvement, hard work, or helping a peer.” Pictured are the outstanding middle school students receiving awards for the months of September and October:

Pictured here receiving “Kindness Counts’ awards for September with Garden City Middle School Principal Dr. Peter Osroff (left) and social worker Mr. Keegan Baker (right) are: Brandon Beh, Nicholas Bernieri, Ellie Cohen, Peter Halloran, Patrick Heber, Alexander Imperial, Francesco Ingrassia, Roberto Martino, Liam O’Brien, Blayne Pomeroy, Chris Reilly, Gavin Santantonio, Leo Vlogianitis, and Kara Willis; For October: Emily Ludica, Jennifer Morgan, Blayne Pomeroy, Gavin Santantonio, Blakely Trapani, and Kennedy Wilgosz.

Receiving “Student of the Month” recognition for the month of September were: Josephina Avellino, David DeBusschere, Matthew Heaney, Benjamin Kaiserman, Luke Long, Jack Lutz, Alison Martin, Blayne Pomeroy, Brendan Ryan, Isabelle Soberon, Kyle Stevenson, and Lindsay Welsh.

Receiving “Student of the Month” certificates for the month of October were: Margaux Griffin, Leia Immanuel, Samantha LaSalla, MaryKate Logler, Tim O’Hanlon, Amanda Pinou, Phillip Price, Sara Robayo, Alexander Robins, Faith Short, Lauren Sullivan, Mia Takvor, and Cecilia Van Blenis.

From page 1 and came back to raise their families. Luckily there isn’t a need to say goodbye. About 75 percent of business done by Feldis comes from telephone orders. Being just south from the village’s west end will not hurt or impact deliveries and a lot of customers will find better traffic flow an improvement from the center of the Seventh Street district.

First, the Holiday Rush

Feldis days at 160 Seventh Street are not over yet, and judging by the store’s incoming phone, email and fax orders things are just heating up. Tim Feldis says the immediate timeframe presents a lot of the usual holiday bustle, with the weeks leading into Christmas being the very busiest. “The amazing thing with Christmas is that the time is very, very traditional for many families in Garden City and surrounding areas. We go back to our roots at Christmas. Every year no matter what marketing tells us will be the hottest things, really people stick with the classic reds and red and white floral décor, the classic candle centerpieces and traditional items. No matter how exciting and new we try to make Christmas, it’s the classic Christmas that people drop back to – it’s about family and traditions. For Valentine’s Day I will get all kinds of orders and requests for stuff, but for Christmas it’s traditional,” Tim Feldis said. The workload of Feldis’ at Christmas means a steady schedule that, at times, can feel like a marathon. The established florist can create wonderful and unique designs, although with most people liking the

traditional design from when they were growing up and what their parents had, the orders have had a consistency over the years, and at the holidays Feldis’ business customer base has kept form as well. “We start with the wreaths and decorations at the end of November and into December since everybody likes to get decorated as early as they can because holiday time can get so complicated now, and decorations are a big deal. Then in December we go right into the poinsettia business as people enjoy them in their houses and send gift poinsettias. We also do a lot of corporate and business gift-giving as December starts with gift baskets and poinsettias, all the business end of it. In the last weeks of the year everybody has orders for their entertaining needs with centerpieces, bouquets and floral gifts,” he said. All of Feldis’ poinsettias are Long Island-grown from the North Fork in Suffolk County. Tim Feldis says in all the years he’s been in horticulture their grower’s poinsettias are the best he’s encountered. “The poinsettias perform really well for everybody and they’d make a fantastic gift,” he said. Permanent, artificial wreaths can be done in advance throughout November as they last inside or outside. Feldis says for many customers that’s a preferable option as they can be anywhere inside and “while they don’t have scent, they do have longevity.” Right after Thanksgiving Feldis carries all the fresh Balsam and Noble Fir wreaths in stock, and they can be purchased decorated with ornaments, bows, Evergreen accents and pine cones. The helpful florist says those wreaths last just fine outside during the entire holiday season and into the New Year as long as the weather remains cold.

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After 52 years, a move from 7th Street to Nassau Boulevard


“You can only put the fresh wreath inside for a couple of weeks because it will dry out and start pulling apart if kept at home,” he said.

Seventh Street’s Evolution

Feldis admits the changing dynamics of what once was the main commerce hub for Garden City, the strip where residents shopped even as mall-goers never ventured past Old Country Road and the Meadowbrook Parkway. He attributes rising rents in the prime location as the biggest factor for changeover, but there are other ways of seeing the business corridor develop in over 50 years. “Things change, it’s natural. There are a lot more restaurants and the place is becoming a different commerce stretch than it was in 1965 when my father brought the business there and set up the store. There was a hardware store down the block and every type of store you needed was there – but of course that has changed. The way we do business has changed and the way the consumer buys things has changed. Certain businesses and certain industries have the ability to pay a higher rent for stores than others, and restaurants seem to have no problem handling Seventh Street’s higher rents. But today in my business, the structure does not allow that. We are still a hands-on, family business working with people and giving our personalized customer service to them,” said Feldis. The old Neptune Camera location at 130 Seventh Street was one example of a small business that signified the Seventh Street of yester-year for Feldis. Neptune Camera has moved just around the bend, northwest on Franklin Avenue, but on Seventh Street See page 58

With eyes on Summer 2017, Rec Department reviews pool success

From page 1 “We were aggressive, we challenged ourselves but we did get more pool memberships – increasing overall memberships for the last two years in a row (2015 and 2016 seasons),” Ocker said. However the offer of guest passes as an incentive for early registrations for memberships is becoming a net negative for the enterprise, with Ocker saying the department was concerned about the loss of revenue that created. An initial look towards summer 2017, with what Ocker called his “preliminary impact budget for the pool,” has the department anticipating that $110,000 more would need to be spent on upgrades and of that, $100,000 would be related to “small projects.” Among those expected for next year, he specified underwater lighting at the pool to be converted to LED units, new tiles for the interactive kids’ play pool, additional shade for the adult area and work involving the jets and filtration system for the main pool. The pool’s concession space also needs upgrades such as new lighting. Commission member Tim Stapleford says the Garden City Pool’s enhancements, from infrastructure to ambiance, are centered on “creating a better value” for its annual membership dues. At its November meeting the commission discussed potential for an indoor eating area with tables and chairs set up, plus new floors and doors. Ocker says the building work can be done “in-house” by his staff. Stapleford felt that this addition could be so popular that “there would be lines to get in.” Other commission members noted that with several residents complaining about the number of bees outside around the pool grounds, the indoor section could become a “bee-free zone.” Ocker added that in the section there would be

service a cut above cafeteria-style “order and go” if the concessionaire could work out arrangements with the department to offer “sit-down service with a full menu.” Senior Groundskeeper Timothy Messner told the Commission another phase of minor improvements includes upgrading the pool game room by taking out entrance gates and putting in a new floor. Options for the pool’s interior area also include French doors, a single door next to the restroom and as a major upgrade, air conditioning. Messner estimated that the costs of improvements without the A/C would create a $10,000 budget line, as part of the $100,000 Ocker spoke of. For A/C the department is considering the costs and benefits of a ductless system, installing air ducts, or going with a simple wall unit. Recreation is on track to continue marketing efforts for the Garden City Pool, with materials prepared in the next six to eight weeks. Ocker feels a commitment to the indoor eating/concession area would be required before cards and flyers are mailed to the community in January. He describes the current need as “up-front funding for the enterprise, to get things at the pool done.” Of the four Commission members at the November meeting, including Ocker, there was not any hesitation expressed about the approximate $110,000 in upgrades for next year. Commissioners Patrick Manley, Michael Ryder, and Judy Courtney weren’t present for the meeting.

Survey Shows More Satisfaction

Also announced at the November 16 meeting were results of the annual Pool Members’ Survey that the Recreation Department initiates. Pool Director Steve Espey delivered an enthusiastic and data-driven take

on the pool’s recent successes. He says parents with children 13 and under expressed a lot of pleasant experiences in 2016. Some families asked for the department to offer swim lessons for children starting at the age of 5 years old, one year earlier than Recreation has offered to date. Summer camp sessions held at the pool were extremely popular, selling out very early. Espey said there were enough requests as part of the survey and during the pool season to warrant expanding the camps from a total of three weeks to five. Pool members also asked for more shade to be put in at the adult pool areas, and that was mentioned in Ocker’s look ahead with the smaller projects. Included in the overall outlook was a decrease in personnel costs for the 2017-2018 Recreation budget including the pool enterprise fund although Espey noted two exceptions. Among several expected costs Espey specified for 2017 were adding another pool attendant for $2,400; another lifeguard at the children’s pool from noon until 6pm, at a cost of $2,700; adding several 50-gallon garbage cans with self-closing lids around the pool (to help control bees and insects) for $800 apiece; and adding six new tables on the upper deck for $650 each, $3,900 total. Ocker and Espey noted another favored request from the survey included an earlier start time for the three monthly “Night under the Stars” pool parties, moving them up to a 6pm start rather than 7:30 pm because guests would go home or around town for dinner and need to come back later. Ocker said it would work well for the concessionaire to have more hours with peak attendance. Pool members also asked for more weekend movies and family nights with kids’ activities starting in the See page 58

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Garden City PTA News Attention Residents: Board of Education Meeting

The community is invited to attend GCPS’s presentation of the Student Achievement Report at the Dec. 6th Board of Education Work Session. Why should you give up a December evening to attend this event? “In short, because it is the single best opportunity to see how Garden City students are meeting the challenges of modern education!” - Dr. Cannone, GCPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “I have attended this presentation since my oldest child was in Stewart School. For me, it has always been a glimpse into my children’s academic future - the expectations (and challenges) they will face how the district has responded to those challenges.” - Michelle Kaiserman, Garden City PTA President. “I like to attend the presentation on the student achievement as I like to see how accomplished our students and school are. It only reinforces the fact that my children have been and are in the right place.” - Gail Madigan, Garden City PTA Vice President Curriculum. • 12/6, T – Board of Education Work Session and Student Achievement Report at GCHS at 8:15 pm

Upcoming GCPTA Events:

GCPTA Meeting Dates: • 12/5, M – Stratford/ General PTA Meeting and Nomination Committee Vote at Stratford Cafeteria at 9:30 am • 12/6, T – Joint Primary/ General PTA Meeting and Nomination Committee Vote at Locust Multi-Purpose Room at 9:30 am • 12/13, T – GCHS/ General PTA Meeting and Nomination Committee Vote at GCHS Library at 9:15 am • 1/10, T – GCMS/ General PTA Meeting and Nomination Committee Vote at GCMS Auditorium at 9:30 am • 1/11, W – Stewart School/ General PTA and Nomination Committee Vote at Stewart Cafeteria at 9:30 am – Note rescheduled meeting date (original date: 12/1)

Save the Date: February 2nd

All residents of our community are invited to attend Garden City’s Parent

University Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm at Garden City High School.

What is Parent University?

Parent University is an evening set aside for parents and caregivers of children in grades Pre-K to 12 to participate in a series of workshops facilitated by area professionals and district personal. The free workshops are sponsored by community organizations, including educators, to best reflect current topics and trends. It is an opportunity to sharpen parents’ skills as we work together to raise healthy, well adjusted, and successful children. Studies prove when communities, caregivers, and educators work together to create supportive and safe environments for children to grow and learn – they thrive. Registration will be online only and will begin January 4th. Childcare will be available for children ages 4 to 12. Look for more information about this upcoming community event. Contact the Parent University Team at or visit www.

Upcoming GCPS Events: Attention Primary and Elementary Parents

• 12/9, F - Primary and Elementary Report Cards available via School Tools

Attention Stewart Parents

• 12/7, W - Stewart 4th Grade Choral Concert & Art Show at Stewart School at 7:00 pm • 12/7, W - Stewart Holiday Craft Fair

Attention Middle School Parents

• 12/5, M – GCMS Chorus Winter Concert at GCHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm

Attention High School Parents

• 12/9, F – “Winter Wonderland” for Juniors and Seniors at GCHS at 7 pm-10 pm

‘Tis The Season for Giving

(source: Take the time to teach your child the importance of giving back this holiday season by donating to an organization your family supports. With these tips from, you can select a charity that will put your donation to good use. Find a cause you support or

an organization that works on something your child is passionate about. There are lots of groups big and small, national and local that could use your donation, so make sure you help your child pick something that has meaning to them. You can verify that a charity is legitimate by checking with one of the many organizations that keep an eye on charities, such as the Charity Navigator, Wise Giving Alliance, or GuideStar.

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Who We Are

Since 1945, the Garden City Parent Teacher Association has been dedicated to serving children and families in our community. Today’s Garden City PTA is a network of parents, teachers, administrators and community members devoted to the educational, social and emotional success of children. Our commitment to creating a collaborative environment where families and the school community can work together has and will continue to foster positive change in our schools and within our community. Together we are a powerful voice for all our children, a relevant resource for our families and a strong advocate for public education. Through our annual membership drive and fundraising efforts we are able to provide cultural programs, speaker engagements, health and safety programs, monetary awards to high school seniors and so much more. Many of our events and programs have become longstanding traditions in our schools and for our students. Our grants have enhanced the educational experience for students in each of our seven schools. Our members can be found volunteering their time and talents in our schools and throughout our community. Thank you to all who support the Garden City PTA. Together we can achieve great things!

Hoops Hysteria Attention all Garden City H.S. basketball players past and present! Mark your calendars for these two upcoming fund raisers. Monday, Dec. 5, the third annual Girls and Boys Basketball Tip-off Event. To be held at Doc O’Grady’s. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $75 per person donation at the door which includes dinner and open bar. Preregistration can be done at the TMA website, www.GCTMA. org, as can any donations.

Silent auction and 50/50. All proceeds will go to the GCHS basketball programs. Saturday, Jan. 7, the return of the Alumni Games! This will feature both a women’s (4:00 p.m. tipoff) and men’s (6:00 p.m. start). Details to come concerning online registration. $40 per person which will include your game shirt. Raffles and 50/50. All proceeds will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Hope all can be involved!

“Youth Sports Safety and Physical Activity” session

Winthrop Sports Medicine has been selected to facilitate a “Back to Sports” meeting in partnership with the National Football League and the American Heart Association. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at WinthropUniversity Hospital, 259 1st Street in Mineola, Spatz Conference Center, Room A. The session is designed to educate parents, guardians and

coaches about youth wellness, the benefits of physical activity, and basic sports safety and proper responses (concussion awareness, heat and hydration, prevention of overuse injuries and cardiac arrest and proper response). The GOAL is to help keep kids healthy and safe as they participate in sports. For questions or to reserve a space, please call Christopher Napoli (516) 663-1054 or e-mail by Friday, December 9.

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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays By Karen Rubin (Our review of our favorite places for families to spend the winter holidays continues from 11/25). Portsmouth, NH: Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’ Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro

prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations. (December 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18; Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm. Friday Dec 16, 5-9 pm). Purchase tickets in advance at the Strawbery Banke Visitors Center at 14 Hancock Street and online, www. There are also Guided Holiday House Tours, weekdays, Dec 26-31 of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum offered  on the hour, 10 am to 2 pm. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free. For more information on Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth sactivities and participating hotels, visit www.VintageChristmasNH. org. Complete the experience with a

Wentworth By-the-Sea © 2016 Karen Rubin/ stay at Wentworth by the Sea, an AAA Four-Diamond resort and member of Historic Hotels of America, delightfully set on an island just across from historic Portsmouth, NH. Ask just about anyone who grew up in New Hampshire and they wax nostalgic about spending holidays at this grand resort hotel that has graced the shore since 1888. Among its amenities: an 8,500 sq. ft. spa, magnificent indoor pool, Wentworth Dining Room with original handpainted ceiling mural. Check the website for special packages including Romance, Golf, Dining, and Spa, and holiday programs. Wentworth By the Sea, 588 Wentworth


Road, New Castle NH 03854, 603-4227322, 888-252-6888, info@wentworth. com, Victorian Cape May Christmas Victorian Cape May at Christmas offers six weeks of festive tours and events sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, 2017. The wonders of the season are on display at “An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit: Holiday Traditions through the Years,” at the Carroll Gallery located in the Estate Carriage House, 1048 Washington St. Here you See page D2

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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays Continued from page D1

can experience an exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, toys and much more! Friday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The Gallery is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary. Admission is free and free parking is available. 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 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, 2017; hours vary. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. During the Historic District Trolley Tour, you’ll get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); tour times vary. Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District, followed by a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., decorated in true Victorian style for Christmas and presented through the eyes of a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s, during the Combination

Mohonk Mountain House, New York © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear. com Trolley/Physick Family Christmas House Tours. $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12). Tours are offered daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Hours vary. Relive the memories of Christmas past on Lamplighter Christmas Tours, self-guided evening tours of Cape May’s inns or private homes specially decorated for the holidays. Hear a holiday presentation by the owner at each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit and enjoy warm beverages and holiday treats. Adults $20; children (3-12) $15. Offered 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 2-23; Saturday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 28, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,

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Dec. 31. Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides feature a member of the East Lynne Theater Company who will regale you with a Victorian holiday ghost tale as you ride through Cape May’s festively decorated Historic District. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. Tour begins and ends at Washington Street Mall at Ocean Street except for the Nov. 19 tour which leaves from the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street. Offered Fridays, Dec. 2-Dec. 23, Saturdays, Nov. 19-26; Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 18; and Monday, Dec. 26-Saturday, Dec. 31). Hours vary. Advance reservation strongly recommended. Thousands of Christmas lights and holly transform Cape May during the holiday season. Take one of the many

Holiday Lights Trolley Rides through Cape May’s Historic District to see cheerfully decorated inns and homes as guides talk about Victorian Christmas traditions, lead sing-alongs, and play Christmas music. Rides last about 30 minutes and admission is $12 Adults; $10 children (ages 3-12). Offered nightly, Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Hours vary. (No tours Dec. 3, 10, 12, 17, 24 25) Trolley rides leave from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth, Washington Street at Ocean (except for Nov. 19 trolley rides, which leave from the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.) Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas on a trolley ride through town, then take a guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas during the Evening Yuletide Tour. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Adults $22; children (3-12) $14. You can also take just the house tour portion, the Evening Physick Estate Tour, a 30-minute guided tour of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. Included is a visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Adults $12; children (3-12) $8. Both tours offered every evening, Nov. 25 through Dec. 30, except Dec. 3, 10, 12, 17, 24 and 25. Hours vary. MAC also offers holiday-themed food

Consider giving a gift card or travel certificate. Norwegian Cruise Lines, which operates the Breakaway from New York, lets you purchase a denomination that can be applied to the cruise or to onboard experiences.

cars converted to the most delightful rooms, wonderfully furnished in period pieces (but with modern amenities like high-speed wireless Internet access). The train station offers marvelous dining places (including a saloon-style restaurant where the waiters take turns singing), and cute shops. You can climb aboard the historic locomotive, and dine in the dining car as well. The music of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” immediately rings in your ears (it plays fairly constantly). The original motel, which is still used, offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, gardens. There is even a historic train ride on a trolley. Also, 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, 800TRACK-29 (872-2529), www.choochoo. com. Grand, Glorious & Historic Hotels You can’t go wrong in choosing a Historic Hotels of America member hotel or resort for personality, character, connection to place, authenticity and overall aura that makes for a unique

experience so perfectly fitting for your own family tradition. Here are just a few of our favorites for the holidays: Mohonk Mountain House, located 90 miles north of New York City in the Catskills,- is the very definition of a getaway-from-it-all retreat. From festive décor and favorite traditions to cozy wood-burning fires and a wealth of outdoor recreation, the historic Mohonk Mountain House exemplifies a quintessential holiday getaway. The atmosphere at Mohonk is exceptional any time of the year, but is absolutely breathtaking for the holidays: spectacular hand-made swags, Victorian decorations, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display throughout the House. Families who want to create a festive atmosphere in-room can inquire about holiday decorations, including an ornamented ‘eco-tree’ and stockings hung above their fireplace, filled with goodies. Cozy wood-burning fireplaces can also be found in 124 out of 259 guest rooms – more than any resort in the nation. The spirit of the season fills Mohonk Mountain House, National Historic Landmark resort, throughout December with many cherished

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and wine tours and events. For more information. Contact Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), 609-884-5404 or 800275-4278 or visit Chattanooga Choo Choo 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 star-bright twinkling lights high atop Lookout Mountain; hop on board a train for a North Pole adventure; C ontinued from sing page Christmas D3 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, visit the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Get the full scoop on planning a holiday getaway in Chattanooga at www. The Chattanooga Choo Choo offers an absolutely magical experience. The historic hotel (and member of Historic Hotels of America) is literally created out of the historic railroad station, where you can stay in one of 48 Victorian train

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traditions, including the family Yule Log Hunt, a Trim-A-Tree Party, the nightly lighting of the Menorah, holiday craft-making and caroling. Workshops on wreath making, cookie decorating, seasonal tablescapes and more are also offered. Outdoor recreation options abound, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing (weather permitting), along with ice-skating at the resort’s stunning open-air Pavilion. Mohonk also offers an awardwinning, eco-friendly Spa (it was named the Number One Resort Spa in the United States by CondéNast Traveler). Spa amenities include an outdoor heated mineral pool, an indoor heated swimming pool with underwater sound system, a yoga/motion studio, comprehensive fitness center and solarium. For reservations, call 855.274.4020 or visit Other Historic Hotels of America favorites: Cranwell Resort & Spa, in the Berkshires - like being on a grand estate - equipped with every luxurious amenity - world class spa, indoor pool, See page D5


Finger Counting and other Math Stories BY MARJORIE GOTTLIEB WOLFE Someone once said, “Math is like love; a simple idea, but it can get complicated.” My uncle, Harry Goldberg, was a math professor at Brooklyn College. If he were alive today, he would chuckle at the following math stories: n

Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) discussed the Common Core math, and we never laughed harder. He shared the following CC math problem: Q. Jack used the number line below to solve 427-316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right and what he should do to fix his mistake. Colbert said that CC teaches two important workplace skills: math and passive aggressive note writing. A second question: Q. Mike saw 17 blue cars and 25 green cars at the toy store. How many cars did he see? Write a number sentence with a gray box for the missing number. Explain how the number sentence shows the problem. A second grader in California answered the question as follows: 17 + 25 = 42. I got the answer by talking in my brain and agreed of the answer that my brain got.” n

Jo Craven McGinty (WSJ, Oct. 22-23, 2016) wrote about school children who count on their fingers. Many people discourage finger counting for fear it

impedes learning. The opposite appears to be true. The bottom line: Studies have shown that children with better finger perception tend to be more skilled at mathematics. Dr. Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics, wrote, “We’re not saying everyone should count on their fingers their entire life. What’s being said is, if you really know your fingers well, that’s going to help you. It’s a strategy that you can count on.” n

A parent questioned the Common Core math curriculum. His youngest son was in kindergarten and was given the following math problem: There are four airplanes flying then two more airplanes join them. How many airplanes are flying now? The father was very disappointed by the simplicity of the problem. “What confuses you?” he asked his five year old child. The child answered,” I know 4 + 2 = 6 but I can’t figure out what the airplanes have to do with this.” n

A mathematician and an engineer are on a desert island. They find two palm trees with one coconut each. The engineer climbs up one tree, gets the coconut, and eats it. The mathematician climbs up the other tree, gets the coconut, climbs up the other tree and puts it there. “Now we’ve reduced it to a problem we know how to solve,” he said.


An engineer, physicist and a mathematician are staying at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. The hotel is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. Designed by Morris Lapidus, it has 1,504 rooms, with two towers, 12 restaurants and bars. The engineer wakes up and smells smoke. He goes out into the hallway and sees a fire, so refills a trashcan from his room with water and douses the fire. He goes back to bed. Later, a physicist wakes up and smells smoke. He opens his door and sees a fire in the hallway. He walks down the hall to a fire hose and after calculating the flame velocity, distance, water pressure, trajectory, etc. extinguishes the fire with a minimum amount of water and energy needed. Later, the mathematician wakes up and smells smoke. He goes to the hall, sees the fire and then the fire hose. He thinks for a moment and then exclaims, “Ah, a solution exists!” and then goes back to bed. n

Salome, a young apprentice cobbler of Chelm, took as his bride a girl of his own age—18. Imagine his surprise when, three months later, his new wife gave birth. Naive as he was about such matter, he was nevertheless astounded at this phenomenon, so he rushed to the rabbi’s home. “Rabbi,” he exclaimed, “you will

find this difficult to believe, but my wife just gave birth to a baby.” “Wives usually do,” commented the rabbi. “But we have only been married three months. My own mother, she should rest in peace, told me it takes nine months to make a baby. Believe me I am terribly worried.” “What are you talking my head off for?” asked the rabbi as he stroked his beard and reflected upon this strange occurrence. When he had meditated long and earnestly he spoke to the young man, his voice unusually kind. “We will solve this mystery with talmudic logic, through the asking of questions.” “First, my son, you say you have been married for three months?” “Yes, Rabbi.” “Your wife has lived with you for three months?” “Yes, she has.” “And you have lived with your wife for three months?” “Yes.” “There you have it, young man. Add up the total: Three months plus three months plus three months. How much is that?” “Nine months, Rabbi.” “Correct,” said the rabbi gently. “Be happy. Peace be with you and yours. Now go home to your wife and ninemonth baby.” Isn’t math wonderful?

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Please Stop Confusing SSI with Social Security BY TOM MARGENAU

I sometimes feel like I should spend the first half of the column explaining to readers that the Supplemental Security Income program is not Social Security. And then I should spend the second half of the column explaining that the Social Security program is not SSI. But I will bet my next pension check that, after writing that same column each week for a year, I will still get emails from readers who confuse the two government programs. Here are two examples from this week’s email inbox. First email: “Both my wife and I are getting SSI. I want to know this: If we move from California to Texas, will our SSI checks continue in the same amount?” Second email: “My mother is getting Social Security. She wants to move to Costa Rica where she thinks she will be able to live more cheaply. Can she get her Social Security checks in Costa Rica?” I’m going to come back later and answer these questions. And given the subject of today’s column, I will give you a hint to unlocking the clue to the answers. Turns out the husband and wife who want to move from California to Texas are getting Social Security, not SSI. And the woman whose mother wants to move to Costa Rica is getting SSI, not Social Security. But before I get to the answers, I’m going to explain the difference between Social Security and SSI -- maybe for the one-thousandth time in this column! Most people know what Social Security is. You work. You pay taxes. And then when you retire or become disabled, you start getting Social Security checks based on what you paid into the system. Or if you die, your widow, widower or minor children start getting monthly benefits -- again, based on what you paid into Social Security during your working years. And it is obvious to me that most people do not know what SSI is. Supplemental Security Income is a federal welfare program that pays a small monthly stipend to people who are 65 or older who are very poor; or to people who are under 65 but disabled who are very poor. How poor? Usually they have to have monthly income of less than about $730 per month to qualify for SSI payments. Many people confuse SSI with Social Security for a variety of reasons. One is the name. Supplemental Security Income just sounds like some kind of supplemental Social Security program. It is NOT. Another reason for the confusion is the fact that the Social Security Administration runs the SSI program for the federal government. But that is all they do. They manage the program.

To repeat: SSI is not a Social Security benefit. And SSI payments are not paid for out of Social Security funds. The money for SSI comes out of the government’s general operating funds. In fact, Social Security’s trust funds are even reimbursed from the general funds for the costs of administering the SSI program. And getting back to that name business. So many people think that SSI stands for Social Security income. In other words, when millions of people say, “I’m getting SSI,” they think they are saying, “I’m getting Social Security.” But when I hear you say, “I’m getting SSI,” or when a Social Security representative hears you say that, we think you are saying, “I’m getting Supplemental Security Income.” So it’s not really just a matter of semantics. By phrasing a question using the wrong terminology, you are going to get a wrong answer. And speaking of wrong answers, let’s get back to those two questions that came from readers that I mentioned near the beginning of this column. When the couple who wanted to relocate from California to Texas wrote and asked if their SSI checks would change because of the move, I answered telling them that their benefits would very likely change. Because SSI is a welfare benefit, the payment amount depends on your living arrangements (whether or not you own a home, rent, share expenses with others, etc.). Also, the payment rate can change from one state to another. For example, California is a bit more generous with its SSI payments than is Texas. So I told the couple making the move to Texas that there was a pretty good chance their SSI benefits would go down when they headed to the Lone Star State. Well, they later wrote back to tell me that when they checked with the Social Security people, they learned that their payment rates would stay the same. And surprise, surprise -- that’s because they were not getting SSI, as they told me, but instead were getting Social Security benefits. And it was the opposite story for the mother thinking of moving to Costa Rica. I initially told the daughter that her mother could move just about anywhere and still get Social Security checks. She later emailed me and told me that a local Social Security representative explained that her mother’s checks would stop if she left the country. Even though the daughter told me her mother was getting Social Security, she’s getting SSI. As I pointed out earlier in this column, SSI is a welfare benefit. And this country does not send welfare benefits overseas. So if mom leaves the United States, her SSI checks will stop immediately. So please, dear readers, repeat after me: Social Security is not SSI, and SSI

is not Social Security. If you use the wrong terms when asking questions, you’re going to get wrong answers. If you have a Social Security question,

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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays Continued from page D1 cross-country skiing, and about halfhour up the road, downhilling at Jiminy Peak ( Omni Mount Washington at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire: A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been attracting generations of families ever since. It’s located literally across the street from Bretton Woods, a marvelous ski resort, and also offers a spa and cross-country

Florida. Each offers exquisite atmosphere, service, amenities and each has its own personality, character, and special connection with the people and place. For more information, visit Hey Dude! We had an entirely different holiday experience at the Pinegrove dude ranch, an old-fashioned all-inclusive Catskills Mountains family resort with horses and a “Toy Story” cowboy vibe. So festive, warm, friendly and utterly delightful. It’s a nonstop giggle for children of all ages. Parents will slip back into their own childhoods while

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Historic train car turned into an enchanting sleeping room at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, Tennessee © 2016 Karen Rubin/ skiing. It’s also close by to the outlet shopping town of North Conway, NH ( ) The Sagamore, Bolton Landing: Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains on its own island on Lake George, the Sagamore opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. It’s a magical place. Nearby, go sledding or crosscountry skiing on The Sagamore’s golf course, or hop its shuttle bus to ski at Gore Mountain, about 45 minutes away. We have scores of favorite Historic Hotels - there are 275 members in just about every state and territory. Those that offer a grand resort experience include The Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, Pennsylvania; Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia; Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, Delray Beach, Florida; The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, and the Don CeSar (www.loewshotels. com/don-cesar), both in St. Petersburg,

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Nassau County Museum of Art Exhibitions Celebrate Century of Photography’s Masters BY KAREN RUBIN

For the first time, all of Nassau County Museum of Art’s galleries are devoted to the art of photography, collectively giving a retrospective and perspective on 100 years and some of the most important photographs and photographers in history. The exhibit is on view through March 5, 2017. On view in the Main Galleries on the first floor are two exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts (KIA), Kalamazoo, Michigan: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling  and  Light Works: 100 Years of Photos. On view in the Second Floor Galleries is  New Photos: Long Island Collects, important photographic works of the last half century from private Long Island art collections. Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling: Ansel Adams’ ability to create photographs with a remarkable range and subtlety of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling

photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams’ photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs. Light Works: 100 Years of Photos: From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, this exhibition spans the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many other celebrated photographers comprise this survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000. Coincidentally, the opening at NCMA occurred the same day as Time published its “100 Most Influential Photos of All Time,” and notably, several in this exhibit have been included among those deemed the most influential including Eadweard Muybridge’s breakthrough

photo, “The Horse in Motion,” from 1878; Edward Steichen’s “The Steerage” (1904), Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” (1932), Dorothea Lange’s “The Migrant Mother” (1936) among them. New Photos: Long Island Collects focuses on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day, from private collectors. Among the artists included in New Photos: Long Island Collects  are John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vic Muniz, Cindy Sherman and William Wegman. The Museum is offering a variety of public programs to amplify the experience of visiting these three exhibitions. Two films are screening daily: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression  and  CartierBresson’s Century. Three  Brown Bag Lectures  illuminate the art and the artists included in these exhibitions. Other public programs are inspired by the exhibitions:  Sketching in the Galleries, and  The River, a concert

performed by the musical ensemble ETHEL. The Museum’s family programs from November 19 to March 5 similarly draw inspiration from the exhibitions: Neiman Marcus Family Sundays, February Break for Art and two Super Family Sunday offerings, Winter Wonderland and Merrynaking in a Gold Coast Mansion. For further information on these programs, visit the Museum’s website, Even the museum’s gift shop artfully presents items that evoke the exhibit. A Destination The Nassau County Museum of Art is a destination in itself. Most of the 145 acres that are now the Nassau County Museum of Art originally belonged to poet, lawyer, conservationist, political activist, patron of the arts and preservationist William Cullen Bryant, who settled in Roslyn in 1843.  The long-time editor of the New York Post built his home, Cedarmore, and founded Roslyn’s public library.  In 1862, he built a cottage for his

Dr. Harvey Manes poses with Andre Kertesz’s “Chez Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum with NCMA Mondrian,” a print which he also has in his collection President Angela Susan Anton and Director Karl Emil © 2016 Karen Rubin/ Willers © 2016 Karen Rubin/

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friend and fellow poet, Miss Jerusha Dewey (you can see the cottage when you explore the hiking trails). In 1900, Lloyd Stephens Bryce purchased Bryant’s ‘Upland Farm’ and commissioned architect Ogden Codman, Jr. to design Bryce House, the present mansion. Henry Clay Frick, co-founder of U.S. Steel Corporation purchased Bryce House in 1919 as a gift for his son, Childs Frick, a Princeton graduate who became a vertebrate paleontologist and naturalist. Be sure to make time to explore the grounds of this magnificent estate: Sculpture Park: Approximately 40 works, many of them monumental in size, by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others, are situated to interact with nature on the museum’s magnificent 145-acre property. Walking Trails:  The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration. Gardens:  From restored formal gardens of historic importance to quiet little nooks for dreaming away an afternoon, the museum’s 145 acre property features many lush examples of horticultural arts. Explore expanded gardens and beautiful new path to the museum. Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Red Maple Market Café is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. Call (516) 4849337 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto

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Favorite Places to Spend the Winter Holidays C ontinued from page D5 galore, indoor pool, even laser tag, plus nightly shows and entertainment, three meals daily plus snacks and the holiday atmosphere is so special. They regularly offer specials for Christmas and holiday times. Check the site for specials on February Recess, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and school vacations. Pinegrove Ranch, 30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson N.Y. 12446, Ulster County, Reservations: 800-346-4626, email, www.

Gift of Travel Consider giving a gift card or gift certificate for a travel or vacation experience. Many cruiselines (for example Norwegian Cruise Line’s gift cards can be used toward the cruise vacation or onboard experiences, like a massage or specialty dining), hotel companies (for example, Catania Hospitality Group which has the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich on Cape Cod, the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Cape Codder Water Park, John Carver Inn & Spa in Plymouth, the

Mrs. Shapiro talks about preparing for Hanukah at Strawbery Banke, the living history museum in Portsmouth NH © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.

Hearth ‘n Kettle Restaurants, Grand Cru Wine Bar and WaterFire Tavern, as well as gift shops, not only has gift cards, but offers special bonuses, www., even tour operators (for example Globus,, Apple Vacations, gift-certificates/, and Southwest Vacations, and offer gift cards where you can purchase a denomination that can be applied to the trip or upgrade or some special activity or experience. One of our favorites for gift cards is Check the terms and how the cards or certificates can be applied. Best to choose an entity that offers lots of choices. _______________________________ © 2016 Travel Features Syndicate, a division of Workstyles, Inc. All rights reserved. Visit goingplacesfarandnear. com  and TravelFeaturesSyndicate/. Blogging at  goingplacesnearandfar.wordpress. com and Send comments or questions to FamTravLtr@ Tweet @TravelFeatures. ‘Like’

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BARBER WANTED: Full or part time for barber shop in King Kullen Shopping Center, New Hyde Park. Chair for rent also. 347-401-1285

OFFICE SUPPORT: Part time, may lead to full time. Some property management experience helpful. Some Word, Excel, Outlook skills required. Experience with QuickBooks a plus for future planned implementation. Wide range of clerical duties including data entry, photocopying, faxing and mailing correspondence; assist in handling requests for information from various city agencies. For consideration, please submit cover letter with resume to: Old Westbury, Long Island location.

COMPANION CAREGIVERS NEEDED! Immediate Openings throughout Eastern LI, South/ North forks. Flexible part time hours. $11/hr, driver’s license/ background check required. Call 631-779-3689 email: MATH TUTOR NEEDED: Garden City mom seeking an 8th grade math tutor with possibility of continuing into high school. Please call Jen 516-526-8353 MEDICAL ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST: Part time for busy pediatric practice. Experience preferred but will train. Great personality, work ethic. Fax resume 516-767-8961 or email

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AN ERRAND RUNNER 45 YEAR GARDEN CITY RESIDENT Will run errands, grocery shop, drive to doctor, take to airport or anything else you need done. Call Cathy 516-741-1318

COMPANION AVAILABLE Available Full Time Looking for someone to take care of your elderly parents in the comfort of your own home for peace and tranquility? 18 yrs. experience, references, driver w/ reliable vehicle. Please call 516-410-1892 or 516-270-0888

CAREGIVER: Seeking a patient, experienced care provider to care for your elderly loved one? If so, please contact me. I would be happy to assist. Call Marva 917-302-5482

ELDER CARE AVAILABLE Live in/Live out, 10 yrs experience, references. Will cook, clean, laundry, etc. Please call Pauline 718-413-0941

CLEANING AVAILABLE: EXPERIENCED POLISH HOUSE CLEANER Good references. Very honest, reliable, responsible and hard working. Own transportation. English speaking. Flexible days/ hours. I will do a good job. Please call 516-589-5640

HAN DYM AN: looking to work in exchange for free rent. Things I do: House sitting, painting, carpentry, local shopping, local driving. Currently living in Port Washington. Please call me at 516-305-3153. Thank You.

CLEANING Houses, Apartments, Offices. Experienced. Reliable & Dependable. Reasonable prices. Free estimates. Supplies provided. Own car. Good references. Call Aura 516-503-5136

NOW INTERVIEWING.... Co-investors re 1. Professionally appraised “unique & oversized” residential property with commercial neighbor. 2. Professionally managed multi use space in busy retail community. Central Nassau. Mail proforma background checks to Sheila at 209 Glen Cove Road, Box 143, Carle Place, NY 11514

CLEANING SERVICES FOR OFFICES OR HOMES. Available 7 days a week. Excellent references. Own transportation. Gift Certificates available! Call 516-974-8959 CNA / HOME HEALTH AIDE Available for quality care at home for your elderly parent. 16 yrs experience CNA / HHA is highly recommended. Licensed driver with reliable transportation. Please call 516-361-4229 or 516-417-4898 No agencies please.

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Career Training TRACTOR TRAILER TRAIN ING C LASSES forming now. If qualified train daily or weekend. Financial aid, Pell Grants, Post 9/11 GI Bill, job placement assistance. National Tractor Trailer School, Liverpool and Buffalo, Branch 1-800-243-9300

Announcements GRANDPARENTS - Send in your grandchildren’s photos and enter our “World’s Most Beautiful Grandchildren” contest. Just send a photo and a brief description of the child (or children) along with your name and address to: Litmor Publications, Beautiful Grandchildren Contest, 81 East Barclay St., Hicksville N.Y. 11801. We’ll do the rest!

HUNTERS Our hunters will pay top $$$ to hunt your land. Call for a free base camp leasing info packet & quote 866-309-1507

Adoption ADOPT: Caring married couple looking to adopt. Stable employment and a loving happy home awaits your child. Please call Blair and John at 1-888-753-9328 ADOPTION: UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Need help? FREE assistance. Caring staff, counseling and financial help. You choose the loving, pre-approved adoptive parents. Joy 866-922-3678 Habla Espanol.

Marketplace ELECTRIC SCOOTER: Literider, brand new. Paid $1200. Asking $600. Please call 516-414-5212 GARAGE SALE GARDEN CITY Fri & Sat Dec 9 & Dec 10 9am to 3pm 115 Wyatt Rd NO EARLY BIRDS! Many new household items, jogging stroller, car seat, pocketbooks, Christmas items. INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Consignment Shoppe and Auction House Open 7 Days a Week Consignments by Appointment Monthly Live & Online Auctions Tag Sale, Appraisals and Estate Sale Services Complete House Cleanouts Moving Services Home Staging Services 839 Stewart Avenue Garden City, NY 11530 516-279-6378 MOVING SALE: GARDEN CITY CONTENTS OF BEAUTIFUL HOME Saturday December 3 9am to 3pm 104 Wetherill Rd (off Stewart) Living room furniture, Thomasville dining room set, 2 leather chairs with ottomans, Lenox, crystal, wood etageres, linens, new bedding, lamps, many holiday items, new men’s clothes, end tables, pictures, mirrors and much more. NO PREVIEWS READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 1920’s carved oak Jacobean 6 piece dining room set, sideboard, refractory dining room table, 4 chairs, 1 Captain. Cash & Carry Only. $888. Call 516-236-6464

Wanted to Buy ABE BUYS ANTIQUES: Silver, paintings, rugs antique cars & all contents. All Cash! 917-817-3928 LOOK! Old clocks and watches wanted by collector regardless of condition. Highest prices paid. 917-748-7225 LOOKING TO BUY! Oriental items, clothing, art, old & modern furniture, estates, jewelry, silver, glassware, dishes, old photos, coins & stamps, Call George flatware. 718-386-1104 or 917-775-3048 TOP CASH PAID: JEWELRY, Furniture, Art, etc. Please call 718-598-3045 or 516-270-2128.

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*BROWSE *SHOP *CONSIGN A.T. STEWART EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOP China, Silver, Crystal, Jewelry, Artwork, Furniture, Antiques, Collectibles Tues-Fri 10-4 Sat 12-4 Every Tuesday: 10% Senior Citizen Discount. All proceeds benefit The Garden City Historical Society 109 Eleventh Street Garden City 11530 516-746-8900 email: www.gardencityhistoricalsociety. org INVITED SALES BY TRACY JORDAN Tuesday, December 6 9:30 am 317 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington, NY 11050 Packed with collectibles, fine furnishings, ladies’ accessories, garage items and books..... Visit for pictures and details ! WILLISTON PARK: Resurrection Thrift Shop shared ministry between St. Aidan’s and Resurrection housed at Resurrection. 147 Campbell Ave @ Center Street. OPEN Thursdays 9:30-1 and Saturdays 10-2. 516-746-5527. Jewelry, clothing, household items, etc. DONATIONS accepted Monday through Thursday 9am-1pm. CHRISTMAS SHOP open November 12th through December 22nd.

Yard Sale GREAT NECK/LAKE SUCCESS:: Saturday and Sunday December 3rd and 4th from 10am to 2pm. 22 Olive Street. Clothes, bedroom, desk, household and much more!

Pets Pet Services 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 516-505-9717

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DO YOU HATE KENNELS? OR STRANGERS IN YOUR HOUSE? HOME AWAY FROM HOME will care for your dog in my Garden City home while you are away. Dog walking also available. Pet CPR & first Aid Certified. Numerous referrals and references. Limited availability. Book early! Annmarie 516-775-4256 PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING Doggie Day Care Boarding Dog Walking Backyard Clean-up GC Resident 516-382-5553

Automotive Autos Wanted D O N A T E Y O U R C A R to Wheels For Wishes, benefitting Make-a-Wish. We offer free towing and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Call 631-317-2014 Today!

Real Estate For Rent Apartment for Rent GARDEN CITY BORDER Spacious, APARTMENTS: bright studio apartment $1,275+ electric, gated parking, laundry room, air conditioning, dishwasher, hardwood floors, near LIRR. NO BROKER FEE. 516-742-1101. Available December 15th GARDEN CITY Prestigious GC apts. 1,2,3 Bedrooms available. Doorman, New Kitchen & Baths, Wood Floors. $2300 & up Five rooms, 2 Bed, FDR, EIK, corner unit, parking. $2,800 Garden City Properties 516-746-1563 516-313-8504

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Real Estate For Rent Apartment for Rent MINEOLA Modern, updated 1 BR. Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, CAC, large windows, high ceilings, washer/dryer, garage parking for 1 car included. Perfect downtown Mineola location. Close to everything; restaurants, cafes, shopping, LIRR (less than 40 min to Penn Sta). $1,975/month, $100 application fee. Landlord pays broker’s fee. Available immediately. Call Patrick Diskin, Famiy Tree Realty 516-551-5478

Office Space GREAT NECK DENTAL OFFICE: located 1 block south of LIRR. Large, modern dental office 2-3 days per week. Use of digital x-ray equipment, sterilization area, laboratory and equipment. Does not include instruments, handpieces or dental office supplies. Storage area provided. Details, please email:

Real Estate For Sale Condo/Co-Op For Sale PORT WASHINGTON: Mill Pond Acres. Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 full baths. Nantucket style condo in 55+ gated community. 24 hour security. Features: Vaulted ceilings with skylights, fireplace, central air, backyard with garden and patio, garage, handicapped accessible, indoor pool, tennis and gym. By owner. By appointment only. Qualified buyers only. $959,000.00 Contact John at 917-435-8098. Email:

Lots for Sale LAKEFRONT LAND SALE! 5 acres, 343 feet water front, unspoiled lake, woods, views, perfect for getaway cabin. 3.5 hrs NYC! $99,900. EZ terms. 888-905-8847

Out Of Town Real Estate ABANDONED CATSKILL MTN FARM! LENDER ORDERED SALE! 39 acres, assessed value $95,700 available now for $89,900! Valley views, woods, fields, apple trees, great hunting! 3 hrs NYC. Owner terms! 888- 479-3394

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ALFRED, MAINE: Looking for a better life? Considering retirement options? This historic and beautifully updated 30 room building built in a “U” shape was built in three sections (1770, 1808, 1908)and then joined. Includes 4 easily rented and beautifully upgraded apartments and 6 retail or professional offices, a 900sf. carriage house or an amazing workshop. Alfred, Maine is 4.5 hours from Long Island in the lakes region of Southern Maine. It’s an elegant, historic and vital town with all amenities. The community is warm and very accepting. Our excellent Elementary School is a short walk away. Ball fields, park, tennis courts and the beautiful town beach on clear and peaceful Shaker Pond is a 2 min bike ride. The Beehive will allow you to live in one of the terrific apartments, cover your expenses and STILL generate a profit. Please visit for photos and a look at Alfred. $449,000. Please contact: MLS#4600528 Ship Bright, Coldwell Broker Home, 207-831-8420 direct or the local owner Rick at 516-512-4825. We have a terrific group of all the service providers you could use and they are all very dedicated to this most prestigious building in Alfred. At rates that will seriously surprise you in a good way!

AMBIANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES *Handyman & Remodeling *Kitchen Installations *Furniture Assembly *Finish Carpentry *Minor Electrical & Plumbing 23year GC Resident Lic & Ins H18E2170000 Call BOB 516-741-2154

Services HOME CARE & HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES: We provide these services: Live in or out maids, companions, home care, housekeeping. Haya’s & Rona Agency. Haya office 516-482-4400. cell 516-298-9445. Rona office 516-441-5555 cell 516-316-0111. 25 Great Neck Road, Suite 3, Great Neck, NY 11021 NEW YORK MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS: Joan Atwood, Ph.D. An experienced therapist makes all the difference. Individual, couple, family therapy and anger management. 516-764-2526.

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LAMPS FIXED $65 In home service. Handy Howard. 646-996-7628 SKY CLEAR WINDOW and Restorations Inc. Window Restorations, Outdated Hardware, skylights, Andersen Sashes, new storm windows, wood windows, chain/rope repairs, falling windows, fogged panes, mechanical repairs, wood repairs, restorations, all brands. Call Mr. Fagan, 32 years experience. 631-385-7975

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Party Help LADIES & GENTLEMEN RELAX & ENJOY Your Next Party! Catering and Experienced Professional Services for Assisting with Preparation, Serving and Clean Up Before, During and After Your Party Bartenders Available. Call Kate at 516-248-1545

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GRANDPARENTS - Send in your grandchildren’s photos and enter our “World’s Most Beautiful Grandchildren” contest. Just send a photo and a brief description of the child (or children) along with your name and address to: Litmor Publications, Beautiful Grandchildren Contest, 81 East Barclay St., Hicksville N.Y. 11801. We’ll do the rest!

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MARIA’S CLEANING SERVICE Our excellent cleaning team will get your home or office spotless! Available Monday thru Friday 7am to 6pm Supplies provided if needed Own transportation Excellent references provided CALL 516-849-2026

MATH, SAT, ACT TUTOR: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 plus Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus. Norm 625-3314 ENGLISH, ACT, SAT TUTOR: 25+ year experience Critical Reading, Writing, Grammar, Essays. Lynne 625-3314 MATHEMATICS TUTOR: NYS certified math teacher. Experienced and patient. All elementary and middle school grades. HS Algebra, Geometry and SAT prep. Text or call Ken 516-526-8315 or email: SPANISH TUTOR: Spanish Grammar-Literature, FLACS A FLACS B, Exam Preparation/ Comps. William Cullen, M.A., Spanish, S.D.A. Chaminade HS, Fairfield University Alumnus. 5 1 6 - 5 0 9 - 8 1 7 4 . References furnished upon request. STOCK MARKET INVESTORS, ATTN: Let me show the advantages of using stock options to participate in market volatility with less capital. Protect profits and gain income. 516-288-2110 STOCK MARKET TUTOR: Retired banker and experienced stock market trader available for tutoring high school students on the stock market. Should have some knowledge of the market. Adults welcome. Text/call Ron Goldberg 516-567-8434

Instruction PIANO LESSONS By Ira Baslow. Experience the joy of playing the piano. Private lessons in your home, free noobligation piano lesson, all levels, all styles, all ages. Beginners a specialty. 516-312-1054 www.iwantmypianolessons.c om

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SPRING INTO ACTION LET US CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WINDOWS GARDEN CITY WINDOW CLEANING Home Window Cleaning Service by Owner Free Estimates Inside & Out Fully Insured 25 Years Experience 631-220-1851 516-764-5686 STRONG ARM CLEANING: Residential and commercial cleaning specialist, post construction clean ups, shipping and waxing floors, move ins and move outs. Free estimates. Bonded and insured. 516-538-1125

Services 1-866-WE JUNK IT: All phases of rubbish removal & demolition. Residential, commercial, construction sites, kitchens, bathrooms, clean-ups, attics, basements, floods, fires. All size dumpsters. Same day service. Fully insured. Bob Cat service. w w w. 1 8 6 6 w e j u n k i t . c o m 516-541-1557

Services A & J MOVING & STORAGE: Established 1971. Long Island and New York State specialists. Residential, Commercial, Piano & Organ experts. Boxes available. Free estimates. 516-741-2657 114 Jericho Tpk, Mineola NYDOT# 10405 COLLEGE ARTS ADMISSIONS: College Counseling in the Visual and Performing Arts. Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama. Film, Instrumental & Vocal Music. Audio Recording & Production. Theatre Technology & Production. Visual & Graphic Arts. Resume, Essays, Repertoire Lists. Michele Zimmerman. 516-353-6255 m COMPLETE JUNK REMOVAL /DEMOLITION SERVICE: Strong Arm Contracting Inc. We haul anything and everything. Entire contents of home or office. We clean it up and take it away. Residential/Commercial. Bonded/Insured. Free estimates. 516-538-1125 OLD VILLAGE TREE SERVICE: Owner operated since 1989. 24 hour emergency service. Licensed/insured. Free estimates, member LI Arborist Assoc. Please call 516-466-9220 PSYCHOTHERAPY: Efrat Fridman, LCSW. Individual, couple and family therapy. 2 Pinetree Lane, Old Westbury, NY 11568. 516-224-7670 or 225 West 35th Street, NY 10001 718-887-4400

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Join the Last Hope cat rescue and adoption team! Volunteer orientations are held at our Wantagh adoption center the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 PM. Reservations not needed, but please fill out and fax a volunteer application in advance to 516-765-9181. You can download the application from our website: Click on “How to Help”, then “Become a Volunteer!”. Our adoption center is located at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. We look forward to having you on our team.


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Our next Last Hope Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd from 10: AM-2 PM at Church of the Advent, Advent St., Westbury. We would appreciate donations for the sale. New items are best. With Hanukkah and Christmas at the same time this year the season will be very busy. Please do not bring books, clothing, records, cassettes or furniture as they don’t typically sell. Jewelry is always popular around the holidays. We can always use more because we sell so much. As we don’t have storage space, donations can be brought to Advent on Friday, December 2nd from 2:30 to 7 PM during set up. If you have any questions please contact Maureen at Read more about our organization and our wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption:

SHOPPING FOR SUPPORT Clipping pet item coupons for Last Hope is a great and easy way to give your support. Every coupon we receive helps to defray our costs, particularly for dog and cat food. They can either be dropped off at our adoption center at 3300 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh, or mailed to Last Hope, PO Box 7025, Wantagh 11793. Please share our need with your friends and family. Thank you! Visit to read about Last Hope’s programs and to see the fabulous array of fantastic felines eagerly awaiting adoption into their forever homes!

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From page 1 Board (ADRB). This is just the first step with the zoning and it will be a while before this gets approved and shovels start going in the ground. I don’t know exactly how long,” the mayor said. Deputy Mayor Richard Silver said there’s an additional local approval needed. Because the zoning change being proposed was to permit the construction of a hotel and allow hotels as a permitted use in the CR zone, the applicant must come back to the Board of Trustees for the special permit for the Residence Inn project. Another item discussed was what the Marriott would pay to the Village of Garden City each year in addition to property taxes. If the Residence Inn is ultimately approved at board levels, it was noted in OTO Development’s application “was a willingness to make a financial contribution to the village for the purpose of enhancing the Stewart Avenue recreational facilities – amounting to $50,000 per year for 10 years,” Silver said. Since the November 3 Village Board meeting, when the hearing was scheduled to be continued but it instead carried another two weeks, the Nassau County Planning Commission met with regards to the proposed zoning change and the Ring Road project. As relayed on November 17 by Attorney Kenneth Gray – filling in for Village Attorney Peter Bee – their opinion simply recommended local determination on the local law, meaning deferral to the Village Board of Trustees. Mayor Episcopia explained: “essentially the County Planning Commission did not rule, they simply referred it back to us. Also counsel has told us we need approval from certain neighboring villages.”

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Previous public hearings on the application had not covered SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) compliance, “for the declaration of a lead agency and determination of significance.” At the October 6 Board of Trustees’ meeting Village Attorney Peter Bee requested that the hearings not include the SEQRA compliance at the time, with the proper procedure unresolved. It was known that Sunday, November 13 was the date by which other municipalities had to submit their comment and reaction to Garden City, but nothing transpired. Gray told the crowd of residents that notice was appropriately sent to neighboring villages including Hempstead, Uniondale and Westbury, to declare itself the lead agency “with respect to this local law as well as the special permit application for (The Residence Inn) site plan. The timeframe has passed and we have not received any communications from the

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other agencies (villages) wither suggesting they would be the lead agency or object to the Village of Garden City being the lead agency. So this evening the village can declare itself the lead agency and make determinations on these issues,” he said. In an attempt to clarify and offer point-counterpoint perspective at the November 17 hearing and to village officials, OTO Development had submitted “supplemental information regarding the comments made at prior meetings (mainly October 20),” Gray told the Board. That set of information would be ballasted last Thursday with many comments delivered by Attorney William F. Bonesso of Uniondale-based firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP. Bonesso, who was named to a list of professionals, “Ones to Watch in Commercial Real Estate,” by Long Island Business News in 2012, spoke at length on the applicants’ behalf. “At the last public hearing much public comment was offered in connection with the hotel project itself. In response to that OTO Development prepared and submitted written responses to the village addressing said comments and concerns. I would like to touch upon what I felt were three or four of the more…major issues of concern that came up on October 20,” he told the trustees before delivering rounds of “rebuttals.” First up was the environmental review process. Bonesso explained that he and OTO’s team observed public comments inferring that the environmental review process “had only just started recently.” He delved into the prep-work done before the zoning change proposal reached the Village Board. “The review of this proposed code change and hotel project including environmental review began back in March 2015 with the submission of our application documents. In filing its application on this matter OTO Development, in compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) had its engineering and environmental consulting firm, VHB, prepare a full Part One Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) for the proposed zoning amendment and proposed hotel project. Part One EAF’s are prepared by the applicant and it provides the reviewing municipality with detailed information on a variety of topics related to a project. In the case of this project VHB supplemented the full EAF form with additional pages of narratives addressing the proposed code change and any activities associated with the hotel project,” Bonesso said. He explained that from there the ball was in the village’s court. The village’s See page 59

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Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News


More than 6,000 runners run in the 39th Annual GC Turkey Trot

Challenger Division athletes arrive at the start line.

Friends love the Turkey Trot

Who wants post-race race food and drinks?

The smile after finishing says it all!

On a glorious Thanksgiving morning some 6,200 runners from more than 38 different states participated in this year’s race which was the second largest race to date. The runners, spectators and volunteers were all in good spirits and had a great time. If you want to see or save free photos from this year’s race please visit and go to our Race Photos page. The Turkey Trot consists of three (3) races, the Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4 mile Fun Run and a challenging 5 Mile Race. All three races start and finish in front of the historic St. Paul’s School on Stewart Avenue. The winner of this year’s 5 Mile Race and the Jim Flynn Memorial Trophy

was Nick Filippazzo, 24 (Wantagh, NY) whose winning time was 24:19 The first female finisher was Rolanda Bell, 29 (Queens, NY) with a time of 27:42. The first Garden City resident finisher and winner of the Patrick Ryan Award was Trevor Marchhart, 17, who finished in 28:13 and had an impressive top ten finish, placing ninth overall. Thousands of runners, family and friends had a great start to their Thanksgiving day and helped raise money for 3 great charities: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Muscular Dystrophy Association and The INN. Runners also donated a tremendous amount of food for the Turkey Trot Food drive which benefits The INN and helps feed the hungry.

Race Director Ken Aneser noted “our Race Committee works hard all year to put on a quality event. We all have so much to be thankful for and seeing so many happy people in once place running and cheering on family and friends is what makes our race so special. Next year is the 40th race so we will have to make next year the best race ever. You will have to come and run with us next year for sure. Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, friends and neighbors who give us the support needed to make the race possible.” Processing more than 6,000 runners is no easy task and Registration Director Kevin Coffey and his team greatly aided by Volunteer Director Tim Tobin

2016 Champion Nick Filippazzo crosses the finish line!

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1st Place: Nick Filippazzo 24, Wantagh. 2nd Place: Andrew Coelho 25, Wantagh. 3nd Place: Dietrich Mosel 20, Manhasset. make it an easy and smooth process every year. Need to order and hand out over 6,000 custom designed t-shirts of various different sizes see Chris Giarraputo. Want to supply water, bagels, bananas, Clif Bars and cookies for 7,000 runners see Phil Puccio. How about handling the logistics of crowd control and race site operations… Mark Robetson is your man. Place some 100+ sponsor signs and race banners on the race site, around town and you will need Charlie Lee. IT, finance, awards, print, sponsor outreach and a million other things: Bob Freeman, Mike Kopcak, Ian Paisley, Bob Priest and Rob Votruba. The Turkey Trot is much more than a race. It is a well-established family tradition for so many in the community. Hundreds of volunteers, young and old alike, come out to lend a hand and help make the race a success. The Turkey Trot would not be possible without the generous support of the following corporate sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Select Sector SPDRs, National Land Tenure, Albanese Organization, Inc, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Coach Realtors, Daniel Gale/ Sotheby’s, Doc O’Grady’s, The Durnan Group, The Paul R. Eckna Foundation, E*Trade,

the Kenney Family Foundation, La Bottega, NY Spine Institute, Rallye Auto Group, State Farm/Adam Karol, Walk Street and Winthrop Radiology Associates. Thanks also to Hint Water, Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix and Panera Bread for their presence and support on race day. Thank you Al Vanasco and Bill Kenney for making the Challenger Division Race possible. The Race Committee would like to thank all the runners, and volunteers and all those who live on the race course for their support. In particular, the GC Fire Department (Chief Bill Castoro, 1st Asst. Chief Brian Gallo and 2nd Asst. Chief Tom Strysko), Garden Police Department (Commissioner Ken Jackson, Inspector Mike Doyle and Det. Rich Pedone) Recreation Department (Kevin Ocker and Sandy Young) and the Department of Public Works (Domenick Stanco) and Mineola Ambulance greatly assist the Race Committee each and every year. Last but not least, special thanks to Nassau County PD officer Bob Graves and the Nassau County Law Enforcement Explorers. The Race Committee wishes everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and looks forward to next year’s 40th Turkey Trot!

Thank you sponsors and volunteers!

1st GC resident finisher Trevor Marchhart receives his trophy & frozen turkey from Ian Paisley The Flag flies proudly above the runners thanks to Garden City Fire Department!

Adam Karol (Turkey Trot Corp. Sponsor & State Farm Agent), Race Committee members Mike Kopcak, Ian Paisley, Bob Freeman, Race Director Ken Aneser.

Rachael Hyland (2nd Place), Ivette Ramirez (3rd Place), Roland Bell (1st place), Turkey Trot Awards Director Ian Paisley.

The Challenger athletes are off and running!

National Land Tenure, led Matt Miller of GC, is not only a major corporate sponsor of the Trot but Matt also puts together Team NLT, so everyone can join together at the Trot!

With eyes on Summer 2017, Rec Department reviews pool success

Friday, March 22, 2013 The Garden City News


From page 49 afternoon. Espey said the additional movies would cost the department $800 to $900, and the family nights about $400 in personnel and equipment. The pool’s middle school and “tween” nights have been a hit, but its teen attendance has been lagging. That may be a generational problem as Garden City teenagers have options for their recreational and leisure time, and some have jobs to go to. Espey said for programming at the pool “13 and 14 year olds can come in but older teens not so much.” Espey called the pool director at Floral Park’s municipal pool facility and they also reported success with middle schoolers

unmatched by older kids’ demographics. The Commission spoke about ways of enhancing pool time for teens including “sports Nights” or leagues for pool basketball, water polo and pool volleyball, especially with non-regulation basketball hoops that attach to the side of the pool as a possibility. Deputy Mayor Richard Silver and Commission member Kristina Russo each stated the potential value that can be created for a family to purchase a season’s membership if their teenager(s) gets involved with a recreational “pool league” that follows a schedule of matches. Silver said that is a worthwhile incentive, and it is not inexpensive to do volleyball and basket-

ball outside of the pool but in proximity at Community Park. The commission plans to explore options more in December. “It’s a daunting task to get teens involved. We will try to implement a few more ideas because I’d like to see our efforts at the pool successful,” Espey said. Other requests for next season included more poolside yoga and pool exercise classes, even for some to be held at night. The costs associated with this would roughly be $30 per additional session (for instruction). Espey said he’s also preparing for the pool shop to sell new items in 2017, requested by survey respondents: sunblock, nose clips and googles.

After 52 years, a move from 7th Street to Nassau Boulevard From page 49 it predated Feldis Florist. As of Election Day, Tuesday November 8, the project manager for Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s new office at the former Neptune Camera spot expected there to be new signage put up soon and a shift of realtors and employees from DE completed by Tuesday, November 15, with potential for a grand opening ribbon-cutting that day. He sees a similarity in Neptune Camera’s need to relocate closely as the real estate market dictated. Riesterer’s Bakery which was at 96 Seventh Street before closing in 2013 is another small business that left the location primarily due to the cost of rent. That shop is now serving all its goods at its West Hempstead location, 282 Hempstead Avenue, which was open at the same time the Garden City store was. Riesterer’s owner spoke with Feldis recently and his takeaway was “the cost of rent just changes the way the world does business.” In addition to half a century on Seventh Street, Feldis has held onto its other Nassau County store at 2170 Sunrise Highway in Merrick and it will continue that operation when the Nassau Boulevard store opens. A big competitor to florists rose in the last 25 years with Home Depot’s growth. “It became such a powerful thing in the nursery and garden business, and that changed the way we did business – we had to adapt to that,” Tim Feldis said. Another new-wave competitor came closer to Feldis Florist on Seventh Street” Edible Arrangements. Although the functions of a flower shop and fruit/chocolate arrangements may appear different on the surface, Tim Feldis explained the intertwined industry. Even before Edible Arrangements, 1-800-FLOWERS created another challenge. “It seems that in business you are competing with the world. I am in the gift business and they’re similarly in the gift business. Edible Arrangements has a small niche doing the fruit and nifty little gifts to offer. That has impacted us. But 1-800-FLOWERS is a behemoth – they are massive. You do not get personalized service with them. Any time customers go big, they lose something. When you are sending flowers you can call 800 FLOWERS call center somewhere and you are talking with someone as just another client – they pass it along,” he said.

Supporting Small Business

For Feldis supporting small, local companies is a lifestyle, starting with the Long Island-grown poinsettias. He banks with a local Long Island bank because “they know me.” For meals Feldis prefers dining with local restaurants that may represent a partnership between the chef and maître de, which is something he says indicates high quality. “You will the food’s going to be good because the

owners show up every night, making sure of it. My customer is a very wide range of customers at different times, depending on what’s happening. We have been operating in Nassau County since 1922 when my great grandfather bought two acres of property in Hempstead and built a greenhouse, when it was the center of everything here. We are four generations in. If you call us at Feldis, you reach me. With me the customers matter and my staff knows what matters. You can have a conversation about the arrangements for your family, somebody not feeling well, whatever the case – it becomes more than just a number on the assembly line. If you call these big companies you don’t know who you’re talking to. That is the way I like to do business, with good people doing wonderful things and getting creative,” he said. As the holiday season is upon us, Feldis reminds Garden City shoppers and residents that every time purchases are made with national companies or online with,, Edible Arrangements and the like there will be more pressure put on the local business tax base. “Every one of the small businesses on Seventh Street or Franklin Avenue collects its sales tax and pays for property tax. Those property taxes go to Garden City’s schools, roads and infrastructure. That sales tax they pay keeps Nassau County running. When that is not collected because people are going and buying on Amazon, where is the money coming from? It means that (homeowners and taxpayers) people shopping locally will have a bigger burden to carry,” Feldis said. At his new Nassau Boulevard stretch, a short drive away from the Seventh Street hub, the famed village florist will have another small business owner one door away and ready to open up shop as this calendar year winds down. Impact Printz By Your T-Shirt company opens this month at 304 Nassau Boulevard, and father and son John Filardo (Jr. and Sr.) will provide Garden City South, Garden City and athletic organizations all across the area “in spirit” for their teams and schools, equipped with shirts, sweaters, hoodies, jackets, caps and hats. The Garden City Trojans in crimson were one outerwear item featured in the new location as it sets up shop. Filardo Sr. says the company is planning for the next several weeks with winter sports seasons coming and multiple school districts’ athletic wear orders to produce. Community engagement and participation is a staple at Feldis. As reported in The Garden City News in May of 2015, girls’ Brownie Troop 1322 visited Feldis Florist for a field trip, and it was not the shop’s first time hosting younger kids. The Brownies enjoyed learning about the flower shop business and designing their very own floral arrangements, perhaps sparking interests for down the road.

Among several civic contributions, Feldis along with Hengstenberg’s Son Florist on Franklin Avenue each worked with the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, donating decor for the annual Easter Classic Car Parade. The Chamber has thanked both the downtown florists for “continually providing decorations for our Easter trees on Franklin Avenue.” In addition last December the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recognized Feldis Florist for decorating its storefront on Seventh Street, awarded as “Stylishly Garden City” in 2015.

Family Ties and Industry Strides

Like great local sports franchises including the New York Yankees (the Steinbrenners) and New York Football Giants (the Mara family) and even some local newspaper groups, a business remaining family-owned over several generations must adapt with times while taking all the lessons learned from their predecessors, mainly their fathers, with them into the next phases of the company. Feldis has been carving its niche in that fashion since Tim took over in the 1980s, although he has now completed 40 years of rising up the ranks in Feldis Florist and learning all aspects of horticulture. He lived in Rockville Centre and in his junior high school years, Tim took a bus to the Seventh Street shop and worked every afternoon after school, plus Saturdays, in the florist or the greenhouses. That start took him through his education, attending Michigan State University in Lansing and earning his degree in horticulture in 1986. The Spartan “green thumb” stuck with him and his fingers are on the pulse of his industry, with no break. “I have been doing this since I was 12 years old, but things constantly change. My father always reminded me that what he did was different from what his father did, which was different from what my great-grandfather who founded Feldis Florist did in running the business. All has changed because the world changes and you have to adapt to it. It is a wonderful business but you can go from feast to famine, with big events like Christmas or Valentine’s Day when we do huge amounts of work, maybe an entire month’s worth of work in one day. But we learned to do it and we do it well,” he explains. In 2007 Feldis sold the two-acres and greenhouse property in Hempstead and new multi-unit housing came up in its place. He says that business decision came up as the nursery and greenhouse segments evolved. “We are now focused primarily on the flower end of the business and that’s where we put our energy. It’s all about cut flowers and beautiful things that we create. I have traveled to South American farms where roses, hydrangeas and other beautiful flowers See page 59

From page 58 are grown, just to see what the growers are doing and I want to make sure I am getting the best quality. I am concerned about the horticulture and seeing how flowers are grown in an ethical and environmentally-positive way. If you get hands-on you can learn if you’re doing it right, and that’s how a small business really matters,” he said. Feldis explains that for roses in particular, most varieties sold in stores are grown overseas. As far as future generations of Feldis in the florist business, Tim has four children all pursuing their high school and college educations. The fourth-gen-

eration owner encourages the fifth generation to gain experience and make decisions that are right fits for them with their careers, “to pursue an area of knowledge where they know what the world has to offer.” An open invitation to join the Feldis family legacy remains constant, and although it is a different era from when he was a boy, Tim Feldis children do spend time working with him during holidays or breaks from school. “There is a possibility but we don’t know, we’ll see,” he says with a laugh. Horticulture and growing have been lifelong passions of his, and the world of today with organic, Non-GMO, and other eco-friendly

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News

After 52 years, a move from 7th Street to Nassau Boulevard


initiatives common in the media and in stores gives him a positive outlook for the floral industry. “At least things are moving in the right direction – doing things local and eating local, using and buying plants grown here in the North during summertime. There are organizations that travel to the production (farms in other countries) and they certify that farms are using processes and materials that are more environmentally friendly. I like it that we’re seeing that and we all need the green, the natural, and the fresh, healthy flowers in our lives. It makes a difference,” Feldis said. To learn more about Feldis visit or

Board approves zoning change, path cleared for Ring Road hotel From page 53 Zoning Change Review Committee (ZCRC), chaired by Deputy Mayor Richard Silver, with the assistance of consultants H2M Engineering reviewed the Part One EAF along with all other submission documents. Bonesso said that packet included a market analysis, an economic impact study and a traffic impact study for Ring Road and main thoroughfares of the east section of Garden City. The attorney says H2M offered initial comments but requested some more information from the applicants at that point about the hotel project. “In response thereto the applicant provided further information to the ZCRC and H2M. Based upon its review of the Part One EAF and the applicants’ responses to comments and requests for further information, H2M prepared Parts Two and Three of the EAF – which is the lead agency’s responsibility (Garden City’s). The Part Two identified potential project impacts and assessed the magnitude of the same. Part Three provided an evaluation of the magnitude and the importance of project impacts,” Bonesso said. He then explained that after H2M’s analysis a memorandum was issued to Garden City’s ZCRC. “That stated that the applicant has addressed all previous comments and concerns to our satisfaction and we believe the application is complete. It is our (H2M’s) professional opinion that the adoption of the proposed zoning amendments and subsequent development – subject to site plan review – will not have an adverse environmental, social, and economic impacts,” Bonesso read from H2M’s notes. As residents and opponents to the hotel plan pointed out previously, the area closest to Roosevelt Field was known to have had private and military aviation activities between 1911 and 1951. With that history on site, chlorinated solvents were used for aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and repair operations during and after World War II. “Site activities resulted in the contamination of public supply water wells and groundwater,” Bonesso told the audience and Village Board and November 17. He added that the EPA added the site to its Superfund Program National Priorities List in 2000, and cleanup activities have included installation of six groundwater extraction wells and construction of a groundwater treatment system. Construction of the groundwater treatment system on-site began in March 2011 and ended in July 2015.

Water Worries Addressed

Bonesso says the applicants believe an EPA statement on the project “the successful cleanup of the site allows for beneficial reuse of the property.” He mentioned Nassau County’s regular sampling and analysis of the public supply wells, and the EPA has addressed

the site’s cleanup through federal actions. Bonesso mentioned the October 2014 most recent water sample showing that contamination in Garden City’s Wells 10 and 11 near the Ring Road property decreased by 50 percent (in concentration of the water) in a three-year period. “Groundwater treatment and monitoring are ongoing and overseen by the EPA. That said, the presence of groundwater contamination, its treatment and its monitoring have not prevented construction at the site, but there’s still a restriction on the use of groundwater at the site. However the Garden City Water Department which would serve the proposed hotel provides treatment of all village wells to improve water quality, using air-stripping treatment units at certain levels for the removal of volatile organic compounds or V.O.C.’s,” he said. But there were residents still speaking up to challenge what Garden City would ultimately face with the hotel coming in. Cynthia Brown of Huntington Road had told the Board a month ago that resources could be negatively impacted by a new 163-room hotel proposed and what amounts of water they (employees and guests at a Marriott Residence Inn) would be using – or simply “a lot of water.” “We will have to increase pumping as well as other resources for 24/7 operations of the hotel. We are going to have additional municipal resources aware of the 24/7 activity – whether that’s police, fire, or ambulances,” Brown said back on October 20. On November 17 much of the same concern was again put forth. During the hearing Garden City’s Deputy Mayor Brian Daughney asked what the trustees and members of the public felt when weighing the potential for the Ring Road parcel as a new office building with scores of employees commuting to and from the site. Mayor Episcopia added that since the proposal coming forth is a non-residential building, there would not be any burden created by adding students to the Garden City Public Schools system. Brown said she would much rather see an office building go up at the Ring Road site instead of the Marriott. Standing at the podium to address the Board, Brown debated with Trustee Robert Bolebruch as he said that an office building would be likely to consume more water and require the same or higher level of village resources allocated to it. Brown disagreed wholly, stating that hotel guests would take showers and families would use water and the facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week but people working in offices would not be present at all those times. Bolebruch countered that by saying offices and their restrooms and break rooms would have water consumption too, and the impacts on local Garden City traffic during morning and evening rush would be heavy.

Tax Talk

Another point Brown raised was the occupancy taxes that hotels charge and the lack of revenues that generates for municipalities, as the money would only go towards Nassau County and New York State. She says she still does not see any benefit to Garden City in the Residence Inn project moving forward. Resident Bob Orosz seconded that and asked the mayor, Deputy Mayor Silver and the rest of the trustees what benefit Garden City gains from having the hotel in town. Silver named “meaningful additional tax revenues from this project” as Mayor Episcopia had asked Village Treasurer Irene Woo for specific numbers estimated, but the discussion carried on without the figures. Silver explained more. “I think the significance of the tax revenues must be understood in terms of what has been happening to the village’s tax base, particularly since the recession of 2008 and the decline in the values of commercial real estate. We have seen since 2008, our commercial property owners in particular but Garden City property owners in general, grieving their taxes. As a result of the success commercial property owners have had in that regard, because rents have declined and go-to, establishing values of commercial properties moved against the village, the village’s tax base has declined. That has an insidious effect because the way that the tax cap is measured is on the tax rate – our tax rate can only go up under the cap. The fact that we’re seeing an erosion of our tax base means that even if our tax cap number was zero, our revenues would decline. We have very few developable parcels, particularly for commercial parcels in the village. That is really one of the few opportunities that the village has to replenish this decline in value we are continuing to experience,” Deputy Mayor Silver said. He adds that the overarching benefit Garden City gets from approving new developments and especially commercial developments is “plugging some of the holes” in the tax base. Orosz commented on the burden shifting from the commercial to the residential tax bases. He then noted that the $50,000 a year contribution towards Stewart Avenue recreational facilities was not much for a company that made $2.2 billion in profit last year (Simon Properties, which has a 50/50 joint venture with OTO Development for the Residence Inn.) “They probably spend more on balloons at their Christmas party. I think we are selling ourselves short and we should look to earn more from it,” Orosz told the Village Board. Piece by piece the developers’ side of the proposal was laid out in summary, ahead of planning stages in front of the aforementioned municipal boards. As environmental remediation concerns were nipped See page 60

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News


Board approves zoning change, path cleared for Ring Road hotel

From page 59 with the SEQRA process and standards, after that each of the residents’ considerations were countered with Bonesso stating several assurances to the Board of Trustees. Steve Hyman, director of Civil Engineering for H2M, the village and Zoning Code Committee consultants, told the Board that Bonesso summarized accurately how his firm views the Residence Inn project. Mayor Episcopia asked Hyman if he was “completely in line with what Mr. Bonesso said” and Hyman agreed. In addition, he spoke with water supply engineers about the Garden City water supply issues and potential impacts. He reported that village water wells have been treated over the past 25 years, and there’s water being drawn from 422 feet and 415 below grade. “There are no concerns on our part in that regard,” Hyman said on November 17. Deputy Mayor Silver then asked Director of Public Works Robert Mangan on the ability of the village to accommodate water for the new hotel. “We received a request for a water availability letter, which we have not issued as of yet, pending the completion of the review process and plans for the hotel being submitted to the Building Department. However the village has adequate water supply to meet all requirements of the hotel as they’ve presented in their request letter,” Mangan explained.

Traffic Averted?

At the Village Board’s initial hearing on the zoning code change on October 20, Leslie Dimmling of Kingsbury Road, a 30-year resident of the Mott section, also expressed unease with a new Residence Inn coming to the area. She said there are “half-a-dozen hotels within half a mile” of downtown Garden City, including a few located closer to Stewart Avenue, Village Hall and the Seventh Street commerce hub. She brought up the traffic and quality of life concerns that would generally come with a large operation in a town.

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“We will have to live with the aftermath of the traffic and other factors. This a 24/7 business unlike the mall, which closes at night even if during the holiday season it is open later. You are going to have active residents of the hotel and employees coming and going, and I assume we are going to be hearing noise from the heating for a four-story building,” she told the Trustees on October 20. Traffic was a key to Bonesso’s comments last week in front of the Board, as only one entranceway (Rind Road) changes the potential for traffic to and from the hotel. “Peak-hour traffic for the proposed hotel as well as office and restaurant uses are addressed in our written responses to the village, but it suffices to say peakhour trips generated by the hotel are substantially lower than trips generated by other CR zone permitted uses during the same times. Traditionally the proposed hotel would be served by two site access driveways connecting to Ring Road West, and Ring Road West will be the only access to the hotel – there will be no access to or from Clinton Road. Moreover, because it is assumed that the majority of hotel patrons will be visitors from out of the area, consultants VHB said it is logical to assume a higher percentage of hotel traffic would arrive and leave through the Meadowbrook Parkway through Zeckendorf Boulevard rather than other access points into Roosevelt Field mall,” Bonesso said. On a bird’s eye view of traffic, he mentioned that when the Residence Inn project is complete is the signalized intersections of Old Country Road with Roosevelt Field mall’s entrances, Zeckendorf Boulevard at Ring Road East and in Garden City, Stewart Avenue at Roosevelt Field’s access driveway, would all operate “at levels of service consistent with the no-build condition and no mitigation is required.” The access points for Ring Road through Roosevelt Field mall’s entrances are expected to remain in operation and not have lopsided traffic at one over the other. Bonesso added that in the hotel’s proposed lot

the amount of parking planned exceeds requirements for a hotel of this size (based on the Village Code). During the hearing Mayor Episcopia reminded residents that in this case the application materials were made available at two locations, the Building Department office at Village Hall and at the library, as the prevailing thought was that would be convenient as GCPL is open until 9pm on weekdays. Trustee John Delany said a total of two people had looked at the material at the library, and one of them looked at the application twice. But at the onset of the hearing in October, interest in the hotel project spread outside of Garden City. Jeannine Maynard of Uniondale had attended the October 20 hearing on the proposed zoning change in Garden City, raising issues over what was a technically-incomplete SEQRA process at that time plus the site’s status with the EPA. Maynard hoped to attend the November 17 meeting, but she was commuting home on the LIRR and she had only reached Brooklyn by the time the public hearing was continued. When told about the local law passing without obstruction or a single dissenting vote from the Board of Trustees, Maynard wrote the following in an email to The Garden City News on Friday, November 18. “I worried about it, and it was my deep hope they would have considered the environmental truths about the plan to develop. It looks like an ‘Epic fail.’ It is difficult to believe that the Trustees’ evaluation of environmental risks to humans at a Superfund location would not be a greater part of their risk-benefit analysis for a residential zoning modification. Now we are left to the work of demanding and watchdogging that worker safety and the soil disruptions (especially removed contents) don’t hurt people who are unaware, especially in our neighborhood. If they proceed without honest and correct remediation, we will have to rally and engage the media to make the risks publicly known – I am very unhappy with the outcome,” she wrote.

Library Friends sponsor Dickens performance Actor David Houston will perform a 70-minute dramatic reading “Three Dickens Stories for Snowy Days” at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St., in Garden City. Enjoy a recreation of the Charles Dickens American Tour of 1867 with period music, costume and small setting. This is an adult level program. Charles Dickens, one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language, was also a performer on the London stage and in his day was the most famous theatrical interpreter of his own stories and characters. Enjoy three dramatic readings from original Dickens adaptations: “Boots at the Holly Tree Inn,” a delightful tale of two 7-year-olds who run away to be married and are aided by a gardener along the way. “Sikes and Nancy,”

the chilling, unforgettable and exquisitely written murder scene from Oliver Twist. “Doctor Marigold,” an unforgettable, funny and very touching novelette about an itinerant salesman and his deaf and dumb adopted daughter. This public program is funded by Friends of the Library. Garden City adult residents will be given priority by presenting your GCPL card at the program room door. Non-

residents will be accommodated on a space available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Please, no busses. For directions phone (516) 742–8405. David Houston has appeared in leading roles in scores of plays and musicals, including Major Bouvier in Grey Gardens, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Ben in Death of a Salesman, Herr Shultz in Cabaret and Horace

in The Little Foxes. He is a published and produced writer of fiction and non-fiction. His Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby (St. Martin’s Press) was optioned for movie production. His original plays—including A Rodgers and Hart Audition, The Ghost of Dorothy Parker, and Murder and Madness and Poe—have been seen at a number of Long Island libraries and schools.



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GCHS Varsity Football Team defeated Hills West 13-6 at Lavalle Stadium in Stonybrook to win the Long Island Football Championship. Once again, the 2016 team demonstrated what happens when great coaching intersects with unselfishness combined with a good dose of talent, hard work and senior leadership! The two statistics that stood out in the game were. Hills West rushed 27 times for 4 yards in total and they were 1-9 on Third down conversions. The defense was so well prepared that you could hear the GC players calling out the next play as Hills West came to line of scrimmage. This was no second rate team they stifled. Hills West at averaged 37 points a game and 358 yards of offense up to this point. The defensive line and linebackers were basically impenetrable and made big plays all day. Beginning with a goal line stand, Paskowitz, Holloway, Buckley, Ingrassia, Salsberg, Desantis, Flanagan, Gormley and Desimplicis made play after play. The secondary of Atkinson, Puccio, Yeboah-Kodie, Granville, Wuch-te and Mixon held the very talented Hills receiver corp to one touchdown reception. They not only covered all day but came up in run support constantly. There were many big plays on defense; Desantis had 4 tackles for losses and a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery, Will Eigl added a tremendous sack of the qb , Yeboah-Kodie had a big sack near the end of the game and then on the next play intercepted a ball that had been deflected by Matt Granville,ending the game. Tim Gormley had a huge tackle for loss on a drive that started for Hills with a first and goal, Wuchte had a drive ending tackle on a fourth down play and Jamie Atkinson made a one hand grabbing tackle on a long bomb to prevent a

touchdown. Matt Desimplicis and Colin Paskowitz it seemed made too many plays to mention all of them. Not to be outdone, the offense though only putting 13 points on the board, controlled the ball for long possessions. The offensive line continually opened holes and protected the QB’s , Jack Bill and Colin Hart. The line of Gunn, Liberopolous, Wortmann, D’Angelo, Eigl, Cuircina and Blair fought up and down the field with a much larger opponent, all the hours they put in the weight room were evident as was their durability, not one lineman missed a snap all year. Chris Mixon ripped off a long twisting run to set up first FG and scored the only touchdown on a short run, but the whole stable of runners aided the effort. Atkinson, Wuchte, Desantis, Yeboah-Kodie all got carries and joined Coppola as lead blockers on many plays. The QB’s both ran well and threw well, with Hart connecting on some early throws and Bill connecting on two big first down throws ;a beautiful seam route to Nick Mixon and a long down and out to Atkinson. And finally - SPECIAL TEAMS - they were special. Highlights include Billy Rousakis’s 2 field goals and an extra point, Steve Spirakis’s kickoffs into the wind , Harry Blair long snapping and Marc Ventre booming the ball on punts, and the Kickoff coverage which has been excellent all year and in this game Jack Gannon made one of the hardest and best tackles of the year. It lit up the team and the crowd! The greatest coach of all time. John Wooden once said, “you would be surprised at how far we can go, if no one cares who gets the credit” I think he was talking about this years’ GCV Football Team. Congrats Coach Ettinger and his staff and all the players and support personnel on their First LI Championship!

The Big Man. #70 Eric Wortmann leading #12 Tyler Wuchte on sweep.

Championship trophy with the Captains and Coach!

Billy Rousakis kicking

#23 Trevor Yeboah -Kodie surrounded by Teammates after ending the game with his interception off of #30 Matt Granville’s deflection.

Andrew Desantis displays ball after his recovery!

Here come the Trojans!

#16 Jack Bill running the ball

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News

GCHS Varsity Football Team wins Long Island Football Championship


Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News



Beginning December 5th, the Department of Recreation and Parks will no longer accept cash payments for program registrations, rentals, and contracts at our Administrative Office or for Platform Tennis or Tennis at Community Park. Checks and credit cards will continue to be accepted.

Announcement about After School Program

Due to scheduled renovations in St. Paul’s Fieldhouse, our After School Program will not begin until January but will extend into March. Please check our website for further information as we get closer to the start date.

Winter Swim Lesson Registration

Classes offered are as follows: 10:00 am Level 1 (10 maximum) 10-1 10:00 am Level 3 (10 maximum) 10-3 10:00 am Level 4 (10 maximum) 10-4 10:00 am Level 6F (12 maximum) 10-6F 11:00 am Level 2 (10 maximum) 11-2 11:00 am Level 3 (10 maximum) 11-3 11:00 am Level 4 (10 maximum) 11-4 11:00 am Level 5 (10 maximum) 11-5 12:00 pm Level 2 (10 maximum) 12-2 12:00 pm Level 4 (10 maximum) 12-4 12:00 pm Level 5 (10 maximum) 12-5 12:00 pm Level 6P (12 maximum) 12-6P 1:00 pm Level 1 (10 maximum) 1-1 1:00 pm Level 2 (10 maximum) 1-2 1:00 pm Level 3 (10 maximum) 1-3 1:00 pm Level 4 (10 maximum) 1-4 Please make selections carefully as fees are not returnable. To register, please download a registration form from our website (www. and mail it in with payment or, if you have a password you can register online at Registration is by mail only until December 6th.

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 10, 2016. Classes are taught by Red Cross Certified Instructors. The cost The Garden City Department of is $100.00. To register, please mail this Recreation and Parks will again offer form and a check to the Recreation a Floor Hockey Program in St. Paul’s and Parks Department at 108 Rockaway Field House. The program will be Ave. Walk in registrations will not open to Village residents in grades be accepted beginning Tuesday, K through 6 on Fridays beginning December 6. December 2 according to the follLevel 1 – Introduction to Water Skills owing schedule: Level 2 – for children who have taken Grades K - 1 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. a lesson but need to learn fundamental Grades 2 - 3 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. skills Grades 4 - 6 8:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Level 3 – will build on fundamental Meeting dates: December 2, 9, 16, skills by providing guided practices January 6, 13, 20, February 3 Level 4 – Develops confidence in the The cost of this program will be $55.00 strokes learned and improve other All Participants are required to wear aquatic skills the following equipment at all times: Level 5 – Provides further coordination Hockey helmet with cage, hockey and refinement of strokes gloves, shin pads, sneakers, hockey Level 6P – Personal Water Safety stick stresses survival floating, treading To register for this program, please water, swimming in clothes, etc. visit the Recreation and Parks Office Level 6F – Water Fitness – sessions will at 108 Rockaway Ave. or, if you have cover learning training techniques, a password, register online at www. how to use fins, kickboards, pace, clock, etc. 1-8 Page - 09-21-16_Layout 1 9/26/16 2:42 PM Page 1 GC-CHERRY

Floor Hockey Registration Begins

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The Men’s Association News Girls and Boys

Basketball Tip-Off Fundraiser Hold the date for the third annual event. To be held Monday, Dec. 5, at Doc O’Grady’s from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $75 per person which includes dinner and open bar. 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Hope all can attend.

Next Meeting

Attention all Directors !!! The next meeting will be Monday, January 8. Location will be Doc O’Grady’s. This will be held prior to the BCS College Football Championship Game. Complete details on start time, costs, box pool, etc. still to come. Watch for an e-mail to be sent by the President for the agenda.. Please make every effort to participate. Your voice needs to be heard!

Upcoming Garden City High School Home Athletic Schedule Tuesday, Dec. 6---JV and Varsity Wrestling, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7---Girls and Boys Varsity Bowling, 4:15 p.m. (Herrill Lanes)

TMA Website

Now can be accessed thru www. Note: this is the new web site we have been working towards which is much more friendlier “domain” name. Check it out! Signup to be a Director, ability to pay dues, make a donation to one of our many causes, etc. Take a look. We welcome all feedback !!!

Facebook Page

Yes, we have reached the modern times! Another venue to find out about the TMA and all we do!

Who We Are

For over 80 years, The Men’s Association or simply the TMA has supported the athletic and social activities of students in the Garden City schools and promoted good sportsmanship as well as ideal citizenship. The TMA is composed of

more than 100 active Directors, 50 Life Directors and 500 Family members. With the generous support of our fellow residents, the Men’s Association has been involved in a great number of projects covering a wide range of interests. While we are still primarily committed to the athletic programs at the Middle School and High School, in recent years the TMA has expanded their support and sponsorship to other programs benefiting a wider range of students in the Garden City Schools. Some of these programs are SEPTA, the Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation, Best Buddies, the GC High School Marching Band, BAA/ GAA Awards Night, Middle School Bagel Bash, Reeves Scholarship, Bethany LeSueur Jersey Retirement Ceremony, GCHS Stem Program, CPR training for all coaches, HUDL, 9th grade BBQ, Kickline, GCTA Hurricane Relief Fundraiser and the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances. All of this would not be possible without your continued assistance on aiding all we do. Thanks to all who contribute!

How you can join

The TMA is always looking for potential new members. If you’re a father who has a child or children in the GC School District and are willing to be involved please contact one of the Officers or Directors for an application. Thanks to all those who have joined as family members! Go Trojans!


Any directors who have not paid their annual dues please mail your $100 check to the treasurer.

TMA Officers

Jim Connolly---President John Blair Bob Leggett---Treasurer Pete Haeffner Rob McLoughlin Bob Basel

Garden City Pool Interviews The Garden City Pool will be conducting interviews for the upcoming 2017 Pool season. We are looking for energetic, hardworking candidates to join our team of lifeguards and pool staff. To sign up for an interview you must be a high school senior or older. If you are not a high school senior or older but worked at the Pool at the end of last summer you are also eligible to register for an interview. Interviews are mandatory for all potential employees, even if you worked at the pool last year! All inter-

views will be held at the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Avenue. For further information or to schedule an interview please call the Recreation Office at 516-465-4075. For the following interview date: • Monday, December 19th, 10am - 4pm • Tuesday, December 27th, 10am - 4pm • Wednesday, December 28th, 10am-4pm • Thursday, December 29th, 10am – 4pm • Friday December 30th, 10am–4pm • Saturday, January 7th, 9am-2pm

Roz Catena, volunteer, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program; Hillary Rutter, director, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program; Ryan Keough, executive chef, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas; Dion Raftis, general manager, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. Representatives from Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas present a check for $743 to Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program – a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, supporting, empowering, and advocating for breast cancer patients, professionals, and the community – on November 15. To raise funds, Spuntino Wine Bar &

Italian Tapas in Garden City donated $1 from sales of select cocktails during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donation will help support Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program’s efforts to provide counseling, education and advocacy programs, ensuring that no person affected by breast cancer has to face it alone.

Garden City Basketball K-1-2 Clinic Our Garden City Basketball K-1-2 Clinic will be held on Sundays from 12:30pm - 2:15pm at the St Paul’s Fieldhouse. Our season will begin Sunday, December 4th and run through Sunday March 5, 2017. We have off dates for Christmas, New Years and the Martin Luther King holidays. Registration is $125 with online signup at www.gardencitybasketball. org This season will see our program further increase the number of professional instructors utilized from the Island

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News

Restaurant supports fight against breast cancer

Garden and the Adelphi University Women’s Basketball team. Please use the “clinic link” on our website for background on the skills/ format/structure of the clinic. Please note that this is a clinic and teams are not formed and participants are not called. Our greater mission is to provide a wonderful experience for all of our participants so that a lifelong love of the game of basketball will be nurtured and grow. If there are any questions about our program, please contact John Skramko at or 516-746-9659.

Toy drive to benefit the INN Thomas, Matthew and Grace Mage are holding their 7th 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 150 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!


Send in your grandchildren’s photos and enter our “World’s Most Beautiful Grandchildren” contest. Just send a photo and a brief description of the child (or children) along with your name and address to:

Locust Valley Office


Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm 83 Westminster Road, Garden City, NY

This majestic 5-bedroom, 3.55-bath English Tudor has magnificent curb appeal and boasts 5,000 sq. ft. of living space. A grand and elegant foyer makes a stunning first impression as does the spectacular living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and cathedral ceiling. Upstairs, there are 5 bedrooms, including a spacious master, and 3 full baths. The large, finished basement includes a playroom, powder room, recreation room with pool table and an impressive taproom. The outside of the home has been beautifully restored and includes a slate roof, Wallcoat exterior, new attic windows, leaders and gutters, and 2 re-bricked chimneys. SD #18. MLS# 2771202. $2,199,000. Fortune Heaney, CBR, SRES Associate Real Estate Broker Gold Circle of Excellence Garden City Office 102 Seventh St, Garden City, NY 516.248.6655, c.516.521.9772


Lisa Heaney, CBR

Real Estate Salesperson Gold Circle of Excellence Garden City Office 102 Seventh St, Garden City, NY 516.248.6655, c.516.376.3470

Each office is independently owned and operated. We are pledged to provide equal opportunity for housing to any prospective customer or client, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News


OPEN HOUSE Sunday, December 4th, 12:30 – 2:30pm 103 Jefferson Street, Garden City, NY

Newly built 2007 Colonial in the highly desired Western section, boasts 4 large bedrooms including tremendous master suite with walk-in closet. Open concept 1st level with high 9-ft. ceilings and has a large eat-in kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances and a wine fridge. Large family room with wood burning fireplace. Architectural features throughout. Home hosts green features including southern facing solar panels lowers energy costs by 60% including 2 zones of central AC. Large 2-car garage with custom built-ins and full 3rd floor walkup attic suits all of your storage needs. Close proximity to Stewart Manor train station is a commuter’s delight. SD #18. MLS# 2898732. $889,000. Laura Carroll

Real Estate Salesperson Silver Circle of Excellence Garden City Office 102 Seventh St., Garden City, NY 516.248.6655, c.917.370.5354 Each office is independently owned and operated. We are pledged to provide equal opportunity for housing to any prospective customer or client, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.


Fall In Love With The Wyndham

100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath. Rental. SD #18. MLS# 2878862. $4,100/mo.

100 Hilton Ave., Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath. Rental. SD #18. MLS# 2877133. $5,150/mo.

111 Cherry Valley Ave., Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath. Rental. SD #18. MLS# 2883624. $6,795/mo.

100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2867989. $685,000.

111 Cherry Valley Avenue, Garden City, NY 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2888547. $675,000.

100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2893104. $679,000.

100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2885239. $775,000.

100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2893128. $888,000.

Wyndham Resale Specialists: Patricia Costello • Alfred Kohart • Mary Krener • Linda Mulrooney

Wyndham Division 516.739.7171 100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY

Consult a Wyndham Resale specialist when looking to buy or sell. Our on-site office staff is unsurpassed in providing thorough knowledge of the Wyndham Complex. Their years of professional experience and excellent service at this Five-Star Luxury Facility ensure a seamless transaction for both seller and buyer.

Rentals • Garden City, NY

3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2896342. $3,950/mo.

Condos & Co-Ops • Plainview, NY

3-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #4. MLS# 2761892. $549,000.

• Southampton, NY

6-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #6. MLS# 2892643. $50,000/Aug-Labor Day.

Each office is independently owned and operated. We are pledged to provide equal opportunity for housing to any prospective customer or client, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News

Dougall Fraser Division

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News


Dougall Fraser Division OPEN HOUSE




Sunday, December 4th, 12:30 – 2:30pm 103 Jefferson Street, Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2898732. $889,000.

Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm 191 Wickham Road, Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2893895. $840,000.

Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm 83 Westminster Road, Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 3.555-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2771202. $2,199,000.

Sunday, December 4th, 1:30 – 3:30pm 101 Mulberry Avenue, Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2886631. $825,000.

Garden City, NY 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2895977. $589,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2896737. $699,000.

Garden City, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath SD #18. MLS# 2887889. $699,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2893180. $835,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2896055. $899,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2885328. $899,000.


Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# P1266915. $929,000.


Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2888807. $929,000.

Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 3.55-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2881082. $1,050,000.

Garden City, NY 4-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2856708. $1,050,000.

Garden City, NY 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2841131. $1,495,000.


Garden City, NY 6-bedroom, 4.55-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2889363. $1,750,000.

Garden City, NY 6-bedroom, 3.55-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2858574. $1,799,000.

Claudia Galvin Manager

Arthur Anderson

Rene Blair

Denise Eilbeck

Marilyn Frey

Vanessa (Maria) Genussa

Garden City Office • 516.248.6655 102 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY

Annmarie Bommarito

Susan Gillin

Garden City, NY 6-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2851595. $2,100,000.

Garden City, NY 6-bedroom, 4.55-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2881458. $2,400,000.

Laura Carroll

Ann Collins

Patricia Costello

Joanne Crokos

Daureen Hausser

Fortune Heaney

Lisa Heaney

Kathleen Higdon

Garden City, NY 7-bedroom, 7.555-bath. SD #18. MLS# 2801260. $4,999,999.

Christine Cudahy

Alfred Kohart

Patricia Dickson

Mary Krener

Each office is independently owned and operated. We are pledged to provide equal opportunity for housing to any prospective customer or client, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.




Out of Town Listings Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm 27 Azalia Court, Hempstead, NY 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #1. MLS# 2892502. $485,000.


Malverne, NY 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #12. MLS# 2885997. $489,000.

Cathedral Gardens, NY 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #27. MLS# 2884581. $599,000.

Levittown, NY 4-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #5. MLS# 2845990. $429,000.


Floral Park, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #22. MLS# 2893199. $630,000.

Franklin Square, NY 3-bedroom, 2-bath. SD #17. MLS# 2891849. $459,000.

Malverne, NY 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #12. MLS# 2890632. $479,000.


Stewart Manor, NY 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath. SD #16. MLS# 2891688. $639,000.

Floral Park, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #22. MLS# 2896253. $685,000.

Rockville Centre, NY 7-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #21. MLS# 2856205. $1,190,000.

Old Westbury, NY 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #2. MLS# 2877360. $1,288,000.


Rockville Centre, NY 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath. SD #21. MLS# 2847096. $738,000.

Rockville Centre, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #21. MLS# 2833551. $839,000.

Holliswood, NY 4-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #26. MLS# P1267914. $899,000.

For more listings, visit Centre Island, NY 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath. SD #6. MLS# 2875726. $1,495,000.

Rockville Centre, NY 5-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #21. MLS# 2883352. $1,498,000.

Point Lookout, NY 4-bedroom, 3-bath. SD #28. MLS# 2841447. $2,992,000.

2110 Grandview Drive, Orient, NY 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath. SD #1. MLS# 2831834. $3,295,000.

Robert J. Krener

Meredith Krug

Mary Lo Galbo

Kathy Lucchesi

Susan MacDonald

Brigid Marmorowski

Athena Menoudakos

Linda Mulrooney

Penelope Nikolakakos

Eileen O’Hara

Alexandra Parisi

Diane Piscopo

Kathleen Roberts

Suzanne Rueck

Julia Mastromauro Rosado

Joseph Scianablo

Jennifer Sullivan

Cheryl Trimboli

Scott Wallace

Maureen Walsh Lagarde

Garden City Office • 516.248.6655 102 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY

Each office is independently owned and operated. We are pledged to provide equal opportunity for housing to any prospective customer or client, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.

Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News

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Friday, December 2, 2016 The Garden City News


Share the warmth.

Donate a Coat. We need your help collecting coats for those less fortunate in our local community. Please donate a coat at our office. Because sharing is caring. Daniel Gale Cares.

*From Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, we will be collecting gently used/new coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves of all sizes for The Inn in Hempstead. We appreciate your donation. Monday – Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sundays: 10am to 4pm

Garden City Office | 516.248.6655 | 102 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY Garden City Wyndham Office | 516.739.7171 • 100 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY

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The Garden City News  

● Published: Friday, December 2, 2016 ● Issue: Vol.93, No.13

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