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Mayor’s Report: November 19, 2012

Giving Thanks

At this celebratory time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the proverbial corner, we have a great deal to be thankful for. While we are very fortunate to have our power restored in Garden City, there are many residents of the county who will never again set foot in what were their homes. Let us be very grateful for our blessings and have as pleasant a Thanksgiving as you can under these trying times.

Special Thanks To Village Employees

At Thanksgiving, I feel that it is appropriate to pause for a few minutes and to reflect upon those things that we may take for granted and how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful community. In doing so, I quickly acknowledge the many employees of the police, fire and public works departments who will work around the clock on Thanksgiving to assure the safety and comfort of our families. I also want to acknowledge the members of the volunteer fire department who remain ready to leave their homes to come to our aid. In addition, I would like to thank the special police for their efforts in helping out in the Annual Turkey Trot, thank you to each of these fine people for the sacrifices they make in leaving their families during this holiday time to attend to the welfare of our residents and make Garden City a great place to live.

Village Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Day

Village offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the Letter drop slot at the front door.

No Sanitation Collection - Thanksgiving Day

There will be no regular garbage or recycling pickup on Thanksgiving Day.  The holiday week collection will be as follows:

Western Half of the Village (West of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Monday and Friday   
Rubbish: Wednesday, Nov. 21

Eastern Half of the Village (East of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Tuesday and Saturday   
Rubbish: Wednesday, Nov. 21

Residents scheduled for recycling on Thanksgiving Day are asked to put their recyclables out on Thursday, November 29. All other recycling days remain the same.

Thirty-Fifth Annual Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot Race Committee of Garden City, Inc., will conduct its 35th annual Merrill Lynch Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 22. You can register online at www.gcturkeytrot.com. You can register the day of the race from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

The race will form at the St. Paul’s School with the Challenger Division race beginning at 9 a.m.; the 1.4-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5-mile run is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The route of the 5-mile race will be as follows: Starting on Stewart Avenue in front of St. Paul’s east to Cherry Valley Avenue continuing south on Rockaway Avenue, west onto 1st Street onto Cambridge Avenue, north on Whitehall Boulevard, continuing east onto South Avenue to Cherry Valley Avenue back to Stewart Avenue, then west onto Stewart Avenue past St. Paul’s and north on Hampton Road - the final lap will be continuing south on Rockaway to the finishing line at St. Paul’s.

Board Of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings that will be held in December are on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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