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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

‘Landscape-altering’ bug creeping north

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of the Island designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.

Elmont Library reneges on

Stewart Manor drop-box

It was announced at the August Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting that the Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop-box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the Village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the Board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Stewart Manor Mayor Gerard Tangredi.


Sports

Garden City falls to Brentwood

after beating Farmingdale

The Farmingdale Baseball League recently capped off its fourth annual 9/11 baseball tournament with a series of championship games, to ultimately determine which Long Island town reigns supreme. On Aug. 16, teams from 8U to 14U fought tooth and nail for the ultimate prize.

One of the most exciting games was the evening 14U championship match-up between the Garden City Warriors and Brentwood Braves.

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:


Calendar

Alice in Nanoland

Thursday, August 28

Nature’s Nighttime Noises

Saturday, August 30

Art With A French Twist

Thursday, September 11



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com