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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

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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