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Mayor’s Report: February 15, 2013

Shop And Dine In Garden City

From time to time I have utilized this column to remind residents that we are fortunate to have a very viable business community in our village that offers great products, attentive customer service and enjoyable dining experiences.

With St. Valentine’s Day upcoming, I encourage you to make a reservation or simply drop in at one of our restaurants with your special someone to enjoy a special evening just minutes away from your home.

House Numbers

All residents are urged to post their house numbers on the front of their homes. A properly displayed house number can save precious time when our emergency services are responding to your home.

Winter Water Facts And Tips

I would like to take this opportunity to again remind you of some winter water facts and tips:

Outside water faucets have a valve inside which can be shut off during winter months. Purchasing an insulated hose faucet cover will also help protect the valve from freezing.

Frozen pipes can result in damage to your home, and repairs can be costly. If you have experienced freeze-up problems in the past, it is suggested that a faucet be allowed to flow with a steady drip that will help prevent the recurrence of a freeze-up.

To prevent pipes from freezing, you can insulate them and keep your thermostat set at no less than 60 degrees.

Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. We also remind those residents who are grieving their taxes that this is also Grievance Night, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a firsthand 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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