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Mayor's Report: July 4, 2013

Friday Night Promenades On Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during July and August) from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.

Program organizers are working with representatives from the Incorporated Village to develop plans which will allow for the closing of Seventh Street each Friday evening between Franklin and Hilton Avenues (hopefully beginning as early as July 5) so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope to see you on a Friday evening.

Aggressive Driving Enforcement Program

The police department has been conducting an aggressive driving enforcement program that has concentrated on violations such as, but not limited to, speeding, tailgating, reckless driving, passing a red traffic light or stop sign, unsafe lane/turns, failure to yield, and passing stopped school buses. During this campaign numerous tickets have been issued for these violations. Many of these vehicle stops for aggressive driving have resulted in vehicle impounds as well as arrests for drug possession, wanted persons, DWI offenses and serious traffic offenses.

Motorists are encouraged to be courteous to other drivers and not retaliate to other persons’ driving habits or mistakes. Road rage incidents often escalate into serious offenses such as assault or other serious offenses. As such, motorists observing serious and dangerous driving behaviors are encouraged to call 911 rather than take matters in their own hands. Motorists are also advised of new state legislation enacted regarding to texting and mobile device use (includes mobile phones) while driving. A person now convicted of this offense will be assessed five (5) points against their license. The police department will continue to make traffic enforcement a priority in an effort to make our streets safer.

Fireworks Injuries

As adults we know that it is illegal to possess and/or use fireworks. The main reason they became illegal is because they cause injury. Residents are reminded that the police department will be on alert to interdict illegal fireworks use to prevent community disruption and often needless injury. I strongly urge parents, who are the ultimate and most effective preventers, to ban the use of fireworks.

Independence Day—July 4

Retail sales will be prohibited in the village between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Certain exceptions are restaurants, delicatessen items and alcoholic beverages.

In observance of Independence Day, municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will reopen on Friday, July 5.

Shop And Dine Outdoors

The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. Keep in mind that these merchants save you from traveling outside the village for your needs. Consider the harsh reality if we did not have these businesses here to service our needs. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Board Of Trustees Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August, the board of trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. These meetings are held in the boardroom at village hall. 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

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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