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Mayor's Report: August 29, 2013

Telephone Calls To The Garden City Police And Fire Departments

To report and emergency please dial 911 and state your name, address, nature of emergency and location of the emergency.

Police Department Non-Emergency Number 516-465-4100

Fire Department Emergency Number 516-746-2800

Fire Department Non-Emergency Number 516-746-1301

Best Wishes To Our College Bound Students

Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college.  Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees.  My colleagues on the Village Board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year.  We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country which will be their temporary homes.

Welcome Adelphi Students

Next week will mark the arrival of Adelphi’s Class of 2017 onto the Garden City campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The board of trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff as well as the Class of 2017 and all students a most productive year.

The village wants you to consider Garden City your home away from home during the next four years. While it is my hope that you will never require medical assistance during your stay at Adelphi, it is good to know that Garden City is the home to virtually every medical and dental discipline available and they are centered at 520 and 601 Franklin Ave. and on Seventh Street. We also invite you to visit our shopping areas and many fine restaurants on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road; bring your friends and family, all are welcome.

New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Please Continue To Shop And Dine Outdoors In Garden City

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.

In Preparation For Hurricane Season

I was recently reviewing a publication that was sent to the village by Nassau County on the subject of hurricane readiness. While the Incorporated Village of Garden City subscribes to an emergency weather service and carefully monitors regional storm activity, in preparation for implementing its storm emergency plan, there is a lot that residents can and should do to make preparations for the upcoming hurricane season. In this and succeeding columns I will share information so that you can be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island. In addition to the concern for your own safety and the safety of your family, please keep in mind those neighbors who are elderly, sick or alone who may be in need of assistance.

It is suggested that you prepare an “Emergency Go-Kit” which will include the following items:

•First Aid Kit (pack a “how to” guide as well.)

•Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.

•Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12 hour glow stick.

•A change of clothes, plus rain wear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.

•Personal items, i.e., eyeglasses, cash in small bills.

•Important documents in a waterproof container; drivers’ licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, social security cards, passport and home inventory list.

•Special items for infants, elderly, pets, or loved ones with special needs.

Please also be aware that Garden City High School is a Red Cross Shelter and the high school may open at the discretion of the Office of Emergency Management.

Board Of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. 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

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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