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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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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