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Mayor's Report: October 24, 2013

Traffic Safety Awards Program

Last week I had the honor of representing the village along with Commissioner Jackson and other representatives from the Garden City Police Department, at the AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Program. The Village of Garden City was one of only seven communities on Long Island to achieve the statewide Platinum Award, AAA’s highest Award, for its commitment to traffic safety and for success in addressing local traffic safety issues. In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, Garden City received the AAA Pedestrian Safety Award. These awards are just one example which represents how fortunate we are in the village to have such a dedicated and efficient police department.

“Fall Festival Street Fair” Homecoming Parade

This Saturday, Oct. 26, will be a very festive day in our village marked by the chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual “Fall Festival Street Fair”, combined with the annual High School Homecoming Day Parade. There will be lots of activities for the children including two trackless kiddy trains carrying youngsters 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street, an inflatable bouncy house, the ever popular money cube (kids catching flying money) and returning for 2013 to liven up the street will be Fivestone, a contemporary rock band. There will be face painters, young dancers from Broadway Bound of Garden City; sidewalk sales and lots of good food. I hope that you are planning to come to this fun day in the village and I hope to see you all there to enjoy the community spirit and fun.

The chamber’s Street Fair on Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will run through to 3 p.m. Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. For your convenience, please use the Hilton and Franklin Avenue entrances to parking field No. 7S and the Stewart Avenue entrances to parking field No. 7N. The high school’s Homecoming Parade will step off promptly at 1 p.m. from the most easterly end of Seventh Street and proceed west along Seventh Street to Cathedral Avenue, north onto Stewart Avenue, west to Oxford Boulevard and north to the high school parking field. The homecoming festivities and football game will follow the parade at the Warren King Field.

Huddle Trailer To Visit Saturday, October 26

For the first time the Super Bowl will be played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, on Sunday, Feb. 2. During the next few months an organization known as The Super Bowl Host Committee will be promoting the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII by exhibiting a traveling Join the Huddle shuttle to communities throughout the metropolitan area.

The state-of-the-art railer will be parked in the easterly end of village parking field No. 7N from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. It will feature a 10’x10’ stage, flat-screen monitor with video programming and an audio system.

While you are attending the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s Street Fair, please stop by and join the activities.

Board Of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings for the month of November are Nov. 7 and Nov. 21 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 firsthand 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.

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school 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