Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.
Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.
While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.
LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
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The Garden City Chamber of Commerce announced the installation of Shop Garden City banners bearing the Garden City Pineapple on several light poles on Seventh Street, lower Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. The Chamber initiated this project at the suggestion of Dennis Donnelly, village trustee liaison officer to the business community. The aim is to encourage potential customers to keep their dollars in Garden City’s community shopping area known as the T-Zone (Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue between the LIRR tracks and Stewart Avenue). A banner has also been placed in front of the Garden City Hotel to draw visitors to the downtown shops.
On Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Garden City Lord & Taylor will once again host the Garden City Chamber’s annual Taste of Garden City after-hours networking event. For the eighth consecutive year, this will serve as an early kick-off to the 2014 holiday season. Showcased will be a wealth of member restaurants and eateries graciously providing samplings of their finest culinary specialties.
No need for dinner following this much-looked-forward-to event in Lord & Taylor’s festively decorated, party-like atmosphere. Held in the renowned Sarabeth Restaurant at the north-east corner of the second level, there will be ample time for holiday shopping throughout the store, both during and following the event.
Representing the Garden City, Farmingdale, Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Levittown, Island Trees, East Meadow, Massapequa, Hicksville and Plainedge communities in Albany for the past 25 years, Republican state Sen. Kemp Hannon recently defeated his Democratic challenger Ethan Irwin, a Levittown attorney, for another term in office.
“Exercising one’s right to vote is one of our most important fundamental freedoms, and I look forward to returning to Albany to continue doing the people's work,” Hannon said.
The saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” came to mind when the issue of students from Sewanhaka High School hanging out at a nearby apartment building was brought up by residents at the Nov. 3 Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting. This problem with some of Stewart Manor’s younger neighbors alleging using drugs dominated the evening’s discussion. High school students from the area have drawn the ire of village residents for loitering near Argyle Road before school and committing illicit acts. During the meeting’s public comments, resident Grace Palestino mentioned an ongoing problem relating to illegal drug use behind the nearby Garden Apartments complex. Sewanhaka High School students are suspected of being the main culprits.
Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup for Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 and there will be no rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Western half of village (West of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Monday and Thursday Rubbish: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Eastern half of village (East of Rockaway Avenue)
Garbage: Wednesday and Friday Rubbish: Wednesday, Nov. 19
Residents scheduled for recycling on Tuesday, Nov. 11 are asked to put their recyclables out on Tuesday, Nov. 18. All other recycling days remain the same. Rubbish collection has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Submitted by Garden City Department of Public Works
Garden City residents Thomas and Carol Whalen will be co-chairing New Ground’s 14th Annual Groundbreakers’ Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park. Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Farrell Fritz, P.C. and Jim and Mary Jo Cowan will be honored for their ongoing dedication and commitment to New Ground’s mission. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes cocktails, dinner and dancing, silent and premiere auctions.
Proceeds from this event will support the many critical services and educational programs designed to help New Ground’s homeless families and veterans become self-supporting and independent.
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the four Property Owners’ Associations of Garden City will be jointly sponsoring a special public service presentation regarding facts and fallacies surrounding Ebola. Guest speakers will include John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer.
Collins and Dr. Ammazzalorso will speak to residents about Winthrop’s overall Ebola preparedness, protocols for screening individuals who come to the hospital, either at the emergency room or for elective procedures, employee training, details of the hospital’s isolation unit, as well as county-wide preparations. Dr. Ammazzalorso will also be able to answer questions about the nature of the disease, symptoms, and known risks for infection.
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