From June 28 to July 5, Doctors Jack Oats and Anzhelika Vaccaro of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) will participate in A Promise to Peru, Inc. Cataract Surgical and Medical Mission to the Sacred Valley region of Peru. Founded in 2011, A Promise to Peru, Inc. has delivered much needed cataract surgery and medical care to almost 7,000 residents of remote Peruvian villages. The missions are designed to make a meaningful difference not just in the lives of the patients served, but for those volunteering as well.
Having the ability to check materials out of a public library is something most tax payers take for granted. But for a select number of Stewart Manor households, the simple action of checking out a book is not something that is taken so lightly. On March 18, the Village of Stewart Manor held an election in which residents who live on Fernwood Terrace voted to retain their access to the Garden City Public Library for another five years.
Homes on Fernwood Terrace technically do not reside within the boundaries of Garden City, even though they fall within the school district. Since those residences don’t pay Garden City taxes, they voted to continue paying a special fee in their Stewart Manor Village taxes to be granted access to the library. The Fernwood Terrace residencies contain an estimated population of 197.
The gradual dissolution of St. Paul’s School continues as the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously approved bond resolutions for the demolition of Ellis Hall and the renovation of Garden City Fire Department Headquarters at a cost of $750,000 and $900,000, respectively, at its March 20 meeting.
Ellis Hall was completed in 1969 to provide additional classrooms, science labs and a library for St. Paul’s School. In December 2013, trustees agreed to solicit competitive bids for its remediation and deconstruction in order to execute an inter-municipal agreement with Nassau County to receive $300,000 under the county’s 2006 Environmental Bond Act.
On Tuesday evening, April 8, The Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the Albanese Organization, Inc., are pleased to invite members of the business and residential community to the Revel Restaurant & Bar, 835 Franklin Avenue, to enjoy the chamber’s spring after hours networking event from 6-8 p.m.
As the country is gaining consciousness of its own environmental impact, Locally Long Island seeks to bring that awareness to residents through a sustainability-themed movie series.
The recently established organization is featuring an 11-week film series at the Ethical Humanist Society. Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery provides an organic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soup supper to start each Thursday evening. Each weekly session features an environmentally focused film followed by a guest speaker and discussion.
All good things must come to an end and for Robert Schoelle, Jr., that would be the 34 years he spent as the Village of Garden City’s chief administrative officer. Schoelle attended his final board of trustees meeting in this capacity on Thursday, March 20. The long-time village resident has held the post since 1980 and served under 18 mayors.
“I would like to thank the boards of trustees for giving me the opportunity to be of service to this wonderful community. It has been an honor and something that I will never forget,” he said.
Spring is here. Come on outside. The Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s April 6 Earthfest is a celebration recognizing the incredible value volunteers make to the community and the environment. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a 5K timed run starting at 10 a.m. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray will start the race through the sanctuary, adjoining Nassau Haven Park, and local streets in the Nassau Haven section of town. Garden City Police are monitoring the closed roads for the safety of runners. Awards for first place male and female, as well as under/over 30 runners include gift certificates from Eastern Mountain Sports. An additional 1-1/2k obstacle race within the sanctuary is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Come for a run and stay for the day. The event includes music by Acoustic Dave in the morning and a performance by the Garden City High School Jazz Ensemble 1-2 p.m. Food, entertainment, live animals, displays by local organizations and tours of the 9-acre environmental center will be conducted.
Belt tightening is usually the modus operandi when it comes to budgets and it’s been no different with the 2014-15 Garden City budget, which is being proposed to increase by 3.9 percent for a grand total of $55.7 million. At the village’s second budget meeting last month, the official on the hot seat regarding department cutbacks was Village of Garden City Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs Kevin Ocker. He was asked by the board to evaluate what can be done to close the gap on the village’s pool and tennis enterprise accounts. According to Ocker, a plan was developed to increase membership fees, such as a $15 increase for a now $500 family membership, and offer a $50 seasonal golf pass to pool members that they can purchase at the beginning of the pool season.
Stewart Manor resident William Grogan won a spot on the Village Board of Trustees in the annual election held last Tuesday, March 18. Grogan ousted incumbent Orlando Sa while Mary Carole Schafenberg was reelected to her position as trustee.
Newcomer Grogan, representing the Independent Unity Party, won by a large margin and received the most votes out of all three candidates, 225. Schafenberg held onto her seat with 204 votes. Sa and Schafenberg represented the Village Party.
With retiring Village Administrator Robert Schoelle leaving such a large impression behind him, the Garden City Board of Trustees made an equally large splash announcing the hiring of former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi as Schoelle’s heir effective March 31. The announcement was made at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday, March 20. Suozzi’s new responsibility as village administrator will find him reporting to Mayor John Watras and the board of trustees as the chief operating officer, responsible for leading and managing the daily operational activities of the village. The Glen Cove native was plucked from an initial pool of 120 applicants found by AffionPublic, a national municipal search firm that was tapped by the search committee of Trustees Richard Silver, Andrew Cavanaugh and Brian Daughney to aid in filling the position. The search process was an arduous one, according to Mayor Watras.
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