With the beginning of spring, there is nothing more seasonal then a barbecue. One Garden City family-owned business decided to make this springtime tradition into an event to help the community.
On April 13 from noon to 4 p.m., Hampton Major Appliances held a free barbecue and charity raffle for all of its customers and any members of the town who wanted to come out. All raffle tickets were $10 and all the money raised went to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN), the largest soup kitchen on Long Island. The winner of the raffle took home a $5,000 Wolf Outdoor Grill and the first 100 raffle entries received a $25 Restaurant.com card.
The Garden City Board of Trustees had previously voted to give themselves the ability to override the tax cap if necessary. Now it’s crunch time, as the board works toward a final budget to present to the public.
Not surprisingly, residents are concerned about service cuts, in the areas of street cleaning and waste removal, for example. Village Mayor John Watras said the board was planning to head into executive session Wednesday night, with hopes of having the final numbers available to the public by April 18.
In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-2014 budget, the district continues its Question of the Week feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents. A complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district’s website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.
Question of the Week:
If employee pension costs are driving Garden City Public School’s 2013-2014 budget higher, can the school district contribute less?
The church school youth performed a dramatic re-enactment of the passion of Jesus Christ according to the apostle Luke at the Garden City Community Church recently. Six costumed scenes were portrayed: the Last Supper, Jesus praying in the garden, the arrest of Jesus, Jesus before the chief priest and Pilate, the way of the cross and the ultimate Resurrection. The children responded to each scene with a unison prayer and song. They also completed an Easter craft, held palms, and wore special crosses to symbolize their walking with Jesus. The scenes were accompanied by prayers and by songs performed by flutists Lana Noone, Rebecca Melkonian and Karin Melkonian.
“The Lenten Walk is a wonderful way for our youth to share their talents and faith with the younger children of the community. After each gospel scene, the children were able to ask the teenagers questions about what it would have been like to be Peter, a soldier, or to carry a cross. Their questions were a beautiful witness to their faith and it made Jesus’ journey to the cross less scary and more accessible for them. The Lenten Walk is a community prayer experience for kids, parents and adults of all ages to come to know Jesus better and experience his death and resurrection through the eyes of young people,” stated Paula Tusiani- Eng, interim church school administrator.
When Jessica Kaden was 11 years old, she began feeling extreme stomach pain. Given family history, her mother thought Jessica suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). But doctors dismissed the theory.
Today, the 16-year-old is battling Crohn’s Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that was not diagnosed until her 13th birthday. She has recently become an advocate for research and awareness of her disease The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) discovered Jessica’s plight and embraced the enthusiastic manner in which she has been handling her situation. This upbeat approach has carried over into the high school student’s recent involvement in the CCFA Team Challenge.
The Garden City Board of Trustees underwent a change in the form of newly-elected Mayor John Watras and trustees Robert Bolebruch and Richard Silver, who were all sworn in on Monday April 1 by acting justice Merril Biscone. With Mayor Don Brudie and Trustee Laurence Quinn departing, Bolebruch and Silver, (from the West and Central respectively), were elected to fill those slots.
Watras, unanimously nominated by the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA), becomes the 45th Garden City mayor. But the path to becoming village head included the former deputy mayor/police and fire commissioner having to defeat fellow trustee Quinn in a February run-off election. And while the past year included occasional dust-ups on the board, particularly in regards to the fate of St. Paul’s, Watras’s message on this particular evening focused on solving problems and having residents donate time and pull together for the common good of the village.
Mayor John J. Watras (Term Expires 4/2015)
Trustee Nicholas P. Episcopia (Term Expires 04/2014)
Cultural & Recreation Affairs - Liaison
Committee on Public Information - Chairperson
Some college students’ schedules consist largely of going to and from class. Getting to meet the head women in charged of corporations such as Google and learning from an executive of North Shore LIJ are opportunities that only select few college females get to experience.
Adelphi University junior and finance major Danielle Arboleda was one of the select few lucky enough to become part of the Junior Moxxie program.
Arboleda started the program in March 2012 as part of a one-year stint that ends this spring.
Number “11” is the next home that needs identification in Garden City, and can be located anywhere in town. This beautiful home has an unusual foundation of brick and wood that might make it easier to find.
“Hoest 33” has been identified as 117 Brompton Rd., and is next door to “hoest 35, which is 121 Brompton Rd. The current homeowner recognized her home in the article and was happy to provide some information.
The Garden City board of trustees and department heads continue to work diligently to pare down the 2013-2014 budget. “The crux of the problem,” said village auditor James E. Olivo at a budget review session on March 20, is the diminished surplus available for appropriation.
The $759,045 surplus available for appropriation this year compares with $2,964,244 appropriated for the 2012-2013 budget. Superstorm Sandy-related expenses that the village incurred totaled $694,057—total Sandy operations were $5,552,459; FEMA reimbursements totaled $4,858,402—wiping out a big chunk of the surplus.
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