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Watras Elected Garden City Mayor

Written by Vilma Sceusa, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

Former police/fire commissioner

becomes 45th village head

John Watras was elected Garden City’s 45th Mayor on March 19 during the general village election. He will be sworn in on April 1 at village hall. Watras, who won the February run-off election when challenged by fellow trustee Laurence Quinn, was unanimously selected by the Western Property Owners Association’s (POA) nominating committee.

A veteran of village politics, he has18 years of service under his belt with the Western POA having served as a village trustee for the past ten years. As trustee, Watras has held various positions including, Finance Chairman, trustee liaison to the Garden City Historical Society, the Garden City Public Library, Board of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, Zoning Board of Appeals, senior citizens, and the Environmental Advisory Board. Prior to his election to the village board of trustees, Watras served as President and held several director positions.

 

House Detectives #6

Written by Suzie Alvey, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

“Hoest 33” is the next home that needs identification in the Estates Section of Garden City.

The mystery location of “Hoest 35” has been solved by two Garden City residents, William Daly and Joan Kane.

 

Weitzman: Downtowns Are Key

Written by Ronald Scaglia, Rscaglia@antonnews.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Former Comptroller wants hometown feel in

Nassau County, IDA cooperation

“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”

That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.

 

Robotics Team Wins Award

Written by Marilou Giammona, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Rookies Catch ‘Rising Star’ from Champs

Three… two … one … LEGO! The countdown reverberated through the gymnasium of Longwood High School in Middle Island on Sunday, March 3, as 41 LEGO robotics teams stood poised to have their self-constructed robots run various missions. Among those teams was the Garden City Robotics League’s (GCRL) Robotic Rebels, a seven-member team comprising 10- and 11-year-old children.

The 9th Annual Long Island FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship Tournament was an invitational. The Robotic Rebels, along with three other GCRL FLL teams, competed among 80 teams on Feb. 2 and 3 at Central Islip Senior High School at the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournament. Coached by Steve Giammona and Brian Sanguyu, the Rebels were among the top 50 percent of teams over the two-day qualifier last month to advance to the championship, clinching first place for “Innovative Solution.”

 

It’s Good To Be Kings

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, dgilderubio@antonnews.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
The wintery blast of weather that blew through our area recently may have prevented Kings Food Market from having its Taste of Spring ribbon cutting event outside like originally planned, but it didn’t stop executives from the company and local officials from taking part in the store’s official re-launch. As the sole Long Island location out of the 25 stores that make up the New Jersey-based supermarket chain, this Kings was taking part in a company-wide re-branding campaign whose tagline is “where inspiration strikes.” It’s a mantra that CEO Judy Spires unabashedly embraces.

“[Kings] is an upscale shopping experience for foodies. We absolutely love great food and we love sharing that passion with food,” Spires enthusiastically said. “What you’ll find in our stores are rare items. Only the highest quality product in the store for the person that has that sophisticated palate and taste. That coupled with our knowledgeable and caring staff, really solidifies what our brand is and differentiates us.”

 

Compliments Of The Chef

Written by Betsy Abraham, babraham@antonnews.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Rein offers guests an inside look

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? Is it like Hell’s Kitchen where dishes and curses fly? Is everyone furiously chopping while fire from the ovens roars? Are they just microwaving your entrees?

Rein invites you to find out.

 

Freezing Out The Competition?

Written by Marilou Giammona, editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

For Stewart Manor residents expecting a major meltdown between TCBY and Carvel at a public hearing last week, soft-serve endorsements for the potential new kid on the block were served up instead.

Following a recent zoning board meeting, at which future TCBY owners and Garden City residents Carlos and Helene Jorge were granted a variance for 11 parking spaces, the Stewart Manor board of trustees approved a Special Use application that would allow the Jorges to open a TCBY yogurt shop at 100 Covert Ave., the site of the former Stewart Manor branch of the Elmont Public Library.

 

Busing And The School Budget

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, dgilderubio@antonnews.com Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Transportation expenses raise

questions at review session

On Tuesday, Feb. 26 the Garden City Board of Education held its second meeting in the budget review process. This particular presentation focused on the non-instructional components for 2013-14. The proposed overall budget is $107,930,252 that is part of the budget-to-budget increase of 3.56 percent; which results in a projected tax levy increase (with STAR) of 3.86 percent against a maximum allowable tax levy of 3.91 percent.

There are three key drivers primarily responsible for increasing the size of the budget. The first are pension cost hikes that increased from 12.3 percent to 16.5 percent for teachers and administrators and 18.9 percent to 20.9 percent for all other employees. Then there is debt service—payments for bonds approved by the community in 1998, 2005 and 2009. The good news here is that debt service is slated to decline beginning in 2015. Most onerous is the tax certioraris, which found Nassau County shifting responsibility for paying in errors in the county’s assessments to schools districts. Along with covering the cost of these incorrect assessments, there are other expenditures involved as well. Coupled with pension cost hikes, the other state-mandated cost, it adds up to large amount for the district to cover according to Dr. Robert Feirsen, the evening’s first presenter and the school district superintendent.

 

Haber’s Hat In Ring

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio, editorial@antonnews.com Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

County executive candidate

sits down with Anton Editors

Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.

“I’m not going to get the nomination,” he said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”

 

Sounds Of Silence

Written by Rick Karas, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Decibel ratings of standby generators

discussed with the public

Noise was the order of the night at the Garden City Board of Trustees meeting at Village Hall on Tuesday. Not from any sort of spirited debate between board members and the public; rather, a bit of noise about noise itself.

Specifically, the noise of standby generators. Resident Amanda Mancuso asked the board to reconsider the decibel rating restrictions for such generators.

 

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