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GC School District Rides Out The Storm

Written by Betsy Abraham Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Board of Education discusses Sandy’s effect on district calendar  

The Garden City Board of Education met with parents and teachers on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to discuss Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the school calendar.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen shared some of the problems the school district encountered in resuming classes, pointing out that the district’s main concern was student safety. One struggle included communicating with parents or making an alternate plan when all streams of communication, such as phone, email, and the Internet, were down or inaccessible. Feirsen said that even if the power had been restored, getting students to and from school safely would have been an issue as many roads were blocked with fallen trees and streetlights were not working, making intersections unsafe. 


Sandy Slays Stewart Manor Trees, Power Lines

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

Close-knit community rises above devastation to help one another

One by one, Stewart Manor residents began to emerge from their powerless homes on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to assess the damage brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Dodging downed trees, utility poles and power lines, neighbors gathered in clusters throughout the village with dazed looks on their faces. The overall mood, however, was positive. Residents were relieved, knowing it could have been worse, and were at the ready to help one another.

“I just showed [my neighbor across the street] how to light her stovetop so she could perk coffee,” said an Elton Road resident. Appreciating the simple, everyday things helped local residents maintain perspective as news reports of complete devastation of towns like Long Beach rolled in.


Local Officials Ask Fed Gov’t To Help LIPA

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

Power authority is blasted for delays in power restoration and lack of communication

“LIPA has failed and has failed miserably.”

That is what Congressman Peter King said at a press conference in which elected officials called on the federal government to send resources to get the job done in turning power back on for all Long Island residents. On Friday, Nov. 8, 11 days after super storm Sandy devastated Long Island, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported that more than 81,000 Nassau County customers remained without power and more than 162,000 throughout Nassau and Suffolk. That was enough for King, County Executive Ed Mangano, Congressman Steve Israel, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, to hold a press conference and ask the federal government to send the resources to do the job which LIPA has not been able to.


Lord & Taylor To Host Taste Of Garden City

Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

For the seventh consecutive November, Lord & Taylor will proudly host the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Garden City After Hours Networking Event on Thursday evening, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Showcased will be an assemblage of local member restaurants and eateries that will provide samples of their finest culinary specialties. No need for dinner following this much looked-forward-to event in Lord & Taylor’s party-like atmosphere. 


Weathering The Storm

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Downed trees and lost power biggest obstacles in  Hurricane Sandy recovery effort

Much like many other areas of Long Island, the Village of Garden City had more than its share of work to do in wrestling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. According to the LIPA website, as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2,286 Garden City residents and 292 Stewart Manor denizens were without power. As of Monday, Nov. 5, LIPA informed the Village of Garden City that the entire village was to have had power restored no later then by the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 7. In the meantime, added police patrols were to have been assigned village wide. 

The Garden Parks and Recreation Department, which is responsible for maintaining all foliage-related issues found in the village’s common areas has had its hands full given the fact that more than 54 trees have fallen on houses and side streets. The large amount of power lines knocked down resulted in the issuing of a Nassau County public safety announcement that states, “Area conditions remain extremely dangerous. Do not touch downed wires. Do not touch trees entangled in wires. Traffic lights are not working. Travel is hazardous and not recommended.”



Election Results

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:11

(Unofficial Results)
* winner

U.S. President:
* Barack Obama (D)
Mitt Romney (R)


Build It And They Shall Come

Written by Rick Karas Monday, 05 November 2012 16:39

District hears external audit along with special education report, and gives a tour of the renovated middle school

When evaluating how a school district is serving its students and the community as a whole, sometimes it’s necessary to get an extra set of eyes or two for a clear analysis.

At the Oct. 16 Garden City Board of Education meeting, the board and the public got to hear how the district is doing financially, and how the Special Education department is faring. Both reports came from outside parties.


Hearing The Need For A Second Chance

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:52

Garden City residents give hearing impaired a shot at employment

Long time Garden City resident Joseph Giacinto and his wife Valerie recently attended the first annual Sailing the Sound for Deafness fundraiser at the Mill Neck Manor to benefit children who are deaf, hard of hearing and who have other special needs. The Mill Family of Organizations which is housed on 86 acres surrounding the gold coast mansion of Mill Neck Manor, has a school for the deaf, an early childhood center for children with speech and language difficulties as well as an audiology center for the community. Not only do the Giacintos support the organization, but they also hire the deaf.

Giacinto is the president and CEO of Carle Place’s PBI Payroll, which does the payroll and outsourcing for human resources for Mill Neck Manor. For years they have been hiring deaf people to work in their organization. “Deafness is not a disability. The deaf workers we have are phenomenal people, extremely patient and extremely dedicated beyond belief and they are inspirational. It’s been a great experience. It adds to the family nature of our company, which is [something] we push for and it gives us a different flavor. It’s nice; emotionally [and] spiritually, it really changes things for us.”


Incumbent Senator Hannon Challenged By Cronin

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio and Christy Hinko Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Hannon: Medicaid/Medicare reform, jobs and taxes central to subsequent term

By Dave Gil de Rubio
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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters will go to the polls to decide whether Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, TR) will return to serve his 13th term overall in New York’s 6th Senate District. Running against Hannon is newcomer and fellow Garden City resident Ryan Cronin, a litigator with experience representing victims of financial fraud and a former executive director of the Nassau County Democratic Committee. Hannon recently came in to sit down with Anton Community Newspapers editors to discuss past, present and future issues facing his constituents and policies he’s enacted to address these concerns.


Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.


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