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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.


A New Look For Garden City Public Schools

Written by Garden City Public Schools Office of Public Information Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Upgrades done at no net taxpayer cost with savings to be in six figures

Inside and out, Garden City School District has a fresh new look. District students can create, research, study, and build the foundations for a lifelong love of learning in the many new and upgraded classrooms and work spaces now in use. The sweeping changes were made possible by the School Investment Bond approved by voters on October 27, 2009 and the district’s Energy Performance Contract (EPC).


Excellence In Education

Written by Katelyn Malloy Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Garden City native chosen for prestigious educator program

Roslyn’s Buckley Country Day School recently congratulated Gina Sipley on being selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to participate in their annual Teacher of the Future program. The Forest Hills resident was chosen along with 20 other teachers nationwide who inspire academic excellence and prominent teacher leadership. NAIS believes in high quality education for the 21st century, and focuses on nominees who excel in teaching environmentalism, globalism, equity and justice in conjunction with their use of technology in and out of the classroom.

Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel of Buckley says, “Mrs. Sipley is an example of the type of growth-minded professionals that Buckley wants to continue to attract and support.”


Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies At 62

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00

Longtime legislator passes away suddenly while on the job

Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”


Superintendents Join To Restore Service Programs

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Long Island school district leaders call on Nassau County to restore $8 million in funding

Local school district superintendents on Tuesday, Oct. 2 called on Nassau County to restore youth and family programs that were cut or eliminated from the county budget on July 5. Representatives from Elmont, Great Neck, Long Beach, Massapequa, Mineola, Uniondale and Westbury protested the decision to slash nearly $8 million in program funding that went to counseling, tutoring, crisis intervention, after school programs, among other areas.

These programs were the victim of the ongoing tug-of-war between party lines in the county concerning borrowing and redistricting. Organizations across Nassau County, like the Gateway Youth Outreach in Elmont and Mineola Youth and Family Services in Mineola were blindsided when the cut came down three months ago.


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