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First Responders Contain East Garden City Fire

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

AvalonBay to begin rebuilding immediately

If you were driving in East Garden City last Wednesday morning, you may have noticed a sky full of billowing smoke after one of the AvalonBay condominium buildings became engulfed in flames.

More than 100 firefighters from 10 local fire departments responded to the call kat 11 a.m. at one of the condo units under construction on Stewart Avenue. According to the Nassau County Police, one firefighter was taken to the hospital with a shoulder injury and was released.

 

Garden City Native Living California Dream

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

GCHS alumn makes television debut on The Office

Gazing up at the legendary Hollywood sign while cruising in her car, Sue Redman is living the California dream. After moving to Los Angeles, CA, only six months ago, the Garden City native recently made her television debut on the NBC hit show The Office.

With an already successful career in theater in Chicago, Redman broke into the television and film industry acting in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and producing the independent film The Wise Kids.

 

Board Disputes Escalate On Organizational Night

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Trustees adopt budget; majority votes down mayoral appointments

After residents watched several board of trustees take the oath of office last week, many were stunned to also observe the growing public rift that played out between Mayor Donald Brudie and five members of the Garden City Board of Trustees during the 2012 annual organizational meeting at Village Hall.

The tension surfaced on several issues but the true catalyst was the announcement of the mayor’s annual appointments. Brudie read off the list of trustees appointed to various committees: fire commissioner, John Watras; commissioner of public works, Nicholas Episcopia; commissioner of finance, Andrew Cavanaugh; commissioner of building and planning, Brian Daughney; and chairman of the environmental advisory board, Laurence Quinn.

 

Easter Day Vintage Car Parade Draws Huge Crowd In Garden City

Written by Rick Nossa: gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Thousands of spectators came out to enjoy the 57th Annual Easter Vintage Car Parade on Sunday, an event hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

The car show that preceded the parade proved to be entertaining for all ages. Kids danced to the beat of the Banjo Rascals ragtime music, as car enthusiasts shared their passion with the crowds. A colorful array of classic cars - a number of them adorned with decorations from Easter eggs to Easter bunnies - filled the lot this year. Some drivers and passengers along the parade route wore their Easter hats for the celebration.

 

Garden City’s Biggest Spring Event Has Arrived

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Annual Easter Car Parade Event steps off on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The 57th annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade will step off this Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. from 10th Street on Franklin Avenue. The procession, led by a line of spectacular antique and classic cars, the Kiwanis Easter Bunnies and Kingsley Bear, will head south on Franklin Avenue, then west on Seventh Street where it will disperse at Hilton Avenue.

 

School Board Contacts Legislators Over GC’s Low State Aid Numbers

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

At the most recent Garden City School Board meeting, School Board President Colleen Foley announced that with the help of Trustee Angela Heineman, the board drafted a letter that was sent to local legislators Senator Kemp Hannon, and Assemblymen Edward Ra and Thomas McKevitt requesting that Garden City’s state aid be increased to equal that of comparative districts.

Trustee Tom Pinou, read the letter to the audience stating that Garden City schools (like many schools on Long Island) rank among the best in the nation. “In order to preserve and continuously improve the educational programs that are not only valued by the community, but also used as models for other districts, our fellow residents have supported school budget increases to make up for shortfalls in state funding,” said Pinou.

 

‘No Magic Answers’ in Superintendent’s School Budget

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Garden City Board of Education considers making tough cuts

As the Garden City Board of Education considers making reductions in the district’s 2012-13 school budget, there are “no magic answers,” according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.

On Tuesday, March 20 at Garden City High School, Feirsen presented a summary of the proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year to the board and discussed what could possibly be cut.

 

2012-13 Budget Shines On Garden City Seniors

Written by Marilou Giammona: gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Senior Recreation Center to be renovated, senior programs enhanced

Garden City seniors stand poised to receive their fair share of budget dollars. At a meeting held at the Garden City Senior Recreation Center on Monday, March 19, Department of Recreation head Kevin E. Ocker announced that $650,000 has been earmarked to renovate and possibly expand the existing Recreation Center building on Gold Club Lane, and $30,000 “in new activity money” has been allocated for senior trips and programs.

Ocker’s announcement comes on the heels of budget planning sessions for fiscal 2012-13. Seniors have intensified their lobbying efforts to obtain proportionately equitable funds over the past five months, according to George Salem, co-president of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club. To aid seniors in their requests, Deputy Mayor John Watras spearheaded the formation of the Senior Liaison Committee last October. The committee serves as a communications link between seniors and village officials.

 

State of the County: Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Abrahams: Property tax hike is nothing more than a scare tactic

If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.

 

Garden City Pathfinder Award Winner Charges Forward

Written by Melissa Argueta: margueta@antonnews.com Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

Taniella Jo Harrison honored for success in business

When Garden City resident Taniella Jo Harrison wakes up every morning, finding new ways to help others is likely on her mind. In 10 short years, the busy executive vice president of Tri-County Home Nursing Services in Westbury has taken her family’s business and increased revenue by nearly 500 percent, quadrupling the size of her company’s work force.

A Fort Lauderdale, FL native, it seems Harrison’s path to success was destined from childhood. One of her earliest memories was when she and her sister would come to New York every summer to visit their grandmother, Ella Ferguson, owner of Tri-County. “When my grandmother opened her first office on 42nd Street in Manhattan 30 years ago, she introduced us as the president and vice president of Tri-County. Of course, we were 8 and 9 years old. That kind of stuck in mind,” she said.

 

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