May is Melanoma Awareness Month and Garden City residents Maggie and Jack Biggane have been tireless champions of getting this message out to the public.
Twelve years ago, their 20-year-old daughter Mollie noticed a mole on the back of her leg that was changing. By the time it got checked out, it had metastasized and she died of melanoma six months later. To honor her memory and to ensure that no other parent suffers the devastating loss of a child from a preventable skin cancer, the Bigganes established the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation. Through their organization, the Bigganes have brought their message of skin cancer prevention to a nationwide audience, targeting middle school and high school students about the dangers of sun exposure and mole identification. Three years ago they teamed up with NYU Langone Medical Center to present a free annual lecture on skin cancer protection and treatment to the public. The Bigganes also have PSA announcements running in NYC taxis and on the LIRR.
The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.
After a long, grueling night of reports given by experts on local airport flights, Dave Siewert and Robert Grotell, the residents of the areas affected by extreme airplane and helicopter noise were not very encouraged.
The members of the Town Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC), at a previous meeting, asked Siewert, who is in charge of John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport tower operations, to collect information on runway operations and selections for a 30-day period.
An empty seat was nowhere in sight as residents and well-wishers packed the boardroom at village hall last Thursday evening to watch members of the Garden City Fire Department be sworn into office. However, the real fireworks ignited after the members of the Garden City Board of Trustees attempted to resolve the controversy surrounding the mayor’s annual appointments.
The meeting kicked off with Mayor Donald Brudie reading a statement regarding the annual committee appointments, which were previously voted down by the majority of board members in a 5-to-3 vote on Monday, April 2.
Despite a challenging school budget season, some positive news for taxpayers was announced at the most recent Garden City Board of Education on Tuesday, April l7. After the board unanimously approved a contract renegotiation with the Garden City Teacher’s Association (GCTA), School Board President Colleen Foley announced the district will save a total of approximately $675,000 and the projected tax levy will be lowered to 3.54 percent (with STAR).
At the start of the meeting, Foley read the terms of the memorandum of agreement with the GCTA, the teacher’s bargaining unit. Foley maintained that the settlement of the teachers’ contract allows the board of education to maintain its focus on the educational mission of the district instead of shifting attention to a potentially lengthy and disruptive negotiation process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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