Temple Grandin has never let labels define who she is and what she can accomplish. In 1950, at the age of 2 when she couldn’t speak, she was diagnosed with autism and labeled as brain damaged. It was recommended that she be institutionalized.
Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is an international speaker, author of several books on autism and animal welfare and was the focus of an HBO film titled Temple Grandin, which was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards and earned five. She has been listed as Time’s 100 most influential people in the world under the category of heroes. Grandin has a Ph.D in animal science from the University of Illinois and has designed one third of all livestock handling facilities in the United States and many other countries. She is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a frequent lecturer on autism.
Have you heard one too many knocks on your door in recent weeks? Several Garden City residents voiced concerns about the increase in solicitors coming to their homes at the Jan. 12 village board meeting at Village Hall.
The village’s door-to-door solicitation law states that “permits are required for door-to-door solicitation. Homeowners can file notices of objection at Village Hall requesting that salespeople or other solicitors not visit their houses. Permits are not required for religious, political or news distributions. However, the list of residents who request not to be visited must be complied with,” according to the village’s website.
During a period of public commentary at the meeting, 16-year resident Bob Bolebruch said the amount of solicitors allowed in Garden City needs to be cut down. “I find it amazing that in Garden City we constantly have these people coming to our doors. I give to the fire department, I give to the police department and for this board to continue to approve organizations to come to our homes if they are not from Garden City, this has got to stop some place,” he said.
Garden City residents in the East and Estates Sections will have a chance to vote in a run-off election for village board trustee on Jan. 31 as challenges were announced during their respective resident electors’ meeting last week.
At the Eastern Property Owners’ Association Electors meeting, former village board trustee and resident Jon Segerdahl announced he is challenging incumbent trustee Nicholas Episcopia and resident Michele Harrington announced she is challenging Estates candidate Brian Daughney. Deputy Mayor John Watras of the Western section and Trustee Andrew Cavanaugh of Central section were not challenged.
Talking to Richard Brodsky, you’d never know anything had ever been wrong. At 59 years young, the passionate activist and lifelong marathon runner recently returned from Kisumu, Kenya, to run in the World AIDS marathon for victims of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
For more than 14 years, the Atlantic Beach resident has defied the odds and triumphed over adversity to educate and inspire others to raise awareness and funds for victims of AIDS and HIV through the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation.
The year 2012 is still in its infancy, but an issue that dates back years in New York State and other states, is dominating its first steps into the New Year. Local municipalities and school districts will work to get under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap that was enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June.
La Marmite in Williston Park went from a fine dining restaurant to debating ground on Jan. 10. The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the State Comptroller’s Office hammered out the issues and implications on the property tax cap and its affect on municipalities.
Kate Murray, the first woman elected supervisor of America’s largest township, was inducted for her fifth term during a ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall on Jan. 3, 2012.
Murray focused her remarks at the inauguration on the township she calls home, the unity among neighbors and officials, as well as economic growth. She detailed the initiatives she has undertaken for the future of the township, specifically speaking about the town’s economic and budgetary strength, development, housing, senior citizen programs and efforts to preserve the environment. One of the coming projects to which Murray pointed out with a personal sense of pride, is the construction of a building to house the ANCHOR program for special needs children and adults.
Web-goers are just one mouse click away from finding everything they want or need to know about the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Thanks to the joint efforts of Village Clerk Brian Ridgway and Recreational Department employee Tom McGerty, the village’s upgraded website www.gardencity ny.net is officially ready to go live on Friday, Jan. 13.
On Monday, Jan. 9, Ridgway and McGerty, who has a background in computers, gave members of the press an exclusive preview of the site and talked about the project that has been a year in the making.
The Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) restoration plan for one of Garden City’s few remaining historical treasures was the focal point of the public work session Oct. 6 at Village Hall. According to the CSSP, the Cathedral School of St. Paul’s is an irreplaceable landmark and a world-class asset for the Village of Garden City, which should be enjoyed for generations to come when renovations are completed. The CSSP’s goal is to stabilize the building, preserve its historic features wherever possible, and provide the public with a space that will be an active community activities and events center. CSSP President Peter Negri said that the annual average cost to Garden City residents would be less than $100 and funding for the St. Paul’s Restoration Project will be sought through public and private grant sources, tax credits and private donations. The CSSP’s proposal has yet to be voted on by the board of trustees.
County Executive Mangano, the Nassau County Police Department officials, Nassau Fire Service and Emergency Medical Service, Emergency First Responders and their family and friends were in attendance on Dec. 22 for “Nassau County First Responders Day” at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan to honor those who died that tragic day, 9-11-2001. The Nassau County Police Department Ceremonial Unit, Pipe Band, Color Guard and Buglers participated in a fitting tribute to our heroes.
Christmas came early for this Nelson DeMille fan. In years past, bounding down the stairs behind my children on Christmas morning to find a Nelson DeMille novel on the top of my gift pile, or to see one peeking out from my stocking, was enough to put a smile on my face. But this year, on Dec. 11, I was granted a special wish: to sit down and chat with the man behind such famed characters as John Sutter, John Corey and Kate Mayfield.
I was introduced to DeMille’s novels back in 1991, as I commuted to work aboard the LIRR. As I sat in my seat, I recall seeing several other passengers engrossed in the same book, The Gold Coast. My interest was piqued, so I purchased a copy. Before long, I wasn’t traveling through Woodside, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens to pick up the Hempstead line but was transported to “the Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America.” I was hooked.
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