Although hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it made its way up the East Coast of the U.S., making landfall on Long Island on Saturday, Aug. 27, it left a path of downed trees and power lines as it crossed the Island headed toward New England. According to LIPA officials, approximately 420,000 homes in Nassau County lost power due to the storm.
As the final weeks of summer come to a close, many residents still found time to attend the August Garden City Board of Trustees’ meeting at Village Hall to lend support for a proposal to turn St. Paul’s Boys School into a possible village recreation center.
On July 21, Trustees John DeMaro and Brian Daughney jointly proposed a motion for the village to hire a consultant to evaluate the feasibility of turning the building into a recreation center at the St. Paul’s site. After a lengthy discussion, many trustees expressed concern about spending village funds to conduct the study. Subsequently, the trustees agreed to further define the proposal and presented a revised motion last week.
“I’ll be back in 10 minutes,” Stewart Manor resident Lisette Cantara recalled her husband, Michael, saying on Mother’s Day morning last May. But just minutes after Michael left, Lisette, who was in the early stages of her third trimester of pregnancy, started to bleed profusely.
Home alone with the couple’s oldest son – Justin, who is 6 years old – Lisette tried to remain calm. Unfortunately, she had been through this drill before. Plagued with a complicated pregnancy from the beginning, Lisette was diagnosed with placental abruption and had already undergone two emergency trips to the hospital: the first at 26 weeks gestation and the second at 30 weeks. Both times she was admitted for several days.
Under a blazing August sun, three small angel statues sat perched on the fertile ground that will soon become the dream home for Camp ANCHOR’s recreation center, named in honor of the three camp counselors who died in a tragic car accident on July 15, 2010. Hempstead officials and families of Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall, all of Floral Park, gathered together at the site for a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 10 in Lido Beach.
Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside within the Town of Hempstead, is located on a 40-acre site situated on the ocean at Lido Beach Park. The new Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center will be a 15,000-square-foot structure to include a gymnasium, a stage, a nurse’s office equipped with a bath and a shower, an office, a reception area, men’s and women’s ADA bathrooms/showers, a computer room, two multi-purpose rooms and a kitchen.
As Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the landmark 2 percent property tax cap legislation on the lawn of a Lynbrook homeowner this summer, many Long Islanders became hopeful for a future without rising property taxes. But what effect will the new legislation have on the village’s budget for the fiscal year June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013?
According to Governor Cuomo, the tax cap essentially limits the increase in property taxes each year for school districts and local municipalities to just 2 percent, or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote or a 60 percent vote by a local legislative body can override it. A school district would be required to submit a tax levy proposition for approval by voters at the district’s annual meeting on the third Tuesday in May.
For some Garden Cityites, the dog days of summer may be spent enjoying outdoor dining or taking long walks in the park. However, resident dog owners should also remember to make a stop at Village Hall to obtain a dog license and register their furry friend.
As of Jan. 1, 2011, the village has assumed the responsibility for dog license issuances and administration of all facts of licensing programs. At the July board of trustees meeting, Village Clerk Brian Ridgway announced the village’s official dog stats: 376 dogs are currently registered in Garden City. Since the change in the law, the village has already issued 176 dog tags; including 140 renewals, and 36 new licenses are in process.
Proposals anyone? Just one day after residents came to the polls and defeated the $400 million bond to fund the Nassau Coliseum Hub project, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he is immediately seeking redevelopment proposals for the 77-acre site surrounding the sports and entertainment arena located in Uniondale.
In order for the county to prepare a Request-For-Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the Coliseum site, Mangano is encouraging any interested parties with privately financed proposals to submit them to the county by Aug. 12, 2011. According to Mangano, the RFPs must address job creation, quality of life and revenue. Although the county said all submissions will be considered, Mangano is seeking development proposals that complement existing recreational, sporting and commercial assets at Eisenhower Park, Mitchel Park and Museum Row.
It was a very special night for John C. Donovan, 10-year commander of the William Bradford Turner Post 265 of the American Legion. Garden City Village officials recently honored the longtime resident with a citation in recognition and heartfelt appreciation of his many years of military service to his country.
At the July Garden City Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Donald Brudie announced that Donovan will be relocating to Charlottesville, VA and leaving his hometown. “We cannot allow John to leave without paying him homage for his duty to country, state and the Village of Garden City,” Brudie said.
Town of Hempstead and nearby area residents who are constantly disturbed by airplane noise and low-flying aircraft were given the opportunity to express their concerns Monday at the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) meeting at Lawrence Village Hall.
Most of the discussion focused around the use of Runway 22L at Kennedy Airport, which is supposed to be a last-resort runway for late-night flights. Local towns and villages affected by these low-flying aircraft include Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Atlantic Beach, Cedarhurst, Island Park, Lawrence, Long Beach, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, East Williston and Woodsburgh.
This past April, Garden City residents voted overwhelmingly against floating a $3.75 million bond to demolish St. Paul’s Boys School, but questions still remain as to what will ultimately be done with the village landmark.
At a July 21 board of trustees meeting, Mayor Donald Brudie announced the appointment of a three-person committee comprising of Chairman Andrew Cavanaugh, Deputy Mayor John Watras and Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia.
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