Chris Esposito—sculptor, painter, and installation artist—has been chosen as the resident artist for Summer 2014 at the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery. Alumni of Nassau Community College and Long Island University, he graduated from Queens College with a Masters of Fine Arts. Esposito lives in Queens and chooses salvaged materials such as concrete, lumber, and steel to create stunning three-dimensional artworks that imply construction and deconstruction simultaneously. During his residency, Esposito will dramatically transform the gallery space into a site-specific installation, allowing the public to experience new awareness of architecture and “dialogue of the interaction between man and machine.”
The 17th annual Belmont Festival, which draws thousands to Seventh Street on the eve of the running of the Belmont Stakes, returns to Garden City Friday, June 6, from 6-10 p.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. [The rain date is Friday, June 13.]
Celebrate the third and final leg of the Triple Crown Garden City style with featured entertainment, live music and plenty of free activities for the kids, including games, face painting and pony rides.
The Robert J. Reeves IV Memorial Foundation Scholarship, along with The Men’s Association (TMA) is proud to participate in the Garden City High School scholarship program this spring. The one-time grant for $5,000 will be given to the student with an outgoing personality who is highly regarded by his or her classmates and teachers, participates in extracurricular activities and demonstrates strong leadership skills.
The scholarship was created in memory of Bobby Reeves, a member of Garden City High School’s Class of 1999. He was a rare and colorful person; a gifted athlete, a strong performer in the classroom and was selected funniest person by his class.
With the vote for the 2014-15 Garden City Public School District budget on the horizon, the board of education held its final public hearing on Tuesday, May 13. Superintendent of Garden City Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen delivered a presentation to review and highlight information before the upcoming public vote.
Hakeem Rahim just wants to help. He wants to use his experience to aid others who may be suffering from what he called “an uncontrollable terror.” That terror was a panic attack and mental break. It’s something Rahim candidly discussed during a recent visit to Garden City High School, where he lectured about these terrifying experiences to the student body. Recently, he shared his story at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which focused on mental illness.
“I had delusions,” he said. “I thought I was Neo from The Matrix. I was jumping off the walls. I had all the classic signs of someone who broke from reality. It’s good to talk about it. It’s not good to hold it in.”
Last month, A. Thomas Levin, a member of Garden City’s Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. law firm and chair of the firm’s Local Government, Land Use Law and Environmental Compliance and the Professional Responsibility practice groups served as a judge for the final three rounds of the 40th Annual New York State Metropolitan Area Civil Law Moot Court Competition. This was Levin’s 9th year as a judge.
A board of trustees job is never done, and that holds true here in Garden City. Mayor John Watras and company held their regular meeting on May 1 at village hall. Here’s a sampling of what went down:
The village gave the go ahead to the law firm Jones Day to proceed with the appeal of the judge’s decision in the Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) management anti-discrimination housing lawsuit. The judge had issued his final judgment late last month that the village had violated the federal Fair Housing Act via their zoning ordinance for the Social Services site a decade ago.
Excessive aircraft noise may be the bane of many residents in the area, but apparently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally heard people’s complaints of long being fed up by all the racket. The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees heard a report from the Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) at their regularly scheduled board meeting on May 6. Residents’ ongoing fight against the excess noise caused by congested overhead air traffic is finally eliciting a response from the government.
Cristina O’Keeffe, who represents Stewart Manor on TVASNAC, says that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as well as the FAA, is stepping up and responding to residents’ complaints after a mandate handed down by Governor Cuomo last November. “It’s baby steps, but there’s actually some change going on,” O’Keeffe says.
Loki is a 4-month-old male American Pit Bull Terrier mix. His sweet and loving personality makes him the perfect pet. He loves to meet and play with new people and dogs.
Sprinkles is an adult male who recently lost his home. He is very affectionate, and he loves to be the center of attention. He is hoping he doesn’t have to wait long for the right person to come adopt him.
Goldberg Segalla is pleased to announce Michael P. Furdyna has joined the firm as an associate in its Garden City office. He is a member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Practice Groups. Previously, he was an associate at Morrison Mahoney LLP.
Furdyna represents large insurance companies, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation and general liability matters. He has handled a variety of workers’ compensation claims, including matters involving fraud allegations, World Trade Center claims, claims for death benefits, and subrogation issues at all levels of litigation including appeals to the New York Appellate Division.
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