The 32nd Annual Garden City Turkey Trot, Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving Day road race, had a record turnout this year and attracted more than 4,600 runners, including runners from 27 different states, Washington, D.C., Nicaragua, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The Turkey Trot consists of three races, a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4 mile Fun Run and a challenging 5 mile run. All three races start and finish in front of the historic St. Paul’s School on Stewart Avenue.
Thanksgiving time seemed the right moment to unveil a new memorial recognizing Nassau County’s fallen firefighters, commemorating those lost in the line of duty. Gratitude toward these volunteers and their families was the theme of the museum ceremony, especially in light of the fact that at these holiday times when families gather, there are some on Long Island who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service to others.
New York State Governor David Paterson unveiled a two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan that he believes would eliminate the state’s current-year budget gap without raising taxes, as well as institute major structural reforms. However, part of the plan includes a decrease in state aid that is filtered down to local school districts including those in Nassau County. Such a decrease in school aid could find school taxes, which are already the largest part of a property owner’s property tax bill, escalate ever higher.
As 1944 started, Jim Gray was a young man of 19 years growing up in Queens Village. He had started to attend Queens College but when the draft notice arrived, Jim knew his world had changed. Just how much he never would have guessed. He would finish the war in a German Stalag POW camp, part of the largest surrender of American troops in the European theater.
Congratulations to the Garden City Public Schools’ coaching staff who were recently honored with two sportsmanship awards. Nassau County athletic officials from all sports annually choose 10 teams of the 57 competing Nassau County school districts to receive sportsmanship awards.
Garden City police are beefing up patrols on and around Meadow Street to help ease the concerns of residents there who have been on edge ever since a dead body was found on the front lawn of 65 Meadow Street.
As if things aren’t bad enough, local businesses, municipalities and school districts on Nov. 2 had to fork over 34 cents for every $100 of their payrolls to help dig the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) out of a $1 billion deficit.
By a vote of 1,140 to 829, voters approved the Garden City School District’s $36.5 million bond referendum Oct. 27. Work will now go forward on improvements at all nine of the district’s buildings.
The Homicide Squad is investigating an incident that occurred on Oct. 22 in Garden City.
Republican incumbent Kate Murray is seeking re-election to her fourth term as Hempstead Town supervisor. Challenging her this year is Garden City resident and Democratic candidate Kristen McElroy. They are seeking a two-year term as town leader.
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