In case you haven’t noticed by the abundance of fundraising walks/runs or pink that’s popping up everywhere, be it in the world of sports (bats, cleats, gloves, etc.) or fashion (tons of ribbons), we’re neck-deep in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make no mistake that awareness for this disease is crucial and comes in the form of early detection, genetic susceptibility or making proper lifestyle choices. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, it will claim approximately 40,0000 American lives this year alone and more than 226,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in U.S women and nearly 2,200 in U.S. men. It’s easy to get caught up in becoming a slacktivist when you think sporting a pink ribbon for the month is making any kind of inroads against this disease when the reality is that discussing the causes and prevention of breast cancer is a far more productive way of battling breast cancer. For many, it’s far too easy for October to become an annual version of the ice bucket challenge.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Special Thanks To The Fire Department
Special thanks is due to the fire department for its effort in making Fire Prevention Day/Week the success that it was. Our fire department puts a lot of time, effort and expenses into this project which is designed to make the residents and children aware of the inherent dangers in household fires. If you were not able to attend on Sunday, Oct. 5, please make an effort for your own safety, and the safety of your children, to attend next year. Fire Chief William Castoro and our fire department do an outstanding job protecting our lives and homes and we are grateful for their dedication to the community.
Maggie and Jack Biggane recently held their 14th Annual Mollie Biggane fundraiser, which the couple founded when the charity’s namesake, which also happened to be their daughter, was felled by melanoma when she was 20. The event was held at the Garden City Country Club, where a charity golf tournament was held, and followed by a dinner coupled with live and silent auctions. The money raised will go towards expanding programs that further education and prevention of this insidious cancer, whose rates have increased 30 percent in the past three decades.
Early detection is crucial as is preventative measures that include limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, diligent sunscreen usage and regular dermatological checkups, particularly if there is a genetic predisposition towards melanoma. It’s this kind of awareness the Bigganes are fighting for so that no one else has to go through the pain they endured.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Police Department News
Each week in this column I will be including information from Commissioner Jackson of our police department. This week he has asked that I include the following.
Safely Yield To Volunteer Firefighters Who Are Responding To Emergencies
Under state law, volunteer firefighters are permitted to display a flashing blue light in their vehicles as they are responding to fire emergencies. While this flashing blue light does not entitle the driver to violate any of the speed limits, traffic controls, etc., it does signify that the driver is responding to an emergency. All motorists seeing an approaching vehicle displaying this blue flashing light are encouraged to safely yield the right of way as they would were it an emergency vehicle displaying red flashing lights.
Recently, the Tullamore Parkrats Committee put together a day to honor longtime recreation department employees George Roth and Richie Anderson, both of whom had managed a number of rec programs at the park over the years. What these two men did during their time at Tullamore Park not only gave local kids a slate of activities to participate in, but helped create the kinds of memories that automatically go into the warm-hearted bin of fuzzy nostalgia. It’s something we as adults firmly embrace whenever we get a chance and no doubt, a big part of what shaped those residents lucky enough to call themselves Parkrats.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Women Of Distinction
Trustee Trouvé represented the Village of Garden City at the Second Annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Edward Ra. I would like to offer congratulations to Lola Nouryan, Ph.D and Joy Romeika, distinguished women from the Village of Garden City who were recognized because these women have contributed so much to our local communities whether it be in business, education, healthcare or civic involvement.
The Village of Garden City has plenty of positive attributes but one of the most prominent is a solid understanding of its past. Much of this can be attributed to the Garden City Historical Society, which will be commemorating its 40th anniversary next year. This also coincides with the 10th year that the Garden City Historical Museum has been in existence. With roots dating back to the purchase of a section of the Hempstead Plains by founder Alexander Turney Stewart back in 1869, the village has plenty of lore to draw from, much of which the historical society has taken great pains towards preserving since its inception.
The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending wishes for a very Happy New Year to our village residents and friends of the Jewish faith.
Police Department News
Each week in this column I will be including information from Commissioner Jackson of our police department. This week he has asked that I include the following:
Garden City Police Detectives are investigating a suspicious incident where two males entered an elderly person’s residence last week during the day, claiming to be employees of a water department checking the water quality inside the home. Neither person had identification on them.
One of the longest-standing issues in the Garden City, (outside of what to do with St. Paul’s), has been renovation/expansion of the senior center located on Golf Club Lane. The site recently got a major boost when the Engel Berman Group, which is currently spearheading the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue, wound up donating a model house to the village that had previously been used on the Doubleday property. By adding the 3,800-square foot donation to the 2,400-square foot senior center, residents will get to stretch their collective legs in a space that is going to clock in at 6,200-square feet. In addition, the model house, which is valued at $1.7 million, will have the $175,000 estimated price tag for moving it from where it currently is on Franklin Avenue over to Golf Club Lane picked up by the Engel Berman Group. It winds up being a win-win-win situation for all those involved. Seniors now have more space to recreate in, the village gets an inexpensive (free) ready-made solution for this issue and the Engel Berman Group not only finds a charitable way in which to dispose of something they no longer have a need for, but in the process deepen its connection with Garden City’s residents.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
As we end the Friday Night Promenades on Seventh Street, I would like to thank everyone who was able to join in the festivities these Friday evenings on Seventh Street. I know that all who attended, had a wonderful time and I look forward to more of these evenings in the future and to seeing you there again. Thank you to everyone who made these nights possible.
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