When it comes to homecoming and fall festivals, few do it as well as the Village of Garden City. This year’s events were particularly impressive. Never mind the fact that the Garden City Trojans crushed the Mepham High School Pirates by a score of 56-21 in the day’s football game. Under gorgeous weather that was seemingly special ordered, the usual array of Girl Scouts, marching bands, twirlers, kickline, cheerleaders and de rigeur homecoming king and queen were led by the 2014 Grand Marshal, former Garden City High School athletic director Nancy Kalafus. Throw in the hordes of Garden City residents past and present who came out bedecked and crimson and there’s no question that community and school spirit don’t have any shot of flagging any time soon. It’s the kind of family-friendly event that’s a constant rule rather than an exception whenever you talk about Garden City.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
In this delightful time of year with the leaves on the trees changing colors and the holidays coming, we invite you to visit the autumn display on the village green located at Hilton and Stewart Avenues. We thank our village recreation/parks department for this splendid decoration.
Automatic Water Sprinklers
As a reminder, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 result in two consecutive odd days. All residents with automatic sprinklers should remember to reset their clocks at this time to comply with the village lawn watering regulations. Lawn watering is permitted between the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
Trouble is brewing in Franklin Court, in the central section of Garden City. A group of citizens operating under the name Franklin Court Mews, LLC approached the board of trustees in 2012 about acquiring a roughly 39.000-square-foot piece of open green space that had been used by all residents for decades. The village considered the property surplus, an assessment was made, and a vote was passed last year at a Dec. 19 public village board of trustees meeting that was attended by 20 people. After $100,000 changed hands, the property belonged to a private owner.
In June of this year, a $10,000, 6-1/2 -foot-high, 167-foot-long gated wrought-iron fence was erected on the property. No public notice was issued giving neighbors a heads-up that they were going to be literally shut out. And while a letter had been distributed the prior August inviting residents to buy into the LLC, those living in nearby houses and not in the historic Mews section were figuratively closed off from what is shaping up to be Garden City’s answer to Gramercy Park.
Annual “Fall Festival Street Fair” And Homecoming Parade
On Saturday, Oct. 25, will be a very festive day in our village marked by the Chamber of Commerce’s 35th annual “Fall Festival Street Fair,” combined with the annual High School Homecoming Day Parade. There will be lots of activities for the children including two trackless kiddie trains carrying youngsters 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street, an inflatable “bouncy” house, the ever popular money cube (kids catching flying money) and returning for 2014 to liven up the street will be Fivestone, a contemporary rock band. New this year to the festival will be the Salvation Army Brass Quartet along with young dancers from Broadway Bound of Garden City. There will be sidewalk sales, lots of good food and giveaways. I hope that you are planning to come to this fun day in the village and I hope to see you all there to enjoy the community spirit and fun.
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.
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