Congratulations Suzie And Rob Alvey -
Rotary Community Service Award
On behalf of the board of trustees and the Village of Garden City, I would like to congratulate Suzie and Rob Alvey on recently receiving the Rotary Community Service Award at the Garden City Country Club. This award was established in 1991 to honor Maurice Kirby, a great Rotarian, a village trustee and an active volunteer in various Garden City organizations.
Suzie has been the village historian since 2013 and since 2009 she has been a member of the village’s civic beautification committee. She has been a freelance artist for the past 30 years working in oil pastels and water color. Her paintings and drawings are in private collections in the United States as well as internationally.
When you start thumbing through the latest issue of Garden City Life, you may notice that there are a number of music-related items having to do with Garden City students coming up through the school system. And while it’s the time of year where academic honors are starting to become announced, these creative achievements are no less impressive. From our cover story having to do with Aiden McGovern, (who just may be the heir apparent to John Tesh), to the continued influence of retired Garden City Band Director Peter Stanganelli on students under his tutelage readying for an upcoming recital, the village is alive with the sound of music. And don’t forget the 8th-Grade Band and Late Night Jazz Ensemble, which traveled to the Music in the Parks Competition held at Pennsylvania’s Dorney Park, where these ensembles wound up capturing high honors for the fourth consecutive year thanks to the hard work of teachers Martha Boonshaft and Jennifer Iovino. These are the sweet sounds of success that the Garden City Public School system continues to cultivate year after year.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Awards - Girl And Boy Scouts
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a Girl Scout Award Ceremony to recognize Gold Award recipients Caitlin Gallant, Genevieve Halka, Alyssa Lo Re, Elisa Pittella, Emily Quigley, Sabrina Rodgers and Brooke Warhurst. It was an honor to present proclamations on behalf of the Village of Garden City for Girl Scouts of America’s highest honors. I would like to take the time to commend these young individuals on their achievements and the positive contributions that they have made to their communities.
Garden City’s 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report
And Conservation Program
Last week, the water department mailed the 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report. This report demonstrates that our water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements. All results were excellent. Also, the village’s corrosion control treatment program was effective in preventing the leaching of lead and copper from your home’s plumbing into your drinking water.
With all the hubbub about equine nasal strips and the fact that California Chrome might become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed swept all three races back in 1978, let’s talk priorities people—Garden City’s upcoming 17th Annual Belmont Festival. (Just a heads-up that the rain date is Friday, June 13.) It’s one of the most anticipated yearly events in the village and why shouldn’t it be? It’s a family-friendly gala that features live entertainment and music along with plenty of free activities for the kids that include face painting, pony rides and games. Those with a yen for art can stroll and admire the entries for the popular children’s poster contest. And if your stomach starts grumbling, there will be no shortage of wings to sample, courtesy of the local restaurants that will be going to the mat in the Wing Off to see which establishment has the best wings in the area. Best of all, proceeds will benefit the Ace in the Hole Foundation, created in honor of 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi, a Garden City resident who lost his life while serving his country during the Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2006. All this serves as the local appetizer for the big doings at Belmont the next day and serves as a great way of getting ready for potential history being made.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Merchants Clean Up
The village has received quite a few complaints over the past few weeks regarding the amount of wrappers, waste, bottles and cans that are on Seventh Street. I would like to remind the merchants to be more careful in how they place their garbage for pickup. I would also like to remind the shoppers to please dispose of their waste in the containers that are located along Seventh Street. If you feel that there are not enough receptacles available for the trash, please call my office at 516-465-4051 to let me know where you feel that additional containers should be placed.
It serves as the unofficial kickoff for the summer season and/or yet another three-day weekend for retailers to fill their coffers with the bounty of retail sales promotions. Sadly, this is what has become of Memorial Day, a national holiday meant to honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Tradition has dictated the dead be honored with cemetery visits and parades featuring active servicemen and veterans from various wars participating alongside marching bands playing music with a patriotic theme. The idea was for citizens to stop and remember those who gave their lives while protecting democracy and America’s way of life—not to hit the mall in pursuit of bargains. Unfortunately, with so many veterans dying off and an all-volunteer military force, Memorial Day parades are shrinking in attendance (and in some instances being canceled) as more and more civilians have less interaction with active duty personnel. So if you’re thinking of either hitting the beach or one of the local outlets centers that seem to be popping up everywhere, maybe carve some time out to attend a parade or maybe even lay a wreath at your local cemetery. It’s the least you can do for those who gave up their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation
I would like to take a moment to recognize the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation who had their 1st Annual Alumni game on Saturday, May 10 at Garden City High School. The mission of this organization is to bring support to the Garden City High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team through camaraderie from fellow alumni and community supporters of the program. The foundation will raise funds through sales and sponsored events for equipment, lacrosse trips and other team needs as they arise. Special thanks to Timothy Goettelman, Conrad Hopkins, Kerry McCaffrey, Tara McKennett, Dina Muldoon and Michael Sweeney for their efforts in planning Saturday’s event to support the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Program.
Did you know that the poppies our American Legion Post 265 veterans and auxiliary members offer you are handmade by veterans? Veterans of our armed forces make each nine-piece poppy in auxiliary-sponsored poppy shops. These shops supplement physical and psychological therapy needed for hospitalized and disabled veterans. The auxiliary provides the materials and the volunteers to facilitate the program. This year, the poppies have “bloomed” beautifully.
Particularly during the month of May, accept and wear with gratitude the familiar handcrafted poppies offered to you. Know that, though the poppies are not sold, any contribution you make is passed directly from our auxiliary unit to help the veterans at our Northport Hospital facility. Your generosity enables us to meet their needs that are not met through government programs. This is the facility with which our unit is charged.
Poppy Drive Chairlady
Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Unit No. 265
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