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Editorial: A Wealth Of History

Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:24

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.

 

Mayor's Report: September 25, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:26

Rosh Hashanah

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.

 

Editorial: Score One For The Seniors

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

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


 

Mayor's Report: September 18, 2014

Written by Mayor of Garden City John J. Watras Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Thank You To All For The Friday Night Promenades

 

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.

 

Editorial: Unity Shouldn’t Be A Casualty Of 9/11

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

The time may pass but the pain is always there. September 11, whose significance drastically changed 13 years ago, is once again upon us. Like many other communities, Garden City had its share of loss amid the thousands who perished that day—23 residents to be exact. The village has done an exemplary job honoring those who were taken on that horrific date. It’s an appropriately solemn scene attended by local officials, residents and members of the fire department as well as friends and families of those we lost. And while this is an event that should never be forgotten, the unity that showed right after it happened is as equally absent as the Twin Towers themselves. Partisanship is what steers the ship that is our country nowadays and while finger-pointing is what passes for action, I can’t help but think of Lincoln’s quote, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” as being one of the more scarily prophetic items from the past that’s looming over what is our present-day national political scene. Make no mistake that the somber and sad emotions wrapped up in 9/11 have their root in everything that is so appalling with what happened back in 2001. But given the political climate that’s seemed to calcify in every subsequent year, where being right is more important than working together for the country’s benefit, it doesn’t make getting through the day any easier.

—Dave Gil de Rubio 

 

Mayor's Report: September 11, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:53

Friday Night Promenade On Seventh Street

During the summer months Seventh Street has been closed from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday evenings so that residents and visitors can enjoy the “Friday Night Promenades.” This week, the band Fivestone, (playing music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s), will be performing on Seventh Street. Also making an appearance on Seventh Street this evening will be Queen Elsa (from the Disney Movie Frozen). She will conduct a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Following the meet and greet, Elsa will perform. Also this evening, Gina Naomi Baez will be performing beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Editorial: Turning The Page

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:34

Now that Labor Day is fading away in our figurative rearview mirror, it’s that time of year when the collective question is asked—what happened to the summer? After getting battered by our fair share of snow, storms and cold temperatures, we were fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries of a relatively mild summer season. Any stretches of scorching temperatures and unbearably miserable humidity were thankfully kept to a minimum with nights cool enough to get away with using a window fan versus the pricier wattage of air conditioners. What may have been bad for PSE&G wound up working out well for its customers, who are still trying to get their financial feet under them as the economy continues its glacial recovery.

 

Mayor's Report: September 4, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:35

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.

Drive With Care - Schools Open This Week

All motorists are reminded that this week marks the opening of the 2014-15 school year in Garden City. Hundreds of youngsters will be walking to and from school, many, for the first time. Please drive carefully and pay particular attention when driving in the area of recommended pedestrian routes, bus stops and schoolyards. This will not be any different than prior years in that a few preoccupied young people will inevitably dart out from in between parked cars or fail to look for oncoming traffic when crossing the street.

 

Editorial: Nothing Fab About These Beetles

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

One of Garden City’s greatest assets is its wealth of arboreal magnificence. That said, one threat looming on the horizon is the infestation of Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) that apparently is moving northwards from the South Shore. It’s a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ALB can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy. Currently, the USDA is putting nearly 50 square miles of Long Island under quarantine and with federal cutbacks having considerably thinned down the ranks of the department’s ground force, vigilance by residents is a crucial component in helping to eradicate this scourge. Even if you wind up not seeing the actual ALBs, warning signs to look for include the numerous exit holes that dot tree trunks along with frass, the sawdust by-product that ALBs push out of their exit holes as they burrow into their hosts. Hardwoods are a favorite of these pests, so be sure to take a look at any species of ash, palne tree, poplar, willow, birch, elm or sugar maple for any signs of infestation. Sadly, for trees that have been affected, removal of them winds up being the surest manner of dealing with the ALBs once they’ve infiltrated an area. Hopefully, between the USDA’s efforts and vigilance of local gardeners and homeowners, the ALB will wind up being defeated.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: August 28, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

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.

Safety While Walking and Jogging

We are all interested in physical fitness. Please walk and jog safely. Rule number one: obey the rules of the road, specifically for pedestrians. Jog facing traffic using sidewalks when possible. Obey traffic signals and signs. Please remember, while every driver of a vehicle is expected to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, no pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to stop.

 

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