We all want to keep the environment clean and green. However, I would like to remind village residents that although we want to have beautiful lawns and flowers, we must keep in mind the village’s law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect.
The Restrictions Are: Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation only from April 16 to Nov. 30 of each year and only during the hours of 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
With the NHL season winding down and the Rangers and Islanders clinching playoff spots, the timing couldn’t have been better for the Garden City Recreation Department to unveil its renovated roller rink. Built under the auspices of a $750,000 bond, the new rink is very much a community-driven effort thanks to the voters passing the bond and local businesses—starting with main sponsor TCBY of 7th Street and followed by Play It Again Sports, Grimaldi’s, Uptown Grille, the Garden City Grille, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Seventh Street Gourmet Deli and Caterers and Sportloft all lining up to buy ad space on the new sideboards. A special thanks should go out to Kevin Ocker, chair of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, for spearheading this project. Because of everyone pulling together, the village has yet another amenity that will be available to 350 hockey players and any other residents wishing to use the rink during open time. As the saying goes, a bad day of hockey beats pretty much a good day of practically anything else. So lace ’em up.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Police Enforcement Of Speeding In The Village
I have personally noticed and I have received complaints from residents about speeding within village boundaries. I have asked the police department to enhance their vigilance and issuance of tickets to those driving in the village at speeds in excess of the 30 m.p.h. village speed limit.
Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department
The board of trustees joins me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief Charles A. Cavarra for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his two terms as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.
I would like to extend my personal thank you and deep gratitude to everyone who came to the Earthfest and Earth Run at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center on Sunday, April 21 to celebrate not just Earth Day and the start of National Volunteer Week, but to join everyone in recognition of the value volunteers have made to the community and environment. By far, this was the most successful, professional, fun, and inspiring event since starting a small grassroots program in 1995. Over the next few weeks, there will be articles on the individual activities, but the 9-acre nature area in Garden City is no longer a hidden secret. It is a valuable asset for Garden City and Long Island’s people and wildlife. Yes, the site wound up damaged by Hurricane Sandy. But the spirit of volunteerism that blossomed in the community during that tough time of downed trees and power outages led to an awareness of the importance of volunteering as neighbors and as a community.
With spring having finally arrived, the one sport that’s gotten a lot of love out of the gate, at least in the past few weeks, is running. Last month, Jack Aneser, a Boy Scout with Garden City’s Troop 55, hosted the First Annual Eagle Run 5K charity road race at Adelphi University as the basis for his Eagle Scout project. Net race proceeds benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This past Saturday, the Garden City Teacher’s Association conducted a 5K Run/Walk and a 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk for Charity (Garden City for a Cure) and raised money to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. And for those still looking to run, the Garden City Bird Sanctuary held its Second Annual Race-Earth Run II the following day. And as Garden City Life sportswriter Ed Rotondo pointed out in his story this week, both the Garden City High School boys and girls track teams have already started running roughshod, (no pun intended), over their competitors. It’s enough to want to make you get up off the couch, lace on a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement or local track.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.
While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.
There are few things that reverberate in a Rockwellian way like Little League baseball, particularly the pomp and pageantry that is Opening Day. Like other Little League-related organizations around the country, the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) hosts a parade where all the league’s players get to march in solidarity with their teams. Every year it winds up being a communal all-ages event for everyone from adults still wistfully thinking about their baseball experiences while watching their children go through it themselves to five-year-olds in the Rookie League just starting out down this athletic path. While competition and sportsmanship are fostered on the way towards squads making the playoffs and hopefully winning a championship, it’s the journey that’s hopefully a fun one that will wind up being the stuff of cherished memories for so many of these kids.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Village Pool Applications Mailed
Earlier this week, the Garden City Recreation Department mailed their Splash newsletter, which includes the 2013 pool application. If you have not received the newsletter/application, please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075.
Shop And Dine In Garden City - Support The Local Merchants
Please do your part to support all businesses within Garden City, which includes Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. I also encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
On behalf of my fellow trustees, I want to thank those residents who took the time to vote in our village election. We look forward to the privilege of serving you in the upcoming year and I welcome the honor and challenge of being mayor. I believe the board will be able to accomplish much by working together and working with residents, village staff and the business community.
I also want to thank our outgoing mayor, Donald Brudie, for his years of service to our village as mayor, trustee and CPOA representative and to his gracious wife, Barbara, for sharing him with us.
Like much of the country, the Village of Garden City has plenty to contend with, given the current economic climate. And while things seem to slowly be turning in the right direction, it doesn’t mitigate the fact that rising pension costs and property taxes are proving to be quite the burden, particularly in Nassau County. Like other villages, Garden City is also contending with weathering the proposed budgets for its respective municipality and school district. Throw in the ongoing saga that is St. Paul’s and the never ending battle for the almighty dollar that local merchants are waging with big box retailers that lie beyond the village’s boundaries, and it’s safe to say that Mayor John Watras and new trustees Bolebruch and Richard Silver, along with the returning board members, have their work cut out for them. With that said, the Garden City Life would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to the newest elected officials and returning trustees going forward.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
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