I want to congratulate Mayor Gerard Tangredi and the board of trustees of the Village of Stewart Manor regarding the recent completion of their budget. Having participated in this process the three previous years, I know how difficult and time consuming it can be. But I think it is terrific that this mayor and his fellow board members were able to manage expenses, purchase new equipment and maintain a rainy day fund, all in the face of increasing pension costs, rising health insurance benefits and mandates they have no control over.
Become A Volunteer Firefighter—2014 Recruitment Drive
The Garden City Fire Department is continually looking for new volunteer firefighters, as part of a statewide program called Recruit NY. Like most fire departments, the Garden City Fire Department is always in need of emergency responders, so it can continue to provide the optimum level of protection for its residents.
Anna Jarvis first celebrated Mother’s Day in 1908. And while it has wound up getting significantly commercialized like so many other holidays, it’s value is no less important. Mothers oftentimes wind up not only being the glue that holds families together, but communities as well. Look no further than the Common Core battles being waged at board of education meetings around the state. Fathers are involved with advocating for their kids, but many of the PTAs and other parental advocacy groups are being spearheaded by moms. In Garden City, more than a few mothers are involved with numerous local organizations ranging from the Garden City Historical Society and Garden City Bird Sanctuary to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. So while this May 10 will be a day of breakfast-in-bed, brunch, cards and gifts, it’s important to remember that Mother’s Day really should be looked at as being more than one Sunday in May a year.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Garden City Chamber Of Commerce Honors
The Chamber’s 12th Annual Pineapple Ball will be held on Friday evening, May 9 at the Garden City Hotel. The chamber of commerce will honor the following distinguished members of our community: Garden City Turkey Trot Race Committee with the Citizen of the Year Award, Anne Sullivan, coach of the Garden City High School Girls Swimming and Diving Team, Garden City High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team, with the Community Achievement Award, Lisa Smith, proprietor of Coquette Boutique with the Business Person of the Year Award and Robert L. Schoelle, Jr., former village administrator and current president of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club with the President’s Award. I would like to congratulate each of the honorees on their well-deserved recognition.
Now this may seem like a cruel headline to go with when talking about former NBA player Chris Herren, but it’s part of the title from the 2011 book he wrote with columnist Bill Reynolds called Basketball Junkie: A Memoir. It details his rise through the college and professional sports hierarchy while being in the throes of drug addiction. Herren recently came to Garden City High School, where he spoke of those dark times before students, faculty, parents and community members. The tragedy behind so many of these sad and harrowing stories was the fact that what seemed like a brief flirtation with cocaine at the time instead wound up being the catalyst for the downward spiral the Massachusetts native’s life took over the next decade and a half before finally hitting rock bottom and eventually becoming alcohol and drug-free since August 2008. By all accounts, Chris Herren’s cautionary tales seemed to strike a note during his appearance at Garden City High School. One can only hope this was the case especially given the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic that’s become more prevalent on Long Island in the past decade-plus.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Board Of Trustees Meetings
The next meetings of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, May 1 and Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the boardroom at village hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.
Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience
I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.
I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting is opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence, and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.
In order to achieve the learning atmosphere in the classroom, we must alter our design, in both time and content. For example, some students should be permitted to graduate high school in two years, others should remain for six. The intervening time being subject to individual commitment and accomplishment. Some students should be permitted to leave and resume schooling without penalty. Curriculum should encourage talent. It needs flexibility. Education is a vehicle of opportunity for all. Our laws guarantee it, our curriculum does not. You cannot and should not train every student to be an after-dinner speaker.
Crossing paths with the right teacher when you’re a student can have the kind of positive effect that has repercussions for the rest of your life. For me, it was my third-grade teacher Mrs. Packer, who not only made the transition easy for the new kid in the class who transferred in the middle of the school year, but fostered and reinforced my love of reading. For hundreds of Garden City High School students, that educator just might be Michael Stano, who was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo. To give you an idea of the prestige behind this honor, only 215 educators were selected from around the state to take place in this program. Part of the responsibilities for this position involves helping mentoring other teachers and help create an environment that supports both STEM education and teachers in the field. Being as this is something that Stano does on a day-in, day-out basis with his charges, he was a natural fit to be chosen. And for many students whose lives he’s effected in an undoubtedly positive fashion, it’s a honor both fitting and long overdue.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
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