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Mayor's Report

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
Friday Night Promenade — Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during the upcoming summer months) from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more.  Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience.

 

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

 

Mayor's Report: June 26, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:17

Friday Night Promenade—Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during the upcoming summer months) from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more.  Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience.

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

 

Editorial: Summer Time, Summer Time

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

School’s out and summer is here. Which of course means that both the Garden City and Stewart Manor pools are open for business. The former is going into its 58th season and there’s a reason why it’s become such a village mainstay. The membership level is affordable for everyone and its a place where lifeguard classes are offered, swimming lessons are offered, you can try out for the swim team and there’s an Early Bird Swim Club available for folks who want to get their stroke on earlier in the day. Most importantly, it’s a safe haven for families looking for a little sun and fun. Not to be outdone, the Stewart Manor Pool and its relatively inexpensive dues has a wealth of activities for members that include Ice Cream Sundae Night, movie nights, water Olympics, a talent show, karaoke and bagel Sundays along with swim lessons and swim team tryouts. It all adds up to the stuff that memories are made of.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Editorial: Penny For Your Thoughts

Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:10

A penny may not get you far in this economy, but for the students at Stewart School, those little pieces of copper have gone a long way towards helping out beneficiaries of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by way of the Pennies for Patients program. This year, it was to the tune of $27,515.71, (collected in the short span of three weeks), and ever since the school became involved back in 2009, the total amount has so far been a mind boggling $77,346.78. In the process, Stewart School has become the highest fundraising school ever in Long Island and was recently announced as being the sixth highest fundraising school in the NATION. Making it even more of a hometown affair was the fact that three Stewart School alums who also happen to be cancer survivors—Kelly Aneser, Bobby Menges and Charlie Schmitt–not only gave a testimony to the Stewart student body at an assembly last month, but also wound up presenting the check for this year’s amount to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s quite a head accomplishment and while the money raised will do wonders for the afflicted, the lessons of compassion and perseverance these kids learned is worth almost as much.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Cartoon: June 19, 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00
 

Mayor's Report: June 19, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

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.

 

Editorial: The Sound Of Music

Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:07

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

 

Cartoon: June 12, 2014

Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:01
 

Mayor's Report: June 12, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:07

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.

 

Heading Into The Straightaway

Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:02

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

 

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