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Letter: Poppy Season Emerges, Join In The Tribute

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

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.

Jacqueline Burdi-Eltringham

Poppy Drive Chairlady

Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Unit No. 265


Letter: Mission Accomplished

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:24

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.


Cartoon: May 15, 2014

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:35

Mayor's Report: May 15, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:15

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.

Volunteer firefighters do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others.  They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve which enhances response times, and they save taxpayers millions of dollars every year. Please visit or contact the Garden City Fire Department via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can also leave a telephone message at 516-465-4135.


Editorial: Mothers Are Society’s Glue

Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:47

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


Cartoon: May 8, 2014

Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:20

Mayor's Report: May 8, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:48

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.


Editorial: Basketball Junkie

Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:05

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


Mayor's Report: May 1, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:07

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.


Letter: Curriculum Is Not The Classroom

Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:06

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.


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