Don’t let the unseasonably warm weather fool you. Winter is coming soon, and things are going to get frosty before you know it! Cold weather can cause serious problems for household water pipes and sprinkler systems. Each winter, your pipes can freeze and possibly burst, potentially costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. While these issues affect many homeowners each year, there are a variety of quick, easy steps that you can take to protect your home from water-related damage and unnecessary expenses during the winter months.
In order to avoid damaging pipes, sprinkler systems should be winterized before the temperature dips below freezing. Make sure to drain and turn off your sprinkler system before the start of the winter season. Also be sure to drain outside faucets and turn off all other outside water sources to prevent freezing and breaks. Additionally, check your water meter pit cover to ensure that it is intact and firmly bolted down. Shutting off and draining all water service lines to unheated structures until spring will prevent breaks to these lines.
While we enjoy the holidays it’s easy to understand that many holiday traditions have the potential to put us at an increased risk for fire, and during the holidays it can be especially challenging to keep fire safety in mind with many other things competing for our attention. By understanding where holiday fire hazards exist, and taking some simple preventative steps to avoid them, people can greatly reduce their risk of fire and keep everyone in good cheer. Fire Chief Charles Cavarra has asked that I share the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way to our project of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and those in need on Thanksgiving afternoon. Through the generosity of so many, 270 hot dinners were delivered throughout Nassau County and 22 families were provided with the fixings to make their own Thanksgiving meal.
We are grateful to everyone who contributed in some way — by donating food, beverages, or money; cooking a turkey, making a dessert or bread. We are grateful to all the children who made cards or baked in their CCD class, Girl Scout Troop, Youth Group, or classroom. We are grateful to Mrs. White and her Art Classes at Stewart School in Garden City for the beautiful artwork on the bags in which the meals were delivered. We are grateful to those who gave of their time on Thanksgiving Day to help us pack the meals and to those who helped us deliver them.
As previously advised, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be working in the vicinity of Washington Avenue and Transverse Road to repair a major underground electrical cable that was determined to be in need of emergency replacement. We have been informed this week that this work will not be completed until sometime in January.
This work has necessitated the closure of Washington Avenue between Eleventh Street and Supreme Court Drive. Night security personnel from LIPA are at the site from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Residents who have driveways on Washington Avenue can park on the side streets. In an effort to detour traffic away from residential areas, detour signs directing motorists to County Seat Drive have been added on Old Country Road. The Village is working closely with LIPA to add more detour signs on Old Country Road as well as on Eleventh Street. The Garden City Police Department has also added additional traffic patrols to nearby residential areas that has resulted in several traffic tickets being issued; two arrests and three impounds.
As the village receives more information from LIPA and Bancker, it will be placed on our website — www.garden cityny.net, on the homepage, by clicking on “Village Alert Messages.” I will also include updates in this column as well. If you require any further information, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4004.
As previously advised, the village was informed on Tuesday, Nov. 15 that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be working in the vicinity of Washington Avenue and Transverse Road for approximately six (6) to nine (9) weeks to repair a major underground electrical cable that was determined to be in need of emergency replacement.
This work has necessitated the closure of Washington Avenue between Eleventh Street and Supreme Court Drive. Night security personnel from LIPA are at the site from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Residents who have driveways on Washington Avenue can park on the side streets. Once the subsurface facilities are exposed, crews will begin making the necessary repairs and the initial noise of the project will abate. In order to mitigate the use of generators there will be three temporary solar-powered dusk-to-dawn lights. These lights will be directed away from all homes. Additionally, there will be no loss of power to homes as a result of the project.
The electoral process is at the core of our democratic way of government in the United States of America. From Presidential elections all the way down to local government contests, the will of the people is central to our way of life. Accordingly, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the Nov. 8 elections. I am honored to have been re-elected to another term as Hempstead Town Supervisor and I am eager to embark upon new challenges and maintain key priorities over the next two years. Thank you!
May all of our residents and their families enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend.
Please remember your neighbors and seniors who may be alone and take a few minutes from your busy schedule to look in on them and to let them know that they are remembered.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The holidays are around the corner, and at the Garden City Hotel, we are busily preparing for a season of joyful celebrations. Against this backdrop, we are ringing in a new tradition while leaving behind another. Last November marked our final Tree Lighting Ceremony. This annual evening celebration, held the Monday after Thanksgiving, over many years, brought together families, friends, neighbors, business associates and community leaders. We know how much it has meant to the community. We appreciate the many calls and emails sharing memorable tree lighting ceremonies gone by and to just say thank you. We are touched by your immense gratitude.
Special thanks to the William Bradford Turner Post of the American Legion of Garden City for conducting the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11. We appreciate all that they do to honor and remember those men and women who have served in our armed forces in support of our country.
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