With the arrival of Labor Day and school reopening, comes the third harbinger of autumn — the closing of the Garden City Swimming Pool. The pool season ended on Sept. 6. Much to the credit of the pool staff, village residents experienced another safe and enjoyable pool season. I offer my compliments to Kevin Ocker, Ed Fronckwicz, Grace Chianese and the entire Recreation staff.
In the Incorporated Village’s efforts to provide the most reliable communications with residents and businesses within the village, we have implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc., (Swift 911) as our emergency notification service provider. Swift 911 is a computerized telephone calling system that is used to notify the Village’s residents and businesses of an emergency situation such as a severe storm evacuation or a dangerous situation. When the system is activated at Village Hall, each resident and business within the Village of Garden City receives a telephone message with the emergency alert.
If residents have an unlisted telephone number or have telephone service through Cablevision, Vantage Cable and MagicJack, they may not be listed within this system. These residents are encouraged to register online (www.gardencityny.net) or to send a brief note to the attention of the Village Clerk, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530, providing your name, address and telephone number.
In the wake of the saddest moment in our nation’s history, members of Long Island’s family came to the beach at Point Lookout and gazed to the west in shock and disbelief. The weeks following the attacks of September 11th witnessed neighbors returning to the waters of the Atlantic in deep reflection. The soothing waves cresting the shore, the infinite horizon of the ocean and the warm sparkling sands has drawn so many of us back on an annual pilgrimage to this location on the anniversary of 9-11.
I called McCarthy’s office to learn when she was having a town hall meeting. The response: “none are scheduled.” Another year and our “representative” is still hiding from those she ostensibly represents. Doesn’t the 4th CD deserve better than this? Do we not deserve a voice in Washington rather than a second vote for Pelosi’s San Francisco District?
Here are some questions I would have asked if the cowardly Carolyn McCarthy could muster the courage to face her constituents (she’d probably get a better reception in San Francisco): How can you justify a salary increase for you and your colleagues further increasing a huge deficit of your creation that our children and their children will have to pay? Did you read the Cap and Tax bill before voting for it? I doubt it. Did you read the healthcare legislation before voting for it? I doubt it. Why do you accept campaign donations from those you are supposed to regulate?
I have many more questions, but I’ll never get any response from you. Hopefully, the voters of the 4th CD will remove you from office this November so you won’t have to face us anymore. Please contact her yourself by telephone at 516-739-3008; via email: http://formshouse. gov/mccarthy/contact.shtml. Good luck getting a response.
Thomas P. Brosnan
Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements, which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My associates on the village board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country, which will be their temporary homes.
On Tuesday of this past week, the village activated its Swiftreach Notification System (reverse “911”) via land line telephones to all residences and businesses within the Village of Garden City advising of the Nassau County Health Department’s plan to conduct aerial spraying for the West Nile Virus over Garden City on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
As I have previously discussed in this column, residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of the West Nile Virus.
We are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and with the change in climate, experts have cautioned that Long Island has an increased potential to be hit by a major hurricane this year. It is important for everyone to be prepared, especially residents in the Town of Hempstead.
Residents should be prepared in the event that a major storm or hurricane causes property damage or power outages. Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with hurricane safety procedures.
I would like to thank the residents and employees who took the time out of their busy schedule to donate blood.
I am pleased to report that 34 pints of blood were collected. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other members of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.
Again, thank you and we look forward to your participation in our next blood drive in October 2010.
The Town of Hempstead is not only a great place to live and work, but it is also a terrific place to visit. Our Office of Tourism is available to provide information and assistance to residents and the many tourists who visit each year.
There are so many things to do and see here in America’s largest township. Freeport’s Nautical Mile is a great place to visit during the summer. From casino and dinner cruises to shopping and miniature golf, there is fun for the whole family. There are also numerous boat launching ramps and fueling stations, many fine restaurants and even water accessible lodging for boaters.
Nassau County Department of Health has reported its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Nassau County this year. It is important to keep up your guard against mosquitoes and the viruses they carry. To date seven (seven) mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and when necessary, applying larvicide. Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the county.
The Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Unit is conducting additional surveillance in those areas where humans have tested positive and positive mosquito pools have been found by inspecting breeding sites, and when necessary, applying larvicide. The Health Department will continue mosquito surveillance at forty-two (42) trap sites located throughout the county.
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