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Around the Town: December 10, 2010

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoptions

This time of year is a joyous season filled with celebrations, family gatherings, reflections and giving. What better way to share in the joy of the holiday spirit than by taking a loving cat or dog into your home? From young children to senior citizens, people delight in having a pet as a member of the family.  

In Hempstead Town we are making pet adoption part of your “Reason for the Season” by helping to make the pet adoption experience more affordable and special. That’s why we have waived the adoption fee and the rabies shot fee now through Jan. 15, 2011 as part of our “Home for the Holidays” adoption program. In addition, all cats and dogs adopted will be spayed or neutered and microchipped free of charge. Microchipping implants a tracking device the size of a grain of rice in animals so owners may be reunited quickly with lost pets. And, in the holiday spirit, each pet adopted will receive a special gift generously donated by Animal Appetites Ltd. of Wantagh.


Mayor’s Report: December 3, 2010

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00
Thanksgiving Holiday

I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday and took time to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for. I would like to thank those that have made donations to our War Memorial Fund. Remember, no donation is too small! Donations may be forwarded to Village Hall at 351 Stewart Avenue and made payable to the Village of Garden City and note “War Memorial Fund” on your check.

Garden City Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony - Monday, November 29

The Garden City Hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for Monday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. I encourage you to attend and to enjoy one of Garden City’s great traditions. We thank the Garden City Hotel for their hospitality in sponsoring this wonderful evening. The evening begins with performances of holiday carols, a winter wonderland complete with Santa Claus and his elves and model trains, illumination of the hotel’s cupola in festive shades of green and red and the ceremonial lighting of a spectacular 30-foot blue spruce tree at the hotel’s grand entrance. This year’s guest of honor will be Ms. Katherine Heaviside, President, Epoch5 Public Relations. The highlight of the festivities will be the moment Ms. Heaviside lights the tree, officially launching the holiday season.

Following the lighting, all are invited into The Garden City Hotel for complimentary refreshments.

Traditional Christmas Tree Lighting — Sunday, December 5

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 56th village tree lighting ceremony, beginning promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the Village Green (corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues).

This year’s program once again is sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings and will feature the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Robert Ludwig. This year, as an added and very special feature will be “Chris Covais and Exit 3” an instrumental quartet comprised of vibraphone, guitar, bass and percussion. As always, “Kingsley Bear”, King’s Supermarket mascot will be on hand to pose with the little ones. The fire department will deliver Santa Claus and hot chocolate will be provided to everyone.

Please bring your entire family to welcome Santa and the holiday season.

Last Day for Lawn Sprinkling, November 30

As the temperature dips, it is difficult to focus on lawn sprinkling; however, I would like to remind residents that the last day for lawn sprinkling is Nov. 30. The board of trustees join me in expressing appreciation for the cooperation exhibited by residents in water conservation this past year.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings that will be held in December are on Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.

Village’s Website

I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page is a direct link to the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.


Around the Town: December 3, 2010

Written by A Garden City Life Op-Ed Contributor Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

The Annual Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony

I would like to invite all residents of the Town of Hempstead to join us at the annual Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting ceremony.

During the ceremony, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will provide live music, singing festive holiday songs and getting everyone into the holiday spirit. And no holiday ceremony would be complete without a visit from the jolly man himself arriving in a 1947 Mack Pumper truck, courtesy of the Oceanside Fire Department, Columbia Engine Co. Number 1, and handing out special treats to every boy and girl.


Letter: EPOA Clarifies the Facts

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 19 edition of Garden City Life.)

Residents Ron Tadross, who lives in Estates, and Ray Rudolph, who lives in the East, have mounted a broad and inaccurate attack on the Garden City Property Owners Association (POA) system and on the Eastern Property Owners Association (EPOA), an attack heavy on innuendo and short on facts.

The following points are facts: The EPOA heavily advertises its October, January and June public meetings, asking residents to attend, listing a complete itinerary, and inviting residents to comment and ask questions. In addition to the three regular public meetings, the EPOA holds additional public meetings during the year devoted to specific topics of importance or of interest to village residents, most recently the HUB meeting on Nov. 16, which was well advertised.


Letter: Description of the WPOA as an Organization

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 19 edition of Garden City Life.)

I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the comments in a recent letter to the editor and also mention some facts that might not be known or understood.

By way of a little history, one of our WPOA former presidents, John Traxler, was very clear to point out that every resident in the Western Section is a member of our POA by virtue of their residency in the West, as per the Community Agreement. Keeping in mind that an organization is only as strong as its membership, we can say that the WPOA board of directors continually speaks to residents about volunteer service and has been successful in bringing sincere dedicated people to our board, as well as drawing out Western section members with specific talents. For example, two of our members with expertise in finance are serving on the Citizens Budget Review and Advisory Committee (CBRAC) —Bill Holub and Richard Bankosky. (Richard served as chairman this past budget season.)


Village Board Demands State Representatives Change Mandates and Collective Bargaining Process

Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00

[Submitted by the Public Information Committee of the Village Board of Trustees].

The village board of trustees adopted resolutions at its public board meeting held on Thursday, Dec.16, 2010, which resolutions are directed to New York state level representatives, requesting them to make changes to state laws and regulations, as well as the collective bargaining process, which severely impact the village’s financial condition and ability to control local taxes.

The resolutions were passed to coordinate the village’s efforts in this area with the statewide call by the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) and other groups which have recommended ways to provide property tax relief by reducing local government expenses associated with employee pensions, health insurance, and police and firefighter disability benefits.


Letter: POA Power Trip Perilous

Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

As you probably know, the four sections of Garden City each have a property owners association (POA). At least in the last few decades, our village and school board representatives have been recommended and promoted by the POAs. Yet, less than one percent of Garden City residents attend POA meetings. We believe this “power” has driven the POA leadership to do the bare minimum in regard to fairly representing Garden City residents. This has left Garden City very vulnerable just as Nassau County finances look increasingly dire. Let us explain.

We believe it is exclusionary for the POAs to charge residents to join.  The POAs have thousands of dollars in reserves, never share a detailed financial summary/plan with their “members,” and often need to brainstorm on how to spend the money. Considering the POAs are not-for profit organizations, all residents should automatically be members and donations should be invited.


Around the Town: November 19, 2010

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Town to Observe

National Veteran’s Awareness Week

The military personnel who have served in the past and those who are currently defending our freedom have helped to build and preserve the finest nation in the world.

For over 80 years this country has celebrated a very special holiday in November and the Town of Hempstead is proud to be able to recognize our veterans this November 11.

Our veterans have bravely served this country and fought for our freedom and deserve proper recognition. Whereas Memorial Day is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives protecting our freedom, Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor veterans for their service and to acknowledge their contributions to our national security.


Mayor’s Report: November 12, 2010

Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00
Our Young People and Halloween

Regrettably, all too often our young people are criticized for the negative behavior of a relative few. I am pleased to let you know that this Halloween was virtually free of vandalism demonstrating that our young people do care about their village. On behalf of the parents, I thank residents for providing delicious but safe “treats” for the children. A good day was had by all!

AAA 2010 Community Traffic Safety Awards Program

Last week, I had the honor of representing the village along with Commissioner Cipullo at the AAA Community Traffic Safety Awards Program. The Village of Garden City was one of the municipalities statewide to receive a Platinum Award, AAA’s highest Award, for its commitment to traffic safety and for success in addressing local traffic safety issues. In addition, for the third consecutive year, Garden City received the AAA Pedestrian Safety Award. These awards are just one example, which represents how fortunate we are in the village to have such a dedicated and efficient Police Department.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: November 12, 2010

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Falling Airline Debris

A stone’s throw away from arguably one of the best cities in the world and tremendous beaches, our district is comprised of incredible historic villages with a deep and diverse history and high quality of life. Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked ardently to help preserve this quality of life. Over the years, Long Island has evolved from rural agrarian roots to an area now home to bustling suburbs with its own unique business sectors and culture. Living in the greater New York Metropolitan Area brings great rewards as well as challenges. I have consistently heard from my constituency of concerns they have regarding their respective proximity to both JFK and LaGuardia Airports, including high levels of noise from planes landing and taking off and its effect on their quality of life. As a resident of Mineola, I know first-hand of the tremendous impact airliners flying overhead at low altitudes have on residents. As such, I have made it a priority to have the federal government address this issue.


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