The village trustees should send alternatives for St. Paul’s to a public referendum, as should every project that requires additional Garden City debt. Over the years, the village trustees Okayed over $20 million in bonded debt (including $6.8 million this year, largely for road and parking infrastructure) and roughly $105 million in future employee healthcare commitments (worse than debt because this goes up with medical cost inflation). The village trustees decided unilaterally that it was in resident’s best interest to incur these debts, but now they only may decide to give us a say on St. Paul’s?
All residents and friends are invited to attend the annual inspection and open house on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. The program will be conducted at fire headquarters and in the employee parking field, located on the west side of Village Hall on Stewart Avenue. There will be fire safety demonstrations, an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog, a poster contest, refreshments and more. The 14th annual observance of Fire Prevention Week in Garden City will take place Oct. 3 through Oct. 9.
Your fire department does an outstanding job to protect our lives and homes. Please stop by to show your support for them. I’m sure that your entire family will enjoy the program.
(Editor’s Note: The letter below was addressed to Mayor Robert J. Rothschild.)
The loss of St. Paul’s would be a devastating blow to our community’s rich history. The fact of the matter is, the majority of the residents of the village did not vote in favor of demolition. Of the three options on the ballot of the 2008 public opinion vote, the results were as follows: option one, demolition = 2,272 votes; option two, saving the exterior = 1,857 votes; and option three, converting the building into condos = 873 votes. When added together, options two and three obtained the majority with 2,730 votes; the village voted to save St. Paul’s.
Writing on behalf of the Garden City Community, I wish to thank Fire Chief William Graham and the members of the Garden City Fire Department for conducting the beautiful ninth year anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience and assisted many of us to get through that difficult day.
In an earlier column, I shared some suggestions on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.
As of Sept. 13, 2010, the village will begin issuing Railroad Parking Permits for the 2010/2011 year. The annual fee is $150, (this equates to approximately $.60 per day).
Permits may be obtained at the Village Business Office, 351 Stewart Ave. Residents who already possess a 2009/10 permit will receive a renewal application by mail, which may be returned to the village either by mail or in person. Please review the information provided and correct any erroneous data and/or complete any missing information. A copy of your vehicle registration must accompany your application and check. The 2009/10 parking permits will be honored until Oct. 31.
Bring the family and enjoy a great day at our oceanfront park at Point Lookout for Hempstead Town’s sixth annual Collector’s Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 2. The show will take place between noon and 4 p.m., with classic car “check-in” occurring from 10 a.m. through noon.
Each year, car enthusiasts and spectators alike take a walk down memory lane and remember days gone by as they pass autos ranging from a ’57 Chevy to a classic Thunderbird.
Today, our new puppy enjoyed her first visit to the dog run at Christopher Morley Park on Searingtown Road in Roslyn Estates. However, it is time consuming to travel there from our place here in town. I’m afraid Molly is not going to visit the park very often though it is so good for her. I mentioned this to another dog owner who told me that the county has been petitioned to open several parks and that I should check some websites. So I did.
I learned from www.lidog.org that Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez agreed in 2008 to have one built at Eisenhower Park (how convenient that would be). Later that year, plans were put on hold due to budget cuts. In October 2009, Mr. Lopez announced that the park would open in the spring of 2010. However since then, a new commissioner has been appointed and there has been no news about the proposed park. It is feared that the project may be stalled or cancelled.
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.
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