Merchants Clean Up
The village has received quite a few complaints over the past few weeks regarding the amount of wrappers, waste, bottles and cans that are on Seventh Street. I would like to remind the merchants to be more careful in how they place their garbage for pickup. I would also like to remind the shoppers to please dispose of their waste in the containers that are located along Seventh Street. If you feel that there are not enough receptacles available for the trash, please call my office at 516-465-4051 to let me know where you feel that additional containers should be placed.
It serves as the unofficial kickoff for the summer season and/or yet another three-day weekend for retailers to fill their coffers with the bounty of retail sales promotions. Sadly, this is what has become of Memorial Day, a national holiday meant to honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Tradition has dictated the dead be honored with cemetery visits and parades featuring active servicemen and veterans from various wars participating alongside marching bands playing music with a patriotic theme. The idea was for citizens to stop and remember those who gave their lives while protecting democracy and America’s way of life—not to hit the mall in pursuit of bargains. Unfortunately, with so many veterans dying off and an all-volunteer military force, Memorial Day parades are shrinking in attendance (and in some instances being canceled) as more and more civilians have less interaction with active duty personnel. So if you’re thinking of either hitting the beach or one of the local outlets centers that seem to be popping up everywhere, maybe carve some time out to attend a parade or maybe even lay a wreath at your local cemetery. It’s the least you can do for those who gave up their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation
I would like to take a moment to recognize the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation who had their 1st Annual Alumni game on Saturday, May 10 at Garden City High School. The mission of this organization is to bring support to the Garden City High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team through camaraderie from fellow alumni and community supporters of the program. The foundation will raise funds through sales and sponsored events for equipment, lacrosse trips and other team needs as they arise. Special thanks to Timothy Goettelman, Conrad Hopkins, Kerry McCaffrey, Tara McKennett, Dina Muldoon and Michael Sweeney for their efforts in planning Saturday’s event to support the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Program.
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.
Poppy Drive Chairlady
Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Unit No. 265
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.
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.
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
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