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Mayor's Report: June 12, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:07

Awards - Girl And Boy Scouts

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a Girl Scout Award Ceremony to recognize Gold Award recipients Caitlin Gallant, Genevieve Halka, Alyssa Lo Re, Elisa Pittella, Emily Quigley, Sabrina Rodgers and Brooke Warhurst. It was an honor to present proclamations on behalf of the Village of Garden City for Girl Scouts of America’s highest honors. I would like to take the time to commend these young individuals on their achievements and the positive contributions that they have made to their communities.

Garden City’s 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report

And Conservation Program

Last week, the water department mailed the 2013 Drinking Water Quality Report. This report demonstrates that our water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements. All results were excellent. Also, the village’s corrosion control treatment program was effective in preventing the leaching of lead and copper from your home’s plumbing into your drinking water.


Heading Into The Straightaway

Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:02

With all the hubbub about equine nasal strips and the fact that California Chrome might become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed swept all three races back in 1978, let’s talk priorities people—Garden City’s upcoming 17th Annual Belmont Festival. (Just a heads-up that the rain date is Friday, June 13.) It’s one of the most anticipated yearly events in the village and why shouldn’t it be? It’s a family-friendly gala that features live entertainment and music along with plenty of free activities for the kids that include face painting, pony rides and games. Those with a yen for art can stroll and admire the entries for the popular children’s poster contest. And if your stomach starts grumbling, there will be no shortage of wings to sample, courtesy of the local restaurants that will be going to the mat in the Wing Off to see which establishment has the best wings in the area. Best of all, proceeds will benefit the Ace in the Hole Foundation, created in honor of 1st Lt. Michael LiCalzi, a Garden City resident who lost his life while serving his country during the Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2006. All this serves as the local appetizer for the big doings at Belmont the next day and serves as a great way of getting ready for potential history being made.

—Dave Gil de Rubio


Cartoon: May 29, 2014

Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:09

Mayor's Report: May 29, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:03

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.


Editorial: A Day Of Military, Not Monetary Remembrances

Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

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


Mayor's Report: May 22, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

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.


Letter: Poppy Season Emerges, Join In The Tribute

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00

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.

Jacqueline Burdi-Eltringham

Poppy Drive Chairlady

Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Unit No. 265


Letter: Mission Accomplished

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:24

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.


Cartoon: May 15, 2014

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:35

Mayor's Report: May 15, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:15

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.

Volunteer firefighters do important and challenging work for the pure satisfaction of helping others.  They are essential for a number of reasons, including the fact that volunteers live in the communities in which they serve which enhances response times, and they save taxpayers millions of dollars every year. Please visit or contact the Garden City Fire Department via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can also leave a telephone message at 516-465-4135.


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