One of the most attractive facilities within the village is our Garden City Swimming Pool. The 54th season began on Saturday, June 12. All residents are encouraged to become members of the Swimming Pool and enjoy all that it has to offer to all age groups. There is a membership level available for everyone.
We all want to keep the environment clean and green. However, I would like to remind the village residents that although we want to have beautiful lawns and flowers, we must keep in mind the village's law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect. The restrictions are:
Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation only from April 16 to Nov. 30 of each year and only during the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The days a person may water are:
Odd numbered properties on odd-numbered days.
Even numbered properties on even-numbered days
Properties with no numbers on even-numbered days.
Automatic sprinkler systems:
All newly installed systems must have moisture sensors approved by the Department of Public Works. For more information please call 465-4012 regarding sprinkler systems.
• All home car washing must be done with hoses fitted with spray nozzles with automatic shut-off.
• Use of water for washing down driveways or walkways is prohibited.
Please cooperate by observing these restrictions. The police department has been requested to issue appearance tickets to those persons found to be in violation of this law.
Residents who have in-ground sprinklers are advised that their sprinklers must have certification of their backflow prevention units.
Please take a minute to schedule an appointment with a certified backflow prevention assembly tester who is certified by the Nassau County Department of Health. If the test discloses that the assembly is not operating satisfactorily, please have the necessary repairs made and the assembly retested by the certified tester. On completion of a test showing that the assembly is operating satisfactorily, the certified tester should complete a Test and Maintenance Report Form and forward to Village Hall Department of Public Works. An untested backflow device is considered a potential hazard to the residents of the village.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to call Steven Bayard at 465-4024.
The next Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2010. The meeting dates for the summer will be as follows: July 15 and Aug. 19. The meetings will be held in the boardroom at Village Hall and will begin at 8 p.m.
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 www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the Heading of Recreation is a listing of the hours for the Community Park Pool for the months of July, August and September.
“For years, special interests have blocked the passage of a cap on school property taxes. While such legislation has twice passed the Senate and is supported by the governor, it has never seen the light of day in the Assembly. As we have witnessed this week, Governor Paterson has the power to change that. I am calling on him to include the tax cap in next week’s budget extender legislation. Governor Paterson has a golden opportunity to secure a legacy as a friend of New York’s property taxpayers. He must show leadership, seize this moment and take this very important first step toward taming out-of-control property tax increases in this state.”
I attended yet another BOE Budget meeting, the usual suspects were in attendance. Couldn’t see where the PTA members were hiding their pom-poms. However, in a $90 million budget, they really sharpened those pencils and found a whooping $284,000 in additional savings. Later, we were regaled about the marvelous achievements our students were making on the state tests. Little mention was made of the dumbing down of those same tests by the education bureaucracy so that they look good. Much effort went into this presentation, they really earned my vote. Not!
On Memorial Day, the trustees and I had the honor of attending the parade and Memorial Day Ceremony, which was held in front of the Garden City Middle School. I would like to commend the efforts of the William Bradford Turner Post No. 265 and the American Legion Auxiliary under the leadership of Commandeer John C. Donovan and President John Nedelka. I would also like to congratulate the Grand Marshal of the ceremony, Dr. Robert Scott, president of Adelphi University. Please keep all service personnel who serve our country proudly, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.
Village offices were closed on Monday, May 31, 2010 in observance of Memorial Day. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 7. The holiday collection schedule will be as follows: Residents west of Rockaway Avenue — garbage pickup on Tuesday and Friday; residents east of Rockaway Avenue — garbage pickup on Wednesday and Saturday.
Looking for information on avoiding foreclosure, finding a mental health counseling service or disaster assistance? Senator Kemp Hannon is alerting all Long Islanders that you can obtain the important health and human service information you are seeking, for free.
Village offices will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the “letter” drop slot at the front door.
Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, May 31. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Friday for the western half, and Wednesday and Saturday for the eastern half of the village. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 7.
Rubbish collection for the entire village will be on Thursday, June 3.
The Belmont Festival Committee has advised my office that plans have been finalized for the 13th Annual Belmont Festival at Garden City — A Salute to America. This year’s event which will have a red, white and blue theme, will be held on Friday evening June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., on Seventh Street. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage. The United States Air Force Band, “the Afterburners” will be featured, along with several other bands including the country band “Six Gun.” There will be some new special events along with activities for the children, including face painters and clowns.
Please mark your calendar and make it a point to attend this annual family event.
As the weather begins to get warmer, take time to think about your lawn and garden. Planning is the key to successful water conservation.
Select plants and trees that are drought-tolerant. Some examples are crape myrtle, oleander, wild lilac and rosemary.
To increase plant health and conserve water, add organic matter such as mulch to the soil of shrub and flowerbed areas. This increases the soil’s ability to absorb and store water in a form available to the plant.
Composting not only removes waste from landfills, but also provides rich organic planting material.
Consider using drip irrigation, where the water gets directly to the plants’ roots.
Working under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.
The next board of trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, June 3, and Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the boardroom at Village Hall.
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 www.garden cityny.net. One item that is listed on the village’s home page, under the heading of “Recreation Department.”
I recently put forward legislation to create thousands of new jobs and to turn around the state’s economy.
My “jobs plan” provides tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, eliminates the state corporate franchise tax for small businesses, and rolls back the personal income tax surcharge that hit small businesses last year.
My name is Christopher DeSimone and I am a Boy Scout from Troop 56 living in Garden City. I am currently starting my Eagle Scout project. I am writing this letter to ask for donations to help fund my project. My project is with an AHRC of Nassau group home in Oceanside.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
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