How do you follow up someone’s 34 years of distinguished service that has found so many people describing that person as being irreplaceable? Well you might try hiring the equivalent of a political rock star, which for the purposes of this example is former Glen Cove mayor Ralph Suozzi. The ginormous shoes that he’ll be trying to fill are those of the deservedly beloved Robert Schoelle, who put in 34 years as Garden City’s village administrator. Then again, Suozzi is no stranger to public service, having served four two-year terms as the mayor of one of Long Island’s two cities (the other being Long Beach). During that time, he reduced the deficit he inherited by 79 percent, cut expenses by $4.1 million annually and secured more than $48 million in federal, state and local grants. He also generated more than $3 million in new revenue sources and led a $1 billion waterfront revitalization project. With that kind of background, Suozzi should be able to build and expand on the successes Robert Schoelle had during the three plus decades he served as village administrator for Garden City.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Village Wide Election: Congratulations
Congratulations to Deputy Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia, Trustee Brian C. Daughney, Trustee Robert A. Bolebruch and Trustee-Elect Theresa A. Trouvé on their election last Tuesday.
I also want to express gratitude to all of the many residents who took the time to vote in the annual village election and encourage you to become familiar with your property owners’ associations and to become involved with it.
Garden City is only a bit over five square miles, but within the confines of the village there’s enough going on to keep three times as many communities busy. When I took over covering Garden City back in April 2012, my predecessor told me that it was its own special community. And boy was she right. I was quickly introduced to the ongoing debate surrounding St. Paul’s, and it was then that I saw the passion Garden City residents had (and have) for their small burg. It’s this passion that’s made the school district a consistent presence on annual polls listing the best schools around the country. That commitment has also resulted in a dominant athletic program that’s yielded accolades to numerous to list here.
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Please Shop And Do Business In Garden City
I would like to ask you to do your part to support all businesses within Garden City. I would also like to encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
Many residents consider shopping and dining in our business districts as “experience shopping” because they meet friends and neighbors along the way and have an opportunity to interact with them. This is in stark contrast to frantically dashing through the crowds in the mall or the big box retailers.
I am thinking of that movie and saying to myself as many of you are: “I’m madder than hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” It seems as if all of government has been a complete failure and that we should start all over. I am just so tired of politicians who put their own egos ahead of their constituents without any new ideas and characterizing themselves as saviors when really they are quite ordinary and mediocre. We’d be better off letting scientists, computer experts, statisticians and mathematicians run government than the generalists who profess to know everything but in reality know so little even about management.
Now Garden City may rightfully be known as being ground zero for having an outstanding school system, stellar athletic teams and an incomparable music program, but a gander at this week’s issue of Garden City Life reveals that the hills, or in this case village, is alive with the spirit of art. Eileen Moynahan and Suzie Alvey were both recently honored by the Town of Hempstead for each landing a photo in the 2014 Town of Hempstead Calendar contest. This after third-grade students Vanessa Law and Gabriel Psilakis did the same in a calendar contest recently held by our publisher, Anton Community Newspapers. Not to be outdone, Garden City High School junior Katie Roscoe won the under-18 division of the 2014 Thames21 Photography Competition, in which more than 1,000 entrants participated. Lastly, Arleen Rueth Urban heeded my call for art submissions with three pastel portraits in this issue which are truly excellent. It’s enough to make you wonder if Garden City is pulling double duty as an artists’ colony.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Daylight Savings Time/Smoke Detector
Daylight Savings Time began on Sunday, March 9. Residents are reminded that clocks should be set one hour ahead. Please also use this date as a reminder to change the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Doing so may save a life.Garden City Recreation - Indoor Tennis Center
The indoor tennis center is open daily and is a great place to get some fun and exercise during these long cold wintery days. There are courts available at various times throughout the day and they are also available for tennis parties on Saturday nights. To rent a court, or for more information, please call the community tennis center at 516-483-2525.
Any high school baseball coach faced with the prospect of losing 11 seniors might panic at the thought of having to go forward with those kinds of depleted veteran numbers. But then again, Coach Rich Smith isn’t just any other high school baseball coach. Going into his 42nd year with the Garden City High School baseball program, Smith’s secret weapon just might be the fact that he has three southpaws in his pitching rotation for the first time in the four plus decades that he’s been coaching the Trojans. Lefties are prized for their ability to keep hitters off balance due to the dearth of hurlers who throw from that side of the bump. Between the additions of Carey and Bellmore to Garden City’s conference and the abundance of less-experienced players filling out the Garden City roster, the trio of Dave Butler, Brian LoRusso and Matt Rogers just might be the leg (or in this case arm) up that Coach Rick Smith just might get.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
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