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Mayor's Report: May 8, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:48

Garden City Chamber Of Commerce Honors

The Chamber’s 12th Annual Pineapple Ball will be held on Friday evening, May 9 at the Garden City Hotel. The chamber of commerce will honor the following distinguished members of our community: Garden City Turkey Trot Race Committee with the Citizen of the Year Award, Anne Sullivan, coach of the Garden City High School Girls Swimming and Diving Team, Garden City High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team, with the Community Achievement Award, Lisa Smith, proprietor of Coquette Boutique with the Business Person of the Year Award and Robert L. Schoelle, Jr., former village administrator and current president of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club with the President’s Award. I would like to congratulate each of the honorees on their well-deserved recognition.

 

Editorial: Basketball Junkie

Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:05

Now this may seem like a cruel headline to go with when talking about former NBA player Chris Herren, but it’s part of the title from the 2011 book he wrote with columnist Bill Reynolds called Basketball Junkie: A Memoir. It details his rise through the college and professional sports hierarchy while being in the throes of drug addiction. Herren recently came to Garden City High School, where he spoke of those dark times before students, faculty, parents and community members. The tragedy behind so many of these sad and harrowing stories was the fact that what seemed like a brief flirtation with cocaine at the time instead wound up being the catalyst for the downward spiral the Massachusetts native’s life took over the next decade and a half before finally hitting rock bottom and eventually becoming alcohol and drug-free since August 2008. By all accounts, Chris Herren’s cautionary tales seemed to strike a note during his appearance at Garden City High School. One can only hope this was the case especially given the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic that’s become more prevalent on Long Island in the past decade-plus.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: May 1, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:07

Board Of Trustees Meetings

The next meetings of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, May 1 and Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the boardroom at village hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.

Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores.  Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding.  While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

 

Letter: Curriculum Is Not The Classroom

Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:06

I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting is opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence, and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.

In order to achieve the learning atmosphere in the classroom, we must alter our design, in both time and content. For example, some students should be permitted to graduate high school in two years, others should remain for six. The intervening time being subject to individual commitment and accomplishment. Some students should be permitted to leave and resume schooling without penalty. Curriculum should encourage talent. It needs flexibility. Education is a vehicle of opportunity for all. Our laws guarantee it, our curriculum does not. You cannot and should not train every student to be an after-dinner speaker.

 

Editorial: O Captain, My Captain

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Crossing paths with the right teacher when you’re a student can have the kind of positive effect that has repercussions for the rest of your life. For me, it was my third-grade teacher Mrs. Packer, who not only made the transition easy for the new kid in the class who transferred in the middle of the school year, but fostered and reinforced my love of reading. For hundreds of Garden City High School students, that educator just might be Michael Stano, who was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo. To give you an idea of the prestige behind this honor, only 215 educators were selected from around the state to take place in this program. Part of the responsibilities for this position involves helping mentoring other teachers and help create an environment that supports both STEM education and teachers in the field. Being as this is something that Stano does on a day-in, day-out basis with his charges, he was a natural fit to be chosen. And for many students whose lives he’s effected in an undoubtedly positive fashion, it’s a honor both fitting and long overdue.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Cartoon: April 24, 2014

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
 

Mayor's Report: April 24, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Village Pool Applications Mailed

Last week, the Garden City Recreation Department mailed their Splash newsletter which includes the 2014 pool application. If you have not received the newsletter/application, please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075.

Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

 

Editorial: Getting In Baby Thomas’ Corner

Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

Orphan diseases are rare maladies that strike a small percentage of the population and as such, people afflicted by them usually do not have the benefit of support groups, nonprofit support or extensive medical research being done in search of a cure. Unfortunately, little  Thomas Kevin Onorato, whose great-uncle is Garden City dermatologist is Dr. Joseph Onorato, is in this quandary after being diagnosed with microvillus inclusion disease. Born on September 10, 2013, Baby Thomas has already endured a battery of tests that would sap the will out of the most hardened adult including multiple blood transfusions, colonoscopies, a pair of endoscopies and intestinal biopsies. That said, he and his parents Tom and Melissa are fighting the good fight with as positive an approach is possible under these horrible circumstances. To that end, Baby Thomas’ folks are holding a fundraiser at Franklin Square’s Plattduetsche Park Restaurant on Saturday, April 19 to raise money to defray medical costs, but to also raise awareness around this extremely rare disease. The hope is that with community support, microvillus inclusion disease might not be as much of a hardship for children up to and including Baby Thomas going forward in the future.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Cartoon: April 17, 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014 08:27
 

Mayor's Report: April 17, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:37

Happy Passover

The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending our sincere best wishes for a Happy Passover to village residents.

Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department

The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief William K. Castoro for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during his recent term as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.

 

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