It isn’t every day that you come across a human being like Mr. Vincent Muldoon. Not only is he the best at what he does, he puts life into perspective and is a great humanitarian.
It was not long ago when tragedy struck my family and Mr. Muldoon was one of the first Garden City residents to come to our aid. He and his group are doing construction on our home in a very expedient and affordable manner. May God bless him and all the other families who have been sending us meals three times a week for several months. “There Is No Place Like Home.” Garden City has proven to us to be the best place on earth because of the great family values, generosity, and emphasis on service. This is why we moved here 23 years ago.
Thank you Garden City!
The Pashayan Family
When Heather O’Reilly recently came to Garden City to conduct a 90-minute soccer clinic, it was behind quite a professional résumé. A pair of national championships while attending the University of North Carolina, three Olympic gold medals and a bronze medal from the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A consummate professional on many different levels, O’Reilly did a stellar job working with her young fans. She not only helped them out with soccer fundamentals, but also served as a positive role model in reinforcing how much of a role dedication, passion, commitment and hard work played in her overall success. It’s a message that needs to be hammered home all the more at a time when athletes are getting more newsprint for off-the-field felonious behavior than they are for on-the-field accomplishments.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during July and August) from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.
Program organizers are working with representatives from the Incorporated Village to develop plans which will allow for the closing of Seventh Street each Friday evening between Franklin and Hilton Avenues (hopefully beginning as early as July 5) so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope to see you on a Friday evening.
With Shannon Carman and Jacquelyn Seskin being named Garden City High School’s 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, the village’s esteemed school district is once again graduating a pair of exemplary overachievers out of an already impressive student body. GPA-wise, both seniors hit dizzying heights (the former with a GPA of 101.16 for seven semesters with her counterpart clocking in with an equally stellar 100.98). Between the two of them, accomplishments include numerous honors tied to National Merit Scholarships, gold and silver medals in everything from the Long Island Math Fair to the National Spanish exam and athletic endeavors in badminton and volleyball. With the village’s latest valedictorian and salutatorian both entering Dartmouth in the fall, the Garden City Life wishes to extend its congratulations to them for not only leaving behind a dazzling academic trail in their wake, but undoubtedly going on to bigger and better things in their collective future.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
I am pleased to announce that at a recent board of trustees meeting, I appointed Suzanne Alvey as the historian for the Village of Garden City. Suzie has been involved with the village as a member of the Civic Beautification Committee since 2009 and was the original driving force behind the establishment of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. She is a professional artist and also volunteers with the Nassau County Art League, Garden City Community Church and Garden City Historical Society. Suzie was also named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Assembly in 2009. We are very fortunate to have Suzie serve as our village historian.
The newest campus controversy surrounds “Adelphi Secrets,” a page where students can write anonymous posts related to the university. Although this page does contain some negative comments, it does more good than harm and, therefore, should remain as long as it continues to strengthen the Adelphi community, rather than bring it down.
Some students use Adelphi Secrets as a way to give a shout out to a cute girl they saw in the library or a professor who really inspired them. It also helps connect students to people they may have never had the opportunity of meeting. People realize that they aren’t alone in obstacles they may be experiencing. For example, multiple posts have touched upon the struggle of feeling isolated within the institution. Post No. 45 says, “I hate eating alone for dinner here. Everyone else seems to have at least one person to eat with and I’m alone.” Somebody replied by saying “Story of my life.” Another individual provided suggestions about how the student could become more involved on campus by joining clubs and/or Greek life. Post No. 61 states, “I want to go to Aloha Adelphi tonight, but I don’t want to go by myself. Being at the social events alone is awkward.” Someone replied, “It’s not awkward at all, just go and make friends with everyone, and then you’ll be the party.” People can spark new friendships based on common experiences.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Police Commissioner Jackson has asked me to inform residents that with the warmer weather upon us, there has been an increase in youth related activities that have had a negative impact on the community such as, but not limited to, criminal mischief, harassment and alcohol use. This type of behavior could result in tragic consequences.
Parents are urged to speak with their children and stress the importance of making smart decisions, refraining from destructive behavior and respecting others who live in their community. This is particularly true concerning alcohol use. Parents should be aware of the activities their children are involved in, as well as their whereabouts, especially during evening and overnight hours. Alcohol use poses a serious threat to children, as well as the community; it often leads to irrational behavior such as property destruction, or driving under the influence.
Soccer has always been the redheaded stepchild of all of the North American major sports. And while the world’s most popular team activity seems to be showing signs of life via the resurrected Cosmos calling Hofstra home and the New York Yankees and Manchester United FC uniting to put a yet-unnamed football club in Flushing Meadow Park, Garden City is the one place where soccer has always been robustly embraced. Ever since 1969, the Garden City Centennial Soccer Club (GCCSC) has had a big hand in ensuring that soccer has not only thrived but significantly grown to the point that the GCCSC is now the largest independent youth recreational activity organization in the village’s history. The annual year-end Soccer Fest that was recently held at St. Paul’s not only proved to be the culmination of the soccer season, but reinforced the idea that at least in Garden City, the sport’s popularity is far from flagging.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
As a reminder, dogs are not permitted to run freely in our village parks. If you are going to walk your dog, make sure that the dog is on a leash and to be considerate of your neighbors, by cleaning up after your dog and by properly disposing of the waste. In consideration of your neighbors and the health and quality of life within our village, I ask that all cooperate with this law so that it will not be necessary to have the police department issue appearance tickets to violators.
If you would like to have your dog run freely, I am pleased to report that Nassau County offers several dog runs in the area where you can take your dogs to allow them to run without a leash. The following is a listing of locations within the county:
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