Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00
The Department of Environmental Conservation has placed restrictions on the collection and disposal of e-waste (televisions, computers, computer peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.). Collectors such as the village will be required to separately collect these items and designate them for recycling or reuse. The village has contacted a vendor, which has been designated by the Town of Hempstead for e-waste recycling, and they have agreed to provide a POD, which will be located at the Village Yard for the collection of e-waste, which will be recycled by them.
Beginning on Feb. 7, the village will begin collecting e-waste on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Spot collections will occur on an as-needed basis by the supervisors for anything put out before then as directed by the Yard.
Your village has spent a good deal of time and money to beautify our central business district in order to make it as appealing to residents and businesses. Our local food markets on Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue have also made a significant investment in purchasing high quality shopping carts for our use and convenience while shopping in their stores. Regrettably, these carts are not being returned to the prescribed areas by the shoppers and are being left within the parking fields and in the areas of the apartment houses.
In consideration of your neighbors, merchants and community, I urge residents to return these carts to their respective stores. Please don’t place the village in the position to have to expend manpower and time to impound the shopping carts. The residents’ effort will go a long way to keeping our village the beautiful place that we all want it to be.
I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2012/13 Operating/Capital Budgets on:
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study- Work Session 1
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 2
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session 3
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Budget Study - Work Session - Final
These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the boardroom at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This week, visitors to the Village of Garden City’s website got a look at the village’s upgraded website. This was made possible through the efforts of Village Clerk, Brian Ridgway and Tim McGerty of the Village Recreation and Parks Department.
Please be sure to visit this website (www.gardencityny.net) for information with regard to all the various village departments, as well as meeting dates for the various village boards and community events which now includes much more detailed information with regard to the Village of Garden City that I know residents as well as visitors will find helpful.
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 2 and on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.
I would like to share with you, the following safety tips, which were written by a police officer:
1.Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide.
If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, do not hand it to him. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Run like mad in the other direction!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. Don’t do this!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head and tell you where to go. As soon as you get into your car, lock the car doors and leave. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, do not drive off! Instead, gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A. Be aware:
Look around you; look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night!
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: Stop. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well-educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point:
Someone just told you that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her, “Whatever you do, do not open the door ...” The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, do not open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re alone at night.
10. Water scam! if you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, do not go out to investigate! These people turn on all your outside taps full blast so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!