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Mayor’s Report: August 21, 2012

Cell Phones For Soldiers

The Garden City Police Department has been collecting used mobile phones that are then donated to “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Each donated used mobile phone allows “Cell Phones for Soldiers” to fulfill the mission of providing service men and women with the opportunity to communicate with loved ones for free. Through the efforts of the Garden City Police Department, 161 cell phones were donated during the month of July, providing 9,660 minutes of talk time for the troops.

I would like to thank all who were able to donate their used mobile phones. To date, “Cell Phones for Soldiers” has raised more than $7 million and provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time. Since 2004, due to the mobile recycling program, more than 10 million cell phones have been recycled, thus reducing the impact on landfills.

If you have a used mobile phone that you wish to donate, please stop by the Garden City Police Department and visit

Outdoor Dining

It is wonderful to see so many Garden City residents as well as visitors to our village enjoying alfresco dining on New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street. This year there are 35 businesses which offer outdoor dining. There is no doubt that alfresco dining is an overwhelming success. I encourage residents to come early and combine shopping with dining outside at their favorite place.

Board Of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a firsthand perspective.