Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.
The department of public works has advised me that an unfortunate incident occurred last week while a sanitation worker was on his route. A resident did not dispose of chemicals in the proper manner and one of our sanitation workers suffered chemical burns from an illegally disposed of chemical which was placed in the rubbish collection last Wednesday.
The container was hidden from view by being placed in a dark colored bag. Upon collecting the rubbish, which was placed curbside, the sanitation worker packed off the hopper and in the process the worker was sprayed with the chemicals. The liquid dampened his uniform and skin which caused severe chemical burns to his body. Thankfully he was not seriously injured.
Residents are reminded to utilize the monthly Town of Hempstead’s STOP Program for the safe, legal disposal of chemicals as well as other items. Please refer to the village’s sanitation guidelines for disposal regulations. If you have any questions about what can be safely disposed of in your trash, please call the village yard at 516-465-4032.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of being with many members of the Garden City High School Class of ‘73. Everyone had a great time reminiscing about the days that we all spent in Garden City. So many of them told me that after being in Garden City, and seeing how beautiful the village has remained, they truly miss living here. It made me feel even prouder that I am a part of this great village and that I was able to remain in the village and raise my family. Special thanks to all who were able to come to the reunion and I hope that everyone who attended, and those who were not able to attend, will come back more often.
The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. Keep in mind that these merchants save you from traveling outside the village for your needs. Consider the harsh reality if we did not have these businesses here to service our needs. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.
Once again, compliments are due to the recreation department for arranging the 2013 season’s outstanding concert series at the village gazebo, located on the village green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.
This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8, and will feature North Shore Pops, featuring the beautiful music of George Gershwin, the snappy tunes of Cole Porter and the elegant jazz of Duke Ellington. I hope that I will get a chance to see you at this, the last concert of the summer.
The program will begin at 7:15.p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 if you have any questions pertaining to the concert.
During August, the board of trustees meets one time. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. This meeting is held in the boardroom at village hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so that you can be informed of what is happening within the village.