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Mayor's Report: April 3, 2014

Little League Parade

This Saturday, April 5, marks the opening of the 2014 Little League baseball/softball season. The annual Little League Parade will step off promptly at 9 a.m. from village parking field No. 9E onto Tenth Street and proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street to Hilton Avenue, north on Hilton Avenue to Stewart Avenue for ceremonies at the village green.

With the opening of Little League, parents are especially encouraged to pay particular attention to driving safely in the area of village athletic fields. As youngsters are on their way to and from their scheduled games, many of them will dart between parked cars and will fail to look while crossing the street. Let’s make this season not only a happy one but also a safe one in our village.

I would like to take this time to congratulate the Garden City Athletic Association on their 59th year and thank their officers, directors, managers, coaches and all that are involved in such a great volunteer organization. Not only do they touch the lives of so many youngsters, they have been a valuable asset to our community. Please plan to attend the parade and give them and the players your support.

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.

Franklin Avenue Grade Crossing­—Long Island Rail Road

The village has been advised by the MTA Long Island Rail Road that the Franklin Avenue grade crossing located on the Long Island Rail Road’s Hempstead Branch in Garden City will be periodically closed to vehicular traffic to facilitate work on the railroad track from April 4 until April 7.

The rehabilitation of the tracks will require the closing as needed throughout the weekend in order to expedite the work being performed. Sporadic closures will begin to occur at approximately 11 p.m. on Friday, April 4 with work being completed by 3 a.m. Monday, April 7. Traffic will be detoured onto Sixth Street, Seventh Street and Hilton Avenue during the closures.

Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next board of trustees meeting will be the annual organizational meeting, at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 7. On this evening, the newly-elected trustees will begin their two-year terms. Trustees will also be assigned positions on the various boards and commissions for the upcoming year. The meeting will be 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.