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Mayor's Report: May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Information

Village offices will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the “letter” drop slot at the front door.

Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, May 31. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Friday for the western half, and Wednesday and Saturday for the eastern half of the village. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 7.

Rubbish collection for the entire village will be on Thursday, June 3.

Mark Your Calendar - Friday, June 4 — Belmont Festival on Seventh Street

The Belmont Festival Committee has advised my office that plans have been finalized for the 13th Annual Belmont Festival at Garden City — A Salute to America. This year’s event which will have a red, white and blue theme, will be held on Friday evening June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., on Seventh Street. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage.  The United States Air Force Band, “the Afterburners” will be featured, along with several other bands including the country band “Six Gun.” There will be some new special events along with activities for the children, including face painters and clowns.

Please mark your calendar and make it a point to attend this annual family event.

Spring Planting Time and Water Conservation

As the weather begins to get warmer, take time to think about your lawn and garden. Planning is the key to successful water conservation.

Select plants and trees that are drought-tolerant. Some examples are crape myrtle, oleander, wild lilac and rosemary.

To increase plant health and conserve water, add organic matter such as mulch to the soil of shrub and flowerbed areas. This increases the soil’s ability to absorb and store water in a form available to the plant.

Composting not only removes waste from landfills, but also provides rich organic planting material.

Consider using drip irrigation, where the water gets directly to the plants’ roots.

Outdoor Dining

Working under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.

Board of Trustees Meetings

The next board of trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, June 3, and Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the boardroom at Village Hall.

Village’s Website

I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.garden cityny.net. One item that is listed on the village’s home page, under the heading of “Recreation Department.”