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Mayor's Report: August 13, 2010

Thank You for Participating In the Village Blood Drive

I would like to thank the residents and employees who took the time out of their busy schedule to donate blood.

I am pleased to report that 34 pints of blood were collected. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support

Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other members of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.

Again, thank you and we look forward to your participation in our next blood drive in October 2010.

Hurricane Season

I recently received a letter from the president of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) on the subject of making preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.

The following are several of the tips for residential emergency planning that were listed. Please review them with your family:

• Develop a family plan for survival and property protection. Rehearse the plan so everyone knows what to do.

• Have flashlights, battery-operated radios and extra batteries on hand. Check the batteries to make sure they are fresh.

• Arrange now for elderly and others with special needs such as those who depend on electric life-support devices. Alert LIPA customer service and sign up for LIPA’s Critical Care Program (1-800-490-0025).

• Inventory personal property; safely secure all records and valuable documents in a watertight place.

• Put together a family hurricane evacuation kit that includes bottled water, bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows and appropriate prescription medicines.

• Ensure that enough non-perishable food and water supplies are on hand. One-gallon of water per person per day is recommended.

• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

• Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed of dead wood.

• Determine where to move a boat in an emergency.

• Provide for pets.

If a hurricane or major tropical storm damages the region, Long Islanders are strongly cautioned to stay away from downed power lines. Immediately after the storm, outages will be evident to LIPA via its computerized control systems. LIPA’s computer systems automatically detect neighborhood service interruptions and begin the restoration process by alerting systems operators of the outage. However, should anyone notice a downed electric line or experience a service interruption, they should call 1-800-490-0075. In addition, downed wires might end up covered by tree limbs or leaves, so be careful when letting children play outside after a storm.

Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk

Residents are again reminded of the “Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk” signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street between Franklin and Hilton avenues.

State Vehicle and Traffic Law states that motorists must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway within the striped crosswalks. A motorist seeing a pedestrian entering the crosswalk must stop and permit the pedestrian to cross the street. Cars approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear are not permitted to pass.

The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians.

A word of caution, however, to the pedestrian — do not place undue reliance on the signs or the crosswalks, even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way — they may not do so!

Concert at Gazebo

Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2010 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues.

Next week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12 and will feature The Dimensions. 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 Department at 465-4075 with questions pertaining to the concert.

Board of Trustees Summer Meeting Schedule - Public Hearing

During August, the Board of Trustees will meet only once. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. There will be a public hearing at the Aug. 19, board of trustees meeting on the St. Paul’s School Demolition for Open Space Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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 For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the heading of administration is information listing the village boards and commissions, along with their agendas.