It was wonderful to see how everyone was enjoying the street fair. Despite the rain in the later part of the event, it was still very successful. The children seemed to have a wonderful time on so many new rides and "dunking" the principals and teachers! Again, I would like to thank SEPTA's President Phyllis Calvano and her leadership team for implementing once again an event that not only was a fundraiser but brought all sectors of the community together - residents, businesses and education. Of course, my compliments to Commissioner Cipullo and his police officers for keeping it an uneventful "event" and to Director of Public Works Mangan and his staff for the excellent cleanup they did after the event.
The village celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, May 2 on the lawn in front of the Garden City Fire Department headquarters. I would like to thank the members of the Civic Beautification Committee, which include Chairperson Florence Beach, Charlene McGowan, Althea Robinson and Ella Steitz, who assisted Village Arborist Michael Didyk in planting a beautiful sugar maple, which is the state tree of New York. I would also like to compliment the teachers who represented Locust School and the children who did such a beautiful job with their songs that filled the day. It was also an honor for Village Administrator Schoelle and I to accept the award, on behalf of the village, for "Tree City." This award, granted by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes communities that meet detailed, objective standards applied to trees on public property.
We all want to keep the environment clean and green. However, I would like to remind village residents that although we want to have beautiful lawns and flowers, we must keep in mind that the village's law with regard to water conservation (Local Law 3-1987) is now in effect. The restrictions are:
1. Lawn sprinkling and garden irrigation only from April 16 to November 30 of each year and only during the hours of 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The days a person may water are: odd numbered properties on odd numbered days; even numbered properties on even numbered days; and properties with no numbers on even numbered days.
2. Automatic sprinkler systems: all newly installed systems must have moisture sensors approved by the Department of Public Works. For more information please call 465-4012 regarding sprinkler systems.
3. Miscellaneous: all home car washing must be done with hoses fitted with spray nozzles with automatic shut-off. Use of water for washing down driveways or walkways is prohibited.
Please cooperate by observing these restrictions. The police department has been requested to issue appearance tickets to those persons found to be in violation of this law.