Opinion

Feb. 6, 2009 will mark the sixth annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Unfortunately, most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women. These two diseases kill more than 480,000 women in the United States every year; more than the next five causes of death combined, including all cancers. On Long Island, more than 5,600 women die of heart disease and stroke each year.

One of the components of Go Red for Women will be National "Wear Red Day for Women" Feb. 6. On Friday, Feb. 6, wear something red-a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women's lives.

Please show your support for women and join the American Heart Association as they "Paint Long Island Red." Some of the activities planned can be viewed on their website www.americanheart.org.

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!

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees' meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. 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.gardencityny.net. Also please be aware that I have a village email address and would be delighted to hear from village residents about their concerns - it is as follows: MayorPBee@gardencityny.net.

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