Written by Marilou Giammona, email@example.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
For Stewart Manor residents expecting a major meltdown between TCBY and Carvel at a public hearing last week, soft-serve endorsements for the potential new kid on the block were served up instead.
Following a recent zoning board meeting, at which future TCBY owners and Garden City residents Carlos and Helene Jorge were granted a variance for 11 parking spaces, the Stewart Manor board of trustees approved a Special Use application that would allow the Jorges to open a TCBY yogurt shop at 100 Covert Ave., the site of the former Stewart Manor branch of the Elmont Public Library.
“We received the variance for the 11 parking spaces required by the fact that the space is 800 square feet and one space is required for each 75 square feet,” said counsel Steven Kaiser, who represents the Jorges. As for other logistics of operating a yogurt shop business, Kaiser said the owners will work with the village’s Department of Public Works to arrange daily garbage removal. He reiterated that there will be no cooking on the premises, as the frozen yogurt is a prepared product that comes in contained plastic drums and gets loaded into machines.
A common thread among attendees at the public hearing was the Jorges’ community involvement. “The applicant lives nearby and is vested in the community. He hopes to be involved in this community and be active in the school system as well,” Kaiser said.
Trustee James Lynch spoke to Jorge’s “responsible volunteerism in the community,” citing his many years coaching youth soccer. “He seems to be the guy to always step up to the plate,” Lynch said.
And an Argyle Road resident, whose home is directly behind Covert Avenue businesses, said, “He is agreeing to participate with the community and wants to be part of the community. As far as I’m concerned, I’d like you to participate as long as there’s not an excessive amount of garbage, I don’t have a problem with it … As villagers, we try and support the stores and I think it’s great to have someone who will support the village.”
The building’s landlord, Nicholas Pellegrini, noted that Jorge is “so pro the neighborhood.” Pellegrini admittedly had offers from other potential tenants, “but we liked him so much. … . I really believe it’s gonna be really good for the community.”
While the Jorges received such a warm reception, Carvel owners Maggi and Jeff Chen, who were present but did not speak at the public hearing, remain hot under the collar. When reached for comment afterward, this is what Mr. Chen had to say: “I’m bitter. There’s not enough foot traffic for two frozen dessert shops like this. What can I do? There’s nothing I can do. Kids go for that fun factor. Carvel is old school. We serve you. If they can make it themselves and pay through the nose, they don’t care. It’s going to hurt. I’m struggling as it is.”
The “fun factor” Chen referenced is TCBY’s self-serve business model, a prototype the frozen yogurt stalwart adopted in 2010. In neighboring Garden City, on Seventh Street, TCBY and Baskin Robbins have co-existed for many years, despite TCBY’s self-serve model.
The Jorges hope to be open for business this summer. The store, which will house five tables, will open late morning and close at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, according to Kaiser and Jorge.
Rich Forestano contributed to this story.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free lecture, “Life in the Music Business,” with Garden City resident “Bugs” Bower. The legendary music arranger/producer/publisher will be appearing on Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library at 60 Seventh St. to share excerpts from his new book, Nice Stories about Nice People—highlights from his personal experiences in the music business.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing: the impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The boys and girls high school teams are both rolling and have their sights set on a long run in the playoffs. Both team have faced a number of formidable opponents throughout the season and have successfully navigated their schedules. One thing that has been consistent for both teams has been that their defenses have had to stand tall at key times and shut down very active offenses. Both Coach Finnell and Coach Chapman have made sure that the non-league schedules of their teams will ensure that their teams are prepared for whatever the playoffs can throw at them.
After going the full season last year undefeated, the boys team has three blemishes on their record with losses to powerhouses Ward Melville, Manhasset and LaSalle of PA. With a 9-3 record the Trojans are looking to wrap up the number two seed in the playoffs to force a rematch of the Manhasset game in the County finals. The boys have excelled defensively only allowing 4.25 goals against per game. And if you remove those three tough losses the goals against average drops to 3.1.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Recreation and Parks Department’s new roller hockey rink is now open for general public use by Garden City residents during the following days and times:
Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to dark
Saturdays Noon to 6 p.m.
Sundays - Family Skate 3 to 6 p.m.