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Riding Off Into The Sunset

Village trustees, staff bid

Robert Schoelle, Jr. farewell

All good things must come to an end and for Robert Schoelle, Jr., that would be the 34 years he spent as the Village of Garden City’s chief administrative officer. Schoelle attended his final board of trustees meeting in this capacity on Thursday, March 20. The long-time village resident has held the post since 1980 and served under 18 mayors.

“I would like to thank the boards of trustees for giving me the opportunity to be of service to this wonderful community. It has been an honor and something that I will never forget,” he said.

Mayor John Watras said Schoelle has been “a big brother and great friend” over the years. “I can’t say enough about him,” he said. “We just think the world of him and we’re going to miss him an awful lot.”

“When the history of Garden City is written, the names that will be associated with Garden City are Stewart, Hubbell and Schoelle,” Trustee Dennis Donnelly added.

During his tenure, Schoelle oversaw and coordinated projects too numerous to list that have greatly improved the quality of life in the village. Some highlights include establishment of the Belmont Festival; beautification of Garden City’s three business districts; designation of Stewart and Franklin avenues as the Garden City Village Green; purchase of the St. Paul’s campus and improvement of the surrounding playing fields; and, most recently, renovation of the Garden City Pool.

Trustees and village staff alike praised the tireless leadership of the exiting chief administrative officer.

Village Clerk Brian Ridgway applauded his unwavering dedication to Garden City, stating, “It’s second to none … It was common for Bob Schoelle to be on the fire scene, at a water main break, at a snowstorm, whatever type of situation this village had, this man was there.”

This was evident when Superstorm Sandy hit. Schoelle and his staff immediately moved into action. He worked closely with the departments of public works, police and fire in an effort to quickly clear streets of debris as the storm downed more than 650 village trees. His coordination of the monumental operation brought accolades not only from residents and business owners but from other municipalities as well.

“He has always done what’s in the best interest of the village,” Trustee Robert Bolebruch said.

Trustee Andrew Cavanaugh, who has served five years on the board of trustees, said Schoelle was one of the best teachers he’s ever had. “In his quiet way, in his conversational way, in his narrative manner, he really imparts an awful lot of information and an awful lot of his experience, which he shares so graciously with all of us, certainly with me,” he said. “I found it to be a wonderful learning experience to work alongside Bob.”

Schoelle, who retires effective March 31, will serve as a short-term consultant to aid his successor, Ralph V. Suozzi, during the transition.

The village intends to host an event in Schoelle’s honor, Mayor Watras announced. He will receive the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award at this year’s Pineapple Ball, to be held May 9 at The Garden City Hotel.

News

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.

Lots to buy at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair

Holiday shopping at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair combines fine quality, handmade gift items at reasonable prices. Members of Resurrection Lutheran Church have worked all year to create Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gift items. Beautiful table runners, scarves, hats, baby quilts, doll clothes for 18-inch dolls, and hand-painted wooden items are affordably priced to suit any budget. Find unique gifts for that special someone. Other displays feature jewelry, toys, books, games, baked goods, and treasures at the White Elephant Sale.

Net proceeds go to support mission work at Resurrection and The Life. Additional funding is awarded through Care Abounds in Communities, of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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