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Wrecking Ball And A Bond

The gradual dissolution of St. Paul’s School continues as the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously approved bond resolutions for the demolition of Ellis Hall and the renovation of Garden City Fire Department Headquarters at a cost of $750,000 and $900,000, respectively, at its March 20 meeting.

Ellis Hall was completed in 1969 to provide additional classrooms, science labs and a library for St. Paul’s School. In December 2013, trustees agreed to solicit competitive bids for its remediation and deconstruction in order to execute an inter-municipal agreement with Nassau County to receive $300,000 under the county’s 2006 Environmental Bond Act.

The funds will be earmarked for environmental clean-up, including asbestos removal inside the building.

The project, put out to bid several years ago, was originally estimated at $450,000. Garden City village auditor James Olivo said the “significant margin” is advisable when dealing with unknown conditions inside the building. “If you have a limit set too low you would have to re-adopt the original bond resolution,” he said. “Given the environmental issues with that building I think it’s wise to be on the safe side, knowing we’re only going to spend what we’ve been authorized by the board to spend.”

A similar situation exists with the renovation project for Garden City Fire Department Headquarters on Stewart Avenue though the limit is not nearly as high because officials have a much better handle on internal conditions. The building, which also houses Garden City Village Hall, was erected in 1953 and has not undergone any major renovations since its original construction.

Physical improvements of the building are on the agenda, including refurbishment of meeting rooms, storage areas and second floor bathrooms; reconfiguration of first floor offices to make way for training rooms and classrooms; and the installation of new heating and cooling equipment and LED lighting. Renovations to the kitchen will include new sanitary walls, ceiling panels and shelving and the reconfiguration of existing appliances.

Bathroom upgrades will require asbestos abatement.

The village could roll both projects, along with others coming down the pike for the Golf Club Lane senior center renovation project and some possible roadwork, into one bond resolution, Mr. Olivo said.

News

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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