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Police To Receive Grant

The Garden City Police Department is one of just three departments across Long Island to receive a crime-fighting grant administered by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Intended to help reduce, solve and prevent crime, the $30,000 grant will specifically enable the department to fund special patrols and purchase equipment to more effectively target car larcenies and burglaries.

“We place a high emphasis on these crimes and this will assist us in our ongoing efforts to make the community safer,” Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth O. Jackson said.  “I’d like to thank Inspector Michael Doyle and Sergeant Bill Grimes for their assistance in the preparation of a thorough and comprehensive application.”

Mayor John J. Watras and Deputy Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia added, “We are pleased to receive this supplement as we are most diligent in preventing and fighting crime in this Village.”

The state grants, which total nearly $1 million, were awarded to 27 police departments and four sheriffs’ offices in 21 counties throughout New York.

Department of Criminal Justice Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “Crime doesn’t stop at a county, city, town or village border, and giving assistance to smaller agencies that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources like this is crucial to public safety.”

The Rockville Centre Police Department and the East Hampton Police Department were the other two agencies on Long Island to receive grants.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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