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Benches, Beautification & Books

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Stewart Manor Board

The Stewart Manor Board of Trustees began its most recent meeting in high spirits, presiding from the newly-renovated, cherrywood justice’s bench in village hall.

Mayor Tangredi offered up thanks to the court system for providing the grant that paid for the improved bench. Trustee John R. Egan also was in fine fettle in his return after missing previous meetings due to health issues.

The board denied a request made by residents Neil and Gerry DeLeo seeking reimbursement for a tree they recently planted on their property. The DeLeos opted not to buy a tree pre-approved by the village but found another one to their liking that still fit the regulation outlined by the board.

“We’ve never paid a resident for planting a tree of their choice,” Tangredi said while handing down the decision.

Gerry DeLeo first petitioned the board in July, explaining that a tree on her property had been destroyed in Superstorm Sandy. The village offered to replace trees similarly damaged by the storm with one of five pre-approved species at no cost to the residents. But many of these saplings were out of stock when the DeLeos went shopping, and they found it difficult to make a decision.   

Neil DeLeo says he isn’t asking the board to pay for the planting, only the tree itself, which they would have provided anyway. He thinks his tree is comparably priced to those pre-approved, if not cheaper.

“Wouldn’t it be better to reimburse the resident directly instead of some nursery?” DeLeo asked.

Regulations regarding the trees ensure that nothing will grow up into the overhead power lines or grow root systems that could cause the sidewalks to buckle. The DeLeos purchased an ornamental plum for $125 that will grow to approximately 25 feet, which they say is in compliance with the code.

Trustee Michael Onorato supported the board’s decision and cautioned against the potential slippery slope of granting such a request. “We don’t want to establish a precedent.”

“You’re not just setting precedents, you’re dealing with human beings,” DeLeo responded.

One resident in attendance pointed out that she had also planted a tree of her choice years ago but received no reimbursement. If one person is granted one, others would likely come forward to make claims as well.

Trustee William Grogan made a motion to revisit the issue and determine whether or not the ornamental plum was in fact in compliance with the village code.

In response to several concerns raised at the last board meeting the village will schedule a meeting with the beautification committee as well as the department of public works to coordinate the fall plantings. According to Onorato, letters have been sent to all the store and property owners in the commercial district imploring them to “keep it clean and appealing.” Code enforcement will follow up with any violators.

The Elmont Memorial Library recently reneged on a deal to place a library drop box in Stewart Manor Village Hall. The box would have allowed the village’s elderly residents a more convenient option for returning books. According to the board, the deal was all but done before the library backed out at the last minute.

“They offered us the world and we got crumbs. Rocks, really,” said Tangredi.

A similar deal failed to pan out with the Garden City Public Library earlier in the year.

Tangredi urged residents to contact Library Director Dr.Roger Podell and Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages, who represents Elmont’s district in the State Assembly, to plea for the drop box.

News

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

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.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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