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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.


Have you considered adding running to your exercise regimen but not sure how to get started? Are you concerned about past injuries? Runners, from experienced to beginner, are sidelined every year due to injury. Physical Therapy Options (PTO) wants to help runners get off to a great start this fall and is pleased to offer the community an opportunity to receive a free comprehensive “Running Analysis.”


Physical Therapist Lisa Coors, founder of PTO, views this offering as part of PTO’s mission to help patients live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. 

Yard sale announced


The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center recently announced its annual Fall Benefit Yard Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located outdoors inside the front gate at the sanctuary. Vendors are being sought. A 10 x 17 foot selling area is $45 for the day. (Includes space for selling & space to park one car next to selling space)


Dance Conservatory Program


The Garden City Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory Program is pleased to announce the start of registration for its upcoming 2014-15 season. Director Felicia Lovaglio, along with Mary Searson and the rest of her staff, are excited to start off another fantastic year. The dance conservatory offers classes to Garden City residents ages 3 through adult which are non-performance based. Age is determined by the start date of the desired class. 


Note: Registration is by mail only until Sept. 23. Participants MUST be the required age by the start of the program in order to register. 


Each session costs $220 for 22 weeks of class. The schedule and fees for this year’s youth classes are as follows (all classes are 55 minutes long unless otherwise noted): 

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18


Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


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