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Making Way For The Future

Ellis Hall demolished for more green space

Demolition began Tuesday, Aug. 26, on a Garden City building that has stood vacant for more than two decades.

Ellis Hall, built in 1969 to provide additional classrooms, a new library and a science lab for St. Paul’s School students, was carefully deconstructed after extensive asbestos and mold removal was completed.

Earlier this year, the Garden City Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to demolish the structure, the site of break-ins and vandalism in recent years.

Pinnacle Environmental Corp. of Carlstadt, N.J., performed all the abatement work, in compliance with state regulations, prior to performing the demolition work. Ellis Hall’s cornerstone was successfully saved, according to Village Engineer Chris Markin, and is in the possession of the Parks Department at this time.

Airtek Environmental Corp. of Long Island City is on-site to provide project oversight and management services throughout the abatement and deconstruction of Ellis Hall.

Department of Public Works Director Robert J. Mangan and Village Administrator Ralph V. Suozzi were on site Tuesday. “We were on site to view the progress and speak with one of the workers about the anticipated schedule and pace of the remaining work,” Suozzi said. Trustee Dennis Donnelly and a member of the Village’s Engineering Department were also on hand to review the progress.

After the discovery of additional asbestos-containing materials eight feet above grade between the brick veneer and substrate around the entire structure, the Garden City Board of Trustees voted in July to increase the project authorization, financed through a bond issue.

Village officials expect the entire project to come in at or under budget. A $300,000 Nassau County environmental grant will help offset the total cost.

Once the building’s basement is cut below grade, the area will be seeded and grassed over to provide additional open space to the entire St. Paul’s campus.

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


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

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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