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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 Village of Garden City and the Garden City Public Library have been working together to repair the problems with the library’s elevator and will hopefully have it up and running in approximately three to four weeks.

It has been a difficult time for seniors, the physically challenged and a tremendous inconvenience for the public in general without an elevator running in the library. However the village and library both agreed that in its present condition the elevator was not safe for people to use.

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.


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



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