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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 Senior Center Expansion and Rehabilitation Project took a major step forward this month when the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously voted in a special meeting to accept the gift of the model house from the Doubleday Court Development on Franklin Avenue. Project developers, The Engel Burman Group, graciously donated the house to the

Incorporated Village of Garden City. The one-story structure was originally built to serve as a model and sales office for the Franklin Avenue project.

 

“We are glad to have The Engel Burman Group as part of our village and thank them for this most generous gift. We look forward to providing a state-of-the art facility for our seniors in Garden City,” Mayor John Watras said. 

Department headed by former assistant director

The Garden City Public School District is excited to welcome Lynette Abruzzo as its new director of Pupil Personnel Services (PPS). The position was vacated by Catherine Wheeler, who retired this summer. Abruzzo began working in the district earlier this year in January as the assistant director of PPS. 

 

“I look forward to supporting the students here. To support their growth, help prepare them so that they have all the tools they need to be successful when they leave here. To be successful in their life and maximize their potential,” Abruzzo said of her plans for the new position. 


Sports

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


Calendar

Living With Pulmonary Fibrosis Program - September 18

Harpeth Rising Concert - September 19 

JV Football - September 20


Columns

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