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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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