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Mayor’s Report: February 1, 2013

Go Red For Women

Feb. 1 will mark the 8th Annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 die of heart disease.

The American Heart Association has posted on its website some ways to prevent heart disease: don’t smoke; manage your blood sugar; get your blood sugar under control; lower your cholesterol; know your family history; stay active; lose weight, and eat healthy.

One of the components of Go Red for Women will be National “Wear Red Day for Women.” On Friday, Feb. 1, women are asked to wear something red—a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Some of the activities planned for this year can be viewed on the web site www. americanheart.org and http:// www.americanheart.org. www. goredforwomen.org.

Yield For Pedestrian In Crosswalk

Residents are again reminded of the Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street between Franklin and Hilton Avenues.

State vehicle and traffic law states that motorists must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway within the striped crosswalks. A motorist seeing a pedestrian entering the crosswalk must stop and permit the pedestrian to cross the street. Cars approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear are not permitted to pass.

The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street and Rockaway Avenue near the east entrance to the middle school will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians.

A word of caution, however, to the pedestrian—do not place undue reliance on the signs or the crosswalks, even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way—they may not do so.

Budget Work Sessions

The Board of Trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2013-14 operating/capital budgets on:

Wednesday, Feb. 6 - 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study- Work Session 1

Thursday, Feb. 14 - 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session 2

Thursday, Feb. 28 - 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session 3

Thursday, March 14 - 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study-Work Session - Final

Board Of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 7 and on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a firsthand perspective.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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