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Mayor's Report: June 14, 2013

Dogs Are Not Permitted In Village Parks

As a reminder, dogs are not permitted to run freely in our village parks. If you are going to walk your dog, make sure that the dog is on a leash and to be considerate of your neighbors, by cleaning up after your dog and by properly disposing of the waste. In consideration of your neighbors and the health and quality of life within our village, I ask that all cooperate with this law so that it will not be necessary to have the police department issue appearance tickets to violators.

If you would like to have your dog run freely, I am pleased to report that Nassau County offers several dog runs in the area where you can take your dogs to allow them to run without a leash. The following is a listing of locations within the county:

Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, Merrick and Stewart Avenues 516-572-0347

Old Bethpage Restoration, Old Bethpage, 1303 Round Swamp Rd. 516-572-8400

Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road, south of the LIE 516-571-8113

Bay Park, First Avenue, East Rockaway 516-571-7245

Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, east of Wantagh Avenue 516-571-7470

Nickerson Beach Park, 880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach 516-571-7700

Wantagh Park, 1 King Rd., just south of Merrick Road 516-571-7460

Please remember that all dogs in New York State are required to be properly licensed and all rabies certifications must be updated.  For more information consult the village website for the new regulations to license your dog in Garden City.

Awards—Girl And Boy Scouts

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a Girl Scout Award Ceremony to recognize Gold Award recipient of Troop 1339 Kelly Cooke and on Sunday afternoon, I attended a Court of Honor to recognize Eagle Scout recipients, of Troop 134, Jonathan T. Cioffi, Peter Levchuck, Nicholas, Andrew Vernice and Peter J. Vesnaver. It was an honor to present proclamations on behalf of the Village of Garden City for Girl and Boy Scouts of America’s highest honors. I would like to take the time to commend these young individuals for their achievements and the positive contributions that they have made to their communities.

Pool Season Begins

One of the most attractive facilities within the village is our Garden City Swimming Pool. Its 57th season began on Saturday, June 8. All residents are encouraged to become members of the swimming pool and enjoy all that it has to offer to all age groups. There is an affordable membership level available for everyone. Pool applications should be mailed to the Garden City Recreation Department, 108 Rockaway Ave., Garden City, New York 11530 their phone number at the pool office is 516-483-1714. If you did not receive your copy and would like to download a pool application, you can do so by visiting the recreation department’s website: www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Garden City’s 2012 Drinking Water Quality Report And Conservation Program

Last week the water department mailed the 2012 Drinking Water Quality Report. This report demonstrates that our water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements. All results were excellent indicating that the village’s corrosion control treatment program was effective in preventing the leaching of lead and copper from your home’s plumbing into your drinking water.

The village continues to implement a water conservation program in order to minimize water use. Last summer, lawn irrigation was very high. However, residents and customers continued to conserve throughout the rest of the year resulting in a small decrease in annual usage compared to historical values.

Residents are encouraged to implement their own water conservation measures such as retrofitting plumbing fixtures with flow restrictors, modifying automatic lawn sprinklers to include rain sensors, repairing leaks in the home, installing water conservation fixtures/appliances and maintaining a daily awareness of water conservation in their personal habits including following the village lawn sprinkler regulations (sprinkling is permitted between 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.—odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days of the month even numbers on even numbered days of the month.) Don’t forget that the Village trees along curbsides, especially those newly planted this past fall, require tender watering from residents. In addition to protecting our precious underground water supply, water conservation will produce a cost savings to the consumer in terms of both water and energy bills (hot water).

Shop Locally

Please continue to support the local merchants and I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

National Flag Day

By an act of Congress, dated August 3, 1949, June 14 of each year was designated “National Flag Day” and the week in which June 14 occurs as “National Flag Week.” The “Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance” was made an official Flag Day ceremony by an act of Congress in 1985.

The National Flag Day Foundation, Inc. is asking all United States citizens to display the flag during that week and that all Americans join in the annual “Pause For The Pledge” ceremony on June 14 at 7 p.m. by reciting in unison the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and nation. Please remember that displaying the flag at night requires proper illumination.

Board Of Trustees Meetings

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, June 20 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 first-hand perspective.

News

Village hosts internship pilot program

The Village of Garden City is currently hosting a pilot internship program this summer for four Adelphi University students. The eight-to-10-week test run is also the first time the school has partnered with a municipality, according to its Center for Career Services.

Planning started in May when Mayor John Watras approached Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi about the possibility of hiring interns during July and August. Suozzi, who said he had student interns at his last job, said the program helps provide college students with experience in exchange for a new perspective for village officials.

Ozzie

Ozzie is a playful pup looking for a new friend to match his exuberance. He has begun basic obedience training at the shelter and so far has proven to be an “A” student. Ozzie is friendly and gets along well with other dogs. He needs an experienced companion dedicated to continuing his training.


Sports

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  


Calendar

Summer Concert: Tangerine

Thursday, July 31

Friday Night Promenade Continues

Friday, August 1

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, August 4



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