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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

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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