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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

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.

The Garden City Board of Trustees approved a $55,791,023 operating budget at its April 7 meeting by a 7-0 vote (Trustee Theresa Trouvé was absent).

The spending plan requires a tax rate increase of 3.73 percent or an increase in tax of $224 to the average assessed single family home.


Sports

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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