Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
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.
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.
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.
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).
Please continue to support the local merchants and I look forward to seeing everyone in town.
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.
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.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.