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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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

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Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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