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Mayor's Report: February 6, 2014

Yield For Pedestrian In Crosswalk

Residents are again reminded of the “Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk” signs at the three mid-block crosswalks on Seventh Street between Franklin and Hilton Avenues.

State vehicle and traffic law states that motorists must yield to pedestrians who are crossing a roadway within the striped crosswalks. A motorist seeing a pedestrian entering the crosswalk must stop and permit the pedestrian to cross the street. Cars approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear are not permitted to pass.

The Garden City Police Department has been instructed to vigorously enforce these regulations and your cooperation when driving on Seventh Street and Rockaway Avenue near the east entrance to the Middle School will help to make these crosswalks safer for pedestrians.

A word of caution, however, to the pedestrian—do not place undue reliance on the signs or the crosswalks, even though the law requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way—they may not do so.

Your Village E-Cycles

The Department of Environmental Conservation has placed restrictions on the collection and disposal of e-waste (televisions, computers, computer peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.). Collectors such as the Village are required to separately collect these items and designate them for recycling or reuse. The village has contacted a vendor which has been designated by the Town of Hempstead for e-waste recycling and they have agreed to provide a POD which will be located at the village yard for the collection of e-waste which will be recycled by them.

Two years ago, the village began collecting e-waste on designated days of each month and these dates will be posted on the village’s website (www.gardencityny.net) on the Home Page under the Heading “Village Notifications and Alerts.” If you would to schedule a pickup of your e-waste, please call the village yard at 516-465-4031 and someone will assist you in the scheduling of a pick up at your home. You may also bring your “e-waste” to the village yard for disposal.

Go Red For Women

Feb. 7 will mark the ninth annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Unfortunately, most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

The American Heart Association has posted on their website some ways to prevent heart disease:

• Don’t smoke

• Manage your blood sugar

• Lower your cholesterol

• Know your family history

• Stay active

• Lose weight

• Eat healthy

One of the components of Go Red for Women will be National “Wear Red Day for Women.” On Friday, Feb. 7, wear something red—a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health and saving women’s lives. Some of the activities planned for this year can be viewed on their web site www.americanheart.org andhttp://www.americanheart.org. www.goredforwomen.org

Board Of Trustees Meetings

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 6 and on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 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. I do hope to see some more residents at the board meetings in the coming year.

Budget Work Sessions

I would like to advise you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2014-15 operating/capital budgets on:

Saturday, Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. (Budget Overview/Tour Of Facilities)

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. (Budget Study/Work Session 1)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. (Budget Study/Work Session 2)

Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. (Budget Study/Work Session 3, if necessary)

These sessions are currently scheduled to be held in the boardroom at village hall, 351 Stewart Ave. in Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Shop And Dine In Garden City And Enjoy The Experience

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the Village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

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



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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