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Mayor's Report: May 22, 2014

Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation

I would like to take a moment to recognize the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Alumni Foundation who had their 1st Annual Alumni game on Saturday, May 10 at Garden City High School. The mission of this organization is to bring support to the Garden City High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team through camaraderie from fellow alumni and community supporters of the program. The foundation will raise funds through sales and sponsored events for equipment, lacrosse trips and other team needs as they arise. Special thanks to Timothy Goettelman, Conrad Hopkins, Kerry McCaffrey, Tara McKennett, Dina Muldoon and Michael Sweeney for their efforts in planning Saturday’s event to support the Garden City Women’s Lacrosse Program.

Congratulations To Adelphi University’s Class Of 2014

Monday, May 19, is the graduation of Adelphi University’s Class of 2014. My colleagues on the Village of Garden City Board of Trustees and I join all of the residents of our Village in extending congratulations to these outstanding young people. They have been a credit to our community and I am sure they will continue to reflect well on Garden City as Adelphi University’s Alumni. We wish the Class of 2014 the very best and congratulate you on your many accomplishments and contributions.

Arbor Day Celebration­—2014

Arbor Day is observed in many countries around the world and is said to date back to antiquity when forests and their trees were venerated during religious rites. It was first celebrated in this country in 1872 in Nebraska where trees were planted to counteract deforestation.

The village will celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. on the Sixth Street side of the Central Railroad Station along the back hedge, just east of the parking lot. I look forward to joining the members of the Civic Beautification Committee and the kindergarten classes from Locust Street School who will assist Village Arborist Michael Didyk, in planting a beautiful flowering cherry tree. Within the next few weeks the parks division of the recreation department will be planting new trees at locations throughout the village.

Upcoming Community Events

With spring here, plans are already underway for various events that are scheduled in Garden City. These events are designed for the entire family so be sure to mark your calendar. Some of these activities include:

Monday, May 26: Annual Memorial Day Parade and Fair

Cathedral of the Incarnation service at 9 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Eleventh Street and Franklin Avenue and west on to Seventh Street

Friday, June 6: Belmont Street Fair (Rain date June 13)

6-10 p.m. On Seventh Street Franklin Avenue to Hilton Avenue

Board Of Trustees Meeting

The next meetings of the board of trustees will be Thursday, June 5 and Thursday, June 19 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

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.


Sports

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.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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