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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Financial Options For Students

Thursday, October 16

Kids In The Kitchen

Friday, October 17

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 20



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