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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

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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