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Mayor's Report: June 26, 2014

Friday Night Promenade—Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during the upcoming summer months) from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more.  Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience.

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

Congratulations To The Class Of 2014

Saturday, June 28, marks the graduation of the Garden City High School Class of 2014. On behalf of the Village of Garden City Board of Trustees and the residents we extend our very best wishes and congratulations to the Class of 2014. They are an outstanding group of young people who are a credit to our community and I know that they will be ambassadors of Garden City in their “homes away from home” during their college years.  We urge them to keep listening, learning, and to seek knowledge so that they can make a difference. We also wish them success with their college studies and safe journeys to and from college. Keep in mind that your parents are always concerned about your well-being.

Adelphi University

At the close of Adelphi University’s 2013-14 academic year, I want to acknowledge and compliment President Robert A. Scott on the many contributions that he and his administration have made during this past year. While Adelphi University has always been a hospitable neighbor, President Scott has made a special effort to not only attend Village functions to which he has been invited but he has also opened the Adelphi Campus to the entire Garden City Community. This has ranged from hosting an outstanding cultural lecture series, welcoming youth athletic teams onto their playing fields, providing a tour of the campus to the Village Trustees as well as conducting a study on the needs of seniors in Garden City.

On behalf of the board, I look forward to continuing our relationship with Dr. Scott and to partnering with him by sharing resources that will benefit all sectors of the Village. We wish him continued success in opening the fall 2014/spring 2015 academic year.

Special Thanks To The Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation, who along with the Garden City Youth Lacrosse Program hosted the Seventeenth Annual Jay Gallagher Memorial Tournament two weekends ago on the St. Paul’s Fields. This annual tournament raises funds and public awareness for the Andy Foundation, Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, the Miracle Foundation and Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital. Over 120 teams from the Northeast participated with over 4,000 players, coaches, and parents attending this event. The Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising cancer awareness, improving the lives of those diagnosed with cancer, and finding a cure for the disease.

Special thanks to Tony Randi and Jack Biggane and all of the members, sponsors and volunteers of the Jay Gallagher Memorial Foundation for all that they have done and all that they continue to do, to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Board Of Trustees Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August the board of trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday, July 17 and Thursday, August 14 at 8 p.m. These meetings are held in the boardroom at village hall I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.

Awards—Boy Scouts

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending a Court of Honor to recognize Eagle Scout recipients Joseph Salvatore Lo Re and Colin James Noonan. It was an honor to present proclamations on behalf of the Village of Garden City for Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor. I commend these young individuals for their achievements and the positive contributions that they have made to their community.

Please Remember To Continue To Drive With Care

At this time of year with the school year coming to an end, please continue to keep in mind that some of our young people are now out of school and will be playing in their neighborhoods. Please pay particular attention when driving as a few preoccupied young people will inevitably dart out from in between parked cars or fail to look for oncoming traffic when crossing the street.

News

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.

Lots to buy at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair

Holiday shopping at Resurrection’s Christmas Fair combines fine quality, handmade gift items at reasonable prices. Members of Resurrection Lutheran Church have worked all year to create Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gift items. Beautiful table runners, scarves, hats, baby quilts, doll clothes for 18-inch dolls, and hand-painted wooden items are affordably priced to suit any budget. Find unique gifts for that special someone. Other displays feature jewelry, toys, books, games, baked goods, and treasures at the White Elephant Sale.

Net proceeds go to support mission work at Resurrection and The Life. Additional funding is awarded through Care Abounds in Communities, of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


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

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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