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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

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.

Tullamore Park Old Timer’s Day reunion  

Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.  

For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.


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: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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