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Mayor's Report: July 24, 2014

A Friday Night Promenade - Seventh Street

Every Friday during the summer, Seventh Street will be closed for the “Friday Night Promenades”, from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to make it a point 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.

Concert At Gazebo

This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, and will feature Six Gun. I hope that I will get a chance to see you at one of the concerts this summer.

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and is at the village gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.

Admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 if you have any questions pertaining to the concert.

Garden City Police Department Well Check Program

During the summer and the days of extreme heat, serves as a good reminder to check on any neighbor who is alone, disabled or otherwise in need of assistance.

The Garden City Police Department in its continuing effort to provide service for the residents and in keeping with the department’s less than two minute average response time to emergencies, wishes to remind the residents of the Police Department’s Well Check Program. This program is available to any senior citizen, a person with a disability, or to any person suffering a hardship. Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson has advised me that residents can contact the police department and be placed on its Well Check Log. Each morning, a person who is placed on the police department’s log can call in to check in and let us know if they are okay or in need of assistance. If a person who is on the list does not contact the police department, an attempt will be made to contact that person either by phone and/or in person. Any person who wishes to be placed on the Garden City Police Department’s Well Check Log may contact the desk officer at 516-465-4101.

Police Department Reminds Residents To Lock Car Doors

The police department has asked me to remind residents to lock their car doors when they leave their cars even if the car is parked in their own driveway or in front of their home. There have been instances where thieves check to see if a car door is open and  materials are removed from the car’s console and glove box. The police department recommends that residents take caution and lock automobile doors, set the alarm and also keep their exterior front door light or other lights on that would illuminate their driveways and discourage criminal activity.  Remember, if you can see something like a wallet or an iPod in your vehicle, so can a thief. Thieves will break your window if they see something of value inside the vehicle.

If you see or hear anything suspicious please call the Garden City Police Department. Our police department is here to help and protect our residents, but they cannot be omnipresent in the Village, they rely on your help.  Better to call us before, to prevent a problem, than later to investigate a crime scene.

Board Of Trustees Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August, the board of trustees will meet only one time each month. The next regularly scheduled board of trustee meeting will be on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. This meeting is held in the boardroom at village hall and 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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

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.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

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.


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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