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Mayor's Report: August 7, 2014

Police Department News

Each week in this column I will be including information from Commissioner Jackson of our Police Department. This week he has asked that I include the following:

Nearby Community Burglaries

Residents should be aware of recent burglaries that have occurred in the evening hours in a nearby community, where a subject is seen ringing doorbells and when there is no answer, proceeds to the rear of the residence to forcibly enter the home. Please make sure that all of your doors are locked and if your house has an alarm, please be sure that it is set. When someone rings your doorbell, please check to see if it is someone that you are expecting and/or someone that you know before opening the door. If you suspect something, please call the police by dialing 911.

Motorists And Pedestrian Safety

Motorists are advised to be attentive of increased pedestrian traffic during the summer months including yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks and at sidewalk areas. Motorists are also advised to be mindful for the safety of pedestrians in village parking Fields by adhering to the 15 miles per hour speed restriction.

Keep Garden City Green

Please do your part and recycle as much of your disposed of household items that you can. Our Recycling Division employees will be pleased to collect:

Glass Bottles And Jars

Rinse food from bottles and jars and place in the bottom of your green recycle bucket. Labels do not have to be removed, the glass must be free of food residue. The following are not accepted; Light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, ceramic dishes, mugs, etc.

Aluminum And Metal Containers

Rinse food from all cans and place in the green bucket. Empty paint cans and aerosol cans are also considered recyclable items.

Plastics

Only clean plastic containers with the number 1 or 2 in the triangle on the bottom of the container are acceptable. Examples: milk, soda and detergent containers, etc.

Mixed Paper

Tie newspapers securely, (brown paper bags and junk mail can be included with the newspapers), magazines and phone books. After being tied, place on or next to your green recycle bucket. Books are not acceptable. Please do not use plastic bags to hold your papers.

Metals

Metals should be placed at the curb on your assigned recycling day. Metal includes bicycle frames, metal bed frames, metal car parts, metal cabinets, metal chairs, typewriters, computer hard drives/towers, refrigerators, stoves, other appliances and empty paint cans. Please keep in mind that the law requires that doors be removed from refrigerators and freezers. Any items made of metal including appliances, bikes, tools, snow blowers, lawn mowers, etc., must be put out on your recycling day next to the green bucket. The items will be picked up when your green bucket is collected or in the afternoon with a special collection truck.

E-Waste

Please call the village yard at 516-465-4030 to schedule collection of all e-waste items including computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs.

Additional Recycling Reminders

Please place your green recycle bucket at the curb before 7 a.m. Your green recycle bucket should only be used for recycling materials.

Never place broken glass in your green recycle bucket. If you have any questions with regard to recycling, please call the village yard at 516-465-4030.

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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