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Mayor's Report: August 21, 2014

A Friday Night Promenade-Seventh Street

During the summer months Seventh Street will be closed on Friday evenings so that residents and visitors can enjoy the “Friday Night Promenades”, from 6 until 10 p.m. The band Fivestone, (with music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s) will be performing on Seventh Street, adding to another fun-filled summer evening.

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 also remain open during the evening for your convenience.

This week, Queen Elsa will be on Seventh Street with her sister Anna.

2013 Government Finance Officers Association Award

We were pleased to learn from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada this week that the Village’s Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013 earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the eighteenth consecutive year that the Village has received this national recognition. Special thanks are due to Village Auditor James Olivo and Deputy Village Treasurer Frank Kelly.

Aggressive Driving Enforcement Program

The Garden City Police Department is continuing its aggressive driving crackdown. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when changing lanes, unsafe lane changing is considered an aggressive driving violation, and is a very common cause of traffic accidents particularly during high volume times such as rush hour. Motorists should only enter another lane after carefully checking their surroundings and always use their signal when changing lanes or turning. In many cases, a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic is not directly involved in an accident but, causes other motorists to swerve out of the way, resulting in accidents with other vehicles.

In Preparation For Storms

PSEG of Long Island has some good information on its website with regard to storms and it is clear that the level of preparation before severe weather hits can determine the level of your comfort and safety after the storm. It is a good idea to think ahead and to be prepared so that if your basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones are cut off, you will have some basic items handy. Its Storm Center at www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/CustomerService/StormCenterhttp://www.lipower.org/stormcenter can help you before, during and after a power outage. PSEG suggests that the following items be on hand in your emergency supply kit:

• Battery-powered radio, extra batteries, flashlight and extra batteries

• First Aid Kit

• Whistle to signal for help

• Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air

• Moist towelettes for sanitation

• Wrench or pliers to turn off burst water utilities

• Can opener for food

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

• Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant

• Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

For more information about emergency preparedness and real-time outage data, visit their Storm Center above. Most importantly, if your power goes out, let PSEG know right away by phone 1-800-490-0075. If you or a family member depends upon life support equipment, register for its Critical Care Program by calling 1-800-490-0075. This does not guarantee priority during restoration efforts. Over the next few weeks, I will be including information in this column from PSEG of Long Island with regard to preparation for storms.

Board Of Trustees Summer Meeting Schedule

The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. 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. I hope to see you at a board meeting.

News

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

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.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Financial Options For Students

Thursday, October 16

Kids In The Kitchen

Friday, October 17

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 20



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