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Editorial: Nothing Fab About These Beetles

One of Garden City’s greatest assets is its wealth of arboreal magnificence. That said, one threat looming on the horizon is the infestation of Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) that apparently is moving northwards from the South Shore. It’s a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ALB can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy. Currently, the USDA is putting nearly 50 square miles of Long Island under quarantine and with federal cutbacks having considerably thinned down the ranks of the department’s ground force, vigilance by residents is a crucial component in helping to eradicate this scourge. Even if you wind up not seeing the actual ALBs, warning signs to look for include the numerous exit holes that dot tree trunks along with frass, the sawdust by-product that ALBs push out of their exit holes as they burrow into their hosts. Hardwoods are a favorite of these pests, so be sure to take a look at any species of ash, palne tree, poplar, willow, birch, elm or sugar maple for any signs of infestation. Sadly, for trees that have been affected, removal of them winds up being the surest manner of dealing with the ALBs once they’ve infiltrated an area. Hopefully, between the USDA’s efforts and vigilance of local gardeners and homeowners, the ALB will wind up being defeated.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

News

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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