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Editorial: Turning The Page

Now that Labor Day is fading away in our figurative rearview mirror, it’s that time of year when the collective question is asked—what happened to the summer? After getting battered by our fair share of snow, storms and cold temperatures, we were fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries of a relatively mild summer season. Any stretches of scorching temperatures and unbearably miserable humidity were thankfully kept to a minimum with nights cool enough to get away with using a window fan versus the pricier wattage of air conditioners. What may have been bad for PSE&G wound up working out well for its customers, who are still trying to get their financial feet under them as the economy continues its glacial recovery.

As summers go, perhaps the worst aspect of it was the seemingly unending stories about violence whether it was the ongoing Gaza conflict or the assorted controversies with local police around the country or whatever the firearm/gun control tragedy may happen to have been on any given day or week. The one consolation we Long Islanders have is ready and able access to some of the finest beaches in the world. And at a time when summer is winding down to those precious few days when school is still out or on the brink of beginning, and the cacophony of the rat race has at least temporarily subsided to a murmur, it’s good to remind yourself to breathe and bask in the moment before that human hamster wheel starts spinning in earnest once again.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

News

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

Country Life Press

106 spaces

88 permit-only

3 handicapped

15 2-hour only


Sports

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.

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 begin 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, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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