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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

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

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:


Sports

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.

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.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com