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Mayor's Report: September 4, 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.

Drive With Care - Schools Open This Week

All motorists are reminded that this week marks the opening of the 2014-15 school year in Garden City. Hundreds of youngsters will be walking to and from school, many, for the first time. Please drive carefully and pay particular attention when driving in the area of recommended pedestrian routes, bus stops and schoolyards. This will not be any different than prior years in that a few preoccupied young people will inevitably dart out from in between parked cars or fail to look for oncoming traffic when crossing the street.

Please drive slowly. While the police and crossing guards are on duty at school crossing zones, many children will be crossing at unprotected areas.  Parents are urged to discuss safe practices with their children and to remind them that it is very difficult for passing motorists to see them and affect a safe stop.

A REMINDER TO MOTORISTS THAT THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT

IN THE AREA OF SCHOOLS IS 20 MILES PER HOUR

Garden City Police And Fire Departments

To report and emergency please dial 911 and state your name, address, nature of emergency and location of the emergency.

Police Department Non-Emergency Number: 516-465-4100

Fire Department Emergency Number: 516-746-2800

Fire Department Non-Emergency Number: 516-746-1301

Friday Night Promenade Returns

Last week, there was no Friday Night Promenade. It will resume this Friday night, Sept 5 at 6 p.m. The band “Fivestone” (with music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s), will be performing

This program began in June and I am looking forward to seeing residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants. Also, I know that you will enjoy shopping in the shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you are able to bring your family out to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting Friday evening event.

Sanitation Collection

Due to the observance of Labor Day, there was no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, Sept. 1. Residences west of Rockaway Avenue had their garbage collected on Tuesday and Friday and those east of Rockaway Avenue had it collected on Wednesday and Saturday. Rubbish was collected on Thursday. Those residents scheduled for recycling pickup on Monday, Sept. 1 should place recyclables out on Monday, Sept. 8. All other recycling days remain the same.

Please Continue To Shop And Dine Outdoors In Garden City

The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Help The Village Keep Our Central Business District Clean And Beautiful

It is gratifying for everyone to walk through our business districts and observe the noticeable improvement in the cleanliness of the streetscape and parking fields. This was achieved through the collective efforts of our residents who shop within the area, our shopkeepers and the village employees. My colleagues on the Village Board of Trustees join me in thanking and complimenting all who are involved with this on-going effort to support the vitality of our business community.

The Village of Garden City continues to invest a great deal of time and money to keep our central business district attractive and clean to make it appealing to our residents and to encourage people to shop in Garden City. While the shop and business proprietors are required to keep the front and rear of their properties clean and swept, the village supplements these efforts with many receptacles and by having personnel remove paper and debris and to operate a sidewalk sweeper throughout the business district several times each week. The streets and parking fields are swept once a week and the sanitation department collects refuse and garbage within the business district seven days each week.

Board Of Trustees 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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