The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.
JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.
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:
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.
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Thursday, Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life.
A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.
Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.
The fourteenth annual Mollie Biggane fundraiser drew in large crowds from Garden City to support the local organization which has championed melanoma prevention, spearheaded by Maggie and Jack Biggane who lost their daughter Mollie at the age of 20 to this deadly cancer. Held at the Garden City Country Club, the event kicked off with 120 participants playing a charity golf game followed by dinner attended by 265 guests. Bids were placed for more than 200 donated items for the silent auction as well as 11 live auction items which included tickets to sports events, yachting around Manhattan, wine tastings and tickets to the Cher concert.
Due to the overwhelming success of the Library’s Drop-In LEGO Club and the large turnout at the first meeting, the Garden City Public Library’s Children’s Department is seeking donations of LEGO bricks, mini figures, and other LEGO parts in order to expand the club and accommodate more children.
For the parish at St. Anne’s, one its most popular events is its Annual Spirit Day. This year was no exception as the congregation came together for the 12th straight year on Saturday, Sept. 20. Hundreds visited the rides, games and food vendors set up in the church parking lot on New Hyde Park Road that afternoon and evening.
“It’s difficult to say exactly how many individuals actually attended Spirit Day, but we believe we had close to 1,000 visitors,” said Monsignor Thomas Harold, pastor of St. Anne’s parish.
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