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Garden City By Way Of Glen Cove

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

Ralph Suozzi set to

take over as

village administrator

With retiring Village Administrator Robert Schoelle leaving such a large impression behind him, the Garden City Board of Trustees made an equally large splash announcing the hiring of former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi as Schoelle’s heir effective March 31. The announcement was made at the board of trustees meeting on Thursday, March 20. Suozzi’s new responsibility as village administrator will find him reporting to Mayor John Watras and the board of trustees as the chief operating officer, responsible for leading and managing the daily operational activities of the village. The Glen Cove native was plucked from an initial pool of 120 applicants found by AffionPublic, a national municipal search firm that was tapped by the search committee of Trustees Richard Silver, Andrew Cavanaugh and Brian Daughney to aid in filling the position. The search process was an arduous one, according to Mayor Watras.


Garden City Homes Needed

Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00


Jace is a seven-year-old feline who loves to be pet. His mellow personality makes him the perfect lap-cat who purr all day. Jace would fit well into a relaxed and loving family.


WPOA Seeks Officer/Director Applicants

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:40

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is seeking applicants for positions as officers and directors; these terms begin in April 2014. Any resident of the Western Section of the village who is interested in seeking office or joining the WPOA Board of Directors is urged to submit a letter of interest and a resume to: Jonathan Kashimer, 6 Fenimore Ave., Garden City, NY 11530. The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, March 31. Applications will be reviewed by the nominating committee, and interviews will be conducted, as needed. The committee will present its nominations at the April general meeting.

The Western Section of Garden City is bordered on the north by the main line of the LIRR, on the east by the west side of Tanners Pond and Edgemere Roads, on the south by Cambridge Avenue and on the west by Jefferson Street.

Please visit for up-to-date information and village meeting dates.

Submitted by the Western Property Owner’s Association


DiGregorio Speaks At Conference

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Dr. Vincent R. DiGregorio, senior surgeon at Garden City’s Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, has been selected to participate on a panel at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ (ASAPS) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The panel is entitled “Nasal Airway Obstruction-What YOU Need to Know.” Nationally recognized for his expertise in the field of nasal obstruction, Dr. DiGregorio is one of five doctors throughout the United States who was asked to participate. The conference, which is held for an audience of nearly 10,000 plastic surgeons specializing in aesthetic surgery, allows for leading professionals to describe surgical techniques for procedures requiring both cosmetic and functional fixes.


Saying It All In A Letter

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:12

Board of Ed sends Albany Common Core missive

Through the four public budget work sessions the Garden City Board of Education has hosted since the beginning of the year, Common Core, its flawed rollout and the inherent costs to the district have become common refrains voiced by attendees and board members alike. At the Tuesday March 11 meeting, it was revealed that the Garden City Board of Education would be sending a letter signed by all the trustees addressing aspects of this controversial program that are problematic to the district. Among the topics touched on are the withholding of grade 3-8 Common Core test results, the reduction of local control over curriculum and teacher/principal assessment and performance. Enclosed is the letter in its entirety.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014

Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

The Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens, located on Willis Avenue in Mineola, held its 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 2. The parade started behind the Nassau County Court House off Old Country Road. It proceeded up Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike and ended at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue.


Parks & Rec Budget On Deck

Written by Marilou Giammona, Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Ocker outlines re-allocation and deferment plan

Despite several significant budget revisions, the Garden City Board of Trustees took no action to adopt the proposed 2014-15 budgets presented at a recent study session. Kevin E. Ocker, the chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, outlined modifications made to the proposed parks and recreation budget since it was last presented.

“Since Feb. 8, our budget requests for the recreation and parks operations and the capital have been modified,” Ocker said. “I want to confirm that our amended requests sustain our diverse level of service in every area. In addition, our general revenue centers, including program revenues, St. Paul’s field house rentals and the St. Paul’s field rentals now project a 5.5 percent increase raised from our original projection of $464,000 in general revenues to now internal revenues to $492,000.”


Hard Choices To Be Made

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:51

Cuts proposed for staffing and foreign language

Hard decisions are once again part of the equation for the Garden City School Board in regard to the proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year despite the fact that this year’s tax levy cap is expected to be 1.58 percent versus last year’s 3.91 percent. Monetarily, the proposed budget amount is slated to be $109,280,138, a $1,677,772 increase over the 2013-14 adopted budget of $107,602,366. These were among the many numbers discussed at the board of education work session that was moderated by Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen and the Garden City Board of Education on Tuesday, March 4.


Grogan Runs For Trustee

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

On Tuesday, March 18, Stewart Manor will be holding village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall on 120 Covert Ave. in Stewart Manor. Current trustees Orlando Sa and Mary Carole Schafenberg, who filled in the seats of former trustee James Lynch and current mayor Jerry Tangredi respectively, are running for their first full terms. Stewart Manor resident Bill Grogran is also running for trustee. The following was submitted by Grogan. After contacting Sa and Schafenberg, there was no response as of press time.


Bartering For A Better Babysitter

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00

The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?

All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the launch of, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO Brian Mannix, a Garden City Native. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.


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