On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., the Garden City Country Club will be the site of the Big Bang Ball, a soiree hosted by the Science Museum of Long Island (SMLI) where a quartet of honorees will be recognized for their work in community service and education. Dr. Gayle D. Insler (Adelphi), Dr. Rita Melikian (Garden City Public Schools), Frank Pelliccione (Flushing Bank) and Kenneth White (Brookhaven National Laboratory).
Dr. Gayle Insler will received the “Outstanding Leadership Award.” The Adelphi University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since 2008, she helped launch the new Center for Health Innovation. It has led the way in facilitating symposia, panels and discussions regarding the region’s major health care issues. In addition, Dr. Insler has served as secretary on the NUB Health Foundation Board, which is the philanthropic board of Nassau University Medical Center.
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Among them was R.N. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband Dennis was killed and son Kevin was severely injured. McCarthy and her gun control advocacy would eventually lead to her being elected to Congress. As for Ferguson, he was
convicted for his crimes, which sparked an aforementioned debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
Garden City’s Christ Church recently welcomed a variety of new additions to the choir at the annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony last month. Members of the church along with local residents of Long Island were encouraged to bring their beloved animal be they dog, cat, bird, a photo of a deceased pet, or stuffed animal to be formally blessed.
From bulldogs to pit bulls, chihuahuas and hermit crabs, the Episcopal Church was alive with excitement. Up to 30 residents from Garden City as well as neighboring New Hyde Park and other surrounding villages attended the mass with pets in tow, a reflection of the faith and passion for animals that can be found in the church community.
Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, were mailed to Garden City residents last month.
Muscarella has served in the Nassau County Legislature since November 5, 1995. The incumbent 8th Legislative District representative serves constituents in Garden City, Garden City South, Stewart Manor, West Hempstead, Franklin Square and portions of Elmont and Floral Park. Legislator Muscarella was re-elected by wide margins in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Prior to his election to the Legislature he served for four years as State Assemblyman representing the 22nd Assembly District.
The Garden City Trojans took to the field against Conference rival South Side to cap an exciting and memorable Fall Festival. The Trojans ran their record to 6-1 with a dominating 42-7 victory. The day included a visit from the NFL’s Huddle Shuttle Super Bowl Exhibit, the annual Homecoming Parade and a fantastic Street Fair along 7th Street.
Editor’s note: The following are bios submitted to Anton Community Newspapers from the candidates participating in the Hempstead Town election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at local polling locations.
Kate Murray (R), incumbent
“Helping people and reducing the tax burden for those who call America’s largest township home have been key priorities for Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. Tough and accountable, the first woman supervisor in the town’s 369-year history has earned the highest Wall Street credit ratings available, testament to her superlative financial stewardship.
1. Report the noise: If you don’t call, you don’t count. Report airplane and helicopter disturbances around JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), Teterboro (TEB) and Stewart International (SWF) Airports by calling 1-800-225-1071 or file an electronic noise complaint online at http://www.planenoise.com/panynj/daPRAbr9/ Without your voice, we have no voice. Please notify the FAA and Port Authority (PANYNJ) about unsafe and uncomfortable noise incidents over your home, school or workplace.
The Hempstead Town unanimously adopted its 2014 fiscal budget at a public budget hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Supervisor Kate Murray touted the $431.9 million spending plan, which shows a reduction in property taxes, as a helping hand extended towards residents dealing with multiple financial issues.
“Homeowners are confronting extensive financial and personal hardship, rebuilding their homes and their lives in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” she said. “Still other residents are coping with the effects of a prolonged economic downturn. In times like these, local governments have an obligation to help ease the burden borne by local taxpayers. Indeed, my 2014 budget proposal reduces town taxes.”
Forty Years of Connecting People to Information was the theme for the anniversary celebration at the Garden City Public Library. More than 70 residents, dignitaries and staff members enjoyed the ceremony and party that was held on Sunday, Oct. 20. The event took place on the first of many Sundays the library will be open again.
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