With autism being such a hot button topic on Long Island, it was no surprise to see more than 1200 audience members fill Adelphi University’s Center Ballroom to hear Dr. Temple Grandin’s lecture, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The demand to see her was so great that her appearance was streamed live to the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall and Manhattan Center.
A respected and accomplished expert on the topic of autism, Dr. Grandin’s personal perspective has helped her make a significant impact on the way this disorder is viewed today. By the time Grandin was four, she had been diagnosed with autism and pressured to be institutionalized, which was the standard approach to treatment for autism and Aspergers in the early 1950s.
From Board of Trustees Information Committee
In light of longtime Village Administrator Robert L. Schoelle’s retirement at the Sept. 19 board of trustees meeting, the board of trustees information committee would like to express its congratulations and thanks for his time and efforts. In his current position since 1980, he will have served under 18 Mayors following his retirement next year.
Bob earned both a BA and Masters Degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island and served in the Army National Guard. In 1968, he began his career in public administration and served Garden City as deputy village clerk and treasurer from 1968 to 1976 when he accepted the position of village administrator and treasurer in Rockville Centre. In 1980, he was recruited back to Garden City as village administrator and treasurer and has remained in that position ever since.
During the fiscal year 2012-13, the Garden City Public Library received $10,000 in Senate library bullet aid from Senator Kemp Hannon. This bullet aid was used to purchase and install a ceiling mounted projector, movie screen, Blu-ray player, and sound system for the Small Meeting Room on the lower level of the library as well as a movie screen for the Storytime Room in the Children’s Department.
In what was a major coup for the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, the organization secured Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano (R) and challenger Tom Suozzi (D) as keynote speakers to kick off its luncheon season. And while this event took on the appearance of a debate, it was a chance for both candidates to present their platforms before more than 150 attendee.
The biggest wrinkle in the day’s event came by way of the tragic workplace shooting that took place in East Garden City shortly before the luncheon began, forcing Mangano to appear fairly late as he dealt with the situation as part of his county executive duties.
Thomas Wilk, son of Garden City Middle School science teacher Christine Wilk, is a cancer survivor and has attended Camp Adventure since 2007. It is a free one-week camp on Shelter Island for children and siblings who have/had cancer. It has been sponsored by the American Cancer Society since 1990. At the close of camp this year, the American Cancer Society no longer funds this program. It has been handed off to the current directors and will now be known as MoRE (Motivational Recovery Environment). The camp’s new motto is “We need MoRE Camp.”
At a recent and otherwise ordinary Garden City village trustees meeting, longtime village employee Robert Schoelle announced that he would be retiring in 2014.
Schoelle, who has been serving as village administrator and treasurer since replacing Earl P. Sandquist on Feb. 4, 1980, made this information known toward the end of the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, during the second half of his report to Mayor Watras. He made it clear that the mayor had been briefed earlier.
Garden City will soon boast the first family-centric venue on Long Island to support children on the autism spectrum along with their families. Life’s WORC (Working Organization for Retarded Children), a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them foster independent lives, is slated to open The Family Center for Autism in early spring 2014.
The 9,500-square foot, three-story building at 1517 Franklin Avenue, adjacent to Life’s headquarters, has been developed to provide a lifeline for the entire family. The center was developed based on feedback from more than 400 families with autism-spectrum children. The center will offer a full range of therapeutic, educational, social, recreational and vocational programming along with respite and activities for parents and siblings.
New legislation requires Garden City homeowners receiving Basic STAR tax exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Homeowners will not need to register to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions. This is a one-time registration process designed to protect New York property owners from the costs of inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions that cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimates the cost could increase taxes by $73 million in the next three years without implementation of the new registration process.
Between Sept. 16 and Oct. 4, a letter from the tax department is being mailed to each homeowner with 2013-14 Basic STAR exemptions. The letter contains a unique code homeowners can use to register. The code also can be accessed online through the STAR Registration website or by calling the tax department.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will kick off its luncheon season the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be nominees for Nassau County Executive for election on Nov. 5. Incumbent, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano (R) will speak along with Tom Suozzi (D). This will not be a debate but rather an opportunity for each candidate to speak separately, expressing their respective views on the future of Nassau County and its impact upon the business community.
Last Friday afternoon, the Garden City Village Hall boardroom was filled with concerned senior citizens attending a special work session regarding the proposed expansion of the senior recreation center on Golf Club Lane.
Presenting an updated preliminary design for the center, H. Bradford Gustavson of NYC based Gustavson Dundes Architecture & Design went through the plan that now offers 3,296 square feet to the existing building of 2,384 square feet. The initial plans proposed last October added 1,652 square feet. Among the building adjustments the architect referred to was the kitchen’s square footage going from 150 to 180 and the meeting room expanding from 1,963-square feet to 2,065.
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