The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) will hold its Annual Resident Electors’ Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Homestead School. Nominating Committee Chairman Maureen Traxler will present the committee’s selection for village and school board candidates. Following WPOA procedures, Western residents will vote on the committee’s nominees.
In light of the devastation of the Garden City tree population as a result of Super Storm Sandy, the WPOA has invited an arborist to speak at the January meeting about various kinds of trees, their hardiness and root systems, as well as the proper care of trees, and replanting options.
“I don’t believe it would be feasible to occupy the building for that [estimate],” Erwin said. “That price [of $8.2 million] is underestimated and there needs to be additional work along with the simple issue of overcoming the building’s safety issues, which are out of everybody’s control. [That’s] really up to the building inspectors and other parties.”
Angela Susan Anton, publisher and CEO of Anton Community Newspapers, has named John Owens editor-in-chief of the 17-newspaper chain. Owens is an award-winning journalist and long-time publishing executive known for building strong editorial teams and producing targeted, must-read publications.
“John is a proven editorial leader with fresh ideas, energy and vision,” said Ms. Anton. “Our organization has long been the source for community news, and now, with John spearheading the effort, our editorial success can soar to the next level.”
Spirits were high on Friday evening, Dec. 14, as Garden City’s Western Section hosted a holiday tree lighting. Local families and friends slowly gathered around the tree to talk and laugh, awaiting the many performances, and the big moment. Gallery Pizzeria and Restaurant was a popular place for people of all ages to come in from the cold and enjoy slices of pizza and hot coffee. Tom Whalen, president of The Western Property Owners’ Association (W.P.O.A.), was there to kick off the night, starting with a moment of silence and remembrance for the Newtown, CT tragedy that occurred earlier that day. Special thanks were also given to businesses in the area that provided food, and CupCake Corner for providing free hot chocolate.
Garden City residents were invited to take a tour of the high school Tuesday, Dec. 11 to see the numerous improvements that have taken place to the building as a result of the 2009 school investment bond and energy performance project.
Members of the board of education, including Superintendent of Schools Robert Feirsen, along with some of the contractors and architects who worked on the building, walked residents through the new music addition and updated classrooms and offices, explaining the changes that were completed over the summer.
In the days following the Dec. 14 school shootings in Newtown, CT, the response from the Garden City Public School District was instantaneous. Dr. Robert Feirsen, the district superintendent, drafted a letter that was immediately emailed to students’ parents reassuring them of the district’s efforts to provide a safe and secure environment. Among the programs in place are a detailed safety plan that is annually updated, unannounced drills and tabletop exercises that have the district interacting with first responders and safety experts. It’s this thoroughness of communication between the schools and parents that reassures PTA President Cristina Kilberg.
“We had two correspondences over the weekend—one from Dr. Feirsen assuring parents that everything was going to be taken into consideration from school security to how the children adjust to this news,” Kilberg said before adding. “We also got a correspondence from the principal of the middle school who also did the same thing—reassured parents and also provided a couple of links to places to go for [counseling] information and also what’s appropriate to tell children.”
According to DA investigators, the 23-year-old man was arrested that morning and charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony, and three counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.
Continuing a holiday tradition that is nearly two decades old, officials from Stewart Manor and Floral Park once again pooled their resources and enthusiasm to illuminate Covert Avenue. On Saturday, Dec. 1, residents gathered on the corner of Covert and Chester Avenues for the annual tree lighting.
When former Police Commissioner Ernie Cipullo filed his retirement papers on May 31, it served as a bookend to a 51-year stint serving the Village of Garden City. These kinds of transitions from a well-established regime could have sent a ripple of concern throughout the community were it not for the fact that Cipullo’s friend, Kenneth Jackson was his successor. Trustee John Watras, the Village board of trustees liaison to the police department, reiterated this point while saying a few words prior to Jackson being officially sworn in by Mayor Don Brudie. “There are probably not enough kind words to say about [Jackson’s] attributes and [achievements],” Watras proudly stated. “We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. [You were] a great protégé of Ernie Cipullo.”
And while Jackson has subsequently served as Interim Commissioner, he officially dropped the interim tag when the Ronkonkoma resident was officially sworn in at the village trustees meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6. Jackson took the oath of office as administered by the mayor as two rows of village police officers lined up against the wall sporting white gloves and resplendent in their dress blues watched on with pride. Also attending was Jackson’s wife Laurie and their three children.
Garden City’s Chamber of Commerce presentation of the annual Village Tree Lighting was certainly the place to be for residents and Garden City supporters this past Sunday. Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings, its staff was there to give out candy canes and small treats. This was the bank’s 18th year supporting the holiday festival, in cooperation with the Recreation and Parks Department and Garden City Fire Department. As in past years, this village tree lighting allowed friends and families to come together and enjoy the essence of Christmas and togetherness.
The village gazebo came alive with lights, music, and happy spirits awaiting the arrival of Santa and the flick of the switch to illuminate the tree at the holiday festival. Music was provided by The Five Stone band, which played classic rock and alternative Christmas songs. Garden City High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble also performed unique renditions of many Xmas classics directed by Stephen Mayo. Enthusiastic residents of all ages who came to enjoy the afternoon with family members and even pets sat in lawn chairs scattered throughout the village green. Mary Spadaro has been a Garden City resident for more than 47 years, and has always attended and looked forward to this holiday celebration.
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