Lake Success-based GiGGo Toys is preparing to enchant a generation of youngsters with a fresh take on children’s entertainment: that acceptance goes hand-in-hand when it comes to fun and friendship.
GiGGo Toys started up on Jan. 3, when it acquired a business representing a toy manufacturer in China. Neither GiGGo Toys’ CEO, Diana Brobmann of Floral Park Centre, nor Florence Palomo, the company’s head of public relations and customer service, had any previous experience in the toy industry. Brobmann was in licensing at the time, and Palomo was a researcher.
Republican Felix Procacci, of Franklin Square, is running on the Democratic ticket this election season, challenging Republican incumbent, Kate Murray, for the position of supervisor for the Town of Hempstead. Procacci, a computer programmer, is basing his campaign on increasing town government transparency.
“For me this campaign is not political; it is a continuation of my efforts to reform town government, an effort that began almost three years ago when I attended my first town board meeting,” said the challenger. “Sixty-two consecutive meetings later, and with a greater understanding of town government, my goal remains the same: the reform of town government.”
Two local town residents are presently in the running, seeking the election to seats in the Town of Hempstead in November.
Jasmine Garcia-Vieux is the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking the position of town clerk. She is a managing attorney at Smith & Brink, P.C. and a member of the firm’s complex business litigation group, with a focus on investigation of insurance fraud in the state. If elected, Garcia-Vieux would be the first Hispanic woman to hold office in the town. For campaign information please call 516-341-7880.
Franklin Square’s Felix Procacci is a registered Republican running on the Democratic ticket this election season. He is seeking the position of supervisor for the Town of Hempstead. Procacci, a computer programmer, will base his campaign on increasing town government transparency.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Garden City Lord & Taylor was where fashion and art intersected at the grand opening of the newest Sarabeth’s restaurant location. Adelphi Students modeled designs from Vince Camuto and guests were treated to a free makeup session by Bobbie Brooks, all in front of a backdrop of exquisite abstract art by Dutch artist Ine Wijtvliet, all while sipping champagne donated by Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. In keeping the theme local, this award-winning Long Island vineyard is owned by Plainview lawyers Cynthia and Tom Rosicki.
The latest development in the controversial renovation of the senior center on Golf Club Lane was the passage of a $1.5 million bond at the last village trustees meeting held on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The current plan involves adding 3,700-square feet to the existing building at nearly double the $800,000 estimate priced out roughly six weeks ago. The final trustees tally was 6-2 in favor of going ahead with these renovations. Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia and Trustee Richard Silver voted against going forward with the bond.
With elections less than four weeks away, it seems as though Kate Murray would be letting her daily duties as the Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead take a back seat to campaigning. On the contrary, Murray practices seamless politics that doesn’t differentiate.
“Good government is good politics,” she said in an informal discussion at the Garden City Life offices on Sept. 24.
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.
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