Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.
Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.
In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.
As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:
Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.
“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Thursday, Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life.
A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.
Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.
The fourteenth annual Mollie Biggane fundraiser drew in large crowds from Garden City to support the local organization which has championed melanoma prevention, spearheaded by Maggie and Jack Biggane who lost their daughter Mollie at the age of 20 to this deadly cancer. Held at the Garden City Country Club, the event kicked off with 120 participants playing a charity golf game followed by dinner attended by 265 guests. Bids were placed for more than 200 donated items for the silent auction as well as 11 live auction items which included tickets to sports events, yachting around Manhattan, wine tastings and tickets to the Cher concert.
Due to the overwhelming success of the Library’s Drop-In LEGO Club and the large turnout at the first meeting, the Garden City Public Library’s Children’s Department is seeking donations of LEGO bricks, mini figures, and other LEGO parts in order to expand the club and accommodate more children.
For the parish at St. Anne’s, one its most popular events is its Annual Spirit Day. This year was no exception as the congregation came together for the 12th straight year on Saturday, Sept. 20. Hundreds visited the rides, games and food vendors set up in the church parking lot on New Hyde Park Road that afternoon and evening.
“It’s difficult to say exactly how many individuals actually attended Spirit Day, but we believe we had close to 1,000 visitors,” said Monsignor Thomas Harold, pastor of St. Anne’s parish.
Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
It’s time for a property taxpayer’s checkup Come to the Garden City Public Library and hear Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin, Jr. speak about important issues related to taxes. On Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m, Mr. Clavin will discuss such important issues as tax exemptions (seniors, enhanced star, basic star, veterans, and home-improvement), tax discounts, property tax payment dates, and tax payment options. Clavin will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and address any taxpayer concerns that they may have.
PowerPrep has once again announced that it will again be offering its comprehensive SAT Course at Garden City High School. The course is open to all high school juniors who are residents of the Garden City School District, whether or not they attend Garden City High School.
PowerPrep is offering this course at a savings of $650 off its regular tuition. It is important to note that this is not a course specially developed or administered by the district. Rather it is PowerPrep’s regular course that, despite the greatly-reduced tuition, has not been abbreviated or watered-down in any way. Except for the location of the classes, this course is identical to the Comprehensive SAT Course that PowerPrep has offered for more than 15 years––the course that has helped thousands of students raise their scores by an average of more than 200 points. In fact, of the students who took this course at Garden City High School in 2012, 2013, and 2014 more than 25 percent went up over 250 points and 10 percent went up over 300 points.
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