Edward John Palkot recently became a member of an elite club: the centenarians. The Garden City resident celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 20, joining a limited number of folks worldwide who have walked the earth for a century or more. But if you ask Palkot, being a member of the Garden City Retired Men’s Club holds more weight.
“This would not have been possible if I didn’t have friends, and I am most thankful for the friendship all of you have given me over the years,” he said at a celebration sponsored by the Retired Men’s Club on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at West Hempstead’s Pompei Ristorante. “You’ve made life easier. There were times when things were difficult but we always managed to get a good cribbage hand and take care of that,” he quipped. “All of you deserve a hand of applause. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done.”
Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on Garden City, the department of recreation and parks is continuing to rebound from how badly it ravaged the greenery that the village has been renowned for. An estimated 675 trees were destroyed last year when the storm tore through the area. At a recent Aug. 22 village board of trustees meeting, Kevin Ocker, chairman of the board of commissioners of cultural and recreational affairs, revealed a three-phase plan of attack that would ideally reinstate the arboreal amounts to the numbers they were at pre-Sandy.
“We’ll be attacking this in three phases—the first phase will be planting around 225 trees this fall. Phase two will follow in the spring with an additional 300 trees,” Ocker explained. “Then in fall 2014, we will go ahead with the replacement of 250 to 300 trees, bringing us right back to where it was.”
Can’t make up your mind if you want your pasta Italian style with red sauce and meatballs, or Asian style, perhaps with coconut, shitake mushrooms or peanuts? If you decide to eat at Noodles & Company, you don’t have to choose until you’re at the counter placing your order.
Noodles & Company opened this month in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza off Old Country Road, the first of 24 locations planned for Nassau and Suffolk County for this nationwide chain with 364 locations in 29 states.
It was a return engagement for James Wagler, library manager for Jericho law firm Nixon Peabody. Wagler recently organized a second corporate volunteer day at the Tanners Pond Environmental Center’s Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS). He brought over a dozen of the Nixon Peabody staff for a day outdoors helping the community and the environment while having a bit of fun.
The group helped refurbish a sugar maple garden, removing weeds and getting it ready for replanting. The sugar maples had been planted in honor of initial and long-time supporters of the environmental center: Bob Stark Sr., Bob McMillen, and Bob Catell. The volunteers also pruned a large black cherry tree and pulled many invasive saplings from the Hempstead Plains meadow.
The recent debate over how best to address the need to improve the facilities available to our seniors has surfaced a range of ideas and opinions. Users of the Golf Club Lane facility, understandably and correctly, have pointed out that the property is showing its age. Users have also argued that the facility is too small to accommodate all of the seniors who seek to use the center. Others, including some seniors, have pointed out that the number of regular users of the facility – estimated to be around 100 – although vocal, is a small percentage of the 6,000+ seniors in the village. They have questioned whether there is a compelling need to add to the village’s borrowings to expand the facilities.
This divergence of views is the hallmark of an involved and engaged community. Against this backdrop, the board of trustees has been considering various options. In doing so, we have tried to balance both short-term needs and prudent long-term planning. And we have also done so mindful of the important contributions to our village that have been, and continue to be, made by our seniors.
Nassau County selected Nassau Events Center to redevelop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding property, by offering the county a significantly sweeter deal.
Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NEC’s chief executive, beat out Hank Ratner (no relation) and the Madison Square Garden Company after the county narrowed its choices to the two entertainment giants last month.
For Emma Gong, studying chemistry brought her interest in science to the next level and really interested her on a molecular level. As a junior at Garden City High School, she already knows she wants to study medicine. Although she is not sure what field of medicine she wants to get into, she may have had a better idea after attending a recent science summer camp.
Gong, along with 23 other area high school students, recently took part in a medical school/camp program sponsored by Adelphi University and Winthrop University Hospital.
“Science supplies a lot of jobs,” says Gong. “It’s beneficial in many ways so it’s beneficial to get into.”
The board of library trustees has accepted the resignation of Trustee Barbara Brudie-Martis and approved the appointment of Trustee Lola Nouryan. At last month’s meeting, the library board presented Barbara Brudie-Martis with a certificate and framed picture of the Garden City Library that included a plaque of appreciation for her years of service. The board noted that Trustee Brudie-Martis has been an exceptional board member who as an attorney was able to bring her knowledge and insight to the library board proceedings.
For the past 65 years, Resurrection Lutheran Church has proudly stood at its Stewart Avenue location in Garden City. The church’s humble beginnings started with a petition to turn a mansion into a church and now it hosts more than 900 members for its services.
“The people sustained us,” said current Pastor Jeff Browning. “A lot of great people. Amazing, exceptional people.”
The Lutheran Church, which recently has expanded to a second location at Old Westbury, offers a variety of programs and events for all of its members. Some of the most recognizable for the community include the Night at Bethlehem, where the church recreates the classic night of Jesusbirth throughout the village, Oktoberfest and events during Holy Week.
Despite a large turnout of residents and teachers attending the meeting in protest, the Stewart Manor Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to pass a bill into law on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that will force faculty members of Stewart Manor Elementary School to pay $50 a month for parking privileges.
Stewart Manor Elementary School currently has no parking lot of its own. Previously, teachers parked on the streets surrounding the school and did not have to pay a parking fee. However, under the newly-passed law, 35 parking spaces on Dover Parkway North on the west side of the street have been designated as paid permit spaces for teachers and staff of Stewart Manor Elementary by the village at a cost of $50; this translates to $500 per 10-month school year.
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