Now it goes to the public. On Tuesday, May 21, the Garden City Board of Education formally adopted its proposed 2013-14 budget. The $107.6 million proposal will be voted on by residents on May 21.
“The challenge this year, as has been in the past several years... is to balance the needs of our students, the interests of our community, and having an outstanding educational school system with the fact that resources are not limitless,” said Superintendent Dr.Robert Feirsen.
Everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars these days, and the new “Friends of the Chamber Merchant Card" is here to help. It will remain valid until December 31, 2014. Fifty-four local chamber members – merchants, professionals and retail service business will welcome your patronage and provide special discounts and benefits when you show your card.
Additionally, 14 chamber members have generously sponsored the card, defraying the cost of printing both the cards and brochures that list the participants and their discounts and special services. Both participants and sponsors may also be found on the chamber’s website: www.gardencitychamber.org. Business may become participants free of charge at any time and will be listed on the chamber’s website and within the Business Bulletin magazine.
With the beginning of spring, there is nothing more seasonal then a barbecue. One Garden City family-owned business decided to make this springtime tradition into an event to help the community.
On April 13 from noon to 4 p.m., Hampton Major Appliances held a free barbecue and charity raffle for all of its customers and any members of the town who wanted to come out. All raffle tickets were $10 and all the money raised went to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN), the largest soup kitchen on Long Island. The winner of the raffle took home a $5,000 Wolf Outdoor Grill and the first 100 raffle entries received a $25 Restaurant.com card.
The Garden City Board of Trustees had previously voted to give themselves the ability to override the tax cap if necessary. Now it’s crunch time, as the board works toward a final budget to present to the public.
Not surprisingly, residents are concerned about service cuts, in the areas of street cleaning and waste removal, for example. Village Mayor John Watras said the board was planning to head into executive session Wednesday night, with hopes of having the final numbers available to the public by April 18.
In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-2014 budget, the district continues its Question of the Week feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents. A complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district’s website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.
Question of the Week:
If employee pension costs are driving Garden City Public School’s 2013-2014 budget higher, can the school district contribute less?
The church school youth performed a dramatic re-enactment of the passion of Jesus Christ according to the apostle Luke at the Garden City Community Church recently. Six costumed scenes were portrayed: the Last Supper, Jesus praying in the garden, the arrest of Jesus, Jesus before the chief priest and Pilate, the way of the cross and the ultimate Resurrection. The children responded to each scene with a unison prayer and song. They also completed an Easter craft, held palms, and wore special crosses to symbolize their walking with Jesus. The scenes were accompanied by prayers and by songs performed by flutists Lana Noone, Rebecca Melkonian and Karin Melkonian.
“The Lenten Walk is a wonderful way for our youth to share their talents and faith with the younger children of the community. After each gospel scene, the children were able to ask the teenagers questions about what it would have been like to be Peter, a soldier, or to carry a cross. Their questions were a beautiful witness to their faith and it made Jesus’ journey to the cross less scary and more accessible for them. The Lenten Walk is a community prayer experience for kids, parents and adults of all ages to come to know Jesus better and experience his death and resurrection through the eyes of young people,” stated Paula Tusiani- Eng, interim church school administrator.
When Jessica Kaden was 11 years old, she began feeling extreme stomach pain. Given family history, her mother thought Jessica suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). But doctors dismissed the theory.
Today, the 16-year-old is battling Crohn’s Disease, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that was not diagnosed until her 13th birthday. She has recently become an advocate for research and awareness of her disease The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) discovered Jessica’s plight and embraced the enthusiastic manner in which she has been handling her situation. This upbeat approach has carried over into the high school student’s recent involvement in the CCFA Team Challenge.
The Garden City Board of Trustees underwent a change in the form of newly-elected Mayor John Watras and trustees Robert Bolebruch and Richard Silver, who were all sworn in on Monday April 1 by acting justice Merril Biscone. With Mayor Don Brudie and Trustee Laurence Quinn departing, Bolebruch and Silver, (from the West and Central respectively), were elected to fill those slots.
Watras, unanimously nominated by the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA), becomes the 45th Garden City mayor. But the path to becoming village head included the former deputy mayor/police and fire commissioner having to defeat fellow trustee Quinn in a February run-off election. And while the past year included occasional dust-ups on the board, particularly in regards to the fate of St. Paul’s, Watras’s message on this particular evening focused on solving problems and having residents donate time and pull together for the common good of the village.
Mayor John J. Watras (Term Expires 4/2015)
Trustee Nicholas P. Episcopia (Term Expires 04/2014)
Cultural & Recreation Affairs - Liaison
Committee on Public Information - Chairperson
Some college students’ schedules consist largely of going to and from class. Getting to meet the head women in charged of corporations such as Google and learning from an executive of North Shore LIJ are opportunities that only select few college females get to experience.
Adelphi University junior and finance major Danielle Arboleda was one of the select few lucky enough to become part of the Junior Moxxie program.
Arboleda started the program in March 2012 as part of a one-year stint that ends this spring.
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