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2013 Pineapple Ball Sells Out: Part II

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

This second set of pictures from the 11th annual Pineapple Ball was taken at the Grand Ballroom of the Garden City Hotel on Friday, April 19.

Entertained by the swinging tunes of the renowned Alex Donner Orchestra, the nearly 400 attendees came out to honor some of the village’s more community-minded citizens.


Mothers Know Best

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

Expert advice on Mother’s Day shopping

Still need a gift for Mother’s Day? Our scientific approach to unearthing the very best gifts for Mother’s Day has you covered. We went to the source and visited the many Garden City businesses owned and operated by the experts—moms. From accessories to a spot of tea, these business owners shared their inside knowledge to solve your Mother’s Day conundrum:

A New Leaf Tea Emporium

Kimberly Orlic, mom to three daughters and the proud owner of this 7th Street tea shop, is a true tea sommelier. The shop features over 55 varieties of fine black, oolong and green loose-leaf teas as well as rooibos, fruit and herb infusions. Featured Mother’s Day gifts include a cold steeping iced tea jug, assorted teapots and mugs. The shop is also featuring a Mother’s Day Tea Service.


Town Recognizes Robotics Club

Written by Marilou Giammona, Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

She built it and they came. Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) director Trish Lynch launched the GCRL last year and is now preparing for year two. To celebrate the league’s successful inaugural season and to promote GCRL to newcomers, she and the league coaches hosted the First Annual End of Season Celebration and Information Session at the Garden City Presbyterian Church on April 24.

“I am so impressed with the work that you guys did. I got an education walking right through the door,” quipped Hempstead Town Councilman Edward A. Ambrosino, who attended the celebration to present a certificate to the GCRL on behalf of Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “You know what really is important? Just competitions in life. It feels great to win, but we all win because we learn from the experience of learning,” he said to the many children in the room.


Board Seeks To Douse Union Fire

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:14

Trustees reconsidering dual firefighting model

At a Thursday, May 2 village trustees meeting, Trustee Dennis Donnelly read a statement that in part mentioned the possibility of seeing if the model for a dual department of paid and volunteer firefighters remains a viable option for the Village of Garden City.

In February, the board voted by a margin of 6-2 to fire six firefighters and demote one officer to cut an estimated $900,000 from the village budget. The debate over these layoffs has raged ever since, with the two sides digging in. Donnelly’s statement publicly accused New York unions of intimidating volunteer firefighters—and not only those in Garden City.


House Detectives #11

Written by Suzie Alvey, Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:42

Number “16” is the next home that needs identification in the Garden City Archives, and can be located anywhere in town.

More historical photos have been digitally archived at the Garden City Public Library by a hard-working volunteer. They can be seen on, under our library section.     


Village Budget Process

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

As taxpayers know, the years since the economic downturn that began in 2008-09 and continues today, a myriad of problems have been presented that all municipalities have had to deal with. As custodians of your tax dollars, the Garden City Board of Trustees (BOT) sincerely strives to ensure that your money is spent in the most efficient way possible, while providing the services and quality of life our residents and business community have come to expect.

For the past five years, the BOT has kept the average village budget increase to less than 1 percent. In line with this conservative budgeting, the average tax increase over the past five years was 3.03 percent, and for the last two, 1.71 percent and 1.74 percent respectively. We have accomplished this by working very hard to increase both efficiency and revenues wherever possible. We were aided in this task by our Citizens Budget Review & Advisory Committee, our village staff and interested residents from our POAs. As the chart reflects our spending is less today than it was five years ago. Our village staff is cognizant of our commitment to efficiency and knows that certain changes are necessary to achieve our goals.


Playing For A Cure

Written by Lauren del Valle, Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Girl’s varsity softball team raises

money for breast cancer research

When the Garden City High School (GCHS) girls’ varsity softball team decided during a recent home game against Rockville Centre High to dedicate its efforts to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it was as a pink-clad unit. The result was the raising of $1,000 to donate to the foundation for breast cancer research.

This was the fourth annual fundraiser held by the GCHS softball team. Each year the senior members choose a cause to which they donate the money they raise. Last year the team supported the Long Island chapter of the Ronald McDonald House.


Meet The New Boss

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Mayor John Watras

looking inside village for answers

When John Watras was recently elected to become the 45th mayor of Garden City, it was the culmination of 18 years of service, rising through the ranks of the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA). To wind up as the head of the village wasn’t exactly in his plans when he started attending WPOA meetings.  

“I used to go to the meetings for the Western Property Owners. That was the start. And I used to like all the people there and all of a sudden I got elevated,” he explained. “I became president and when my presidency ended I was pretty much done. Then John Murray, who was the trustee, said I was going to be the next trustee, and that’s how it all got started. In the last couple of years, I came to the realization that I would be mayor. All I really want to do is do a good job and that I gave back what I got out of that town, which is an awful lot.”


Preservation Pegged At $500,000

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

The Garden City Historical Society Board of Trustees has committed to a $500,000 capital campaign to engage in a major facelift for the Museum structure on Eleventh Street. This campaign is a monumental task, and the society is asking for the community’s support.

One of the original buildings constructed in Garden City under founder Alexander Turney Stewart, the museum has seen only minimal, minor repairs to the exterior since it was moved to its current location in July 1988. The major scope of renovation and preservation work planned by the society includes: roof and widow’s walk repairs: windows and doors; strip existing paint, prep and restore wood trim; repair soffits; repaint entire structure in period color, and repair driveway and parking.  


Board of Ed Adopts 2013-14 Budget

Written by Rick Karas, Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

Proposed $107 million outlay

will be voted on May 21

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.


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