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Trustees Still Working Toward Final Budget

Written by Rick Karas, Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

Special meeting addresses residents’ concerns

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.


Garden City Public Schools’ Question Of The Week

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

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:

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?


Lenten Walk At Church

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

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.


Kadens Unite In Disease Fight

Written by Lauren del Valle, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 07:57

Teen advocate nominated

Young Adult Honored Hero

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.


Changing Of The Guard

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 00:00

New trustees sworn in alongside new mayor

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. 



Board Assignments 2013-14

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Mayor John J. Watras (Term Expires 4/2015)


Trustee Nicholas P. Episcopia (Term Expires 04/2014)

Deputy Mayor

Cultural & Recreation Affairs - Liaison

Traffic Commission

Committee on Public Information - Chairperson



Taking Care Of Business

Written by Stephen Levine, Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

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.



House Detectives #8

Written by Suzie Alvey, Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Number “11” is the next home that needs identification in Garden City, and can be located anywhere in town. This beautiful home has an unusual foundation of brick and wood that might make it easier to find.


“Hoest 33” has been identified as 117 Brompton Rd., and is next door to “hoest 35, which is 121 Brompton Rd. The current homeowner recognized her home in the article and was happy to provide some information. 



Village Files Revised Budget

Written by Marilou Giammona, Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00

Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc on surplus

The Garden City board of trustees and department heads continue to work diligently to pare down the 2013-2014 budget. “The crux of the problem,” said village auditor James E. Olivo at a budget review session on March 20, is the diminished surplus available for appropriation.

The $759,045 surplus available for appropriation this year compares with $2,964,244 appropriated for the 2012-2013 budget. Superstorm Sandy-related expenses that the village incurred totaled $694,057—total Sandy operations were $5,552,459; FEMA reimbursements totaled $4,858,402—wiping out a big chunk of the surplus.


Living Up To Mantra

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio, Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

High achievers kick off third budget review

In the power point presentation for the Garden Public Schools third budget review meeting, the district’s mission statement is defined as “Inspiring minds, empowering achievement and building community.” Buttressing this notion was a trio of student groups, both academic and athletic, recognized for their extraordinary achievements.

First up were valedictorian Shannon Carman and salutatorian Jacquelyn Seskin. Carman’s impressive GPA of 101.16 accrued over seven semesters was just one of her many achievements. She has numerous accomplishments including being named a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, placing above the 95th percentile in the National Spanish Exam and being co-captain of the varsity badminton team for the past two years. Seskin is no slouch either as evidenced by the 100.98 seven-semester GPA she wound up with. Other noteworthy parts of her high school transcript include being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an AP Scholar with Honor, a winner of the Stonehill College Book Award for Excellence and Commitment to School and Community. Seskin is also the varsity volleyball captain, having received the Nassau County Volleyball Coaches’ Association Scholar Athlete award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.


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