Deputy Mayor Nicholas Episcopia attended the HUB Stakeholders Meeting held by Nassau County’s consultants on the Transportation Project. He was joined by EPOA President Judy Courtney, Vice President Chris Mullaney, and Director Leo Stimmler, as well as William Bellmer, a member of the Garden City Planning Commission, Dorothy Episcopia, past EPOA president, and former mayor Robert Rothschild. Bob Schoelle and Brian Ridgeway attended the afternoon session. Garden City is a stakeholder because a large portion of the village lies within the defined HUB area.
As presented, the currently preferred alternative transportation plan appears reasonable and eliminates the construction of a light rail system that would run from the Mineola Station, south behind Arthur Street, and east along the spur adjacent to St. James Street South, as was initially proposed. Nonetheless, as we have consistently done over the years, we will continue to monitor plans for the transportation project and strongly express our opinion if we believe any aspect of this project would be detrimental to the quality of life in Garden City.
Stewart Manor Fire Department (SMFD) Captain George Somerset is the recent recipient of Nassau County’s Firematic Award. Citing his “extraordinary leadership skills,” Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Somerset at a ceremony, which included Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal Scott D. Tusa, Fire Commissioner Rick Gardner, Comptroller George Maragos and members of the SMFD. JetBlue Vice President Richard Smyth was also on hand and awarded Somerset with one of 50 roundtrip airline tickets he doled out to thank first responders for their dedicated service following Hurricane Sandy.
“I can always count on him to be there,” said SMFD Chief Thomas Skinner, who nominated Somerset for the award. “Serving as lieutenant and captain, George has been a dedicated firefighter and training officer since he joined the department.”
Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free lecture, “Life in the Music Business,” with Garden City resident “Bugs” Bower. The legendary music arranger/producer/publisher will be appearing on Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library at 60 Seventh St. to share excerpts from his new book, Nice Stories about Nice People—highlights from his personal experiences in the music business.
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing: the impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
It’s two weeks and counting until Garden City residents will head to the polls and vote on the proposed 2013-14 school budget. May 21 is the date, mirroring the rest of Nassau County’s public school districts.
At a public hearing at the high school on Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen once again gave a detailed explanation on the proposed $107 million budget, explaining why voters should say ‘yes’ on the 21st.
The Elimination of Prejudice: that is the national philanthropy of Pi Lambda Phi. In honor of this ideology, the Adelphi University chapter of Pi Lambda Phi organized the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. On April 29 from 3 to 7 p.m., the brothers of the fraternity walked around in heels to increase gender equality and raise awareness about gender-related issues like domestic and sexual violence.Fellow students were asked to donate one dollar, which was donated to the Suffolk Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Elimination of Prejudice. For every dollar raised, the brothers had to walk a lap in high heels. As an added bonus, since proceeds exceeded expectations, some of the highest fundraisers also wore dresses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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