As the clock struck 10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, Garden City residents were still coming into the high school library to cast their votes for the school budget. With the largest voter turnout in nearly 10 years, Garden City residents passed the 2010-11 budget by a margin of 3,241 to 1,991.
Residents of Garden City are one step closer to learning the fate of St. Paul’s School. At the last village board meeting, trustees were divided in a 4 to 4 vote on accepting the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the demolition of the structure, which was prepared by firms Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and AKRF, Inc. Village Trustees Dennis Donnelly, Nicholas Episcopia and Brian Daughney and Mayor Robert J. Rothschild voted in favor of accepting the DEIS; while Trustees Lawrence Quinn, John Watras and Andrew Cavanaugh and Deputy Mayor Donald Brudie, voted against it. In order to break the tie, Mayor Rothschild voted again, resulting in the board’s official acceptance of the document.
Security cameras could be coming to a street near you in the Village of Garden City. After several incidents of vandalism in the business district, Trustee Dennis Donnelly advocated his support for installing additional security cameras around the village.
At a recent board meeting, Donnelly reported that Franklin Avenue merchants Garden City Pizza had one window broken and Bagelman had planters that were damaged during a vandalism spree over Memorial Day weekend. Seventh Street village storefront Things and Stuff also lost a planter and the Pear Tree Shoppe had a window broken.
The 142nd Belmont Stakes had all the makings of a great sports story, complete with a $1 million prize and a dark horse who did not give up. Long Islanders watched in amazement as the 13-1 long-shot Drosselmeyer galloped his way into victory on a hot afternoon at Belmont Park.
Drosselmeyer, a 3-year-old chestnut colt, was excluded from the Kentucky Derby because of insufficient graded stakes earnings, yet managed to outrun First Dude and held off Fly Down by a mere three-quarters of a length to seize the final leg of the Triple Crown.
It was no surprise that every seat was taken in the high school library as residents gathered for the Garden City Board of Education meeting. After countless hours of discussions, comments and debates, the board of education adopted its revised 2010-11 budget proposal of $97,988, 490. With a reduction of $286,766, the budget-to-budget increase over the current year is 2.91 percent (reduced from 3.21 percent) and the tax levy increase is 4.18 percent with STAR (reduced from 4.52).
It was a beautiful day to honor our fallen heroes at the Garden City Memorial Day Parade on May 31. A memorial church service was held at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Incarnation, followed by the Parade of Honor, which kicked off at 10 a.m. between Cherry Valley Avenue and Tenth Street before the crowds joined together for a ceremony at Garden City Middle School. Spectators of ages galore gathered to watch the parade with their families, friends and even dogs on the streets and scattered lawns, dressed in appropriate red, white and blue while waving American stick flags.
Garden City residents may have to wait a little longer to view the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the demolition of St. Paul’s School. At the most recent village board meeting, Mayor Robert J. Rothschild announced that the board is requesting additional work on the project from AKRF, an environmental and planning consultant.
The mayor announced that neither the board of trustees nor staff has received a completed DEIS yet and that it is expected to be in their hands within a few weeks. “We anticipate receiving it from special legal counsel and the environmental planning consultants by the June 17 board of trustees meeting,” the mayor explained.
Most residents of Long Island realize that their firefighters/EMTs get up all hours of the night, in all kinds of weather to respond to the emergency needs of their communities. But, there is so much more that these dedicated men and women do that is not as well known. Among these activities is the commitment by the fire departments of Nassau County over the past five years to Operation Wounded Warrior (OWW). In December each year, members of these departments in convoys of emergency vehicles (The Long Red Line) visit the medical facilities at Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, Walter Reed, and Bethesda providing needed items to our wounded men and women. Items include donated handmade gifts and recreation electronics. Get Well cards play a big role as well. (View details including a video at ncff-oww.com)
“While I am disappointed with the budget vote results,” commented Garden City’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen about the May 18 failure of the district’s 2010-2011 school budget vote, “I respect and appreciate the views expressed by the community.”
Get ready to horse around as the first annual Northeast Equine Expo comes to town. Expected to draw nearly 30,000 people to the Long Island communities of Elmont and Floral Park, the expo will be the kick-off event for the final leg of the Triple Crown Belmont Stakes Race on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30.
Expo president and founder Jessica Walsh, a Massachusetts native, first visited the majestic Belmont Park with her grandfather when she was a young child. An avid horse enthusiast, she came up with the idea of creating an equine expo after realizing that New York had yet to host one that incorporated all equestrian disciplines. Through a lot of perseverance and determination, Walsh enlisted a passionate team of staff members to go about the daunting task of organizing the big event. “It’s turned from a dream into a reality and I want to share it with everyone and inspire them,” she said.
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