St. Paul’s was yet again the hot-button topic of the board meeting held at Village Hall last Thursday. Garden City Mayor Donald Brudie announced that the Committee to Save St. Paul’s (CSSP) will resubmit a proposal to preserve the historic village building more than two weeks after presenting its updated plan to the board and requesting trustees sign a letter of support for a $400,000 state grant.
At the Oct. 20 board meeting, the mayor announced that he received a letter from Committee to Save St. Paul’s President Peter Negri stating their intention: “This letter referred to the proposal submitted on September 9, 2011 regarding the Committee to Save St. Paul’s and the Garden City Historical Society’s proposal to preserve St. Paul’s for public use. We are in the process of updating our proposal and will resubmit to the board within 45 days.”
The tone of discourse was serious as Garden City Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen provided some answers and discussed the many questions that remain about the newly passed New York State property tax cap and its effects on the school district’s 2012/2013 budget at a recent board of education work session at Garden City High School.
With only a handful of residents in attendance, Feirsen opened the discussion by stating that the Garden City Board of Education has always supported tax relief for the members of the community. He maintained that the board has consistently sought to develop budgets that reflect an appreciation of the need to limit tax increases on property taxes.
For the seventh consecutive year, pumpkin patch coordinator and UUC member Patsy Kaplan has worked with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers Inc. to enhance the community as well as to raise necessary funds to help offset the operating costs of her congregation. “I feel the pumpkin patch is for the community. … We are benefitting from it, but people come in here and tell us, ‘Thank you so much,’” Kaplan said.
School’s open— drive carefully! That slogan has been around since 1946, when AAA launched a campaign to lower school-related pedestrian fatalities. The true meaning behind that safety message was driven home at Stewart Manor’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when village code officer Sam Sirignano was recognized for a “heroic act” that helped avert a tragedy at the Stewart Manor School on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
According to the CSSP, the Cathedral School of St. Paul’s is an irreplaceable landmark and a world-class asset for the Village of Garden City, which should be enjoyed for generations to come when renovations are completed. The CSSP’s goal is to stabilize the building, preserve its historic features wherever possible, and provide the public with a space that will be an active community activities and events center.
Among the contracts approved by the board were for additional underground wiring and directional drilling to be performed within the village by Island Cable Co. ($30,000). Other contracts approved were for paving work to be done by Valente Contracting Corp. ($24,375); the rental of granular activated carbon filters at Hilton Park by Philip Ross ($30,000); police headquarter renovations by FML Contracting ($59,176); and the acceptance of a maintenance bond for water main improvements on Main and Merillon Avenues performed by Roy Wanser, Inc ($338, 268.67).
After a summer hiatus, the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) gathered last Wednesday for the first meeting of the fall to discuss the status of the soil remediation project at a former Garden City gas plant site, as well as quality of life issues relating to aircraft noise and the replacement of village trees after damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Irene.
The EAB, led by Village Trustee and Chairman Laurence Quinn, initiated a discussion on the recent public information session held on Sept. 22 at Hofstra University in Hempstead. The meeting offered an opportunity for the community to ask questions about the details of the ongoing on-site off-site soil remediation project, including an overall project update for the former Hempstead Intersection Street Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site and associated off-site groundwater plume.
Hope For Youth (HFY), a leading provider of residential programs, foster care, preventive and outpatient services for children, youth and families on Long Island, will host its Bi-Annual Cornucopia of Hope Gala on Tuesday, November 1, from 6-10 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City. The evening will feature cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, wine and chocolate flights, a dessert competition and prizes, along with moving, personal stories told by Hope For Youth alumni.
Hope For Youth will honor entrepreneur, inspirational athlete and motivational speaker, Rohan Murphy of East Islip, with the first ever “Elizabeth Bass Golding Personal Achievement Award.” Rohan, who lost his legs in childhood, was a successful collegiate wrestler at Penn State and is an accomplished power lifter who is currently training for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen introduced the topic for discussion to the board of education and the community at its Sept. 20 meeting. Garden City High School Principal Nanine Cuttitta offered insight into the steps that must be taken in order for the district to prepare for accreditation renewals for its schools.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead Board honored Garden City Police Officer Matthew Walsh, who was among the 25 officers from surrounding departments at a ceremony, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead.
Father Gerard Gordon, the Nassau County Police Chaplain, provided a brief invocation, and Alyse Skoller, accompanied by Gloria Elliot, performed the National Anthem. The Nassau County Police Color Guard Unit retired the colors before each of the 25 officers were honored with medals and certificates.
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