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.
Mayor Brudie told audience members of a tale that began in the summer of 1939. As the story goes, Wilson, a resident, of Garden City went to England on holiday. With the clouds of war looming over Europe, a mad dash exodus ensued, making the chances of passage out of England both slim and difficult to obtain.
Nearly a month ago, Tropical Storm Irene blew through Long Island leaving severe tree damage and rampant power outages in her wake. Garden City was one of the villages hardest hit by the storm’s rage. At the board of trustees meeting, village department heads updated residents on the extent of the damage and apprised residents of cleanup efforts still underway.
Mayor Brudie emphasized that the storm has posed a heavy burden on the village with respect to overtime costs needed for the cleanup. “We were really hit hard. We were hit harder than many other villages in Nassau County. Probably, maybe we were hit the worst. Quite honestly, when I saw the tree damage, it was really something to behold,” the mayor said.
Last week, the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum opened its new 5,000-square-foot exhibition, entitled “Lives of Service; Celebrating the Heroes of September 11.” While many 9/11 exhibits are taking place throughout New York this month, Museum Director Alana Petrocelli explained that the Nassau County Firefighter Museum’s exhibit focuses on the personal lives and stories of the local residents who died on that tragic day. A year in the making, the monumental project was the brainchild of Firefighter Museum President Angelo Catalano.
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