Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Dan Clavin (left) and Councilman Ed Ambrosino (2nd left) recently attended the 12th Annual Garden City Chamber of Commerce Pineapple Ball held at the Garden City Hotel. Pictured from left to right are Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Garden City Village Mayor John J. Watras, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer, and New York Police Chief Benevolent Association Executive Director Bruce Blakeman.
Each year, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy has the opportunity to nominate outstanding local students to attend the U.S. Military Service Academies. This year, 11 students nominated by the Congresswoman received offers of appointments to one of the Service Academies—the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy or the Military Academy at West Point. One of these students, Garden City’s Michael Cassano, will graduate from Garden City High School this month and will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
Kings Food Markets continues its tradition of bringing customers the freshest, highest-quality ingredients with the 2014 launch of its exclusive 24 Hour Just Picked Promise that started last month. The Garden City Kings location on 870 Franklin Ave., which is the only part of the franchise on Long Island, will be taking part in this 24 Hour Just Picked Promise. It is part of Kings’ commitment to make locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs available to shoppers within 24 hours of being picked—giving consumers the benefits of a local farm stand in the convenience of their neighborhood food markets.
“At Kings, we are constantly pushing the boundaries on behalf of our customers," said Judy Spires, president and CEO of Kings Food Markets.
Last month, more than 400 attendees from the Long Island medical and corporate community came out to the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City to attend the American Heart Association’s 51st Annual Long Island Heart Ball. The Long Island Heart Ball is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership.This year’s event was chaired by Christopher Doveala, financial services vice president for Leviton Mfg. Co. The 51st Annual Heart Ball honored George A. Petrossian, director of interventional cardiovascular procedures at St. Francis Hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital. Petrossian received the 2014 Cardiovascular Science Award. Attendees will also hear from former New York Islander and heart attack survivor Jean Potvin and reality star and stroke survivor, Ashlee White.
Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Garden City’s Robert M. Harper has recently been named Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation. The Fellows are recognized for their professional distinction, contribution to the bar, and to the practice of law in the State of New York. They support the charitable and educational work of the Foundation.
Harper is an associate in the trusts and estates practice group. He is an author of Farrell Fritz's New York Trusts and Estates Litigation Blog.
There are a lot of things that Stewart Manor does right. One thing in particular is how the village celebrates our nation’s birthday. For it, Stewart Manor has begun prepping and approved the list of street closings for the parade route at its recent board of trustees meeting.
The annual 4th of July Fire Department Parade is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. on at the corner of Stewart Ave and Fernwood Terrace North. Marchers will then proceed throughout the village along Covert Ave, Salisbury Ave, Dover Parkway, Cambridge Ave and Tulip Ave before returning to village hall.
On Thursday, June 12, Rob and Suzie Alvey will be honored by the Mineola Garden City Rotary Club at its annual Community Service Award Dinner which will be held at the Garden City Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Given how the Alveys are so intrinsically woven into the fabric of the local community, this honor is well deserved.
Rob Alvey is the steward and soul of what’s officially known as Nassau County Storm Water Basin No. 232 that currently goes under the moniker of Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center. For nearly two decades, he has overseen the transformation of this neglected nine acres into an eco-friendly oasis that serves as a haven for both wildlife and harried individuals seeking a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The seeds for it were planted back in 1992, when he was appointed to the Village of Garden City Environmental Board.
Please join Garden City residents and business representatives who will be honored as “Champions for Families” to benefit RotaCare at a cocktail reception at the Woodlands in Syosset on Wednesday evening, June 11 from 6-8 p.m. Among the honorees will be James Brady, Maureen Clancy, Greg Clark, Heather Diana, Patti Donnelly, Gary Fishberg, Susan MacDonald, Ray Sikorski and Alba Spinelli. The event is to benefit RotaCare, begun by the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club more than 20 years ago. RotaCare provides primary healthcare to those in Nassau County living below the poverty line.
On June 11 at 11:30 a.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will being holding its 2014 season finale luncheon at the Garden City Hotel. The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Bruce Ratner, executive chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies and developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ratner will speak on the much anticipated redevelopment of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. With construction to begin in 2015, the building will open in 2016 with an expected schedule to exceed 300 events per year.
Even though this is the third year in which the New York State Property Tax Cap has been in place, the passing of the 2014-15 budget was no less laborious. That said, residents passed this year’s proposal of $109,407,138 was passed by the highest approval rating (74 percent) in roughly a dozen years with a margin of 1,505 in favor versus 537 against. The amount represents an increase of $1,804.772 or 1.68 percent from last year and the projected tax levy (with STAR) is 1.57 percent, which is the maximum allowable tax increase.
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