Susan Lucci has come a long way from her growing up years in Garden City: An Emmy Award-winning actress on the legendary soap opera series, All My Children; a lead role in the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun; on tour with her own cabaret act; and the creator of a successful line of products. Now you can add the title of a New York Times best-selling author to that list.
Last Wednesday, May 11, Ms. Lucci traveled to Roslyn to talk about All My Life, a memoir that chronicles her life from a Long Island childhood to international stardom.
It’s the spot that many residents look forward to visiting every summer — the Garden City Community Pool. Swimmers can rejoice knowing the village attraction will receive several much-needed improvements beginning this fall, after the board’s recent approval of a bond resolution to fund Phase 1 of the project at a cost of $2,250,000.
Prior to approving the bond resolution, Nicole Russo, a member of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs Pool Redevelopment Sub-Committee, pool patron and village resident for 20 years, vocalized her support for the rehabilitation to the village board at the May 5th meeting.
Memorial Day is almost here and it is shaping up to be a special time in Garden City. After more than a year of discussions and planning, the village will unveil its upgraded veterans’ memorial to honor the brave men and women who have served our country in wartime. In February, the village board unanimously approved expenditures not to exceed $20,000 for the complete installation of a new and improved monument located at the Village Gazebo on Seventh Street.
At the May 5 village board meeting, Trustee Dennis Donnelly, the chairperson of the Village Board’s War Memorial Committee, announced that construction was currently in progress and almost complete. “The lighting was put in today and the cement pavers have been put in; the first of the marble and the new plaques arrive next week,” Donnelly said.
The people have spoken and a Garden City village landmark has been saved. On April 27, Garden City residents flocked in droves to St. Paul’s Fieldhouse to cast their votes on the $3.75 million bond referendum to demolish St. Paul’s Main Building and Ellis Hall. The overwhelming majority voted to defeat the bond, with 1,120 yes votes and 3,290 no votes, according to Village Clerk Brian Ridgway.
After a car bomb exploded near Zeenabdeen’s home in Iraq, it caused a live wire from a pole to snake across his face, leaving him critically injured and scarred. Local American military personnel assisted in bringing the child to the U.S. for medical attention and the boy’s uncle sought the assistance of Elissa Montani and her charity, Global Medical Relief Fund, which is providing transportation and other resources for the boy’s health, safety and well-being while he is staying on Long Island.
In Garden City, crowds gathered to watch the 56th Annual Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade on April 24 at 1 p.m., which stepped off on Franklin Avenue at 10th Street with antique, classic, and special interest cars participating in the lineup.
Garden City residents who walk or drive down Franklin Avenue will notice that four of the pedestrian crosswalks will soon get a new look. After the village board approved the replacement last year, the Department of Public Works has finally begun working on the project this week.
According to the village website, the work is being performed in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of night work, which started April 25. The work will take place from Seventh Street to 11th Street at the intersections of Franklin Avenue. Working hours will be between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, with some flexibility in either direction based on the work scheduled. Phase number 1 will last for seven work nights.
In time for April showers and May flowers, Garden City merchants now have the opportunity to fully blossom this spring. The Chamber of Commerce has recently proposed implementing its pilot program to allow village merchants to display flowers and plants on their retail properties.
With only a week to go before the Village of Garden City holds a bond referendum vote to approve funds to demolish St. Paul’s main building and Ellis Hall, there could be one last ray of hope to save the village landmark from the wrecking ball.
There’s a new mayor in town and his name is Donald Brudie. The 44th mayor of the Village of Garden City was officially sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bucaria on Monday, April 4 during the village’s organizational night. Subsequently, Village Justice Allen Mathers administered the oath of office to Trustees Dennis Donnelly, Laurence Quinn and Andrew Cavanaugh, as well as newly-elected Trustee John DeMaro.
Friends, family, and residents packed Village Hall to witness the swearing-in ceremonies and the night was prefaced by an invocation read by Rev. Joseph Schlafer of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.
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