It was not business as usual at Thursday night’s Garden City Village Board of Trustees meeting. After nearly an hour of running through the usual agenda, discussions became contentious when Mayor Donald Brudie unleashed several inflammatory accusations directed toward fellow board members indicating that they were trying to “usurp” his mayoral power and “take over” the board using votes.
The meeting began with a brief announcement read by the mayor about the formation of Personnel and Long-Term Planning Board Committee. “I am appointing an advisory committee to the mayor to review and recommend with regard to matters of employee succession, productivity and long-term planning,” Brudie said.
Garden City residents were still entering the high school gym before the polls officially closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. The board of education and school officials waited anxiously as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Albert Chase wrote the official budget vote results on a large green chalkboard with voters approving it with a vote of 1,820 to 1,081.
In the school board elections, incumbent trustee Angela Heineman ran unopposed and received a total of 1,746 votes; and newly appointed interim trustee Tom Pinou, who ran for Laura Brown’s seat, was elected with 1,475 votes.
No matter what village, city or state, school bullies have remained an unwelcome part of the educational landscape for generations. But did you know that in a 2010 survey conducted by Scholastic Administration.com, 21 percent of middle and high school students in the United States have received mean or threatening email messages and 14 percent have received mean or hurtful comments online?
Members of the Garden City School District’s Cyber Bullying Committee addressed the hot-button issue and presented a series of findings and recommendations to the Board of Education at the May 10 work session at Garden City High School.
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.
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