Recently, the Garden City Community Church was filled to capacity with the Christmas Vespers & Candlelight Dinner Program. This year’s theme was “Candles & Carols,” featuring all the choirs of the Community Church.
The Evening Walking Tour of Historic Homes, sponsored by the Garden City Historical Society, was held on Dec. 3. Maureen Clancy, a past president of the society, said, “I am delighted with the ‘reinstatement’ of a previous holiday tradition, the Walking Tour of Historic Homes.”
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, call upon the generosity of all Long Islanders to help those in need enjoy a brighter, more nutritious holiday season and to keep food pantries stocked throughout the winter months ahead.
An eminent group of Garden City officials and civic leaders met with local clergypersons at the annual Garden City Clergy Fellowship (GCCF) holiday breakfast meeting. This meeting took place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Garden City Hotel.
Residents expressed concern over the proposed plan from NextG Networks and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. at the Garden City Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Dec. 3. The proposed plan would install distributed antenna systems into 15 light poles throughout Garden City. Additionally, NextG would install taller light poles that do not retain the look of the current light poles in the village.
The 32nd Annual Garden City Turkey Trot, Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving Day road race, had a record turnout this year and attracted more than 4,600 runners, including runners from 27 different states, Washington, D.C., Nicaragua, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The Turkey Trot consists of three races, a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4 mile Fun Run and a challenging 5 mile run. All three races start and finish in front of the historic St. Paul’s School on Stewart Avenue.
Thanksgiving time seemed the right moment to unveil a new memorial recognizing Nassau County’s fallen firefighters, commemorating those lost in the line of duty. Gratitude toward these volunteers and their families was the theme of the museum ceremony, especially in light of the fact that at these holiday times when families gather, there are some on Long Island who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service to others.
New York State Governor David Paterson unveiled a two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan that he believes would eliminate the state’s current-year budget gap without raising taxes, as well as institute major structural reforms. However, part of the plan includes a decrease in state aid that is filtered down to local school districts including those in Nassau County. Such a decrease in school aid could find school taxes, which are already the largest part of a property owner’s property tax bill, escalate ever higher.
As 1944 started, Jim Gray was a young man of 19 years growing up in Queens Village. He had started to attend Queens College but when the draft notice arrived, Jim knew his world had changed. Just how much he never would have guessed. He would finish the war in a German Stalag POW camp, part of the largest surrender of American troops in the European theater.
Congratulations to the Garden City Public Schools’ coaching staff who were recently honored with two sportsmanship awards. Nassau County athletic officials from all sports annually choose 10 teams of the 57 competing Nassau County school districts to receive sportsmanship awards.
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