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.
Chris Esposito—sculptor, painter, and installation artist—has been chosen as the resident artist for Summer 2014 at the Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery. Alumni of Nassau Community College and Long Island University, he graduated from Queens College with a Masters of Fine Arts. Esposito lives in Queens and chooses salvaged materials such as concrete, lumber, and steel to create stunning three-dimensional artworks that imply construction and deconstruction simultaneously. During his residency, Esposito will dramatically transform the gallery space into a site-specific installation, allowing the public to experience new awareness of architecture and “dialogue of the interaction between man and machine.”
The 17th annual Belmont Festival, which draws thousands to Seventh Street on the eve of the running of the Belmont Stakes, returns to Garden City Friday, June 6, from 6-10 p.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. [The rain date is Friday, June 13.]
Celebrate the third and final leg of the Triple Crown Garden City style with featured entertainment, live music and plenty of free activities for the kids, including games, face painting and pony rides.
The Robert J. Reeves IV Memorial Foundation Scholarship, along with The Men’s Association (TMA) is proud to participate in the Garden City High School scholarship program this spring. The one-time grant for $5,000 will be given to the student with an outgoing personality who is highly regarded by his or her classmates and teachers, participates in extracurricular activities and demonstrates strong leadership skills.
The scholarship was created in memory of Bobby Reeves, a member of Garden City High School’s Class of 1999. He was a rare and colorful person; a gifted athlete, a strong performer in the classroom and was selected funniest person by his class.
With the vote for the 2014-15 Garden City Public School District budget on the horizon, the board of education held its final public hearing on Tuesday, May 13. Superintendent of Garden City Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen delivered a presentation to review and highlight information before the upcoming public vote.
Hakeem Rahim just wants to help. He wants to use his experience to aid others who may be suffering from what he called “an uncontrollable terror.” That terror was a panic attack and mental break. It’s something Rahim candidly discussed during a recent visit to Garden City High School, where he lectured about these terrifying experiences to the student body. Recently, he shared his story at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which focused on mental illness.
“I had delusions,” he said. “I thought I was Neo from The Matrix. I was jumping off the walls. I had all the classic signs of someone who broke from reality. It’s good to talk about it. It’s not good to hold it in.”
Last month, A. Thomas Levin, a member of Garden City’s Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein P.C. law firm and chair of the firm’s Local Government, Land Use Law and Environmental Compliance and the Professional Responsibility practice groups served as a judge for the final three rounds of the 40th Annual New York State Metropolitan Area Civil Law Moot Court Competition. This was Levin’s 9th year as a judge.
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