An audit of the Garden City School District has revealed school officials used available fund balance monies to increase the Employee Benefits Accrued Liability Reserve (EBALR) to $8.1 million as of June 2007 while the district’s EBALR liability totaled only $2.9 million. The district overfunded the liability by $5.1 million or 175 percent, according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
The Nassau County Police Department reports that a particular group of organized transient criminals commonly known as “gypsies” are perpetrating a series of burglaries and scams throughout Nassau County. The “modus operendi” of these mostly Eastern Europeans is to drive in groups in a particular residential area in a car or van usually with out-of-state registration plates. One subject portraying a surveyor or a contractor approaches the homeowners, at their residences. While engaging in distracting conversation, the subject diverts the homeowners into their rear yards providing a means for an accomplice(s) to surreptitiously enter the home and commit a burglary.
Russell Ciolli (Grimaldi’s Pizzeria), who is spearheading Garden City’s first Restaurant Week, July 20-23, 4-7 p.m., reports that there are now 18 Garden City restaurants offering three-course price fixed meals during Restaurant Week. Recent additions to the list of participants include Fianei’s Paninoteca Italiano, La Nonna Bella, New York Soup Exchange and Upper Crust Cafe.
Because inclement weather forced the cancellation of this year’s popular Belmont Festival on Seventh Street, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce wants to make it up to disappointed residents.
The Village of Garden City is modifying the printed form of residents’ water bills, permanently printing the schedule on the form.
In 1981, a time capsule was buried by Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1356 at Garden City Village Hall. It was supposed to be dug up five years later but no one ever did it! Twenty-eight years into the future … the time capsule has been found!
Preservationists offered insight into how the Garden City community can ensure the historic St. Paul’s School lives up to its name on the Preservation League of New York State’s “Seven to Save” list during a forum June 17.
Simon Properties is looking to build a hotel, with office space, restaurants and several retail uses at 900 Old Country Road, more commonly known as the former Avis property. The 21.86-acre parcel of land is located on the south side of Old Country Road, between Zeckendorf and Gate boulevards.
550 Stewart Avenue, LLC, owners of the property north and south of Stewart Avenue near the Roosevelt Field Mall’s entrance, have entered into a month-to-month lease agreement with a Hempstead Nissan dealership to temporarily store cars on their south side property.
Some residents criticized the draft scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed demolition of Ellis Hall and the Main Building at St. Paul’s at a June 4 scoping hearing.
Robert Grover, director of the consulting firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. out of Babylon, noted that the village board and members of the engineering and construction services firm’s consulting team have identified some issues in a preliminary list. “We’re all here to see if anything needs to be added,” Grover said at the scoping meeting.
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