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Community Service Saints

Mineola-Garden City Rotary

honors Suzie and Rob Alvey

The ballroom of the Garden City Country Club was packed with Rotarians, family, friends and associates of Suzie and Robert (Rob) Alvey as they were recently honored with the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club’s 24th annual “Community Service Award.” Both residents who were raised in Garden City, the Alveys have been recognized many times over as integral members of the community. Suzie Alvey is a professional artist, writer, award-winning photographer, and board member of the Garden City Historical Society. She was appointed village historian by Mayor John Watras in 2013. Alvey’s paintings and drawings are in private collections throughout the United States and internationally and can be locally viewed at village hall and at the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Toll Lodge.

With nearly 40 years of experience as a geology and earth scientist, Rob Alvey is currently the senior geologist for the EPA’s Superfund Division. In 1992, he was appointed to the village’s Environmental Advisory Board. Recognized in many areas of the community as a consummate volunteer, Rob Alvey is the founder and president emeritus of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, an innovative and award-winning program for the “dual use” of a 9-acre Nassau County storm water basin which has been transformed into a bird sanctuary, arboretum and an environmental center for educational purposes. Now known as the Tanners Pond Environmental Center, it relies on volunteer community service to which Rob Alvey has personally donated nearly 40,000 hours of his own time.