There are few things that reverberate in a Rockwellian way like Little League baseball, particularly the pomp and pageantry that is Opening Day. Like other Little League-related organizations around the country, the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) hosts a parade where all the league’s players get to march in solidarity with their teams. Every year it winds up being a communal all-ages event for everyone from adults still wistfully thinking about their baseball experiences while watching their children go through it themselves to five-year-olds in the Rookie League just starting out down this athletic path. While competition and sportsmanship are fostered on the way towards squads making the playoffs and hopefully winning a championship, it’s the journey that’s hopefully a fun one that will wind up being the stuff of cherished memories for so many of these kids.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Village Pool Applications Mailed
Earlier this week, the Garden City Recreation Department mailed their Splash newsletter, which includes the 2013 pool application. If you have not received the newsletter/application, please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075.
Shop And Dine In Garden City - Support The Local Merchants
Please do your part to support all businesses within Garden City, which includes Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. I also encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
On behalf of my fellow trustees, I want to thank those residents who took the time to vote in our village election. We look forward to the privilege of serving you in the upcoming year and I welcome the honor and challenge of being mayor. I believe the board will be able to accomplish much by working together and working with residents, village staff and the business community.
I also want to thank our outgoing mayor, Donald Brudie, for his years of service to our village as mayor, trustee and CPOA representative and to his gracious wife, Barbara, for sharing him with us.
Like much of the country, the Village of Garden City has plenty to contend with, given the current economic climate. And while things seem to slowly be turning in the right direction, it doesn’t mitigate the fact that rising pension costs and property taxes are proving to be quite the burden, particularly in Nassau County. Like other villages, Garden City is also contending with weathering the proposed budgets for its respective municipality and school district. Throw in the ongoing saga that is St. Paul’s and the never ending battle for the almighty dollar that local merchants are waging with big box retailers that lie beyond the village’s boundaries, and it’s safe to say that Mayor John Watras and new trustees Bolebruch and Richard Silver, along with the returning board members, have their work cut out for them. With that said, the Garden City Life would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to the newest elected officials and returning trustees going forward.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things,” and when it comes to Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA) 3rd-grade boys travel, that was certainly the case. From November through March, the 10-man squad held practices, alternating with game days. The result? The GCAA 3 rd-grade boys travel team wound up securing the Island Garden Super League championship. On the way to beating out 15 other travel/tryout-caliber squads in their division, the GCAA champs wound up playing against fourth-grade teams towards the end of its season. Once the dust settled, GCAA defeated a Syosset team that had a better regular season record but were unable to rally past the 30-29 final score the game wound up being. Add another prize to the Village of Garden City athletic program trophy case.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
In compliance with the term limit provision of our revered Community Agreement, my term as mayor ended on April 1. It has been both an honor and privilege to serve the residents of Garden City in the capacity of mayor during the past two years.
When a mayor assumes office, he has no idea what challenges lie ahead. As of this writing, and in advance of this year’s budget sessions, the trustees voted to lay off paid firefighters and are now considering additional employee layoffs. Never in the history of this great village have we sacrificed our labor force to meet our budget needs by means other than attrition. My feeling has been that cuts must be achieved in ways that do not affect the safety of our community, services to our residents, and the quality of life we have come to know and expect, however, I am still optimistic that these layoffs can be averted.
Garden City Public Schools Board of Education adopted the 2013-14 Budget calendar at last month’s regular meeting. The board and district administration encourage Garden City residents to attend its public meetings to offer input during the budget formulation process and to gain an understanding of budget challenges as the district enters its second year under the state’s tax levy limit cap mandate.
All meetings are held at Garden City High School at 8:15 p.m.
For most Americans, baseball is the sport that comes to mind once spring rolls around. But for the Garden Centennial Soccer Club, warmer weather and longer days means getting the kids to dust off their cleats and pull out their shin guards. It’s a ritual that’s been going on for more than three decades with the largest program, intramurals, getting ready to kick off on Saturday, April 6. The beauty of what the Centennials do is that there are leagues and teams for all ages and abilities, ensuring that anyone looking to participate in the world’s most popular sport gets that opportunity. As if all the volunteering wasn’t great enough, the club is also a fervent supporter of the TOPSoccer Program, which integrates additional support and practices for kids between the ages of 5 and 18 who might want to hit the pitch but because of learning, developmental or behavioral problems, need modifications made in order for them to kick the ball around.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Residents are reminded that village offices will close at noon on Friday, March 29, in observance of Good Friday and will reopen on Monday, April 1. Correspondence may be dropped in the letter slot at the front of village hall.
The Annual Easter Festival and Antique Car Parade, sponsored by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31. The parade will step off from parking field No. 9E between Tenth and Eleventh Streets and will proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west to Hilton Avenue.
For the dozen years or so that Kings Market has sat on Franklin Avenue, the one constant has been store manager Connie Deckel. A preternaturally friendly person who fits hand in glove in taking the lead on customer service in her market, Deckel has endeared herself to village residents. And while what she does within the four walls of Kings Market is a key reason why people so faithfully patronize this store, Deckel’s heavy involvement in and around Garden City has her a treasured fixture. In addition to serving as the director of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, she’s tirelessly supported both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of Garden City, is heavily involved in the Salvation Army Holiday Drive and enjoys a strong bond with the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN), a nonprofit organization serving hungry and homeless Long Islanders. Not surprisingly, the Kings Market manager was the recipient of the 2011 President’s Award given by the chamber. It’s this kind of selfless involvement topped off by Deckel’s relentlessly cheery approach towards everything she does that makes a trip to Kings that much more special whether you’re picking up a carton of milk or doing a full shop.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
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