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Mayor's Report: July 24, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

A Friday Night Promenade - Seventh Street

Every Friday during the summer, Seventh Street will be closed for the “Friday Night Promenades”, from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to make it a point to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience. Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

 

Editorial: Leaving Commuters In A Lurch

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

It’s been two decades since the LIRR went on strike back in 1994. Thankfully, it was resolved relatively quickly with the work stoppage starting on a Friday night, being settled the next day with trains up and running by that Sunday evening. With the gulf between the MTA and eight unions seemingly insurmountable, the LIRR’s roughly 300,000 daily commuters will wind up with the short end of the stick. While it would be easy to criticize LIRR workers for not accepting a 17 percent raise over seven years and a requirement to pay toward health costs (new employees would contribute towards health and pension costs), management has neglected to negotiate a contract since the last one expired in 2010. At the end of the day, most local businesses (save cab companies) will suffer and workers unable to telecommute or find alternative means of transit may well end up losing time off or in some instances, employment. All of which does not bode well for an economy struggling to get back on its feet. Regardless of where the dust settles, it’ll be the taxpayer that winds up paying the fare.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Cartoon: July 17, 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
 

Editorial: Senior Safety

Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Now that summer is in full swing, apparently deception burglars are on the prowl as evidenced by reported incidents that have taken place locally in the past couple of weeks.

The way it works is that these criminals oftentimes work as a duo and target seniors. Both felons will approach a homeowner under the guise of being a representative of a utility company. While one perpetrator is distracting the mark, the felon’s partner will slip away with the excuse of checking a gas or water leak in another part of the home, leaving criminal number one to stay with the victim and provide a diversion.

 

Mayor's Report: July 10, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00

Friday Night Promenade Resumes

Please take note that Friday Night Promenade was not held last Friday, July 4. The Friday Night Promenade resumes on Friday, July 11th with more fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Congratulations To All The Outstanding Athletes — Garden City High School

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the outstanding student athletes who played for the Garden City High School teams. It is truly a testament to the students for all of their hard work and dedication to not only their school work but the team that they played on.

 

Editorial: More Than Just Books

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

With the summer in full swing, the one source of constant activity in the village comes in the shape of the Garden City Public Library. Like any other library, books are and continue to be its lifeblood (check out the 5 new books reference librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett have recommended for summer reading that you can find on the calendar page of this issue). But residents would be surprised to know how many other activities and events it hosts on a week in and week out basis. There’s the Marvelous Movie Matinee that’s held on Mondays, (this week it’s the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair), meetings of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, and a slew of programs for kids and teens that involve everything from yoga, art and cooking classes to launching rockets and even a talent show. With all that’s available to do here, the Garden City Public Library is not only redefining what libraries are in the 21st century but showing its importance as a centralized gathering place for the community to come together.

 

Dave Gil de Rubio


 

Mayor's Report

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
Friday Night Promenade — Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during the upcoming summer months) from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more.  Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience.

 

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

 

Mayor's Report: June 26, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:17

Friday Night Promenade—Seventh Street

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during the upcoming summer months) from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more.  Shops will remain open during the evening for your convenience.

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event every Friday evening.

 

Editorial: Summer Time, Summer Time

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

School’s out and summer is here. Which of course means that both the Garden City and Stewart Manor pools are open for business. The former is going into its 58th season and there’s a reason why it’s become such a village mainstay. The membership level is affordable for everyone and its a place where lifeguard classes are offered, swimming lessons are offered, you can try out for the swim team and there’s an Early Bird Swim Club available for folks who want to get their stroke on earlier in the day. Most importantly, it’s a safe haven for families looking for a little sun and fun. Not to be outdone, the Stewart Manor Pool and its relatively inexpensive dues has a wealth of activities for members that include Ice Cream Sundae Night, movie nights, water Olympics, a talent show, karaoke and bagel Sundays along with swim lessons and swim team tryouts. It all adds up to the stuff that memories are made of.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Editorial: Penny For Your Thoughts

Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:10

A penny may not get you far in this economy, but for the students at Stewart School, those little pieces of copper have gone a long way towards helping out beneficiaries of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by way of the Pennies for Patients program. This year, it was to the tune of $27,515.71, (collected in the short span of three weeks), and ever since the school became involved back in 2009, the total amount has so far been a mind boggling $77,346.78. In the process, Stewart School has become the highest fundraising school ever in Long Island and was recently announced as being the sixth highest fundraising school in the NATION. Making it even more of a hometown affair was the fact that three Stewart School alums who also happen to be cancer survivors—Kelly Aneser, Bobby Menges and Charlie Schmitt–not only gave a testimony to the Stewart student body at an assembly last month, but also wound up presenting the check for this year’s amount to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s quite a head accomplishment and while the money raised will do wonders for the afflicted, the lessons of compassion and perseverance these kids learned is worth almost as much.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

 

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