Tranquility is a difficult commodity to come by nowadays thanks a rat race lifestyle most of us endure that involves struggling to balance long work hours and a family life while jostling for a place in society’s pecking order. Throw in a commute and mass transit and the notion of finding peace of mind becomes akin to crossing paths with Bigfoot. Which makes the Garden City Bird Sanctuary the sasquatch of suburban green space. Ever since Rob Alvey kicked off its transformation from mere storm water basin to an environmental oasis back in 1996, it’s become a refuge for not only an array of bird species, but people lucky enough to discover and enjoy its therapeutic benefits. Once you walk through the gate and start to traverse the nearly three-quarters of a mile’s worth of walking trails and paths that wend through the sanctuary’s nine acres of property, the clatter and noise of everyday life is muted by the lush foliage that envelops this green space. It’s a place where you can breathe deep and lose yourself to the equivalent of organic white noise.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Snow Storms—Help Us Help You
With the blizzard behind us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank village residents and merchants for their cooperation by shoveling walks within 24 hours following the snowfall. Looking ahead, the following suggestions are offered in an effort to reduce inconvenience to residents and to assist the village in serving your needs.
When members of Carolyn McCarthy’s family were among the victims of Colin Ferguson’s murderous rampage on the LIRR back in 1993, little did the former nurse know that she would be wind up spending the next two decades in Congress as a fierce gun control advocate. And while her opponents would lazily refer to her as a one-issue congresswoman, McCarthy was in fact a moderate who was involved with legislation pertaining to finance, health and education. Despite those facts, she became a lightning rod for the NRA and the far right, all the while never wavering from a call for more stringent and evenly applied gun vending and ownership regulations in the face of tragedies like Virginia Tech, Columbine, the Aurora Century movie theater and the Goleta postal facility shootings. But it would be the December 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook in Connecticut that prompted the nine-term congresswoman to not seek re-election. But given how others had been inspired by McCarthy’s efforts to fight on behalf of gun control, she’s been quoted as saying the movement is in good hands. Currently battling lung cancer, Carolyn McCarthy is leaving behind an impressive political legacy and should be thanked for her service. We at the Garden City Life wish her a speedy recovery.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Freezing Temperatures And Information On Snowfalls
The police and fire departments have asked me to remind residents that with the recent freezing temperatures, it is in your best interest, if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, to make arrangements for someone to check on your heating system, as there is a chance that your home will sustain frozen pipes which could result in severe residential damage while you are away.
Also, please be careful when warming up your vehicles in garages, which can result in carbon monoxide poisoning inside the garage and/or house.
Our country may be one of the world’s greatest economic powers, but it doesn’t change the fact that more than 600,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. It’s a particularly alarming statistic given how brutal the winter in our area has been so early in the season. Closer to home, New Ground is doing its part to educate and empower families and veterans who are caught in the vicious cycle of homelessness. Recently, the organization honored the late Christopher Waldorf and Habit for Humanity Nassau County for the work being done to try and put a roof over the heads of the less fortunate. Spearheading much of this activism is a New Ground advisory board teeming with local residents attempting to make a difference. and while the Lambertis, Jendras family and Ed Thomas are quietly doing their part to help the homeless, it’s nice to know that kind of compassion and advocacy is coming from Garden City.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Collection Of Christmas Trees And Wreaths For Recycling
A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the department of public works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the village yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.
Please assist the village by removing tree stands, strands of electric lights and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.
Legendary track and field coach Brooks Johnson once famously said, “It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it.” This is a problem that the Garden City High School girls cross country team did not have, particularly this past season where members of the Lady Trojans were once again undefeated while racking up awards and accolades both locally and nationally. Credit goes to Coach Charlie Cuzzo who not only nailed down a County Championship but had his gals score high in the State Qualifier meet and even wound up having sophomore Stephanie Gerland qualify to run at the Nike Nationals in Portland, OR, last month. It’s clear that the cross country team has developed the stamina for continued success.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
Best Wishes For A Happy And Healthy New Year
On behalf of myself and the board of trustees, I would like to extend to all village residents a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Police Department Warns Residents About Phone Scams
Everyone should be aware of the growing trend of phone scams. These scams are varied. I have been advised by the police department that they have recently received reports of residents receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be from LIPA or other public utilities stating that the resident owed back fees and their service will be shut off, if they don’t pay immediately by way of money cards.
Official village historian Suzie Alvey was recently contacted by Katja Nauer, a German freelance journalist living in Coburg, Germany, the sister city of the Village of Garden City. In questioning how Christmas was celebrated over here, Nauer responded in kind when Suzie asked her the reciprocal question. And while a good part of Nauer’s response revolved around the variety of delectables cooked up during the holiday that include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), bratwurst and Coburger Klobe (potatoes and green salad), there was one edifice that really solidified the connection between both places. While St. Paul’s ranks as Garden City’s most notable architectural landmark, Coburg can boast having the Veste Coburg, one of Germany’s largest castles whose origins date back to 1225. It turns out Coburg’s history is as rich as its much younger but no less vibrant sibling community.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
This submission by Garden City attorney Thomas F. Liotti is a response to the “Judge Finds Garden City Un-Fair” article that ran in the Dec. 11-17 issue of Garden City Life.
The recent federal ruling holding that the Village of Garden City intentionally discriminated against minorities because it would not agree to have low income housing there is wrong. Home Rule allows Garden City to control its own zoning. Like many other communities, Garden City is de facto segregated not because of racial discrimination but due to economic circumstances.
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