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Editorial: Solid Citizens

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Last month, the Garden City Village Board of Trustees opened their latest meeting by giving citations to Al Vanasco, president of the Garden City Athletic Association (GCAA), and his fellow longtime member Lee Cook. They were given recognition for all the work the two have done for the community by way of the GCAA. And while this work is laudable, even more impressive is the Challenger League the duo helped put together 25 years ago. The purpose for this league is to give kids from the ages of 6 to 21 that have mental and physical handicaps a shot at having the special experience of being part of a team. Given the life-building benefits that come with being involved in team sports—dedication, determination, teamwork, sportsmanship and comradeship—it’s heartwarming to see Vanasco and Cook putting kids in a position to reap these benefits.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: July 12, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
A New Initiative For Seventh Street—Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night (during July and August) from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.

Program organizers are working with representatives from the Incorporated Village to develop plans which will allow for the closing of Seventh Street each Friday evening between Franklin and Hilton Avenues (hopefully beginning as early as July 5) so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope to see you on a Friday evening.

 

Letter: Kudos To Vincent Muldoon And Garden City Residents

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

It isn’t every day that you come across a human being like Mr. Vincent Muldoon. Not only is he the best at what he does, he puts life into perspective and is a great humanitarian.

It was not long ago when tragedy struck my family and Mr. Muldoon was one of the first Garden City residents to come to our aid. He and his group are doing construction on our home in a very expedient and affordable manner. May God bless him and all the other families who have been sending us meals three times a week for several months.  “There Is No Place Like Home.” Garden City has proven to us to be the best place on earth because of the great family values, generosity, and emphasis on service. This is why we moved here 23 years ago.

Thank you Garden City!

The Pashayan Family

 

Editorial: Olympic Size Mentoring

Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

When Heather O’Reilly recently came to Garden City to conduct a 90-minute soccer clinic, it was behind quite a professional résumé. A pair of national championships while attending the University of North Carolina, three Olympic gold medals and a bronze medal from the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. A consummate professional on many different levels, O’Reilly did a stellar job working with her young fans. She not only helped them out with soccer fundamentals, but also served as a positive role model in reinforcing how much of a role dedication, passion, commitment and hard work played in her overall success. It’s a message that needs to be hammered home all the more at a time when athletes are getting more newsprint for off-the-field felonious behavior than they are for on-the-field accomplishments.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: July 4, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00
Friday Night Promenades On 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 July and August) from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August.

Program organizers are working with representatives from the Incorporated Village to develop plans which will allow for the closing of Seventh Street each Friday evening between Franklin and Hilton Avenues (hopefully beginning as early as July 5) so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope to see you on a Friday evening.

 

Editorial: Best Of The Best

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

With Shannon Carman and Jacquelyn Seskin being named Garden City High School’s 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian respectively, the village’s esteemed school district is once again graduating a pair of exemplary overachievers out of an already impressive student body. GPA-wise, both seniors hit dizzying heights (the former with a GPA of 101.16 for seven semesters with her counterpart clocking in with an equally stellar 100.98). Between the two of them, accomplishments include numerous honors tied to National Merit Scholarships, gold and silver medals in everything from the Long Island Math Fair to the National Spanish exam and athletic endeavors in badminton and volleyball. With the village’s latest valedictorian and salutatorian both entering Dartmouth in the fall, the Garden City Life wishes to extend its congratulations to them for not only leaving behind a dazzling academic trail in their wake, but undoubtedly going on to bigger and better things in their collective future.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: June 28, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
Appointment Of Village Historian

I am pleased to announce that at a recent board of trustees meeting, I appointed Suzanne Alvey as the historian for the Village of Garden City. Suzie has been involved with the village as a member of the Civic Beautification Committee since 2009 and was the original driving force behind the establishment of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. She is a professional artist and also volunteers with the Nassau County Art League, Garden City Community Church and Garden City Historical Society. Suzie was also named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Assembly in 2009. We are very fortunate to have Suzie serve as our village historian.

 

School Site Showcases Support

Written by Michele Butterman Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The newest campus controversy surrounds “Adelphi Secrets,” a page where students can write anonymous posts related to the university. Although this page does contain some negative comments, it does more good than harm and, therefore, should remain as long as it continues to strengthen the Adelphi community, rather than bring it down.

Some students use Adelphi Secrets as a way to give a shout out to a cute girl they saw in the library or a professor who really inspired them. It also helps connect students to people they may have never had the opportunity of meeting. People realize that they aren’t alone in obstacles they may be experiencing. For example, multiple posts have touched upon the struggle of feeling isolated within the institution. Post No. 45 says, “I hate eating alone for dinner here. Everyone else seems to have at least one person to eat with and I’m alone.” Somebody replied by saying “Story of my life.” Another individual provided suggestions about how the student could become more involved on campus by joining clubs and/or Greek life. Post No. 61 states, “I want to go to Aloha Adelphi tonight, but I don’t want to go by myself. Being at the social events alone is awkward.”  Someone replied, “It’s not awkward at all, just go and make friends with everyone, and then you’ll be the party.” People can spark new friendships based on common experiences.

 

Editorial: True Scholar Athletes

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
According to the results of a 2011 NCAA study, 82 percent of all student athletes graduated with a degree. Which makes what the Garden City School District Athletic program does year in and year out all the more impressive. At the recent G.A.A.-B.A.A. Awards dinner, it was announced that for the seventh consecutive year, the Garden City High School had received the Scholar/Athlete Team School of Distinction Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). To qualify, each of the high school’s 32 varsity teams needed to achieve a collective average GPA of 90 or higher. And aside from myriad championships and individual triumphs, this kind of intellectual achievement coupled with athletic success is the kind of model that should be the norm and not the exception. And to that end, the Garden City High School athletic program has done an exemplary job of living up to the ancient Greek idea that a sound mind and body are the paths to success.    

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: June 21, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Youth Related Activity

Police Commissioner Jackson has asked me to inform residents that with the warmer weather upon us, there has been an increase in youth related activities that have had a negative impact on the community such as, but not limited to, criminal mischief, harassment and alcohol use. This type of behavior could result in tragic consequences.

Parents are urged to speak with their children and stress the importance of making smart decisions, refraining from destructive behavior and respecting others who live in their community. This is particularly true concerning alcohol use. Parents should be aware of the activities their children are involved in, as well as their whereabouts, especially during evening and overnight hours.  Alcohol use poses a serious threat to children, as well as the community; it often leads to irrational behavior such as property destruction, or driving under the influence.

 

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