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Mayor's Report

Written by Mayor John J. Watras Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Please Continue To Shop And Dine Outdoors In Garden City

 

The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

 

Editorial: Neighborliness Is Next To Godliness

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Renaissance English poet Francis Quarles once wrote, “Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.” If a recent Mission Trip to Long Beach is any indication, this is apparently a tenet that the Garden City Community Church has taken to heart. After holding a number of fundraising events to pay for building materials and supplies, 37 students and eight adult leaders from the congregation made a short trek to the South Shore to help out a number of people still trying to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Plenty of sweat equity and considerable man hours and finances were invested in restoring a number of homes and helping to lay the foundation of the church the volunteers stayed at. It’s reaffirming to know that there are people living within the borders of Garden City for whom the proverb “Love thy neighbor” goes beyond just hearing it preached in a sermon.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: September 5, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Rosh Hashanah

The board of trustees and village staff join me in extending wishes for a very Happy New Year to our village residents and friends of the Jewish faith.

 

Editorial: 100 Years Young

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Ed Palkot was born in 1913 and recently celebrated 100 years of life on this mortal coil. Think about that for a moment. The year he was born, Woodrow Wilson succeeded William Howard Taft as president, Igor Stravinsky’s score for the ballet The Rite of Spring debuted, stainless steel was invented, construction on the Panama Canal was completed and the Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line. Over time, Mr. Palkot has seen his share of wars, lived through 17 presidential administrations and seen Garden City retain its charm as a sleepy burg even as it kept up with the technological advances of the times. Best of all, this Pittsburgh native has been fortunate to retain a spry demeanor that’s resulted in his looking two decades younger than his actual age thanks to a combination of genes, a positive outlook and active lifestyle. Ed Palkot is the poster child for what we’d all like to wind up like should we reach that advanced age and proof that growing old doesn’t necessarily have to be such a daunting prospect.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: August 29, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Telephone Calls To The Garden City Police And Fire Departments

To report and emergency please dial 911 and state your name, address, nature of emergency and location of the emergency.

Police Department Non-Emergency Number 516-465-4100

Fire Department Emergency Number 516-746-2800

Fire Department Non-Emergency Number 516-746-1301

 

Editorial: Putting Bullies In Their Place

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, nearly one-third of all school-age children are bullied annually which works out to be upwards of 13 million students. So it’s reassuring to know that at least in the Garden City Middle School, proactive measures are being taken to countermand this societal scourge that leaves psychological and oftentimes physical scars that last way beyond childhood. Thanks to reading teacher Kim Greenwald, an Anti-Bullying Club (ABC) was formed. Thanks to its advisor and 30 members, the ABC works at educating fellow students about bullying, its detrimental effects and ways to handle situations like these whether you are a victim or a bystander. The ABC’s work has been so effective that it was one of only four schools in New York State that was recently given a Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership. It’s these kinds of socially conscious actions that more school districts need to become a part of rather than brushing bullying incidents under the rug and pretending that it’s just another phase of growing up.

-- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: August 22, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Merchants Clean Up

The village has received quite a few complaints over the past few weeks regarding the amount of wrappers, waste, bottles and cans that are on Seventh Street. I would like to remind the merchants to be more careful in how they place their garbage for pickup. I would also like to ask the residents, visitors and shoppers to please dispose of their waste in the containers that are located along Seventh Street.

 

Editorial: A Decade Of Dominance

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Ten years is equal to 3,652.4 days. That is the amount of time that the Garden City High School Girls Swim Team has remained undefeated and in the process, won 100 consecutive dual meets. Think about that for a minute. The last time the Lady Trojans lost, George W. Bush was in his first term, Michael Phelps was three years away from winning his first gold medal and tweeting was something that birds did. It’s all thanks to Garden City High School alum and this year’s Female Coach of the Year, Anne Sullivan. As if her success with the gals wasn’t enough, Coach Sullivan also led the boys team to an undefeated season that found them nabbing their first County Championship since 1999. Dedication, an ironclad work ethic and discipline in the form of six day a week practices are just some of the ingredients this exemplary coach uses to attain these lofty heights. It’s also how the Lady Trojans set the record for the longest streak of any sport in school history, a record they are sure to add to come the 2013-14 swim season.

- Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor's Report: August 15, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Garden City Seeking New Members For The Special Police

The Garden City Special Police are comprised of residents who choose to give of their free time and energy by volunteering to help maintain the quality of life in Garden City. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to the community helps to give our village a higher level of safety and security to its residents.

 

Mayor's Report: August 7, 2013

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
Friday Night Promenade

This program began last month and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can continue to 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 that you will make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

 

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