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Editorial: Coaching Counts

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Recently, the Garden City High School girls basketball team helped Coach Anthony Sparachia notch his 200th win. It’s a significant achievement that has Sparachia joining a number of other Trojans coaches that have stuck around long enough to rack up the wins and championships including Community Achievement Award Winner Diane “Chappy” Chapman (357 field hockey wins; 203 lacrosse wins) and football head coach Tom Flatley (five Long Island Championships).

Longevity is the key to this kind of success and with it comes the stability needed to maintain a quality sports program. As loath as the Jets fan in me is to admit, look no further than New England Patriots and Bill Belichick, who has managed to lock up three Super Bowl championships with a good shot at corralling a few more before he hangs up his whistle. It’s this kind of consistent demand of excellence that’s made Belichick as much of a winner as the coaches that are such an integral part of the Garden City School District athletic program.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor’s Report: March 8, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
Emergency Management Radio Tested Weekly

Each week, Garden City along with all villages within Nassau County, performs a radio-test with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management Office (NCOEM) to ensure that their assigned radio is working properly. These radios operate at 800 MHz frequency and have been in operation for the past several years as a result of funding from former State Senator Michael Balboni. In the event of a major disaster where normal radio communications were disrupted each Village would have the ability to communicate with each other directly as well as with the NCOEM.


Editorial: Building For The Future

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

They say technology is our nation’s future and if that’s the case, it’s not too far-fetched to say that the students participating in the Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) have gotten a real leg up on their peers. In its first season of existence, the GCRL teams made a strong showing at the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournament held at Central Islip Senior High School on February 2 and 3. One squad, the Robotic Rebels, even wound up taking first place for its entry in the Innovative Solutions category for its Senior Saver entry, a wireless device that shuts off the main gas valve in a home during an emergency situation. With our area having been through the horrors of Hurricane Sandy, this is an invention that can have very real-world applications. This showing by the GCRL promises to be the first of many victories, some of which may come at the next competition on March 3, when our local robotics squads head over to compete at Longwood High School in Middle Island.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor’s Report: March 1, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Budget Work Sessions

I would like to remind you that the board of trustees will be conducting a work session to review the proposed 2013-14 village budget on Thursday, March 14, 7:30 at 10 p.m. and is the final Budget Study - Work Session. The session is currently scheduled to be held in the Board Room at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave., Garden City. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Village Election - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The annual village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19, from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. Village residents will be voting for the following candidates:


Editorial: Success Beyond The Hardwood

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

When the seniors that make up the basketball squad that took the court as the Garden City High School Trojan look back to its 2013 season, it may be a view tinged by disappointment given how the team just missed the playoffs. But as bad as that may seem, the important thing is that Spencer Bais, Ed Blatz, Dan Bonchonsky, Andrew Granville and Kyle Skramko were far more than just mere basketball players. The quintet was all involved and successful in a variety of other activities—both athletic and academic—ranging from football and lacrosse to wind ensemble and marching band. So is it any wonder that blue chip colleges like Georgetown, St. John’s, Dartmouth, Villanova, Boston College and Northwestern are all institutions of higher learning that this fivesome will either be attending or have a legitimate shot at matriculating in?

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor’s Report: February 22, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
Sanitation Collection - President’s Day

Village offices closed Monday, Feb. 18 President’s Day. For your convenience, correspondence for the village was placed in the Letter drop slot at the front door.

There was no regular garbage and recycling pickup on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 18 and there was no rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Feb. 20.


Editorial: House Detectives

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

With the help of resident Suzie Alvey, the Garden City Life will be running photos of unidentified homes from the village that may or may not be still standing. We’re asking that readers delve into their memories or share these photos with friends and relatives in the hopes we can get them identified. If so, please contact Alvey at 516-326-1720 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Evolving from a project that’s centered on digitizing the Garden City Library’s archives, plans are not only to make these records more complete, but also have Alvey shoot a photo of the current building if it still exists. Part of the village’s rich history is the architectural beauty that’s been a constant ever since Alexander Turney Stewart kicked things off by purchasing almost 10,0000 acres of the Hempstead Plains back in 1869. This is a chance to actively contribute to that legacy.

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor’s Report: February 15, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Shop And Dine In Garden City

From time to time I have utilized this column to remind residents that we are fortunate to have a very viable business community in our village that offers great products, attentive customer service and enjoyable dining experiences.

With St. Valentine’s Day upcoming, I encourage you to make a reservation or simply drop in at one of our restaurants with your special someone to enjoy a special evening just minutes away from your home.


Editorial: All-Time Great

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

As if the Garden City High School football team winning the Long Island Championship wasn’t enough, along comes Bethany LeSueur. Not only did the hoopster become the state’s No. 2 all-time scorer having hoisted up 3,167 points but she led her team to three New York State Final Fours, was named Miss New York State Basketball and wound up with a stellar 121-12 record during her time as a Lady Trojan. So is it any surprise that her number 23 was recently retired? It’s the kind of well-deserved honor that has the Garden City Life wishing her congratulations and best wishes for her future hardwood endeavors.

– Dave Gil de Rubio



Mayor’s Report: February 8, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
Pedestrian Safety

If you choose to walk, jog or bike-ride in the dark, we urge, for your own safety and the safety of vehicle operators, that you wear some type of reflective vest. Bicyclists are also urged to equip their bicycles with front and rear lights.

We have already experienced a number of accidents that perhaps would not have occurred had some type of reflective protective gear been worn.


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