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Mayor's Report: August 7, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:55

Police Department News

Each week in this column I will be including information from Commissioner Jackson of our Police Department. This week he has asked that I include the following:

Nearby Community Burglaries

Residents should be aware of recent burglaries that have occurred in the evening hours in a nearby community, where a subject is seen ringing doorbells and when there is no answer, proceeds to the rear of the residence to forcibly enter the home. Please make sure that all of your doors are locked and if your house has an alarm, please be sure that it is set. When someone rings your doorbell, please check to see if it is someone that you are expecting and/or someone that you know before opening the door. If you suspect something, please call the police by dialing 911.

 

Mayor's Report: July 31, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:53

Awards: Boy Scouts

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a Court of Honor to recognize Eagle Scout recipients, Richard T. Masters and Thomas L. Ferris. It was an honor to present proclamations on behalf of the Village of Garden City for Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor. I commend these young individuals for their achievements and the positive contributions that they have made to their communities.

 

Editorial: Good Neighbors Working Together

Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:49

Adelphi University and the Village of Garden City have always had a very complementary relationship over the years, particularly given how the school is located within the perimeter of the village. That connection has been further strengthened with the implementation of a pilot internship program instituted by Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi. When Mayor John Watras initially brought up to Suozzi the idea of using interns back in the spring, it just so happened that the latter had worked with them during his previous professional life as mayor of Glen Cove. Currently, four Adelphi University students are part of an eight-to-10-week program that finds the quartet working with different village department heads every week. The goal is not only helping them gain real-life work experience in a municipal setting, but to chart spending trends through the compilation of data and in the process, find ways of having the village save money through charts and reports. Should this program prove fruitful, there are talks of expanding to other nearby schools including Hofstra University, LIU Post and Nassau Community College. It’s certainly the kind of "working smarter, not harder" approach going forward that behooves everyone in the long run.­

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Editorial: Just A Bit Outside

Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00

Consistency winning in sports is one of the most desirable and difficult goals to attain. But for this year’s Garden City Little League District 29 champions, it was certainly unfinished business the team was looking at before its run wound up ending during the Section 5 double elimination tournament. It turns out the team wound up going pretty deep during a stretch run as an 11-year-old team in 2013. This year, Garden City ripped through squads from Garden City South, Franklin Square, Floral Park, and Franklin Square on the way to wrapping up the District 29 championship. And while the next round found the Garden City 12-year-olds starting out positively against Downtown and Rockville Centre, New York City teams Throgs Neck and Staten Island’s South Shore National ended Garden City’s current run. And while this year’s District 29 victors wound up going the way of the Buffalo Bills early ‘90s Super Bowl contenders, it’s a feat that’s no less impressive, especially given the young age Garden City’s ball players are.

—Dave Gil de Rubio

 

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


 

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