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Editorial: Unity Shouldn’t Be A Casualty Of 9/11

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

The time may pass but the pain is always there. September 11, whose significance drastically changed 13 years ago, is once again upon us. Like many other communities, Garden City had its share of loss amid the thousands who perished that day—23 residents to be exact. The village has done an exemplary job honoring those who were taken on that horrific date. It’s an appropriately solemn scene attended by local officials, residents and members of the fire department as well as friends and families of those we lost. And while this is an event that should never be forgotten, the unity that showed right after it happened is as equally absent as the Twin Towers themselves. Partisanship is what steers the ship that is our country nowadays and while finger-pointing is what passes for action, I can’t help but think of Lincoln’s quote, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” as being one of the more scarily prophetic items from the past that’s looming over what is our present-day national political scene. Make no mistake that the somber and sad emotions wrapped up in 9/11 have their root in everything that is so appalling with what happened back in 2001. But given the political climate that’s seemed to calcify in every subsequent year, where being right is more important than working together for the country’s benefit, it doesn’t make getting through the day any easier.

—Dave Gil de Rubio 


Mayor's Report: September 11, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:53

Friday Night Promenade On Seventh Street

During the summer months Seventh Street has been closed from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday evenings so that residents and visitors can enjoy the “Friday Night Promenades.” This week, the band Fivestone, (playing music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s), will be performing on Seventh Street. Also making an appearance on Seventh Street this evening will be Queen Elsa (from the Disney Movie Frozen). She will conduct a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Following the meet and greet, Elsa will perform. Also this evening, Gina Naomi Baez will be performing beginning at 8 p.m.


Editorial: Turning The Page

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:34

Now that Labor Day is fading away in our figurative rearview mirror, it’s that time of year when the collective question is asked—what happened to the summer? After getting battered by our fair share of snow, storms and cold temperatures, we were fortunate enough to be the beneficiaries of a relatively mild summer season. Any stretches of scorching temperatures and unbearably miserable humidity were thankfully kept to a minimum with nights cool enough to get away with using a window fan versus the pricier wattage of air conditioners. What may have been bad for PSE&G wound up working out well for its customers, who are still trying to get their financial feet under them as the economy continues its glacial recovery.


Mayor's Report: September 4, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:35

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.

Drive With Care - Schools Open This Week

All motorists are reminded that this week marks the opening of the 2014-15 school year in Garden City. Hundreds of youngsters will be walking to and from school, many, for the first time. Please drive carefully and pay particular attention when driving in the area of recommended pedestrian routes, bus stops and schoolyards. This will not be any different than prior years in that a few preoccupied young people will inevitably dart out from in between parked cars or fail to look for oncoming traffic when crossing the street.


Editorial: Nothing Fab About These Beetles

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

One of Garden City’s greatest assets is its wealth of arboreal magnificence. That said, one threat looming on the horizon is the infestation of Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) that apparently is moving northwards from the South Shore. It’s a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ALB can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy. Currently, the USDA is putting nearly 50 square miles of Long Island under quarantine and with federal cutbacks having considerably thinned down the ranks of the department’s ground force, vigilance by residents is a crucial component in helping to eradicate this scourge. Even if you wind up not seeing the actual ALBs, warning signs to look for include the numerous exit holes that dot tree trunks along with frass, the sawdust by-product that ALBs push out of their exit holes as they burrow into their hosts. Hardwoods are a favorite of these pests, so be sure to take a look at any species of ash, palne tree, poplar, willow, birch, elm or sugar maple for any signs of infestation. Sadly, for trees that have been affected, removal of them winds up being the surest manner of dealing with the ALBs once they’ve infiltrated an area. Hopefully, between the USDA’s efforts and vigilance of local gardeners and homeowners, the ALB will wind up being defeated.

— Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor's Report: August 28, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

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.

Safety While Walking and Jogging

We are all interested in physical fitness. Please walk and jog safely. Rule number one: obey the rules of the road, specifically for pedestrians. Jog facing traffic using sidewalks when possible. Obey traffic signals and signs. Please remember, while every driver of a vehicle is expected to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, no pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to stop.


Mayor's Report: August 21, 2014

Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:17

A Friday Night Promenade-Seventh Street

During the summer months Seventh Street will be closed on Friday evenings so that residents and visitors can enjoy the “Friday Night Promenades”, from 6 until 10 p.m. The band Fivestone, (with music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s) will be performing on Seventh Street, adding to another fun-filled summer evening.

I encourage residents and visitors to come down to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Shops will also remain open during the evening for your convenience.

This week, Queen Elsa will be on Seventh Street with her sister Anna.


Editorial: Riding A Green Tide Of Knowledge

Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

With all the talk about American teens lagging behind their international peers regarding knowledge of science and technology, the Garden City-based Cradle of Aviation has addressed this intellectual gap by hosting Green Teens, a hands-on science camp the past six summers that teaches high school students about myriad environmental topics. Thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from National Grid, the museum has become a certified Nature Explore Classroom and among the subjects these eco-warriors in training have learned about are hydropower and conservation. Groups are small and run to about 10 in number with 10-minute one-on-one instruction being the method of choice. The manner in which this knowledge is conveyed varies. It goes from simple and straightforward instruction to using crafts to get a point across. By taking these complex topics and breaking them down in a manner that makes them more easily understood, not only are these teen science lovers leveling the intellectual playing field with kids in other countries, but raising awareness about climate change, arguably one of the most controversial and important global issues of the day.

— Dave Gil de Rubio


Editorial: Thinking Global And Eating Local

Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

When it comes to overcoming cultural barriers, food (and music) wind up being a pretty consistent way to go. And while Garden City is a quick 20-minute ride from Queens, which is arguably the most culturally diverse region in the world, the ability to sample exotic fare, in this case Peruvian food, will be in the village’s backyard—at least for one weekend. It turns out that the Cradle of Aviation will be hosting the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. SUMAQ means delicious in the indigenous language of Quechua, one of the groups native to Peru. Among the fare you’ll be able to sample are anticuchos (cow heart skewers), paiche (Amazon fish with coconut), chancho al cilindro (pig cooked in a cylinder) and picarones (Peruvian donuts). In addition, Peruvian folk and Latin music will be performed as you embark on this foodie excursion. With all this being so close, it’s nice to that you can experience all of this without getting your passport stamped or even having to leave Nassau County.

—Dave Gil de Rubio


Editorial: Putting On The Ritz

Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:52

When you think of the Garden City Hotel, images linked to elegance, exclusivity and four-star status immediately leap to mind. This year is the hotel’s 140th anniversary and during the near decade and a half of its existence, its seen its share of good and bad times. It’s been rebuilt four times, hosted presidents, dignitaries and ordinary folk of every stripe, and become the go-to for luxury accommodations on Long Island. During the entirety of its existence, the Garden City Hotel has resided in the heart of the village, providing a degree of panache and status to the surroundings while bringing in a steady source of revenue. While Fortuna Realty Group President Morris Moinian bought it for $42 million in 2012 and subsequently poured $30 million worth of renovations and counting toward its restoration, he and his staff have also made inroads into developing more of a relationship with the Village of Garden City. With all these positive developments going on, expect plenty more longevity with this crown jewel of a landmark.

— Dave Gil de Rubio


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