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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.


Editorial: Viva Havana Central

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

With temperatures recently hovering below freezing, the notion of sunnier climes is a pretty constant thought. And with such inclement and miserable conditions, this season is all about nesting and diving into comfort food while trying to get through the blustery days of January and February. For some people, that might come in the form of meat, potatoes and tomato soup. But for me, rice and beans, pastelles and maduros with flan serving as an exemplary dessert is what hits the spot. And while there are numerous places where you can find any combination of these and other Latin dishes, my newest discovery is Havana Central, the latest restaurant to plant roots in Garden City. With a décor that’s a throwback to pre-Castro Cuba and a menu that’s stocked with all kinds of dishes just like abuela used to make, it’s a culinary oasis guaranteed to get you through those dark days of winter

– Dave Gil de Rubio


Mayor’s Report: February 1, 2013

Written by Donald T. Brudie Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
Go Red For Women

Feb. 1 will mark the 8th Annual American Heart Association National Wear Red Day for Women to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 health threat facing women today. Most people still do not know that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for women and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. While 1 in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 die of heart disease.

The American Heart Association has posted on its website some ways to prevent heart disease: don’t smoke; manage your blood sugar; get your blood sugar under control; lower your cholesterol; know your family history; stay active; lose weight, and eat healthy.


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