The Incorporated Village Public Works and Recreation and Parks employees continue the cleanup effort that began the day after Hurricane Sandy ravaged our community. Unfortunately, the effort has delayed the regular fall cleanup of parks and village greenspace, but we are catching up and should have the fall cleanup completed in the near future.
By way of a general status report, all of the timber and brush have been removed, including the massive pile of material that were temporarily stored at the village yard and at 550 Stewart Ave. All of the stumps left from the village trees have been removed and the cavities filled and leveled in preparation for spring. Concrete from broken sidewalks and curbs is currently being removed and the voids filled and leveled. The sidewalk flags and curbing that were destroyed by fallen village-owned trees will be replaced by an Incorporated Village of Garden City contractor at the Incorporated Village’s expense. The Department of Public Works is currently scheduling the work with our contractor. Residents should be aware that this is weather and temperature sensitive work that may delay progress until the spring.
“The 2011-12 Legislative Session was most productive,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Our state faced an extreme financial situation, including a $10 billion budget gap at the beginning of 2011, requiring significant programmatic changes to the state’s health budget.”
Senator Hannon, who is the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health, notes an active session for the committee, which began with the confirmation of the state’s health commissioner, the consideration of important issues through public hearings and roundtable discussions and the adoption of important legislation, which has become law under Hannon’s chairmanship. The senator also was selected by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), which has made significant progress in reducing and controlling health care spending.
A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the Department of Public Works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the village yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.
Please assist the village by removing tree stands, strands of electric lights and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.
It’s officially known as Nassau County Storm Water Basin No. 232, but ever since Rob Alvey got it off the ground in 1992, the Tanner Pond Environmental Center/Garden City Bird Sanctuary has been become a green jewel in the crown of the Village of Garden City. On Saturday, Jan. 12, Alvey and his merry band of environmental warriors will be hosting the 5th Annual Winterfest, an event that retells the story of the center and honors those who have donated trees in honor or memory of someone else, and those whom they were planted for. Guests will be fortified by hot cocoa, all the while being able to participate in a candlelight ceremony, sharing in a poem recitation and having the chance to reflect on the event’s theme of All Winters Must Come to an End. Given the horrendous events, both environmental and criminal, that closed out 2012, it’s a chance to share in communal hope that somehow this year will be better than the last.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Nothing fires up emotions in the Village of Garden City than to bring up the St. Paul’s situation. Should this imposing and impressive building be preserved and restored or should it have the same appointment with the wrecking ball that sister school St. Mary’s had in 2002? The Committee to Save St. Paul and the Garden City Historical Society put forth an $8.2 million proposal centered on preserving the first floor and chapel of the school while shuttering the remainder of the building for full restoration at a later date. A recent report commissioned to architectural engineering firm Erwin & Bielinski by the village analyzed this proposal and advised rejecting it for a number of reasons. Make no mistake; this won’t be the final word by the pro-preservationist side. And whatever the end result is will forever alter the face of the Village of Garden City— for better or worse.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
On behalf of myself and the board of trustees, I would like to extend to all village residents a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
The second half of village taxes that were due and payable on Dec. 1, are subject to penalty if payment was not made within a 30-day grace period. This year payments received after Monday, Dec. 31, are subject to penalty. Please return the “second half” bill stub with your payment made payable to the Incorporated Village of Garden City.
John Lennon once sang, “A very Merry Christmast/And a Happy New Year/Let’s hope it’s a good one” in his perennial Christmas standard “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” and given the turmoil that has defined 2012, this closing out of the current 12 month cycle couldn’t come at a better time. Hurricane Sandy, a contentious presidential election, the ever-present struggle with school budgets, the decamping of the Islander to Brooklyn or more recently, the depravity and horror surrounding the events in Newtown, CT—-for many this calendar year couldn’t end fast enough. But as is the case ever year, we all get to start out with a clean slate and the optimism that things will get better. So in that spirit, the Garden City Life wishes everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
Once again we are blessed to enjoy the Christmas holidays and festivities with family and friends. While joy is always the transcending theme, as we hope it is for all, we ask that you include everyone regardless of faith or private beliefs, in sharing this wonderful holiday season. Please take a few minutes to look in on your neighbors who may be alone or housebound to spread a little holiday cheer and comfort.
On behalf of myself, the board of trustees and the entire village staff, we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a joyful and safe holiday season.
Mayor Donald T. Brudie
Trustees John J. Watras, Nicholas P. Episcopia,
Andrew J. Cavanaugh, Laurence J. Quinn,
Dennis C. Donnelly, Brian C. Daughney and John A. DeMaro
The standard thing to do in this case would be start with “my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, CT and their families,” only that would be dishonest because I don’t pray. That’s not an anti-religious statement; I respect the kind of intellectual puzzle that prayer can present, that simultaneous desire for both total humility and divine attention, but it’s never been something that I do personally.
All I can do is participate in the dialogue everyone says we should be having on gun control. However, I tire of each side making a cartoon villain out of the other, and it’s especially bad this time around; after such a particularly senseless attack, targeting the most innocent possible victims, proponents of stricter gun control practically can’t help viewing advocates of gun ownership as evil monsters with children’s blood on their hands, while gun advocates, feeling cornered, are doubling down even more on their dogma of individual freedom as the bedrock of the American spirit. The severity of the event that necessitated that we address this issue now makes it especially unlikely that anyone involved will have a cool enough head to make the right decisions, but there’s no choice.
This is the time of year when you should be able to put any hardships from the past few months aside, at least temporarily, and focus on the love and family closeness that should be associated with this time of the year. Unfortunately, right on the heels of Hurricane Sandy comes last week’s horrific school shooting. Details will undoubtedly continue to come out over the next few weeks, making everyone, particularly parents, just a little more nauseous and frightened. As the saying goes, it’s always darkest before the dawn and while it’s hard to get to that place of peace and goodwill to your fellow man, it is exactly at times like this where faith turns out to be that one anchor we can cling to in order to get through horrible events like this. So grab your loved ones, hug ’em a little tighter than you normally would and try to find the spirit of the season that perseveres in the face of evil. Merry Christmas.
– Dave Gil de Rubio
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