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Mayor’s Report: October 18, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00
Traffic Enforcement

All residents are reminded that the village police department is cracking down on speed, right turn on red without stopping, full stop sign violations and failing to observe speed in school zones as well as other motor vehicle traffic violations.

 

Not So Humble Opinion: October 16, 2012

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Privileged

At times, my intuition is way ahead of my brain. I’d like to think that I arrive at a lot of my opinions through logical reasoning, but often, I feel like something is wrong long before I can articulate why it’s wrong. This was the case with the word “privilege” as used in the phrases “white privilege,” “male privilege,” and the especially reviled “white male privilege.” Something about the way these terms are bandied about bothered me, but I couldn’t explain why until recently.

It’s not that I have any doubt that privilege exists; I’ve certainly seen it in action. Even if you’re not particularly devoted to the cause of achieving greater social justice, it’s not difficult to see that being white and male confer some advantages in our culture. So if I admit privilege exists, why does the term make me wince in annoyance?

 

Editorial: New Deadlines

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

As noted on the second page of this week’s issue, the new deadline going forward for Garden City Life, as of this week’s issue (Oct. 11), will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the following week’s paper. This deadline is for all submissions: articles, photos, announcements, letters to the editor, obituaries and calendar items. As always, please consider the deadline on Thursday morning to be the last-minute deadline, as we prefer to receive submissions earlier rather than later.

 

Covering All Bases: October 9, 2012

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Peter Schmitt (1950-2012)

Nassau County was shocked last week with the sad news of Peter Schmitt’s untimely death. As the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Schmitt was a prominent political figure and often the voice of Nassau County Republicans. He was opinionated and often quite blunt about defending his stance on county issues and he frequently sparred with the leaders of Nassau County Democrats. If you are a Republican, you often chuckled at his comments, and if you are a Democrat, you probably have clenched your teeth in anger at something he said. Much like his favorite baseball team, the Yankees, you were either strongly with him or strongly against him, but there was often no room for being in-between.

However, there was a side to Peter Schmitt that most of Nassau County didn’t know, which is how I will remember him. Despite the hard image, which he sometimes portrayed, Schmitt, or simply “Peter”, as he was known around Massapequa, was tremendously approachable and friendly. I often bumped into him in the local stores in and around Massapequa, and he would be quick to strike up a conversation. Recently, the conversation would always turn to his grandchild, who he had recently welcomed into the world. He was a devoted family man who adored his wife Lois, and he was so proud of their daughter, Samantha.

 

Mayor’s Report: October 9, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00
Autumn Splendor

In this delightful time of year with the leaves on the trees changing colors and the holidays coming, we invite you to visit the autumn display on the village green located at Hilton and Stewart Avenues. We thank our Village Recreation/Parks Department for this splendid decoration.

Safety

Everyone is aware with the coming of fall that it gets darker earlier in the evening and stays darker in the early morning. Please, for your own safety, reset your outdoor lights to accommodate these lighting changes.

 

Editorial: Going Beyond A Pink Ribbon

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Symbolized by the pink ribbon, the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The movement has gone from having contributors pledge money to participants in numerous walks to having Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League raise money by auctioning off game-used pink gloves, bats, cleats, hockey sticks and wristbands. Perhaps the most novel approach has been Adelphi University’s two-year old Creative Cups program. Co-founded by alumna Beth Tenser and graphic design professor Dale Flashner, the clever project petitions participants to use bras as a foundation and use their creative whimsy to craft works of art from these undergarments, which will later be auctioned off at a gala in the spring. Between the $25 entrance fee and funds raised when these unique pieces are sold off next year, all the proceeds go to Adelphi University’s Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Tenser and Professor Flashner both get an A-plus for coming up with such a capricious way to raise awareness to fight this insidious disease.

– Dave Gil de Rubio

 

Mayor’s Report: October 2, 2012

Written by Garden City Mayer Donald T. Brudie Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
Safety

Everyone is aware with the coming of fall that it gets darker earlier in the evening and stays darker in the early morning. Please, for your own safety, reset your outdoor lights to accommodate these lighting changes.

Backflow Tests Mandatory For Lawn Irrigation Systems

I would like to remind everyone that has an automatic lawn sprinkler system, that your backflow prevention assembly unit must be tested annually, as mandated by the Nassau County Health Department.

 

Not So Humble Opinion: October 2, 2012

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Time To Have A Baby?

Now that I’m an honest woman, as they say, people have started to ask about whether or not my husband and I are planning to have a baby soon. I don’t know the answer to that myself. Sure, I want a baby—babies are so adorable that I turn to mush every time I see anything that looks even remotely like a baby. I coo whenever they show a baby during a commercial, even though I know they’re just trying to sell me overpriced soap.

However, am I ready? First, there are financial concerns. I feel like I should wait until I have money safely invested in a house before I take on the responsibility of caring for another person. At the very least, I don’t think I could safely carry a baby up and down the steps to our two-floor walk-up, so if I had a baby in my current apartment, I would never be able to go outside.

 

Turn It Up: October 2, 2012

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

TESTIFY (Evil Teen) is just what you’ll want to do upon hearing the third studio effort from The Lee Boys. Much like peer Robert Randolph, the Miami-based sextet is an exponent of the sacred steel tradition. With its gospel origins, this genre is anchored by furiously played pedal steel and has evolved to embrace blues, rock and soul. It’s a sound that’s found them opening for a variety of mainstream artists including Buddy Guy, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers, whose own Warren Haynes makes a cameo on this collection.

 

Editorial: Building For The Future

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

This past summer may have been a time for vacations and a more relaxed pace of life, but for the Garden City School District, it was a time to continue improvements financed by the community-approved 2009 School Investment Bond. Thursday, September 20 was not only the first board of education meeting for the 2012-13 school year, but a chance for taxpayers to see the improvements made at Homestead. Among the changes revealed during this pre-meeting tour were window and door replacements that will significantly cut down on heating costs, a new library that is the centerpiece of a newly added wing and a shared art and music space. It’s this kind of willingness to upgrade buildings and facilities that continues to make the village a destination for potential residents seeking a top-notch education for their children.

— Dave Gil de Rubio

 

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