Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements, which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My colleagues on the Village Board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country, which will be their temporary homes.
Next week will mark the arrival of Adelphi’s Class of 2015 onto the Garden City Campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The board of trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff, as well as the Class of 2015 and all students, a most productive year.
Well Carolyn’s [McCarthy] voted for another bill she hasn’t read: The Debt Ceiling Compromise. She must subscribe to Pelosi’s tagline: “You have to vote for a bill, before you know what’s in it!” You can’t make this stuff up. What do we overpay her for?
Superintendent Robert Mangan, of the Village's Department of Public Works, recently contacted the Nassau County Department of Public Works with the request that they adjust the timing of the traffic signal at Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street. I am pleased to report that Nassau County has made an adjustment to the traffic signal and they have extended the pedestrian timing crossing on Franklin Avenue.
In order for the pedestrian to get the extended timing, the pedestrian must press the pushbutton on the corners of the intersection and then wait for the “Walk” signal to be displayed.
I recently received a letter from the President of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) on the subject of making preparations for the upcoming hurricane season.
The following are several of the tips for residential emergency planning that were listed. Please review them with your family:
• Develop a family plan for survival and property protection. Rehearse the plan so everyone knows what to do.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
In the Incorporated Village’s efforts to provide the most reliable communications with residents and businesses within the village, we have implemented Swiftreach Networks, Inc., (Swift 911) as our emergency notification service provider. Swift 911 is a computerized telephone calling system that is used to notify the village’s residents and businesses of an emergency situation such as a severe storm evacuation or a dangerous situation. When the system is activated at Village Hall, each resident and business within the Village of Garden City receives a telephone message with the emergency alert.
Mr. McMillan’s interpretation of The Dream Act is inaccurate. It would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain qualifications, so the first sentence is true in that sense. But it would not in any way give those same immigrants free college tuition. They would simply be eligible for government financial aid in the same way that a citizen would be.
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I would like to thank the residents and employees who took the time out of their busy schedules to donate blood. You can feel proud of your personal involvement in helping those who depend on blood for life-giving support.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, and no way of knowing when it may be needed to save or sustain the life of a family member, a co-worker, a friend or other member of the community, we must be sure that enough blood is available at all times to meet the needs of our area’s hospitals and their patients.
Schoolyards, playing fields, gymnasiums, vacant lots, street corners, makeshift clubhouses and stoops were but a few of the special places of my boyhood. These were the platforms upon which the richest of memories, sweet and sour, were built. In later years, it has been the countless hours of my work with groups of boys at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center that have been most evocative of those special places and times. The associated images and scenarios provide me, at each memorable stop, with a visceral reminder of my earliest struggles to belong, to feel special and to be valued.
The Long Island Blood Services in conjunction with the employees at Village Hall will be holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 20, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Fire Department Headquarters Building on Stewart Avenue. The need for blood has again reached a critical level so please consider donating. For every pint of blood donated three patients are helped. Exponentially, the village as a whole can and will help more people than imagined.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, please contact the Human Resources Department at Village Hall (465-4170).
Did you know that over 800 units of blood are needed each and every day of the year to meet the needs of patients in Long Islands 43-plus hospitals?
It is particularly distressing to see a few residents marring the beauty of our village by not adhering to the Village Code as it relates to noise. Residents are reminded to inform landscape gardeners and construction workers of the laws which are frequently violated:
• Power gardening, lawn maintenance and building construction equipment may not be operated in the village between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2011 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues.
Next week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 and will feature The Tercels - singing your favorite oldies.
The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School.
Work in Parking Field #12 continues. This work is being done in four phases with each phase lasting approximately three to four weeks. The current phase, Phase #1, is north of Thirteenth Street, encompassing a portion of the northern half of the lot. Phase #1 is scheduled to be ropened on Thursday, July 21 with Phase #2 being closed on that day. Phase #2 consists of the other portion on the northern half of the parking field. Please do not park within the construction zone and take note of any temporary parking restrictions that are posted by the Police Department. Additional parking can be found in Parking Field #11 (west of Franklin Avenue) and in Parking Field #9E (south of Eleventh Street). We thank everyone for their patience during this much needed infrastructure improvement.
If you have any questions, please contact the Garden City Public Works Department at (516) 465-4004 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Infrastructure improvements will be done throughout the village this summer. Streets scheduled for work are Plaza Road, Main Avenue, 15th Street, Boylston Street, Tremont Street, Spruce Street, Prescott Street and Bedell Avenue. During construction, detours should be expected at these locations. Residents in these areas will be given notice ahead of the start of construction. Work will begin very soon starting on Spruce Street, Prescott Street and Plaza Road.
Work continues on the Water Main Improvement Project along Main Avenue and is about 60 percent completed. Throughout this project lane closures and detours should be expected along Main Avenue. Any loss of water that was not outlined in the notice to residents should be reported to the Water Department. The water main trenches will be restored and paved in preparation for street surfacing. This work is expected to continue for approximately two to three more weeks.
During July and August the board of trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday, July 21 and Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village’s website for information regarding the village’s operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s homepage under the heading of Administration is a link which lists the various village board and commissions along with their meeting dates and agendas.
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