I was saddened to read in the local news that our library budget is going to be cut due to a decrease in the village’s contribution. I know our Mayor and Trustees are working hard to prevent tax increases and can only guess how difficult their job is. But reducing library services is never a good idea and is an especially bad choice in hard times.
I understand from reading the library’s website that despite mandated increases in labor and state costs, the library had already proposed a reduced budget. The budget proposed by the library for the next fiscal year June 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012 is 6.7 percent less than five years ago.
Beginning on April 1, working under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue, will place tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. When this program begins, please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.
Congratulations to the Community Agreement Party and thanks to the Garden City Residents Party supporters. At the March 15 Village Trustee election, the Garden City Residents Party more than doubled its votes from last year (to 860) but was not able to overcome the roughly 1,650 votes of the Community Agreement Party. The loss hurts, but all of the Garden City Residents Party supporters should be proud that we have raised awareness about real financial challenges that will only intensify in the years to come. We are on the right side of this financial trend.
I would like to offer congratulations on behalf of the board of trustees to the Garden City Girls’ Track and Field Team for being named “National Champs.” The 4 x 400 Sprint Medley Relay Team of Alexis Yeboah-Kodie, Taylor Henning, Taryn Schmelzinger and Emma Gallagher placed first in 4:04.17. Special thanks also to Head Coach Erica Frogosi and her Assistant Coaches Arthur Johnson and Tom Skrivanek Lucas for guiding them to a successful, winning season.
I would like to thank the residents and employees who donated blood last Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
I am pleased to report that 22 pints of blood were collected. 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 members 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.
Again, thank you and we look forward to your participation in our next blood drive, which will take place in October.
After a cold and snowy winter, we are all looking forward to warmer, sunnier days. With the arrival of spring just around the corner, boating season is fast approaching, and removing the shrink wrap that protects vessels from ice, water and debris is part of a springtime ritual for many boat owners. As the time for boat launching approaches, Hempstead Town is pleased to remind boaters of our boat shrink wrap recycling program.
While shrink wrap serves a vital role during boat storage periods, the non-biodegradable plastic covering can clog landfills and find its way into local waterways when it’s discarded in the spring. The Town of Hempstead’s shrink wrap recycling program is making it easier for boaters to protect the planet and enjoy boating at the same time.
Garden City, along with all villages within Nassau County, each week, performs a “radio-test” with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM) to ensure that their assigned radio is working properly. These radios operate at an 800 MHz frequency and have been in operation for the past several years as a result of funding from former State Senator Michael Balboni. In the event of a major disaster where normal radio communications were disrupted each village would have the ability to communicate with each other directly, as well as with the NCOEM.
I’m in Congress to achieve a few basic but very important things.
I’m in Congress to fight for educational opportunities that prepare Long Islanders to innovate and compete in a tough job market and global economy.
This is why I took a vote last week to protect the small career colleges all over Long Island that give working families and young people access to educational opportunities they can’t get from traditional colleges and universities.
Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.
The town’s first-ever e-cycle event, held in October 2005, was a resounding success as more than 900 residents dropped off a total of 39 tons of used computers and computer components at the town’s Greenfield Cemetery garage in Uniondale.
New York State Senate Health Chair Senator Kemp Hannon is reminding Long Islanders that March is the start of National Nutrition Month. Perhaps you have drifted from healthy habits? It’s not too late to get back on track.
Nutrition is essential at every stage of life to keep our bodies running their best. Understanding the different necessities of nutrition for different age groups is crucial in gaining and maintaining good health.
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