At this time of year, many of us enjoy Christmas songs that convey beautiful thoughts. Joy is the transcending theme, as it should be, celebrating for all regardless of faith or private beliefs a theme of renewal. It is especially appropriate at this time of year that our enduring hope be one of peace, certainly for ourselves here in Garden City, but also for all the people of the earth; that our common goal this special season will be “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
Mayor Robert J. Rothschild
Trustees Donald T. Brudie, John J. Watras,
Nicholas P. Episcopia, Andrew J. Cavanaugh,
Laurence J. Quinn, Dennis C. Donnelly
and Brian C. Daughney
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Town of Hempstead residents a happy and healthy New Year.
With every New Year, we often make resolutions. One of the most common goals, especially after the holidays when we all tend to eat more than usual, is to get in shape. In the Town of Hempstead we are very fortunate to have many parks and recreation programs that will help residents do just that, not only during the winter months but also throughout the year.
Newly added to last year’s schedule, Zumba is an international dance party. This exciting fitness class features music from around the globe and dance styles ranging from Latin to hip-hop. Zumba is a cardio class that will sustain your heart rate at a healthy level and endorse weight loss and lean muscle sculpting. This program is held at Echo Park in West Hempstead, Merrick Road Park Golf Clubhouse in Merrick and this year also at Lido Town Park in Lido Beach. In-person registration for Echo Park will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7:30–8:30 p.m.; and registration for Merrick Road Clubhouse is on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Registration for Lido Town Park will take place on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: Village Trustee Dennis Donnelly submitted the following letter.)
In recent months Mr. Ron Tadross and Mr. Ray Rudolph have been critical of our school Superintendent, school board president, the board of education, the mayor, village administrator, director of Public Works, director of Parks and Recreation, village auditor, commissioner of police, fire captain, village counsel, director of buildings, the board of trustees, the POAs, and the last 20 years of trustees.
Both men on occasion attend Board of Trustees meetings, and each sporadically attends POA meetings. Mr. Rudolph has yet to ask a question at any of these meetings.
Neither man serves on ANY village committee/board or commission. Neither has ever applied to be a member of the Zoning, Architectural Review, Planning, Environmental, Traffic or Property Owners Boards. (Mr. Tadross did apply to the Nominating Committee of the Estates POA but was not chosen as a candidate last year.)
Village offices will be closed, Friday, Dec. 24 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 27.
Village Hall Holiday Schedule. Village Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, in observance of the Christmas holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. Village offices will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. For your convenience, correspondence may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.
We have submitted our names to our respective Property Owners Association (POA) nominating committees, for consideration for the 2011-2013 village trustee positions. We are encouraged by the fact that the POAs and village have adopted some of our ideas, but the village’s debilitating labor contracts continue to drive up Garden City’s debt (second $6.8 million bond of this year is likely coming this month or next) and have made maintaining the village’s infrastructure and history a low priority. We believe Garden City will benefit by having us as village trustees, primarily because our financial and operating experience and successes are unparalleled on the village board. We look forward to sharing the research and rationale behind our village trustee candidacy with the POA nominating committees in December, and summarize some of it below.
Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way to our project of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens and those in need on Thanksgiving afternoon. Through the generosity of so many, 240 hot dinners were delivered throughout Nassau County and 19 families were provided with the fixings to make their own Thanksgiving meal.
We are grateful to everyone who contributed in some way – by donating food, beverages, or money; cooking a turkey; and making a dessert or bread. We are grateful to all the children who made cards or baked in their CCD class, Girl Scout Troop, youth group, or classroom. We are grateful to Mrs. White and her art classes at Stewart School in Garden City for the beautiful artwork on the bags in which the meals were delivered. We are grateful to those who gave of their time on Thanksgiving Day to help us pack the meals and to those who helped us deliver them.
As I write this column, the contractors are completing the final phase of the reconstruction of Parking Field 7N. New street light fixtures are currently being installed and should be completed by next week.
The incorporated village and our contractors have attempted to maximize cooperation with area businesses and residents and to mitigate foreseeable problems wherever possible while maintaining a safe work site and keeping sections of the parking field open for use during the construction. Unfortunately, a number of local businesses may have been negatively impacted by the loss of parking due to this project. For that we sincerely apologize. I encourage all residents to continue to shop locally not just during this holiday season, but throughout the year.
This time of year is a joyous season filled with celebrations, family gatherings, reflections and giving. What better way to share in the joy of the holiday spirit than by taking a loving cat or dog into your home? From young children to senior citizens, people delight in having a pet as a member of the family.
In Hempstead Town we are making pet adoption part of your “Reason for the Season” by helping to make the pet adoption experience more affordable and special. That’s why we have waived the adoption fee and the rabies shot fee now through Jan. 15, 2011 as part of our “Home for the Holidays” adoption program. In addition, all cats and dogs adopted will be spayed or neutered and microchipped free of charge. Microchipping implants a tracking device the size of a grain of rice in animals so owners may be reunited quickly with lost pets. And, in the holiday spirit, each pet adopted will receive a special gift generously donated by Animal Appetites Ltd. of Wantagh.
I hope that everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday and took time to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for. I would like to thank those that have made donations to our War Memorial Fund. Remember, no donation is too small! Donations may be forwarded to Village Hall at 351 Stewart Avenue and made payable to the Village of Garden City and note “War Memorial Fund” on your check.
The Garden City Hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for Monday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. I encourage you to attend and to enjoy one of Garden City’s great traditions. We thank the Garden City Hotel for their hospitality in sponsoring this wonderful evening. The evening begins with performances of holiday carols, a winter wonderland complete with Santa Claus and his elves and model trains, illumination of the hotel’s cupola in festive shades of green and red and the ceremonial lighting of a spectacular 30-foot blue spruce tree at the hotel’s grand entrance. This year’s guest of honor will be Ms. Katherine Heaviside, President, Epoch5 Public Relations. The highlight of the festivities will be the moment Ms. Heaviside lights the tree, officially launching the holiday season.
Following the lighting, all are invited into The Garden City Hotel for complimentary refreshments.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 56th village tree lighting ceremony, beginning promptly at 3:30 p.m. on the Village Green (corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues).
This year’s program once again is sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings and will feature the Garden City High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Robert Ludwig. This year, as an added and very special feature will be “Chris Covais and Exit 3” an instrumental quartet comprised of vibraphone, guitar, bass and percussion. As always, “Kingsley Bear”, King’s Supermarket mascot will be on hand to pose with the little ones. The fire department will deliver Santa Claus and hot chocolate will be provided to everyone.
Please bring your entire family to welcome Santa and the holiday season.
As the temperature dips, it is difficult to focus on lawn sprinkling; however, I would like to remind residents that the last day for lawn sprinkling is Nov. 30. The board of trustees join me in expressing appreciation for the cooperation exhibited by residents in water conservation this past year.
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meetings that will be held in December are on Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.
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 home page is a direct link to the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.
I would like to invite all residents of the Town of Hempstead to join us at the annual Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting ceremony.
During the ceremony, the Jackson Main Elementary School Chorus will provide live music, singing festive holiday songs and getting everyone into the holiday spirit. And no holiday ceremony would be complete without a visit from the jolly man himself arriving in a 1947 Mack Pumper truck, courtesy of the Oceanside Fire Department, Columbia Engine Co. Number 1, and handing out special treats to every boy and girl.
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