I attended yet another BOE Budget meeting, the usual suspects were in attendance. Couldn’t see where the PTA members were hiding their pom-poms. However, in a $90 million budget, they really sharpened those pencils and found a whooping $284,000 in additional savings. Later, we were regaled about the marvelous achievements our students were making on the state tests. Little mention was made of the dumbing down of those same tests by the education bureaucracy so that they look good. Much effort went into this presentation, they really earned my vote. Not!
On Memorial Day, the trustees and I had the honor of attending the parade and Memorial Day Ceremony, which was held in front of the Garden City Middle School. I would like to commend the efforts of the William Bradford Turner Post No. 265 and the American Legion Auxiliary under the leadership of Commandeer John C. Donovan and President John Nedelka. I would also like to congratulate the Grand Marshal of the ceremony, Dr. Robert Scott, president of Adelphi University. Please keep all service personnel who serve our country proudly, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.
Village offices were closed on Monday, May 31, 2010 in observance of Memorial Day. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 7. The holiday collection schedule will be as follows: Residents west of Rockaway Avenue — garbage pickup on Tuesday and Friday; residents east of Rockaway Avenue — garbage pickup on Wednesday and Saturday.
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Village offices will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. For your convenience, correspondence for the village may be placed in the “letter” drop slot at the front door.
Residents are reminded that there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, May 31. Garbage will be collected Tuesday and Friday for the western half, and Wednesday and Saturday for the eastern half of the village. Those scheduled for recycling are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, June 7.
Rubbish collection for the entire village will be on Thursday, June 3.
The Belmont Festival Committee has advised my office that plans have been finalized for the 13th Annual Belmont Festival at Garden City — A Salute to America. This year’s event which will have a red, white and blue theme, will be held on Friday evening June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., on Seventh Street. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage. The United States Air Force Band, “the Afterburners” will be featured, along with several other bands including the country band “Six Gun.” There will be some new special events along with activities for the children, including face painters and clowns.
Please mark your calendar and make it a point to attend this annual family event.
As the weather begins to get warmer, take time to think about your lawn and garden. Planning is the key to successful water conservation.
Select plants and trees that are drought-tolerant. Some examples are crape myrtle, oleander, wild lilac and rosemary.
To increase plant health and conserve water, add organic matter such as mulch to the soil of shrub and flowerbed areas. This increases the soil’s ability to absorb and store water in a form available to the plant.
Composting not only removes waste from landfills, but also provides rich organic planting material.
Consider using drip irrigation, where the water gets directly to the plants’ roots.
Working under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.
The next board of trustees meetings will be held on Thursday, June 3, and Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the boardroom at Village Hall.
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.garden cityny.net. One item that is listed on the village’s home page, under the heading of “Recreation Department.”
I recently put forward legislation to create thousands of new jobs and to turn around the state’s economy.
My “jobs plan” provides tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, eliminates the state corporate franchise tax for small businesses, and rolls back the personal income tax surcharge that hit small businesses last year.
My name is Christopher DeSimone and I am a Boy Scout from Troop 56 living in Garden City. I am currently starting my Eagle Scout project. I am writing this letter to ask for donations to help fund my project. My project is with an AHRC of Nassau group home in Oceanside.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
The GC School Budget vote is May 18 and we encourage all residents to get out and vote, because we believe the GC Schools are at an important crossroads.
The school board and administration are recommending that we vote to remove programs for our children at the expense of administration, teacher, and maintenance benefit and salary increases. To make matters worse, they are telling residents if the school budget is voted down then even more programs will be deleted by NY State. This is not necessarily true. If the school budget is voted down, the school board and administration can propose another school budget, to be voted on in June, which removes the salary increases and adds back the children’s programs.
Your board of trustees and I are pleased to announce that the Incorporated Village of Garden City has earned an Aaa rating from Moody’s Investors Service, Moody’s highest rating, for the upcoming issue of $6.8 Million General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds. Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the Aaa rating on the Incorporated Village’s outstanding parity debt.
It is gratifying to see all of the community activity at the St. Paul’s Complex during the afternoon and evening hours during the week and throughout the day on weekends. When visiting St. Paul’s please drive with caution and be aware that the children may not be paying attention to vehicles entering and exiting the complex.
It is also important to only park in the paved areas that have been designated for parking. Please do not park on the unpaved areas as it leaves ruts, which are dangerous and unsightly. Do not park in the areas that have been designated as “fire lanes.” These lanes have to be left open to allow access by fire apparatus. Persons parking in the fire lanes will receive parking tickets.
A number of thoughtful residents have been inconvenienced by placing the used flower containers and flowerpots in with their recycling box. Village personnel advise that although these items may have the recycling symbol, they are not recyclable by the village.
The type of plastic containers that can be recycled in your recycling box are beverage, food, detergent, milk and non-toxic household cleaners. Some examples of a No. 1 plastic container would be soda, mouthwash, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter jars, etc. Examples of a No. 2 plastic container would be milk jugs, water, juice and shampoo bottles, as well as liquid detergent containers. All containers must be rinsed of all food or beverage residue.
Other plastics with the symbols “3” through “7” are to be disposed of as garbage or rubbish. Examples of non-acceptable plastics include, toys, utensils, cups, plates, motor oil, plastic containers, etc.
Any questions should be referred to the Department of Public Works at 465-4030.
All residents are asked to assist in the task of cleaning up our community to make it look like a beautiful Garden City. We can do that by picking up paper, cans, bottles and other debris, which may have been deposited on the streets and other public areas near their homes. A few minutes of cooperative effort by all of us can make our village look 100 percent better.
Residents are also reminded that rubbish should not be placed on the curb before the evening prior to the collection day. It is a detraction from the aesthetics of the village and poor treatment of one’s neighbors to ignore the village law, which specifies that rubbish should not be deposited at curbside before the evening prior to collection.
Please observe the village’s Sanitation Guidelines by adhering to the following instructions:
1. Rubbish should be placed at the curb Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.
2. Sharp objects, such as broken glass, sharp pieces of metal and knives should not be placed loosely in plastic or paper bags. Proper precaution should be taken, such as placing them in cardboard boxes tied with string or tape.
Other helpful information regarding village recyclable and sanitation collection can be found in the Welcome to Garden City Handbook, which is available at Village Hall.
The next board of trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, 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 home page, under the Heading of the Department of Public Works are guidelines for garbage, rubbish and recycling.
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