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Please Shop And Do Business In Garden City
I would like to ask you to do your part to support all businesses within Garden City. I would also like to encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.
Many residents consider shopping and dining in our business districts as “experience shopping” because they meet friends and neighbors along the way and have an opportunity to interact with them. This is in stark contrast to frantically dashing through the crowds in the mall or the big box retailers.
I am thinking of that movie and saying to myself as many of you are: “I’m madder than hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” It seems as if all of government has been a complete failure and that we should start all over. I am just so tired of politicians who put their own egos ahead of their constituents without any new ideas and characterizing themselves as saviors when really they are quite ordinary and mediocre. We’d be better off letting scientists, computer experts, statisticians and mathematicians run government than the generalists who profess to know everything but in reality know so little even about management.
Now Garden City may rightfully be known as being ground zero for having an outstanding school system, stellar athletic teams and an incomparable music program, but a gander at this week’s issue of Garden City Life reveals that the hills, or in this case village, is alive with the spirit of art. Eileen Moynahan and Suzie Alvey were both recently honored by the Town of Hempstead for each landing a photo in the 2014 Town of Hempstead Calendar contest. This after third-grade students Vanessa Law and Gabriel Psilakis did the same in a calendar contest recently held by our publisher, Anton Community Newspapers. Not to be outdone, Garden City High School junior Katie Roscoe won the under-18 division of the 2014 Thames21 Photography Competition, in which more than 1,000 entrants participated. Lastly, Arleen Rueth Urban heeded my call for art submissions with three pastel portraits in this issue which are truly excellent. It’s enough to make you wonder if Garden City is pulling double duty as an artists’ colony.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
Daylight Savings Time/Smoke Detector
Daylight Savings Time began on Sunday, March 9. Residents are reminded that clocks should be set one hour ahead. Please also use this date as a reminder to change the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Doing so may save a life.Garden City Recreation - Indoor Tennis Center
The indoor tennis center is open daily and is a great place to get some fun and exercise during these long cold wintery days. There are courts available at various times throughout the day and they are also available for tennis parties on Saturday nights. To rent a court, or for more information, please call the community tennis center at 516-483-2525.
Any high school baseball coach faced with the prospect of losing 11 seniors might panic at the thought of having to go forward with those kinds of depleted veteran numbers. But then again, Coach Rich Smith isn’t just any other high school baseball coach. Going into his 42nd year with the Garden City High School baseball program, Smith’s secret weapon just might be the fact that he has three southpaws in his pitching rotation for the first time in the four plus decades that he’s been coaching the Trojans. Lefties are prized for their ability to keep hitters off balance due to the dearth of hurlers who throw from that side of the bump. Between the additions of Carey and Bellmore to Garden City’s conference and the abundance of less-experienced players filling out the Garden City roster, the trio of Dave Butler, Brian LoRusso and Matt Rogers just might be the leg (or in this case arm) up that Coach Rick Smith just might get.
—Dave Gil de Rubio
At no time were early education or developmental specialists consulted in designing the standards. Special needs children have been completely forgotten. The result is a set of expectations for our youngest students which are not only developmentally inappropriate, but completely at odds with what we know of cognitive development. Ironically, Jason Zimba, the mathematics standards writer for Common Core, reports that these standards were designed to prepare students for a two-year college, and that graduating seniors would be unprepared for a freshman calculus course. How can we consider these standards to be superior if our graduating students will be even less prepared for STEM fields than they are now?
Village Election—March 18
The annual village election will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from noon until 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave. Village residents will be voting for the following candidates:
Nicholas P. Episcopia Trustee—2-year term
Brian C. Daughney Trustee—2-year term
Robert A. Bolebruch Trustee—2-year term
Theresa A. Trouvé Trustee—2-year term
Since the incorporation of the village in 1919, members of the board of trustees in Garden City have been elected by a non-partisan vote of residents in accordance with the policies of the Community Agreement.
The last board of education meeting I attended also happened to be the initial recommendations for the proposed budget for the 2014-15 year. Amid the myriad figures and statistics bandied about, perhaps the most disturbing had to do with something called the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). According to the New York State School Boards Association, “Since the 2009-2010 school year, the state has deducted from each school district’s state aid allocation an amount now known as the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) to help the state fill its revenue shortfall.” Essentially, the GEA takes money that should be going to school districts and puts it in the state’s own budget. During the three years the GEA has been operating, Garden City has seen its state aid reduced by a grand total of $3,141,513. It’s a disturbingly high number, pointing at the continued dilemma Long Island communities face—that of more tax money going up to Albany than what comes back downstate in the form of state aid. Unless this formula is changed, the words "affordable living" and "Long Island" will become a quintessential oxymoron.
— Dave Gil de Rubio
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