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Mayor's Report: November 5, 2010

Automatic Water Sprinklers

As a reminder, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 resulted in two consecutive odd days. All residents with automatic sprinklers should remember to reset their clocks at this time to comply with the village’s lawn watering regulations. As a further reminder, the last day for lawn sprinkling is Nov. 30.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 7. Residents are reminded that clocks should be set back one hour.

This is also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide batteries. In fact, it is recommended that you install new batteries twice a year to be sure they are always working properly. If you do replace your batteries, please be aware that there is a box for recycling batteries in the Business Office at Village Hall.

Thank You for Participating In the Village Blood Drive

I would like to thank the residents and employees who donated blood Wednesday, Oct. 20. I am pleased to report that 15 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 in March 2010.

Extremely Limited LIRR Train Service Over the Weekend of November 6-7

A major modernization program for switching points in Jamaica will take place on the weekend of November 6-7. The project will result in significant service changes.

• Customers should expect up to 70 minutes of additional travel time.

• There will be no train/bus service to/from: Brooklyn, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Hollis, Locust Manor, Laurelton, Rosedale, Merillon Avenue, New Hyde Park and St. Albans.

• Only three LIRR trains per hour to and from Penn; many customers will have to transfer to the E train for subway service between Penn and Jamaica.

• Buses replace trains between Mineola and Jamaica and between Queens Village and Jamaica.

• Babylon and Huntington service reduced to hourly.

• Hempstead, Far Rockaway and Port Jefferson diesel service reduced to every two hours.

Village Offices Were Closed on Election Day

Village offices were closed on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in observance of Election Day.

There was no regular garbage or recycling pickup on Election Day. The holiday week collection will be as follows:


Western Half of the Village (West of Rockaway Avenue)

Monday and Thursday    


Wednesday, Nov. 10


Eastern Half of the Village (East of Rockaway Avenue)

Wednesday and Friday    


Wednesday, Nov. 10

Residents scheduled for recycling on Election Day are asked to put their recyclables out on Tuesday, Nov. 9. All other recycling days remain the same. Rubbish collection has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meetings for the month of November are Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

Village’s Website

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 For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page is a direct link to the Long Island Railroad, which includes schedules for the Railroad.