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Mayor’s Report: June 21, 2011

Congratulations to the Adelphi Women’s Lacrosse Team

I would like to offer congratulations, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to the Adelphi Women’s Lacrosse Team, Coach Joe Spallina and Director of Athletics Robert Hartwell for Adelphi’s victory over Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina, in the NCAA Division II women’s national lacrosse championship game. This was Adelphi’s third consecutive national title and the fifth in eight years for Adelphi. The Panthers finished the season 20-0.

On June 11, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coachs’ Association (IWLCA) honored 18 student-athletes for their achievements during the 2011 season. Four of these student-athletes were from Adelphi: Claire Petersen, Demmianne Cook, Frankie Caridi and Kristin Jones. They were honored at the All-American Banquet in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Congratulations to these women for their achievements not only on the lacrosse field, but also for their academics.

Congratulations to the Garden City High School Girls Lacrosse Team

Congratulations also on behalf of the board of trustees, to the Garden City Girls Lacrosse team, Coach Diane Chapman and Director of Athletics Nancy Kalafus for winning its sixth straight title with a 12-6 win over the Brighton Panthers at SUNY Cortland last Saturday. This is the fourth time Coach Chapman has led the girls to six straight state crowns for the Garden City Girls Lacrosse Team. The Trojans finished this season 21-0. It is truly a testament to the team for all their hard work and dedication this season.

Congratulations to the Class of 2011

Next Saturday, June 25, marks the graduation of the Garden City High School Class of 2011. On behalf of the Village Board of Trustees and the residents we extend our very best wishes and congratulations to the Class of 2011. They are an outstanding group of young people who are a credit to our community and I know that they will be ambassadors of Garden City in their “homes away from home” during their college years. We urge them to keep listening, learning, and to seek knowledge so that they can make a difference.

Opening of Garden City Pool

This past Saturday was the opening of the Garden City swimming pool. Mr. Kevin Ocker, chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Cultural and Recreational Affairs and his team had many visitors to the first rate pool for its 55th season opening day. I think that members will agree that the plantings are noteworthy. Congratulations to all! Any questions with regard to application forms/procedures, etc. should be directed to the Garden City Pool at 483-1714, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Adelphi University

At the close of Adelphi University’s 2010/2011 academic year, I want to acknowledge and compliment President Robert A. Scott on the many contributions that he and his administration have made during this past year. While Adelphi University has always been a hospitable neighbor, President Scott has made a special effort to not only attend village functions to which he has been invited but he has also opened the Adelphi Campus to the entire Garden City Community. This has ranged from hosting an outstanding cultural lecture series, welcoming youth athletic teams onto their playing fields, providing a tour of the campus to the Village Trustees as well as conducting a study on the needs of seniors in Garden City.

On behalf of the board, I look forward to continuing our relationship with Dr. Scott and to partnering with him by sharing resources that will benefit all sectors of the village. We wish him continued success in opening the fall 2011/spring 2012 academic year.

Parking Field #5 — Rear of 520 Franklin Avenue — Garden City Medical Center

Work in Parking Field #5 is ongoing. Currently the entire lot is closed with the exception of the first row of parking along the building. This first row will be partially closed over the course of the next week for curb and sidewalk repair after which it will be reopened pending closing of the entire lot later this month. Parking is available on both Fifth and Sixth Streets; please take notice of the temporary parking restrictions posted by the Police Department. The owners of 520 Franklin Avenue have also arranged parking on the east side of Franklin Avenue and have personnel outside to direct traffic to that location. Parking Field #6 (east of Franklin Avenue, south of Seventh Street) is also available for use during construction. This work is scheduled to last through the month of June (weather permitting). Please exercise extreme caution when driving or walking near areas of construction. A number of residents have asked about tree replacement; the answer is yes, trees will be replaced in Parking Field #5. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this much needed construction improvement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Garden City Public Works Department at (516) 465-4004 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Parking Field #12

Upon the completion of Parking Field #5, work will begin in Parking Field #12. This work will be done in four phases to minimize the disruption to traffic. People should anticipate limited parking in this field during construction. More details will be provided as this project nears commencement.

Curb, Sidewalk and Road Improvements

Infrastructure improvements will be done throughout the Village this summer. Streets scheduled for work are Plaza Road, Main Avenue, Fifteenth Street, Boylston Street, Tremont Street, Spruce Street, Prescott Street and Bedell Avenue. During construction, detours should be expected at these locations. Residents in these areas will be given notice ahead of the start of construction. More details will be provided as this work nears commencement.

Summer Concerts at Gazebo

Once again, the Village’s Recreation Department is readying for the 2011 Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 7 - The Clusters - playing the sounds of the 50s.

Thursday, July 14 - Manhattan Skyline - contemporary sounds from the 60s through the 80s.

Thursday, July 21 - The Tercels - singing your favorite oldies.

Thursday, July 28 - Rag Doll - A tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The programs all begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School. Please call the Recreation Program Line (742-5888) with questions pertaining to the concert series.

Board of Trustees Meetings

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011 and Thursday, Aug. 18. The meetings will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall and will begin at 8 p.m.

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 homepage is the Community Calendar of Events.