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Mayor’s Report: March 19, 2010

United States Census Bureau

Beginning last month and continuing through late August, Census Bureau temporary field staff will be working within the village to deliver questionnaires and collect information from those who have not returned their Census questionnaire and verify addresses.

These workers can be identified through identification cards issued by the Census Bureau.  Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employee’s signature and an expiration date.  Identification cards for temporary decennial employees do not include a photograph.  Regional level employee’s identification cards will have the bearer’s photograph and expiration date.  In addition, field office managers will have the bearer’s photograph and expiration date.

Please note that the board of trustees at its meeting on Thursday, March 4, gave approval for the United States Census to place “Job Available” information cards in the doors of residential homes within the Village of Garden City during the month of March.

Shop and Dine in Garden City — Support the Local Merchants

Mr. John Wilton of the chamber of commerce, Merchants/Committee Group, was in attendance at the last board of trustees meeting and announced that a number of businesses within the business district have expressed deep concern that they are in jeopardy of closing within the near future. It is paramount that we support all businesses within Garden City and I 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 encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer.

Thank You for Participating In the Village Blood Drive

I would like to thank the residents and employees who donated blood last Tuesday, March 9.

I am pleased to report that over 30 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, which will take place in July.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, March 18, 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 home page under the Heading of Administration is a sub-heading “Village Map and Key Areas of Interest,” which contains direct links to various schools, parks, the village yard, etc.