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Mayor’s Report: July 2, 2010

Shop and Dine in Garden City — Support the Local Merchants

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.

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.

Please Water Our Village Trees

I would like to remind residents that it is the residents’ responsibility to water village trees planted in front of their homes. Despite some rain this past Spring, the summer will hopefully have some wonderful hot sunny days so please note that if you recently had a tree planted in front of your home, please take the time to water it. The proper way to water is to first loosen the soil around the tree if it has become baked hard and then allow a hose to run at the base of the tree at a rate slow enough so that the water will be absorbed into the area around the tree trunk.

Watering hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Odd-numbered house addresses should water on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days. Be sure that sprinkler timers are adjusted for the correct dates and times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Concert at Gazebo

Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2010 season's outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues.

Next week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 1, and will feature The Tribunes.

The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. 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.

Board of Trustees’ Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August, the board of trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday July 15; and Thursday, Aug.19 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 is information regarding our Village Justice Court.