2013-11-22 / Mayor Office


By: John J. Watras

A very Happy Hanukkah to our neighbors of the Jewish faith

The Village Board of Trustees and I extend to residents of the Village a very Happy Hanukkah. Special thanks to village employees

At Thanksgiving, I feel that it is appropriate to pause for a few minutes and to reflect upon those things that we may take for granted and how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful community. In doing so, I quickly acknowledge the many employees of the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments who will work around the clock on Thanksgiving to assure the safety and comfort of our families. I also want to acknowledge the members of the Volunteer Fire Department who remain ready to leave their homes to come to our aid. In addition, I would like to thank the Special Police for their efforts in helping out in the Annual Turkey Trot, thank you to each of these fine people for the sacrifices they make in leaving their families during this holiday time to attend to the welfare of our residents and make Garden City a great place to live.

Village offices closed - Thanksgiving Day

Village offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. For your convenience, correspondence for the Village may be placed in the “Letter” drop slot at the front door.

No sanitation collection - Thanksgiving day

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

Western Half of the Village (West of Rockaway Avenue):

Garbage - Monday and Friday; Rubbish - Wednesday, November 27

Eastern Half of the Village (East of Rockaway Avenue):

Garbage - Tuesday and Saturday; Rubbish - Wednesday, November 27

Residents scheduled for recycling on Thanksgiving Day are asked to put their recyclables out on Thursday, December 5th. All other recycling days remain the same.

Thirty-sixth annual turkey trot

The Turkey Trot Race Committee of Garden City, Inc., will conduct its 36th annual Merrill Lynch Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2013. You can register on-line at www.gcturkeytrot.com. You can register the day of the race from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The race will form at the St. Paul’s School with the Challenger Division race beginning at 9:00 a.m., the 1.4-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5- mile run is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. The route of the 5-mile race will be as follows: Starting on Stewart Avenue in front of St. Paul’s east to Cherry Valley Avenue continuing south on Rockaway Avenue, west onto First Street onto Cambridge Avenue, north on Whitehall Boulevard, continuing east onto South Avenue to Cherry Valley Avenue back to Stewart Avenue, then west onto Stewart Avenue past St. Paul’s and north on Hampton Road - the final lap will be continuing south on Rockaway to the finishing line at St. Paul’s.

Please continue to shop in Garden City

The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed. Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. Keep in mind that these merchants save you from traveling outside the Village for your needs. Consider the harsh reality if we did not have these businesses here to service our needs. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Quality, selection and outstanding customer service. Shop Garden City first!

Board of Trustees’ meeting schedule

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees’ meetings that will be held in December are on December 5 and December 19, 2013. I encourage all residents to attend Board of Trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of Village issues from a firsthand perspective.

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