2014-08-22 / Mayor Office


A Friday Night Promenade - Seventh Street
By: John J. Watras

Tonight the band "Fivestone" (with music from the 60's, 70's and 80's) will be performing on Seventh Street. Also making an appearance on Seventh Street this evening will be Queen Elsa and her sister Anna (from the Disney Movie "Frozen"). They will conduct a "meet and greet" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Following the meet and greet they will perform. Also this evening, Gina Naomi Baez will be performing beginning at 8:15 p.m.

This program began in June and I am looking forward to seeing many residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the Village.

I encourage residents and visitors to come to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Shops will also remain open during the evening for your convenience.

Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting Friday evening event.

Please continue to shop and dine outdoors 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. I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Police Department News

Each week in this column I will be including information from Commissioner Jackson of our Police Department. This week he has asked that I include the following.

Safety while walking and jogging

We are all interested in physical fitness. Please walk and jog safely. Rule number one: obey the rules of the road, specifically for pedestrians. Jog facing traffic using sidewalks when possible. Obey traffic signals and signs. Please remember, while every driver of a vehicle is expected to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, no pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to stop. Wear light colors and reflective material at night. Most running shoes are made with reflective material. They are especially effective because the running shoes are always in motion. Pay attention, look where you're going, and if you're using your cell phone, ipod or any other device, make sure you can still hear what's going on. Remember that the human body is no match for the automobile. In addition, when walking to a destination after dark, walk along the illuminated sidewalk. For your own safety, never take a shortcut that could bring you into a darkened area away from the view of other pedestrians or vehicular traffic. Please also share this information with your children.

Prevent bicycle thefts

Summer is a time when there is an increased in bicycle thefts. Police urge residents and patrons of the Village to combat against bike theft by securing bicycles with locks and chains when visiting store, schools, or other places such as the Library. Bicycles should not be left unattended or unlocked on front lawns or any other open area. Doors to sheds and garages where bicycles are being stored should also be kept closed and locked.

Best wishes to our college bound students

Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My colleagues on the Village Board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country which will be their temporary homes.

Welcome Adelphi students

Next week will mark the arrival of Adelphi's Class of 2019 onto the Garden City Campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The Board of Trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff as well as the Class of 2017 and all students a most productive year.

The Village wants you to consider Garden City your home away from home during the next four years. While it is my hope that you will never require medical assistance during your stay at Adelphi, it is good to know that Garden City is the home to virtually every medical and dental discipline available and they are centered at 520 and 601 Franklin Avenue and on Seventh Street. We also invite you to visit our shopping areas and many fine restaurants on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road; bring your friends and family, all are welcome.

Board of Trustees' meeting schedule

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on Thursday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend Board of Trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of Village issues from a firsthand perspective. I hope to see you at a meeting in the near future.

S.T.O.P. program

The Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department will conduct its monthly S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The program, which is held at various locations throughout the Town of Hempstead, will make hazardous waste facilities accessible to as many residents as possible.

This Sunday's program will be held at Hempstead Village Department Public Works, 450 Milburn Avenue, Hempstead. The hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Under the S.T.O.P. program, residents are able to take polluting materials to the facility and have them disposed of by a registered professional disposal company, free of charge. The facility will not accept the following materials: Ammunition, Explosives, Commercial Fire Extinguishers, Fireworks, Electronic Recyclable Waste, Infectious or Medical Waste, Propane Tanks larger than 20 pounds, Oxygen Tanks, Radioactive Materials and Unlabeled Materials. Non-conforming or damaged propane tanks can be returned to the establishment that refills your barbeque grill tanks.

The S.T.O.P. Program also offers you a way to promote energy efficiency. Bring your old Incandescent light bulb and exchange if for a new energy efficient bulb (limit of 5 bulbs per household, while supplies last).

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