2014-08-29 / Mayor Office


No Friday Night Promenade tonight
By: John J. Watras

Please be aware that is no Friday Night Promenade this evening. The Friday Night Promenade will resume next Friday night, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. Performing next Friday evening will be the band "Fivestone" (with music from the 60's, 70's and 80's).

This program began in June and I am looking forward to seeing residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that everyone can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants. Also, I know that you will enjoy shopping in the shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you are able to bring your family out to Seventh Street to enjoy outdoor dining, live entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and much more. Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting Friday evening event.

Pool season to end on Monday, September 1

With the arrival of Labor Day and the anticipation of school reopening, comes the third harbinger of Autumn the closing of the Garden City Swimming Pool. (The pool will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Labor Day). Much to the credit of the pool staff, Village residents experienced another safe and enjoyable pool season. I offer my compliments to the Recreation Commissioner and the entire Recreation Staff.

Village offices closed

Village offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8:30 a.m.

Sanitation collection

Due to the observance of Labor Day, there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, September 1. Residences west of Rockaway Avenue will have their garbage collected on Tuesday and Friday and those east of Rockaway Avenue will be collected on Wednesday and Saturday. Rubbish will be collected on Thursday. Those residents scheduled for recycling pickup on Monday, September 1st should place recyclables out on Monday, September 8. All other recycling days remain the same.

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.

Drive with care - Schools open next week

All motorists are reminded that next week marks the opening of the 2014/15 school year in Garden City. Hundreds of youngsters will be walking to and from school, many, for the first time. Please drive carefully and pay particu-lar attention when driving in the area of recommended pedestrian routes, bus stops and schoolyards. This will not be any different than prior years in that a few preoccupied young people will inevitably dart out from in between parked cars or fail to look for oncoming traffic when crossing the street.

Please drive slowly. While the police and crossing guards are on duty at school crossing zones, many children will be crossing at unprotected areas. Parents are urged to discuss safe practices with their children and to remind them that it is very difficult for passing motorists to see them and affect a safe stop.

A reminder to motorists that the posted speed limit in the area of schools is 20 miles per hour.

Telephone calls to the garden city police and fire departments

To report and emergency please dial 911 and state your name, address, nature of emergency and location of the emergency.

Police Department Non-Emergency Number465-4100

Fire Department Emergency Number 746-2800

Fire Department Non-Emergency Number746-1301

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 merchan-dise 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 see-ing everyone in town.

Help the Village keep our central business district clean and beautiful

It is gratifying for everyone to walk through our business districts and observe the noticeable improvement in the cleanliness of the streetscape and parking fields. This was achieved through the collective efforts of our residents who shop within the area, our shopkeepers and the Village employees. My colleagues on the Village Board of Trustees join me in thanking and complimenting all who are involved with this ongoing effort to support the vitality of our business community.

The Village of Garden City continues to invest a great deal of time and money to keep our central business district attractive and clean to make it appealing to our residents and to encourage people to shop in Garden City. While the shop and business proprietors are required to keep the front and rear of their properties clean and swept, the Village supplements these efforts with many receptacles and by having personnel remove paper and debris and to operate a sidewalk sweeper throughout the business district several times each week. The streets and parking fields are swept once a week and the sanitation department collects refuse and garbage within the business district seven days each week.

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 first hand perspective.

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Mayor Watras- are there any

Mayor Watras- are there any pictures of the interior of recently demolished Ellis Hall that can be sent to my email? I've always wondered what it looked like inside. osprey716@gmail.com

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