The Five Things You Should Know Aug. 21:
1. Composting: More than 1,800 residents have pre-registered to receive a composting unit or rain barrel from the Town of Hempstead. Have you? Read more about this eco-friendly practice here.
2. Boot Camp: Barbara's Beginner Bootcamp kicks off Sept. 12 at BODY30. Call 328-0088 and speak to Sara or Barbara for details and to confirm your spot.
3. Blogging: Patch blogs give anyone from gardening enthusiasts to community leaders to local business owners the power to easily share ideas, expertise, questions or even just a cool photo with the whole neighborhood. If you've got something to say and are interested in blogging for us, apply here.
4. Giving: A study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy released Monday looked at every zip code in the United States to gauge just how generous each community across the country is toward charities. So how did Garden City rate? Click here to find out.
5. Proclamation: Mayor Don Brudie presented Garden City professional firefighter Michael Morgan with a village proclamation for his "heroic" deed. Find out what he did when our story goes live this morning at 9 a.m.