July 12: Crime, Cutest Canine, Coach Smith and More

A look at the top stories for this Thursday in Garden City.

Here are the Five Things You Need to Know for July 12:

1. Coach Smith: Accolades are still streaming in for Garden City varsity baseball coach Richie Smith, who achieved his 600th team win during the 2011 season. Find out who honored him this morning on Patch.

2. Crime: Garden City police report a spike in residential burglaries this year. As of July 8, 15 residential burglaries were reported in Garden City so far this year. During the same time period in 2011, there were seven reported residential burglaries in the village. Inspector Kenneth Jackson, acting police commissioner, offers residents recommendations to better safeguard their homes. Find out what they are later today on Patch.

3. Cutest Canine: Voting is well underway in our cutest dog contest. Looks like John John is in the lead! Do you have a favorite? Voting ends Wednesday, July 18, at 9 a.m.

4. Garden City U10 Tourney Team: The Garden City U10 tournament team will travel to Staten Island to take on the South Shore National Little League in the Section 5 semifinal Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned for full coverage.

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