Labor Day Weekend: I wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and fun-filled weekend whether you are here in Garden City enjoying various events or away from the village. If you are in the village over the weekend please enjoy the evening fireworks at the Garden City Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 2 and at the Cherry Valley Club on Monday, Sept. 3.
Village Offices Closed: Village offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Pool Season to End Sept. 3: 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 8 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 recreation commissioner and the entire recreation staff.
Sanitation Collection: Due to the observance of Labor Day, there will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Monday, Sept. 3. 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, Sept. 3 should place recyclables out on Monday, Sept. 10. All other recycling days remain the same.
Drive With Care - Schools Open Next Week: All motorists are reminded that next week marks the opening of the 2012/13 school year in Garden City. Hundreds of youngsters are walking to and from school, many for the first time. Please pay particular attention when driving in the area of recommended pedestrian routes and school yards. 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.
Reminder: The posted speed limit in the area of schools is 20 miles per hour.
Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule: The next meeting of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 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.