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Aggressive Driving Enforcement ProgramThe Garden City Police Department has been conducting an aggressive driving enforcement program that has concentrated on violations such as, but not limited to, speeding, tailgating, reckless driving, passing a red traffic light or Stop sign, unsafe lane/turns, failure to yield and passing stopped school buses. During this campaign numerous tickets have been issued for these violations. Many of these vehicle stops for aggressive driving have resulted in vehicle impounds as well as arrests for drug possession, wanted persons, DWI offenses and serious traffic offenses.

Motorists are encouraged to be courteous to other drivers and not retaliate to other persons’ driving habits or mistakes. Road rage incidents often escalate into serious offenses such as assault or other serious offenses. As such, motorists observing serious and dangerous driving behaviors are encouraged to call 911 rather than take matters into their own hands.
Motorists are also advised of new state legislation enacted regarding distracted driving, which includes texting, using a mobile phone and activating or using any portable electronic device while driving. A person convicted of this offense will be assessed five points against their license. The police department will continue to make traffic enforcement a priority in an effort to make our streets safer.

Friday Night Promenades
Every Friday during the summer, Seventh Street will be closed for the popular “Friday Night Promenades” from 6 until 10 p.m. I encourage residents and visitors to make it a point to come down to Seventh Street.
Remaining promenade dates (and themes) are as follows:
• July 29: Big Pineapple Circus
• Aug. 5: Aloha Luau
• Aug. 12: Country Western
• Aug. 19: Swing Into Seventh (Big Band)
• Aug. 26: Sock Hop And Doo-Wop
• Sept. 2: Peace, Love & Music (Woodstock Revisited)
• Sept. 9: The 80s
• Sept. 16: Garden City Spirit
Please be sure to check out this column each week to see what other fun activities are added to this exciting event.

Concert At Gazebo
Once again, compliments are due to the recreation department for arranging the 2016 season’s outstanding concert series at the village gazebo, located on the village green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.

This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, and will feature the Del Satins, singing the hits of the 1960s. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at St. Paul’s School. Please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 if you have any questions pertaining to the concert.

Board Of Trustees Schedule
During July and August, the board of trustees will meet only one time each month. The date for the August board meeting is Thursday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at village hall. I hope that you will be able to attend the meeting in August and future meetings so that you can become involved with your village.

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