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The Village of Garden City and Garden City Chamber of Commerce will host the Friday Night Promenades through the summer season. Each week will have a Different theme, fun giveaways, music and activities for the entire family!

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  • Red Door Spa Privilege Program
  • Save the Date: October 23 - The 2015 INN Luncheon in honor of Heidi & Stephen Distante

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Don ClavinSpeaker
Susanne Stover
Senior VP and CFO
New York Racing Association (NYRA)


The Impact of the Belmont Stakes
and Other Sports Events on the Local Economy

On Tuesday, June 9, at the Garden City Chamber’s season finale luncheon program, Guests enjoyed hearing Susanne Stover, SVP and CFO of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) speak about the “Impact of the Belmont Stakes and other Sports Events on the Local Economy.” The talk was particularly interesting since American Pharoah had won the Belmont Stakes Triple Crown just three days before, the first horse to win it in 37 years. Even more entertaining at the luncheon was the appearance of two of the Belmont Stakes jockeys and Sam the Stakes bugler.

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The 18th Annual Belmont Festival returned to Seventh St., Garden, City, on June 5, the eve of the Belmont Stakes. There was entertainment, live music and plenty of activities for the youngsters including face painters, pony rides and games; and as always, great food for all! Returning were the young dancers from Garden City's Broadway Bound Dancer Center. The festival's four great bands included the Fivestone Rock Band, the New Vintage Orchestra, Jerry & The Newcomers and Blues Hangover (formerly Speak Easy).
Also the poster contest for young students plus the ever popular Wing-Off Competition with local restaurants competing for the best wings. The Winner of the “Wing Off” contest was Garden City’s Prost Grill & Garten with half of the proceeds benefiting the Chamber Foundation.The Belmont Festival Committee thanks contributing sponsors, the New York Racing Association and Stifel Investment Services.

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2015 Honorees

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce honored four extraordinary individuals at its 2015 Pineapple Ball on May 8, at the Garden City Hotel. The Pineapple Ball gala is highly regarded as Garden City's premier business and social event.  Guests celebrated the honorees while enjoying a fabulous repast and dance to the music of the renowned Ales Donor Orchestra.

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It was a grand and glorious Easter Sunday as Mother Nature came through with bright sunshine for the Chamber’s 60th Easter Sunday Vintage Car Parade on April 5. Hundreds of vintage and classic specimens rolled down Franklin Ave. and up Seventh Street in all their spectacular glory. Acknowledged as Long island’s “King of Car Parades and Exhibits,” the event serves as the opening day for car enthusiasts throughout Long island, the metropolitan area and beyond.

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Don ClavinDonald X. Clavin, Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes served as keynote speaker at the Chamber’s spring luncheon program on February 11 at the Garden City Hotel.  Clavin said he was delighted for the opportunity to help shed light on a few of the Town’s pressing initiatives; among them, the effectiveness of the Town’s recycling program and state of the art shredding project, plus the stepped up program to repair wide-spread pot holes caused by an unusually severe winter.  He discussed property tax issues and the effectiveness of the Town’s unique Tax Mobile and tax reminder program.  During his tenure, Don Clavin has been committed to the provision of enhanced service while being fiscally responsible.

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Mayor John J. WatrasAt the Garden City Chamber of Commerce luncheon program on February 11 at the Garden City Hotel, Mayor John Watras presented a comprehensive overview of the state of the Village along with what he envisions for the future of Garden City.
Continually promoting the concept to shop and dine in Garden City and its benefits, Mayor Watras spoke of anticipated improvements behind the stores on “Merchants Way” (the “T-Zone,” originally designed to serve as the community shopping center). He envisioned further improvements on Franklin Avenue as well. The Mayor reported that the Village’s technology has been revolutionized and that cost effectiveness is constantly being updated.
An alumnus of Garden City High School, and having come up through the ranks of Village government, John made clear his sincere affection for the Village. He commended past and present Village administrators and the executive staff while extolling the multitude of volunteers in the many areas throughout the Village.

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The Village of Garden City staged the first of what is hoped will become a Christmas Holiday tradition on Garden City’s Seventh Street this past December 11. The event featured a live performance by the Fivestone Band, a visit from Frozen’s “Queen Elsa” and sister”Princess Anna.” For the youngsters, there was face painting, a balloon twister, hayrides, a fire truck, Santa and his elves; for the “grown-ups,” shopping in stores that stayed open late for this special event. Adding to the festivities were drums of fire manned by Garden City firefighters. All in all, this first “Christmas Spectacular” set a new tradition
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tree lightingPictured, back row, L-R: Stephanie Cullum, president, Garden City chamber; Nick Episcopia and Brian Daughney, Village Trustees; Garden City Mayor John Watras; Village Trustees John DeMaro and Theresa Trouve; John Wilton, Chamber Director; Village Trustees Dick Silver and Dennis Donnelly; Joanne Adams, John Appelt and Althea Robinson, Chamber Directors; Laura Schaefer, NC Legislator; Roger Eltringham and Patti Donnelly, Chamber Directors; Don Clavin, Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes and Ed Ambrosino. Children in foreground: (L-R): Eamon Daughney, Margaret Clavin and friend Sara.

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Tree LightingPlanners for Garden City’s 60th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony include (L-R): Tom McCambridge, 1st Vice President, Garden City Chamber; John Appelt, 2nd Vice President; Althea Robinson, Executive Director; Patricia Donnelly, Chamber Director and  representative of Astoria Bank, Chamber Holiday Program sponsor; and Stephanie Cullum, Chamber President.

With an added chill in the air, Mother Nature once again smiled upon the Garden City Chamber of Commerce’s 60thth annual Village Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by Astoria Bank for Garden City’s 20th Holiday Season.   A record-breaking crowd of residents with children and visitors turned out at the Village Gazebo to enjoy holiday tunes performed by the Garden City High School’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and music by the renowned Fivestone Band.  As is tradition, Santa arrived on the huge fire truck turned sleigh to assist Mayor John Watras in the lighting of the Village trees.  The Chamber thanks Astoria Bank, the Village Parks, Recreation, Police and Special Police along with the Fire Department which provided hot chocolate along with crowd-pleasing refreshments donated by Bagelman, Dunkin’ Donuts, The Garden City Hotel, Key Food Marketplace, Kings Supermarket and My Three Sons Bagel Café.

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On December 1st
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2014 Pineapple Ball HonoreesMeet the 2014 Pineapple Ball Honorees!
Citizen of the Year
Vinny Muldoon
Old World Quality Corp.
Community Achievement Award
Robert Cunningham
Chair, Village Zoning Board of Appeals
Business Person of the Year
Patrick Longo
Sunflowers Fine Arts
President Award
Dr. Robert Scott
Adelphi University

All proceeds from the event benefit the
refurbishing of The Toll Lodge, home of
the Garden Ctiy Chamber of Commerce

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taste of garden city On November 19, for the 8th consecutive year, Lord & Taylor hosted the Garden City Chamber’s “Taste of Garden City” after hours networking event. Twelve Garden City restaurants and eating establishments, members of the Chamber, provided an array of dinner-size culinary specialties in Lord & Taylor’s elegant Sarabeth Café. Participants included AAA New York, Calogero’s, Food For Thought, Grimaldi’s, Kings Supermarket, La Bottega, Sarabeth Restaurant, Season’s 52 Uncle Bacalas, and Walk Street.

Bittersweet was the Chamber’s goodbye and well wishes to Joseph Ricaurte, who for the past nine years had served as vice president and general manager of Lord & Taylor’s Garden City Branch.

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While she had originally been invited to join Bruce Blakeman (R), regrettably, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D), candidate for the U.S. Congress, 4th District, was not able to fit the Chamber's Season kick-off luncheon into her schedule. However, the Chamber very much appreciated hearing from Candidate Bruce Blakeman.

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day-at-the-racesThe Garden City Chamber charitable Foundation once again held its annual “Day at the Races” at Belmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 20. At noon,guests enjoyed a fabulous buffet luncheon in the private Belmont Room plus a fabulous silent auction. Races were held throughout the afternoon.


The Ralph V. Souzzi Reception was held Tuesday, July 22 at REVEL Restaurant & Bar. The reception was hosted by the Garden City Chamber and the Albanese Organization.


The 17th annual Belmont Festival in Garden City returned to Seventh Street on Friday, June 6 from 6-10 p.m. There was entertainment, live music, and plenty of activities for the youngsters including face painters, pony rides and games, and as always, great food for all! Back by popular demand was the young dancers from Garden City’s Broadway Bound Dance Center. The festival’s fiour great bands include the Fivestone Rock Band, Jerry & the Newcomers, the New Vintage Orchestra, Nor’easter (formerly Speak Easy).

Also returning was the poster contest for young students plus the ever popular Wing-Off Competition with local restaurants competing for the best wings. The Belmont Festival Committee thanks contributing sponsors – the New York Racing Association and Stifel Nicolous Investment Services.


re-development of nassau coliseumratnerOn Wednesday, June 11, 11:30 a.m., at the Garden City Hotel, the Chamber held its 2013/14 season finale luncheon. The Chamber welcomed Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman, Forest City Ratner Companies and developer of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, who will spoke on the much-looked-forward-to re-development of the Nassau County Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

With construction to begin in 2015, the building will open in 2016 with an expected schedule to exceed 300 events per year!

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Starting another season of Friday Evening Promenades, when Seventh Street once again comes alive with music, great food and lots of hometown community spirit.
Returning on June 13 was the Fivestone contemporary rock band. Added this year is face painter and a balloon twister for the youngsters plus other surprises to be announced! Restaurants and eateries the provide their best for al fresco dining.

The Promenades will continue throughout the summer and early fall with the exception of the Fourth of July which falls on Friday. Come on down!

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Nearly 400 guests packed the Grand Ballroom of the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, May 9 to celebrate the 12th annual Pineapple Ball gala acknowledged as Garden City’s premier business and social event.

Celebrating the partnership of business and community, Chamber members and guests gathered to honor Ken Aneser, race director and the Garden City Turkey Trot Committee, “Citizens of the Year;” Anne Sullivan, Garden City High School’s boys and girls swimming and Diving Coach, recipient of the “Community Achievement Award;” Lisa Smith, proprietor of Coquette Boutique, “Business Person of the Year;” and Bob Schoelle, recipient of the coveted “President’s Award.”

Additionally, Garden City High School senior, John Cauchi was recognized as the winner of the “Althea Robinson Excellence in Business Education Scholarship” awarded by the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, philanthropic arm of the Chamber.

Following the presentation to these remarkable individuals, guests danced the night away to the music of the renowned Alex Donner Orchestra.

Joanne K. Adams and Jacqueline M. Goode were honored to co-chair the 12th Annual Pineapple Ball They wish to thank their sub-committee co-chairs and their respective committees for another fabulous event celebrating the partnership of business and community.

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It was a grand and glorious Easter Sunday as Mother Nature once again smiled upon the Chamber’s 59th annual Vintage Car Parade and Show.  Hundreds of vintage and classic specimens rolled down Franklin Avenue and up Seventh Street in all their spectacular glory!  Acknowledged as “Long island’s king of car parades,” the event was opening day for car enthusiasts throughout Long Island, the metropolitan area and beyond.  Thanks to a legion of Chamber volunteers plus assistance from the Police, Special Police, Public Works, Parks Departments and our Village florists, sunshine and perfect temperatures, the day was labeled one of the best car parades ever!


On Tuesday evening, April 8, The Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the Albanese Organization, Inc., welcomed members of the business and residential community to the Revel Restaurant & Bar, 835 Franklin Avenue, to enjoy the Chamber’s Spring After Hours Networking Event from 6-8 p.m.

This special event also welcomed Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC to their new location at 1010 Franklin Ave. Guests welcomed spring, and were treated by Jim Doukas, owner, to an array of Revel’s globally-inspired hors d’oeuvres along with a selection of fine wines.

The local press has touted Revel as a “sophisticated suburban restaurant with a Manhattan beat.” This bright new restaurant adds new verve and vitality to the upper east side of Franklin Avenue’s established reputation as “restaurant row.”

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spring luncheon
spring luncheon

At the Garden City Chamber of Commerce luncheon program on March 26, Dan Eichhorn, PE, Vice President, Customer Service, PSEG Long Island presented an overview of PSEG Long Island with an in-depth update of PSEG’s goals and commitments to the residents of Long Island. PSEG’s focus is on creating a really great company which will operate in every aspect in the best interest of Long Island residents. Mr. Eichhorn noted that PSEG has a 5-year plan which places strong focus on reliability, excellence of performance, improvement in storm response and overall customer satisfaction. “We aim to be there in every aspect for the people of Long island.”


Ed ManganoChristopher P. Wright, member of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) Board of Directors spoke on the History of NIFA: Initiation of the 2011 Contral Period Interaction with Nassau County and State of NY, at the Chamber's January 29, 2014 lucheon.

Mr. Wright has been a member of the NIFA Board since 2007, having been originally appointed by Governor Spitzer on Comptroller DiNapoli's recommendation. He is the Regional Managing Director for Protiviti's Eastern United States region. He has over 25 years experience as an external auditor including six years as a partner at tow global accounting firms - Arthur Anderson and KPMG. The Chamber's luncheon series is held at the Garden City Hotel.

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