Western Property Owners Association Seeks Student Ambassadors

Ambassador Applications Due April 1, 2018.

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is offering the opportunity for Garden City High School students to serve as “Student Ambassadors” to the WPOA. The WPOA is an organization based in Garden City, whose purpose is to protect the interests of the residents of the Western Section of Garden City. The Student Ambassador Program is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to Garden City’s Village Government through attendance at Village government meetings, participation in WPOA meetings, and the development and coordination of a community service project.

The selected ambassador serves a two year term during his or her high school junior and senior years. Qualifications for candidates include the following:

• Be a resident of Garden City whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are members of a POA;

• Preferred, but not required, resident of the Western section of Garden City;

• Be a high school junior or senior during the 2018-19 school year;

• Be available for Village meetings and WPOA meetings;

• Have an interest in learning about and participating in local government.

High School Student Ambassador responsibilities are as follows:

• Attend WPOA meetings (typically the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 P.M.);

• Attend one or two other monthly Village government meetings and/or School Board meetings and report back to the WPOA on the impact the issues discussed may have on residents of the Western Section and the Village at large. Dates and agendas for Village government meetings can be found on the Village website at http://www.gardencityny.net/ while the Garden City School District calendar can be found at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us/;

• Completion of the Ambassador’s agreed service project;

• Delivery of a report to the WPOA at the end of the Ambassador’s two year term outlining his/her accomplishments during the term and thoughts on ways to further improve the program.

Interested students may download the application and mail the application or complete the form below. 

Our mailing address is: WPOA, P.O. Box 7976, Garden City, NY 11530. Garden City High School students may also submit their applications to Jeanette Ballantic, the Social Studies curriculum coordinator of Garden City Public Schools. Following submission of an application, candidates may be interviewed by representatives of the WPOA before the selection of an Ambassador is made. 

Applications may also be emailed to Gerry Kerry at gerry7th@gmail.com

If you need more information please contact Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800.

We will consider any high school student 2018-19 who has a strong interest.  Our process has a deadline of 4/1 but we may start interviewing early because of the need we have for Spring outreach programs.

Application deadline is no later than April 1, 2018.
High School Ambassador Application
Western Property Owners Association


Nominating Committee for Board of Directors formed January 16 from audience

Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors

Hereafter​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Electors​ ​Meeting​ ​in​ ​January,​ ​there​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​formed​ ​a​ ​committee​ ​to​ ​be​ ​known​ ​as​ ​the Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​to​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​seven​ ​(7)​ ​Voting​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the Association​ ​at​ ​least​ ​three​ ​(3)​ ​of​ ​whom​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​other​ ​than​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors,​ ​and appointed​ ​and​ ​elected​ ​officials​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village​ ​and​ ​School​ ​District.​ ​Five​ ​(5)​ ​members​ ​of​ ​this​ ​committee shall​ ​constitute​ ​a​ ​quorum.​ ​If​ ​the​ ​membership​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Village​ ​and​ ​School​ ​Board Trustees​ ​meets​ ​the​ ​criteria​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors,​ ​that​ ​committee​ ​may continue​ ​to​ ​nominate​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​officers​ ​and​ ​directors.

The​ ​notice​ ​for​ ​the​ ​January​ ​Electors​ ​Meeting​ ​shall​ ​advise​ ​the​ ​general​ ​membership​ ​that​ ​this​ ​Nominating Committee​ ​will​ ​be​ ​formed.​ ​The​ ​chair​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​will​ ​be designated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​president​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association.​ ​The​ ​president​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​or​ ​his​ ​designee​ ​shall​ ​act as​ ​an​ ​advisor​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Directors​ ​and​ ​Officers​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee.

Immediately​ ​following​ ​the​ ​formation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​committee,​ ​the​ ​Secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​and​ ​Publicity Director​ ​shall​ ​advertise​ ​that​ ​the​ ​WPOA​ ​is​ ​seeking​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​Officers​ ​and​ ​Directors​ ​on​ ​the Association​ ​website,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​official​ ​newspaper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village,​ ​and​ ​by​ ​other​ ​means​ ​approved​ ​in​ ​the By-laws.​ ​Applicants​ ​will​ ​send​ ​letters​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​President​ ​no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​February​ ​10.

The​ ​responsibilities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​members​ ​and​ ​chair​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​include​ ​a​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the letter​ ​of​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​resumes​ ​of​ ​all​ ​candidates,​ ​a​ ​interview​ ​(either​ ​in​ ​person​ ​or​ ​by​ ​teleconference)​ ​with each​ ​candidate​ ​to​ ​clarify​ ​the​ ​candidate’s​ ​intent​ ​and​ ​to​ ​answer​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​position​ ​being sought,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​to​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​candidate​ ​of​ ​the​ ​duties​ ​of​ ​said​ ​position.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​a​ ​candidate​ ​who has​ ​previously​ ​served,​ ​or​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​serving​ ​the​ ​WPOA,​ ​a​ ​personal​ ​interview​ ​may​ ​be​ ​waived.

Members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Nominating​ ​​Committee​ s​​ ​hall​ ​not​ ​include​ ​officers​ ​or​ ​directors​ ​ ​​who​se​ ​​term​s​​ ​​for​ ​​office​ ​​are exp​iring​​​and​​are​​eligible​​for​​​eith​ ​er​​ele​ction​​or​​​re-e​l​ec​ti​on​​​to​​​a​​position​​​as​​​Office​r​​​o​r​​Director.​​M​e​mbers​​of the​​Nominatin​g​​Comm​i​ttee​​shall​​​not​​be​​​nominated​b​​ y​​​th​e​​Nominating​​​Co​mmittee​​​to​​run​​as​​either​​an Officer​ ​​or​ ​a​ ​Directo​r.

On​ ​or​ ​about​ ​March​ ​1,​ ​it​ ​sha​ll​ ​​be​ ​the​ ​​duty​ ​of​ ​​said​ ​​Nom​i​nating​ ​​Co​mmittee​ ​​to​ ​file​ ​a​ ​report​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​with the​ ​Secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Association​ ​​that​ ​contains​ ​​the​ ​names,​ ​addresses​ ​​and​ ​bri​ef​ ​​backgr​ound​ ​of​ ​​th​e members​ ​of​ ​​the​ ​​Association​ ​whom​ ​​they​ ​​nominate​ ​for​ ​e​l​ectio​n​ ​​and​ ​th​eir​ ​​terms​ ​​of​ ​​office.​ ​This​ ​information shall​ ​be​ ​posted​ ​on​ ​the​ ​WPOA​ ​website,​ ​published​ ​in​ ​the​ ​official​ ​newspaper​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Village,​ ​and​ ​​by​ ​other means​ ​approved​ ​in​ ​the​ ​By-laws​.

Any​ ​​fifteen​ ​​(15)​ ​Voting​ ​​member​s​ ​​of​ ​the​ ​​Asso​ciation​ ​​m​ay,​ ​​at​ ​any​ ​time​,​ ​​not​ ​late​r​ ​​than​ ​​twenty​​ ​​(20)​ ​​d​ays pr​i​or​ ​t​o​ ​​the​ ​​s​u​cceeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeting​ ​nominate​ ​any​ ​person​ ​or​ ​pers​ o​n​s​ ​​i​n​ o​​pposition​ ​​to​ ​any​ ​​of​ ​​th​e ca​ndid​a​t​es​ ​nominated​ ​o​n​ ​​the​ ​​regu​l​ar​ ​ticket​ ​​by​ ​filing​ ​wit​h​ ​the​ ​​Secretary,​ ​a​ ​petition​ ​​over​ ​​their​ ​​signatures, which​ ​notice​ ​shall​ ​include​ ​the​ ​address​ ​of​ ​each​ ​signatory,​ s​​howing​ ​their​ ​nomination​ ​​of​ ​​such​ ​​o​pposition candidate​​ or ​​candidates ​​with ​​a ​​​brief​​background​.​​​It ​​​shall ​​​then ​​be ​​the ​​​duty ​​​of ​​​the ​S​​ecretary ​​to ​​mail ​​each resident​,​ ​​at​ ​least​ ​ten​ ​(10)​ ​​days​ ​​prior​ ​to​ ​said​ ​​succeeding​ ​​annual​ ​meeti​ng​ ​​a​ ​​copy​ ​of​ ​th​e​ ​​nominations​ ​​so mad​e​.​ ​No​ ​additional​ ​nominations​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted​ ​at​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​meeting,​ ​at​ ​which​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​vote​ ​for officer​ ​and​ ​directors​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place.


Western Property Owners Association Lights Christmas Tree

On Friday evening, December 8, the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) celebrated the Holiday Season with the lighting of a Christmas Tree on New Hyde Park Road. Staff from the Village of Garden City Volunteer Fire Department, Police Department, and Parks and Recreation contributed to a safe, fun event for all the children and neighbors who attended the annual event. Program MC Sal Nastasi provided a wonderful set of Christmas music, which was complemented by the lovely and talented performers of Broadway Bound, under the direction of owner Debbie Tavernese.

The WPOA thanks its Tree Lighting Committee chairperson, Vice President RoseAnn Vernice, and Director Maureen Dellacona, who were ably assisted by the WPOA’s Student Ambassador Mark Michon. Special appreciation also goes to the Town of Hempstead for providing its showmobile, a perfect stage for the young entertainers, and to the Parks and Recreation Department and Supervisor Steve Espey for making sure the Christmas tree went on! The WPOA welcomed our returning guests: State Assemblyman Ed Ra, Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaeffer, Chamber of Commerce Director John Wilton, Western Section Board of Trustees members Bob Bolebruch and Stephen Makrinos, as well as Central Trustee Theresa Trouve, and Eastern Trustees John Delaney and Mark Hyer, who provided support to make this event a success.

Finally, thank you, Santa Claus, for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us and for bringing your assistants from the Volunteer Fire Department who coordinated the logistics for such a distinguished guest. See you next year!

WPOA Celebrates Record Breaking Year

At the Meet and Greet at Doc O’Gradys earlier this month the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) celebrated a Jet victory, an updated web site and signing up 300 members for the first time in four years. Doc O’Gradys provided delicious food and excellent service throughout the evening’s festivities . President of the WPOA, Gerry Kelly, remarked on the tremendous energy provided by the new Directors and combined with the depth of experience on the Board, 2018 could be a year we shatter all records on the Westside of Garden City.

The December calendar includes an Officer and Director meeting on Wednesday December 6, from 7:30 to 9 PM (open to the public) at the New Senior Center and our Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 8th at 6 PM at corner of New Hyde Park Road and Plattsdale in the shopping district. Vice President RoseAnn Vernice has organized this event with the help of Director Maureen Traxler Dellacona and various village departments.

For more information on the WPOA or to assist in planning our 2018 calendar please contact us or call Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or gerry7th@gmail.com.

Fall Bird Sanctuary Tour

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the Garden City Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) kicked off their fall social calendar of events with a tour of the Bird Sanctuary. The weather was ideal to tour this hidden jewel on Tanners Pond Road. The 45-minute tour was led by Bird Sanctuary Vice President Elizabeth Bailey and Treasurer, Tim Martens. Both were very knowledgeable about the 9-acre nature preserve and its wild life. Also pointed out were many Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects, which added to the charm and function of the Bird Sanctuary.

Pizza, refreshments and goodies were provided. Our lucky 50/50 raffle winner was Kathy Auro drawn by Liz Kelly. The WPOA wished to thank the Bird Sanctuary and their great staff. We encourage all residents to check out our updated website at gcwpoa.com and come to our Fall General Meeting on November 14, 7:30 PM at Homestead School. Please call Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or gerry7th@gmail.com for more information

WPOA asks interested residents to send resumes to our President

If you are interested in serving the Village through the WPOA, we will list various opportunities here in the coming months.  Please send your resume to Gerry Kelly, President of the WPOA (gerry7th@gmail.com ) and we can have it ready for any opening should it occur.  This Wednesday (12/6/2017) the Joint Conference Committee will meet prior to our Officer and Director Meeting to discuss procedures to fill the various committee  assignments in 2018.

Tech Team Launches New Website

At the Spring Officers and Directors meeting of the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) the members voted to form a new Technology Committee with Vice President RoseAnn Vernice as Chair. The committee has been hard at work assessing an overall review of the WPOA’s use of the Internet and achieving a long-term goal of updating our web site.

Tommy Rivera, Director of the WPOA, (owner of Web Media 151 – Internet Solutions Consulting Company) (webmedia151.com), used his expertise to establish an updated web site. President of the WPOA, Gerry Kelly praised the efforts of Tommy and the new committee: “Tommy worked long hours putting the new site together and his team saved the WPOA significant funds through their dedication”, The newly formed Technology Committee consists of Tommy Rivera, Maureen Traxler, Joe Licari, Lauren Grima and chair, RoseAnn Vernice. Over the next month the team and staff of the WPOA will get more training and further improve the site. Please take a look at the site and send any comments to Gerry Kelly at gerry7th@gmail.com or text 302-547-0800.

The WPOA, under the leadership of Director of Membership, Lauren Grima, has also launched a Facebook site “Garden City Western Property Owners Association” for WPOA members.  Please look at the page and spread the word on another new WPOA initiative.

The Technology Committee will be working on a set of regulations to propose to our by laws in 2018. We will review some of the issues at our General Meeting on Tuesday September 19 at 7:30 pm at Homestead School. Please come out and join the WPOA!

Summer Party A Success!

Western Property Owners Association Brings Back Summer Party!

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) Officers and Director brought back the Association’s Summer Party tradition to Edgemere Park on Saturday August 26th. The beautiful weather helped attract a number of new members as the WPOA goal of 350 members for 2017 gets closer!

The WPOA wants to thank the Garden City Parks and Recreation for all the help in setting up the park, providing all the games and supplies, and helping with the clean up.  Walk Street, Doc O’Gradys and Culinary Heights  donated delicious buffalo chicken, wings and cookies making the party even more festive. WPOA members John Park and TJ Michon complimented the business efforts with donations of popcorn and delivered water bottles! Garden City Bistro, Sarah’s Nail and WPOA member Liz Kelly donated gift certificate and Met tickets for our raffle which paid for all expenses and turned a profit under the guidance of WPOA Treasurer Arnold Finamore. Trustee Bob Bolebruch , former President of the WPOA, provided a wealth of knowledge on past summer celebrations which helped the new leadership team of the WPOA tremendously.

Vice President RoseAnn Vernice and spouse Nic hosted the 50-50 table and popcorn maker. Thank you to Directors Lauren Grima, Maureen Traxler , the Vernices, Treasurer Arnold Finamore for coordinating the clean up.

At the party, the WPOA provided a preview of Fall meeting dates and at least one new activity: a tour of the Bird Sanctuary on Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 3 pm. Please mark your calendars for our first meeting in September, Tuesday the 19 at 7:30 pm at Homestead School. A nominating committee for Trustee and Board of Education positions in 2018 will be formed.

The WPOA will have a special announcement in the coming week about a productive summer project and other fun events in 2017 and 2018. To join our WPOA team please call or text Gerry Kelly at 302-547-0800 or email at gerry7th@gmail.com

Thank you to all our neighbors for joining us and providing our team with new ideas and suggestions for 2018!

WPOA Meet and Greet a Success

The Western Property Owners Association held their first Meet and Greet for new Officers and Directors on Friday, May 5th at Public House 55 on New Hyde Park Road. Winners of the Met tickets raffles were new WPOA Vice President RoseAnn Vernice, Trustee Bob Bolebruch, and Dan Preziosi.

Tickets were donated by Bob Nesi and new WPOA President Gerry Kelly. New Directors at the Meet and Greet included Lauren Grima, T.J. Michon, and Joan O’Sullivan. Tom Nastasti, Maureen Traxler Terry McCarthy, Joe Licari and Larry Quinn represented the veteran Directors and appointees of WPOA.

Samantha Holub and Nicholas Mixon Awarded Western Property Owners Association Scholarship

On May 31, the Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) Scholarship in Memory of Past Presidents John F. Traxler, Paul J. Muscarella, and Thomas Whalen was awarded to Samantha Holub and Nicholas Mixon at the Senior Awards Ceremony at the Garden City High School.  WPOA President Gerry Kelly announced the awards and congratulated the Class of 2017 on their remarkable achievements especially in community service. “Garden City students show how much they care for others through their participation in St. Anne’s Respite Care, the Miracle Foundation, and countless other outreach events and community organizations”, Kelly said.  Although Garden City High School’s academic and athletic achievements are extraordinary, President Kelly commented,  “It is the kindness and character of the student body that impresses him the most”.  Our two WPOA honorees, Samantha Holub and Nicholas Mixon, represent this character and kindness through their extraordinary efforts helping others.