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Sandy: A Hurricane Of Historic Proportions

Glen Cove, surrounding areas get hit hard

Glen Cove, along with the rest of Long Island, was hit by the now infamous Hurricane Sandy on Monday Oct. 29. The well-known “Frankenstorm” was predicted a few days before Monday and received its nickname due to having both the characteristics of a tropical storm and features of a cold front. The storm took an unusual turn inland from the coast because of the low pressure coming from Canada, making the devastation on the North Shore both unusual and more powerful than expected. The storm was a mixture of the most uncommon elements to ever occur in the Long Island and New York City area in history.

The natural disaster has taken a toll on local families who are still living with no power, and relief teams have been working non-stop to bring the city back to normalcy. The Red Cross contributed its help to Glen Cove by providing a disaster relief center at the Glen Cove High School immediately, while school was out - a place to charge electronic devices and rest. East Island was one of the most blighted areas by the storm, with waves higher than 20 feet coming in from the Long Island Sound and flooding most homes and streets on the island. Enormous trees were completely uprooted and sprawled over front lawns. Police enforced the bridge entrance, and only allowed residents to enter by checking IDs, beginning the following morning.

Live electrical wires were also a major concern during the hurricane, leaving a few homes harmed, but luckily none were reported to have been completely lost to fire.

The first days after the storm were dangerous days to be on the road. Cars were subjected to driving under fallen wires and weaving around downed trees on common roads. Roads have been lined with LIPA trucks, sanitation trucks and police vehicles, with officers working around the clock to ensure roads are safe. Mayor Suozzi announced on the Glen Cove website on Nov. 1 that it would be seven to 10 days until power is back in most places.

Incredibly, the mail was still delivered on time on Tuesday, Nov. 6, which demonstrates how determined and hardworking the Glen Cove employees are. Police officers have worked many hours of overtime for the community between directing traffic, assessing damage, and monitoring gas lines. LIPA has worked around the clock getting power back, and has made substantial progress since the initial storm, to the present day. Places with underground wires or no wires down still had damage due to substations powered by main lines. Downed wires and trees that had fallen onto main roads were a top priority, along with critical care facilities. Neighborhoods by Burger King and the hospital had received power back as soon as Wednesday.

Even with some power back, it is gas that has been a real concern for residents. Mobil and Hess are a few examples of gas stations with lines that have been averaging a wait of almost four-plus hours. Cars lined up could be seen down from Hess past the fire department, and from Mobil all the way into Sea Cliff. Many residents not only need gas for their cars, but have been using it for generators to heat their homes. Gas has been rationed to $50 per customer or car, and has been strictly enforced. Some patrons are waiting on lines or leaving cars unattended on lines before gas has even been delivered.

A few local restaurants stayed in business to feed families in need the Tuesday after the storm. The following morning, Bagel Café worked on generators and gas ovens to constantly produce fresh bagels, with lines averaging an hour-plus wait time. Henry’s was also opened for service to provide a place to go and eat, for families without power or food. In the evening, Forest Pizza did the same, by providing warm pizza pies for families without working kitchens. Mayor Ralph Suozzi and former mayor Tom Suozzi were spotted in Forest Pizza that evening, and Tom announced, “We should all give the owners a round of applause for being open and feeding our community during this time!” Patrons clapped with gratitude in the packed pizzeria. The Downtown Café offered a cozy and warm place to grab a drink, after a stressful storm.

The city is finally finding its way back to a regular routine. While most traffic lights have been fixed, the LIRR Oyster Bay line is also in service as of Sunday, Nov. 4. Please check the schedule for new hourly train times. More and more businesses are opening back up after a week hiatus.

If you see LIPA employees, firemen, EMTs, hospital employees or police officers, please thank them for all their long hours and hard work.

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


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