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Glen Cove School District Takes Measures To Improve School Safety

Connecticut tragedy sparks fear in community

On Monday morning, in the wake of a tragedy that left 20 schoolchildren and eight adults dead in Connecticut, parents and teachers returned to school with a new fear and new questions regarding what will be done to protect the children of this community from any type of copycat crimes. 

Faculty meetings were held at every school in the Glen Cove City School District. Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria said in addition to providing instructions, the meetings also allowed staff the opportunity to vent and cry.

“Today we are dealing with the emotional aspects of fear, and making the children feel safe and secure,” said Laria. “Teachers must show quintessential professionalism by putting on their game faces even though their hearts are broken.”

As far as security measures go, Laria said that, in addition to making sure all front doors are locked, all classroom door locks in the schools have been checked to make sure they are working and in compliance with fire regulations. He said that all principals have been asked to look at their school safety plan and to implement and execute it accordingly.

Police training exercises will be held at Glen Cove High School during the upcoming Christmas break, and Laria said a meeting is scheduled in January with the mayor and police chief to reassess procedures. 

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “Appropriate precautions are being taken to ensure that our precious children are protected in the wake of this overwhelming and senseless act of wanton violence, cruelty and cowardice…I have long fought for rational measures of gun control and to keep high-capacity magazines and weapons out of the hands of those who should never be allowed to use them. I will continue to do so.”

Glen Cove School Board President Joel Sunshine said, “The tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut has devastated people throughout the world. We, too, in Glen Cove are hugging our children and grandchildren even tighter, while searching for answers to this unspeakable crime.

“The board of education is making sure that our district is doing all it can to continue to secure our buildings and protect our children and employees. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown.” 

News

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 



Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

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YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


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