Seven-year-old Nicholas Pedone received a special surprise four nights before Christmas: a visit to his home by Santa Claus, who showed up on a fire truck with members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove EMS and Glen Cove Police Department in tow.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, the convoy arrived on the quiet street in Glen Cove where Nicholas lives, and Santa delivered a big bag of gifts to Nicholas’ door. In November, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. Nicholas immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. So far he has had two chemotherapy treatments, and is on an aggressive treatment plan for the next one to two years.
There is very little known about why neuroblastoma occurs, or about what factors increase the risk for occurrence. Seven out of 10 cases are not diagnosed until the disease has spread to other parts of the body. Neuroblastoma accounts for approximately 8-10 percent of all childhood cancer diagnoses. This very rare childhood cancer has only 600 new cases per year in the United States or equivalent to one in every 100,000 children. There is no known cure for relapsed neuroblastoma.
Sergeant Peter DiMaggio, Sergeant Ryan Nardone and Officer Frank DeLuca of the Glen Cove Police Department, along with the support of the GCPD, GCVFD, and GCEMS, were instrumental in bringing the dramatic gift delivery to Nicholas’ home, though members of all departments were very happy to take part in the event, an example of cohesiveness within the Glen Cove community.
As Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Chief Rodni Leftwich said, “We take care of our own.”
For more information on Nicholas’ fight against cancer, or to donate to his cause, visit www.nicholaspedone.com.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.