Keeping children safe from harm is a parent’s number-one priority, and the City of Glen Cove, in coordination with the school district, has been doing its part to ensure the safety of the students, as well as the entire community.
“We are confident we are doing and have done as much as we can do,” said Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton.
In response to the school shooting in Newtown, CT, the city and the school district took immediate action to secure the schools and assess the security procedures currently in place to see what could be improved. Part of that assessment came in the form of police training at the high school over the winter break.
According to Det. Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove Police Department, the police practiced handling various scenarios regarding possible school violence.
Drills are not a new action for the police department, however. Chief Whitton said that the department has been drilling in schools for active shooter response for the past 7-8 years and that the officers are very familiar with the layouts of the school.
He said the community support for their security drills was not as strong in the beginning, adding, “It’s a different world we live in now, with different attitudes.”
In early January, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, Chief Whitton, the district’s head of security and a representative from BOCES met to discuss what could be done to improve security.
Mayor Suozzi described it as a brainstorming session, going over such issues as who has the authority to take charge in various situations, and how to best “secure our most valuable asset.”
“We are actively engaged and will continue to improve security until we feel satisfied we have reached a level attainable, given the economic resources,” said Mayor Suozzi.
After the meeting, the school district developed a three-pronged strategic plan that pertains to prevention, deterrence, and preparedness and response. Dr. Laria sent an email directing principals to take specific actions to improve security in the schools.
“As we develop a strategic action plan based upon a comprehensive needs assessment, the implementation of the foregoing 12 actions is essential to provide a safer and more secure school environment,” Dr. Laria said in the email.
The actions included:
-Reviewing and implementing the district-wide school safety plan.
-Examining the school’s red bag contents regularly.
-Arranging six lockdown drills every school year.
-Locking classroom doors.
-Formulating a confidential plan to identify students with atypical behavioral tendencies.
-Tightening building entry security.
-Communicating with the GCPD and maintaining regular contact with retired Sgt. Jack McDougal, who was hired by the mayor to act as the liaison between the schools and the police.
-Reaching out to the school district’s safety coordinator.
-Improving school-perimeter security and having a police presence on the grounds.
-Identifying ways to better target-harden the schools.
-Cooperating with the security needs assessment.
-Notifying the superintendent of any untoward incident.
“We’re always proactive regardless of the actions,” said Chief Whitton. “It’s part of our routine patrol strategy to patrol places of worship and schools, any place sensitive to acts of violence. But we have stepped up patrol of the schools.”
He noted that the police department has a good relationship with the schools due in part to participation in the PRIDE program and After 3, and he said that about 12 officers are mentors to students. Because of the relationship, the police have developed an “inroad” to the school population.
“They view us differently than they might otherwise—they look up to us,” Whitton said of the students.
Whitton said it is incumbent on the schools to identify students with behavioral issues. While they feel that no one in Glen Cove has risen to the level of being able to commit a serious action, the schools are always on the lookout for alarming behavior, and will interview the student in question.
“Everyone needs to have their eyes and ears open; if something doesn’t look right, you have to say something.”
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The community elders were celebrated and honored at Senior Recognition Day, held at the Glen Cove Senior Center on May 11. The day’s events included lively music from the Les Stanco Group and the Golden Voices Chorale, a luncheon and accolades to certain seniors.
Many of the centenarians in the community were recognized and given citations by the City of Glen Cove, and two members of the center were presented with awards.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:33
The Sea Cliff Yacht Club kicked off the start of the new season with the annual commissioning ceremony and open house on a rainy Saturday evening, marking the opening of the 122nd season in a club that has undergone some changes and renovations since vlast season.
Harvey Bass, the 46th Commodore of the club, was elected to the position last October just days before Superstorm Sandy struck.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club celebrated their Lacrosse Day on Saturday, May 11. Under cloudy skies and the threat of rain, the seventh and eighth grade ‘Late Knights’ started the day off against Half Hollow Hills and continued to struggle offensively. In the end the lopsided score didn’t reflect the strong effort put in by the Knights. Davey Moore, Russell Perciballi, Anthony Calo and Lucas Salerno each had a goal for Glen Cove. Calo and Salerno, converted defensemen, scored their first career goals on attack. Joey Grella was a force on midfield with two assists. Eric Brown and Perciballi assisted on the other two tallies. Goalie Brendan Whitehead played well but was unable to hold off the Half Hollow attack.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Junior baseball/softball games are now in their fourth week with games in full schedule. Below are results of last week’s games:
The Glen Cove Fire Department Durham Bulls had three games last week. In the first game, they fell to the Hot Rods, 15-12. Matt Basil was 3-for-3 with a homer and two singles. Gavin Conway contributed a single and double as Luciano Tausaysay was also 3-for-3, with a single, double and triple. In the second game, the Bulls defeated the Blue Line Pools Iron Pigs, 13-7. Rodni Leftwich and Ian Cukro had three hits apiece in the team’s win. Leftwich homered and contributed five RBI. Conway added two RBI. Ryan Annunziato belted a go-ahead homer as Tausaysay added a triple and Finn Jenkins had an RBI. In the third game, the Delicious Pizzeria Bees outlasted the Bulls, 11-8. Tausaysay contributed two hits out of three at-bats including a double. Jenkins had a hit and two RBI as Vincent Milano was 2-for-3 with two RBI.