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Glen Cove Celebrates Diversity

‘Unalike and equal’

For more than 35 years, February has been recognized as Black History Month, and Glen Cove has a long tradition of honoring the diversity in this community.

“We celebrate diversity as an asset to be nurtured in Glen Cove,” said Dr. Joseph Laria, superintendent of the Glen Cove School District, at the recent birthday commemoration ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Here in Glen Cove, we are blessed to educate all of the children of the world.”

Diversity was, in fact, the theme of the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration held on Monday, Jan. 21, when city officials, school administrators and local clergy came together to highlight the values Dr. King stood for, and to remember to keep his dream alive.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi, who received a citation from County Executive Ed Mangano’s office for his commitment to hosting the annual event, said, “I see faces of mankind in one community. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of equality and his lessons are timeless…there is no picking and choosing who to accept. In Glen Cove, we all work together, which makes it a special place to be.”

The Voices of Peace Choir and the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale performed selections including “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Glory, Glory Hallelulah.” The high school drum line also performed for the crowd, making the day’s celebration both moving and entertaining.

Orion Marchese, a member of the Birthday Commemorative Commission, said, “Diversity is the glue that holds us together…when you peel back all the pieces, we are all in essence the same…it is up to us to teach our children to teach others as equals…we are unalike and equal.”

Rev. Betsy Simpson spoke about what she said was a climate of fear in the U.S., ans how children are suffering as a result. She stressed the importance of “building a loving community in America.”

“The struggle is not over,” said Rev. Alfred Evans. “Peace comes before diversity. We must remember his dream not just for one day, but every day of the year. Love one another, stop hating on one another. You must carry on the fight.”

News

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


Calendar

Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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