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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

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. 


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.


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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

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