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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

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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