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Peek To The Past

The North Shore Historical Museum opened its doors to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 19, after years of raising funds and completing renovations and restorations. The museum occupies the Justices Court Building on Glen Street, which was vacant for more than a decade.

“The building was in terrible disrepair,” says Brian Mercadante, museum president. 

Mercadante, says they first tried to get the property back in 1997, a process that took eight years, and money was the biggest holdup. Besides doing a lot of renovations, including a handicap ramp and putting on a new roof, they had to get grants. According to Mercadante, they began with only $1000 in funding and eventually raised $750,000.

The building itself is historical, making it an ideal location for preserving the rich history of the North Shore. 

“We thought it would benefit the community at large, and it creates more parameters for more portions of history,” says Mercadante.

 The opening ceremony, held on the 104th anniversary of the original opening of the building by the town of Oyster Bay in 1908, mirrored the building’s original façade and interior.  Museum members, guests and visitors were able to take tours of the building and to hear of planned exhibits.

Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Mercadante cut the opening ribbon and Museum Director Colleen Yoder hosted tours and explained the museum’s future plans.

Initially, the museum will be open Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided group tours will also be available. Chartered by the New York State Department of Education, the museum plans to showcase a wide variety of artifacts and archives depicting Long Island’s “Gold Coast.“

According to Yoder, the exhibits will include documents, art work, photographs and a unique collection of oral histories recording the memories and histories of many North Shore residents.

The completely restored building is a National Historic Landmark Building. Fees:  Museum members free; non-members $5 adults, $4 seniors and teens, children free. To reserve a tour call  801-1191 or visit the  website at  www. northshorehistoricalmuseum.org.  

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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