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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

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club. 

 

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.


Sports

LI-Kick, the co-ed adult kickball league based in Glen Cove, was formed a little over one year ago and is already making a name for itself on the competitive kickball circuit.  On Saturday, July 12, the league sent two teams to McCarren Park in Greenpoint to compete in a national kickball competition sponsored by Brooklyn Kickball. Teams came from as far away as Toronto, Portland and Atlanta. LI-

Kick was the only league from Long Island to participate. 

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.



Calendar

St. Rocco's Feast - July 30

US Women's Amateur Championship - August 1

Historical  Museum Renaming - August 3


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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