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When Larry Met Louise

Glen Cove couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

A couple from Glen Cove recently reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Larry and Louise Graziose married on Jan. 20, 1943, and are still happily together all these years later.

“We do everything together,” says Larry. “We work together, and always did, (and will) until our dying day.”

The couple still lives in their own home and are both relatively active and independent. Larry, at age 92, still plays golf two to three days a week and takes mile-long walks on a regular basis when the weather is good. Louise, age 89, still cooks and keeps active with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Larry grew up in Greenvale and is one of 17 siblings; Louise, 89, who was born and raised in Glen Cove, is one of eight.  The couple has seven grandsons and nine great-grandchildren.

“They constantly have support from family,” says their daughter Joan Schiller, indicating that could play a role in their longevity.

The couple met through their siblings; Louise’s sister married Larry’s brother. They were married right after Larry, a World War II veteran, returned from the service. They settled in their home in Glen Cove and never left. Their children and grandchildren have also stayed near.

Joan, who lives down the street from her parents, says her father makes the “best cup of coffee” and has it ready for her at 8 a.m. every day. 

“They worked very, very hard, not wealthy, always struggling,” says Joan. “And believe me, that’s what made their survival. They always strived for something better; they just lived for each other and to raise a family.”

Larry and Louise both agree that hard work and family have been important aspects of their lives. 

“Don’t look back, look forward,” says Larry. “ That’s my idea.”


News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


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

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com