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Running For Nicholas

Nicholas Pedone 5K raises nearly $24,000

In an effort to raise money and awareness for 7-year-old Nicholas Pedone, who is battling a rare form of cancer, nearly 1,000 community members participated in a 5K Run/Walk on April 7, raising almost $24,000. The fundraiser was organized by Pedone’s cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Cove High School.

 

The race began and ended at Glen Cove High School, on a windy, brisk Sunday morning. Participants were in good spirits as they crossed the finish line, and the runners included students as well as local figures such as Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Councilman Tony Gallo, and Judge Richard J. McCord. Nicholas covered the course in a golf cart, then ran the last 100 feet to cross the finish line.

Last fall, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, and the community has been coming together in a myriad of ways to show their love and support. Nicholas lives in Glen Cove and goes to Glen Head Elementary.

 

Famiglietti first mentioned the idea in a class he was taking called Community Action Using Student Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E) in the first semester of the school year.  The purpose of the club is to raise money for a specific person or organization in need and donate proceeds to them.  This event was originally scheduled for January but due to weather it was postponed.

Since the class was only one semester and ended in January, Famiglietti, determined to raise awareness for his cousin, continued to organize the event, with the permission of his teacher and school, along with Paulo Coelho, another member of the C.A.U.S.E class.  

 

With Famiglietti’s hard work, he was able to get more than 500 participants pre-registered and more than 50 volunteers to help run the event.  He also reached out to businesses and obtained Glen Cove Land Rover as the sponsor for this event. Additionally, he brought in a professional company to time the walk/run, allowing all the times to be posted by age group shortly after finishing. 

Nicholas was diagnosed on November 2, 2012, and immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. His treatments are very aggressive and planned to last at least 1-1.5 years. He has had five chemotherapy treatments and has already lost all of his hair. Soon, he will go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for a stem cell transplant, and will be there for approximately for month.

For info on his journey, the disease or to donate, visit www.nicholaspedone.com

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

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