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Polish Home Celebrates 90 Years

The hall was filled to capacity, the band was playing a rousing polka and the aroma of golumpki and kielbasa filled the air on Saturday evening, April 13 when the Polish National Home of Glen Cove celebrated its 90th anniversary with a gala banquet that lasted long into the night.

 

The program officially opened with the world-renowned Oginski Male Choir singing the National Anthems of both Poland and the United States, followed by an invocation by Msgr. Richard P. Kopinski of St. Hyacinth R.C. Church.  Among the notable guests were the Hon. Mateusz Stasiek, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland and the Hon. Ralph V. Suozzi, Mayor of the City of Glen Cove.  Representing the Polish American Congress were Frank Milewski, President of the Downstate NY Division and Richard Brzozowski, President of the L.I. Division.  

 

Mayor Suozzi presented President Elzbieta Majewski with a citation on behalf of himself and the members of the Glen Cove City Council commemorating the home on its 90th anniversary and recognizing the many ways in which it has enriched our community with multi-faceted cultural and social activities, promoting an understanding and appreciation of the Polish culture which thrives in the City of Glen Cove. Milewski called the Polish National Home of Glen Cove a “remarkable place” noting that it is “one of the most active and successful ones still around.” 

 

The Polish National Home, located at 10 Hendrick Avenue, was established in 1922 as a place for Polish immigrants who had settled in Glen Cove and the surrounding communities to gather to keep their social and cultural heritage alive.  From its inception, the Polish National Home of Glen Cove has been active in its efforts to end political repression in Poland by providing post-WWII support for Polish refugees and sending aid to the Polish people in Communist-ruled Poland.  

 

Today, the home provides a means of promoting Polish culture, customs, language and the arts for Polish Americans and Polish nationals living in the area.  A spirit of national pride and tradition is evident throughout the membership.  Members participate in the annual Pulaski Day Parade in New York City and the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Glen Cove.  They continue to keep abreast of current events in Poland and since 1967 the scholarship committee has been awarding academic scholarships to local students of Polish descent.

News

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 



Sports

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


Calendar

Live Music - August 20

Sunset Serenades - August 21

Sea Cliff Beach Concerts - August 22


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