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Invasive Vine Threatens Native Habitats

Volunteers joined forces with museum workers at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove on Saturday, June 15, to wage war against a relatively new invasive vine that spreads rapidly and then quickly chokes out native wild flowers and other plants that local wildlife depend on.

 

Mile-a-Minute (persicaira perfoliata) is so named due to its extremely rapid rate of growth. 

 

“A single vine can grow to a length of 20-25 feet by the end of the summer,” said Kathryne Natale, president of the Friends of Garvies.  Natale further explained that Mile-a-Minute is not native to North America at all and was first discovered in our area at Garvies Point Preserve by a museum worker less than 10 years ago.  Since then, Mile-a-Minute has been spotted at various locations along Hempstead Harbor, including Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor, The Sands Point Preserve and several private residences.

 

Jennifer Wilson-Pines, invasive weed expert and co-president of the North Shore Chapter of the Audubon Society, which has “adopted” Garvies Preserve, was on hand to explain how to identify the vine and how to remove it.  “Mile-a-Minute is a pretty vine of Asian origin and most likely an escaped ornamental,” said Wilson-Pines. “It has distinctive triangular leaves and produces blue berries in August.”  

 

Mile-a-Minute grows along borders in open areas and meadows. “It is important to remove it before it sets seed,” continued Wilson-Pines.  The berries can be carried by birds, wind and even water.  The vines should be pulled out from their roots.  Wilson-Pines cautioned anyone pulling out this vine to wear gloves. The vine is covered in tiny thorns, earning it the nickname “Devil’s Tear-Thumb!”


News

Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family. 


In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.


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