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Good Food For A Good Cause

On Tuesday, July 9, the NSLIJ/Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary hosted one of its major fundraisers of the year at the Glen Cove Mansion. The well-attended restaurant and wine tasting extravaganza was held to benefit the hospital’s new Adult Brain Injury Unit.

 

Those in attendance had the opportunity to roam through two large rooms at the mansion and sample food, wine, beer, desserts and gourmet coffees from the 28 local restaurants and beverage merchants who participated in the event.  More than 100 other local businesses and individuals donated merchandise or gift certificates for the popular raffle baskets. 

 

Hospital Director Susan Kwiatek explained the significance of the new Brain Injury Unit, the only New York State-designated, hospital based, adult brain injury rehabilitation center in all of Nassau County.  “We opened the 10-bed unit in April,” said Kwiatek, “and we have been operating at full capacity since then. Eight of the beds are in private rooms allowing for greater supervision and better attention to each patient’s specific needs in the recovery process.  Special attention is paid to the family of the patients and family members are even allowed to spend the night in the room with the patients.”

 

Each year 18,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized with some form of brain injury. The new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital treats patients with severe injuries related to complex stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain hemorrhage, and brain tumors as well as brain injuries related to diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The unit is fully staffed with an inter-disciplinary team including a neuropsychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, speech therapist, and social worker. 

 

With the opening of the new unit, Glen Cove Hospital continues to be an outstanding community based health care facility.

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

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.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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