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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

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


Calendar

Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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