The Glen Cove Fire Department now has a piece of history in Pratt Park. Twelve years after the attacks on the twin towers, an artifact from the site has been created into a monument, dedicated to members of the Glen Cove Fire Department.
The section of a beam retrieved from the site was secured by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce two years ago, and Executive Director Phyllis Gorham had been coordinating the creation of the beam into an outdoor sculpture for all to admire and reflect on ever since.
“This is to commemorate those who risk their lives every day to do their jobs,” said Gorham.
Gorham said she enlisted the help of Anthony Tripp, then the fire chief, who was instrumental in getting the beam delivered to Tom Molloy of Tom’s Lawnmower Service in Glen Head. Molloy put his creativity in motion to design the beam into artwork worthy to both commemorate the 9/11 event and to honor those who continue to put their lives on the line as firefighters. Molloy worked diligently on his design and voluntarily devoted much of his time making sure his vision was accurately portrayed. In turn, the sculpture required a monument in which it would be placed. The base was donated by Maggie and Hugh Tanchuck, owners of North Shore Monument in Brookville and is the finishing touch for this magnificent monument.
Gorham thanked everyone for their contributions, noting that it only took “one phone call” to get the Tanchuks on board.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Maggie Tanchuk. “We were thinking about the heroes of this community.”
The evening’s program included prayers from local clergy, a dedication of the monument by Gorham and Mary Stanco, president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, the singing of the National Anthem by Sabrina Ali, and a Blessing of
First Responders by Rev. John Burns, the chaplain of the GCVFD, from Community Gospel Church. Michael Mienko, a member of the GCVFD, played Taps bagpiper Robert Lynch played “Amazing Grace.” Anthony Tripp was the Master of Ceremonies.
“The memories of this day are never far from our hearts or minds,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “There are some who believe this belongs in history but we will never forget. We are here today as human beings, as Americans, to remember the sacrifice of others.”
Chief Bobby Marino spoke about the dedication of the members of the fire department, and how they all spent a lot of time at Ground Zero. “Remember, we all helped in any way we could, and remember those who perished.”
“This time of year is about forgiveness (in Judaism)...but it’s hard, even 12 years later. Will we forgive if we ever get an apology? God bless those who have perished and let us, in their memory, choose life,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman, from Congregation Tifereth Israel.
“Surely we honor the fallen more truly when we come together,” said Rev. Betsy Simpson from the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. “We must not allow that day to destroy us or define us.”
Glen Cove’s Poet Laureate Victoria Crosby read a poem that she wrote titled “A Tribute To Heroes.”
“No one sets out to be a hero,” she read. “They do what has to be done.”
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.