Blaise Rafino and his wife, Diane, have been very busy this summer catering to their faithful customers at Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Glenwood Landing. The couple, married for 42 years, are community mainstays in their 58 Shore Road store at the corner of Scudders Lane—one of the last bait and tackle shops still in business on Long Island.
“We have a lot of families who’ve been coming to us for years and they bring their children, and when their children grow up, they come to us,” says Diane. “Right now it’s snapper season so we have a lot of the local kids buying bait.”
Duffy’s, originally on Shore Road in Glen Cove, was owned by Thomas Duffy. The Rafinos took over the store in 1984 and stayed in Glen Cove until 1999, when they moved to the current location. Next year will be their 15th anniversary in the community.
“Tom had that store for over 40 or 50 years,” says Blaise. “I used to work in the wholesale bait business in Brooklyn and catered to the Duffy family on occasion. When he retired we bought the store from him.”
Like many businesses on Long Island, Duffy’s was affected by the economic standstill caused by Hurricane Sandy. Luckily the store did not suffer any major damage.
“The water from Hempstead Harbor came halfway up our street but fortunately did not reach us,” says Diane. “When we came back we were lucky enough to still have our heat and electricity, which was something we didn’t have at our
home in Huntington.”
The most challenging time for the Rafino family, which includes four children, was in 2008 when an electrical fire gutted the entire store. The couple was forced to do business in a makeshift trailer set up on the perimeter of the property.
They operated this way for months while the store was rebuilt from the ground up.
“What amazed me the most was that the customers who we’ve served over the years rushed down to help us through the whole ordeal,” says Diane. “It showed a true spirit and loyalty, and we are lucky enough to still be here.”
Duffy’s sells everything from rods and reels to popular baits for fresh and saltwater. They even repair rods and reels on site. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.