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.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.