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Local Designers Transform Estate

A former Pratt estate at 145 Dosoris Lane is currently a showcase for the work of some local talent.  The “Home Is Where The Heart Is” designer showhouse is a benefit for the American Heart Association, and those interested in seeing the newly renovated and redecorated home of Lydia Pratt can visit the house and see first hand just how skilled and creative our local designers are.

 

Showhouse Designer: Greg Lanza

 

Greg Lanza of Greg Lanza Design of Glen Cove says he has worked with producer Tony Manning several times in the past at the Hampton Designer Showhouse and at Old Westbury Gardens. He has also worked on many showhouses for Mansions & Millionaires.

 

 “Visitors know me as a regular and look forward to seeing my designs,” says Lanza. “I enjoy doing them and am one to help a charitable cause.”

 

 Lanza was tasked with redecorating the guest room on the first floor.

 

“I was always intrigued by this particular home and was excited it was selected. I have a circa 1900 Glen Cove home and believe it could have been designed by the same architect.  The details, proportion and construction are very similar to my smaller scale home,” says Lanza.

 

While some designers had to rip up floors to create the desired look, Lanza was a bit luckier with his room. 

 

 “The first floor bedroom already had incredible custom paint and stencil work done to it,” he says. “I kept it and took the challenge as if it were in a client’s home and they said it had to remain as part of the scheme. I decided to play with color and scale, and went with ready-made and found items from vintage and new design shops that are all local.”

 

 Lanza has been designing since 1994 and has completed projects locally and out of state. 

 

“I feel design is an important aspect of my well-being and find that even a single consultation with a design professional can help one live more comfortably and maximize the potential of their interior environment,” Lanza says. 

 

Visit www.americanheartshowhouse.com for more information.


News

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.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

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.


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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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