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Shop Local, Support A Cause

Forget about Black Friday. Aside from the mob scene likely to be encountered at the mall, there are other reasons to delay getting started on your holiday shopping by several days, and you don’t even have to leave the area. 

 

This year there are a few local shopping events that not only support local businesses but also support local organizations. Starting with a family shopping night at North Shore High School on Dec. 3, the Shop Glen Cove Showcase on Dec. 4 at Glen Cove Mansion, followed by the Holiday Shopping Expo at Deasy Elementary School on Dec. 6, and topped off with a Day of Shopping in Sea Cliff on Dec. 8. 

 

Every year for the past six years, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce puts on the Shop Glen Cove Showcase. A fundraiser for the chamber, it also provides a way for local businesses to present themselves to the community. The first showcase was held at Webb Institute in 2007, and was moved to the Glen Cove Mansion in 2010 because they needed more space. 

 

“It gives the members an opportunity to be introduced to the community,” says Phyllis Gorham, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. She says the event highlights businesses that provide both products and services, so people can find information about everything from skin care, acupuncture and massage to jewelry and unique
kids’ clothing.

 

The shopping expos at the schools support the PTAs, and in Sea Cliff on Sunday, Dec. 8, some of the proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations like the Gold Lions Club and Mutual Concerns.

 

At K. DiResta Collective, 10 percent of profits made from that day will be donated to the Lions Club. The shop, located at 212 Sea Cliff Avenue, features hand-made jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass, hand-made candles, and many other unique gifts by local artists. Jeweler Donna Barrett will be in the store that day with her latest designs for sale. 

 

The Lions donate to sight-related causes and hold fundraisers throughout the year; they also give to food-based charities like Mutual Concerns and North Shore INN.

 

 “Every penny we raise goes out,” says Linda Schwab of the Lions Club.

 

During the Sea Cliff shopping day, some merchants will be hosting local artists for the day, and it will be topped off with the tree lighting on the Village Green, at 5 p.m.  At this time, food will be collected for the Mutual Concerns

Committee, which is also quite busy during this time of year. In fact, this past weekend they had 50 turkeys ready for delivery as part of the Thanksgiving baskets they provide to those in need.

 

Mutual Concerns began more than 30 years ago when a Sea Cliff village trustee was alerted to the growing number of people in the community who were in financial trouble and in need of food. They have a pantry in Village Hall and collect non-perishable food for people in the community and create “baskets” for the holidays. They also sponsor a dinner on Christmas Day at the Methodist Church and a senior luncheon held twice a week at St. Luke’s Parish Hall. 

 

“We try to help seniors, single parents, people between jobs,” says Peggie Como, president of the Mutual Concerns Committee.

 

A big fundraiser for the organization is the annual Holiday House Tour, which unfortunately was canceled this year. “We’ll try again next year,” says Como. “It’s a lot of fun.”

 

She notes that the organization gets a lot of support from other clubs in the community. “Whenever they have an event, they always think of me.”

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


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