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Chorale To Perform At The White House

Glen Cove High School Choral Director Edward Norris announced that the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale has been chosen to perform at the White House on Friday, Dec. 13. The group will be singing a five-hour set before many national dignitaries, including U.S. Senators, members of the House of Representatives and quite possibly the President. 

 

Additionally, the group will carol throughout Washington D.C., making stops at the National Christmas Tree as well as the Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln memorials and possibly the Capitol Building. 

 

According to Mr. Norris, hundreds of groups from throughout the United States apply to play the White House every year and it is a tremendous honor to be chosen. The GCHS Select Chorale is the only group from the area to perform there this year and is among a handful of choirs comprising approximately 50 acts from across the country, including string quartets, harpists, and soloists.  

 

Under the direction of Mr. Norris, the GCHS Select Choir has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, LeFrak Concert Hall (Queens College), the United Nations Building, Citi Field and Shea Stadium. Last year they were one of only 10 choirs in the region invited to participate in the Westminster Choir College Invitational Choral Festival. The group has also traveled to festivals in Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. 

 

Norris thanks Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Congressman Steve Israel for helping to make this trip a reality.  

 

The booster association for the music department, MPAPA, is a non-profit organization, founded by a group of parents and alumni. Their efforts are spent on fundraising for year-end scholarships and offsetting pricing for trips, performances and various competitions.  As this is an expensive trip for many of the students, they are asking for support from community members.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support this once in a lifetime opportunity, please send your donation by Dec. 9 to:  Glen Cove High School, ATTN:  MPAPA, Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542. (Please make all checks payable to MPAPA) For more information contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Visit them on Facebook for updates.

News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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