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Preserving The Past

This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Sea Cliff Village Museum. Founded in 1979, the museum serves as a place to preserve and publicly display historical items of  past Sea Cliff residents. The museum displays both temporary and permanent collections from the 18th through 20th centuries. Most of the items and artifacts in the museum have been donated by residents of Sea Cliff who want to share them with the rest of the North Shore community. 

 

The layout of the museum is comparable to a house. Each room serves a different function. On the first floor, there is a room allocated to artifacts and photos of the recreational and sporting activities in which Sea Cliff residents partook. On display are photos and trophies from sailing races at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, photos of different North Shore sports teams, and old sporting equipment used by residents. An adjacent room displays vintage women’s dresses—similar to colonial costumes—which reflect the typical attire worn by female residents in the 18th and 19th centuries. Permanent collections and exhibits reside in rooms comprising the second floor. One of the more notable collections is the photographs of Henry Otto Korten, a Sea Cliff resident and famous Long Island postcard photographer. This collection includes 287 glass plate negatives, donated by one of Korten’s two sons, which capture the landscapes of Sea Cliff and the lifestyles of its past residents. The permanent collections also include a traditional Victorian kitchen, children’s toys, and a replica of the Connor Cottage, an old Victorian home. 

 

Carol Griffin, a docent at the museum, commented that the museum is a “compilation of exhibits that have been here over the years… there’s a lot of bits and pieces of different aspects of the residents’ lives.” 

 

In addition to donated artifacts, there are many vintage records from the town. The museum also has an entire book filled with deep historical background regarding the formation of street names and buildings. For example, Carpenter Avenue was named after members of the Carpenter family who were instrumental in developing Sea Cliff. The museum is a place that holds the pieces to the lives of past residents, and educates the present residents about their longstanding history and predecessors.

 

The Sea Cliff Village Museum is is located at 95 Tenth Ave. and is open to the public on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.seacliffmuseum.com. 


News

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.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


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


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