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Glen Cove Cinemas Re-Opens

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

 

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “For me, this is a meaningful personal moment...it is a great moment for our little city of Glen Cove. It’s tough for me to admit, but almost 30 years ago, I had the unique opportunity to serve as the lawyer for the Community Development Agency. Our responsibility was to help to develop and guide the development of this particular piece of property. I got to listen to many different developers offer their proposals for what ought to be on this spot, and the CDA made a determination that the best use for the citizens was for this to be a movie theater. No sooner did we make that determination than the city was sued to stop the development.  We were pitted up against a powerful law firm...and we won...so, for me to be here today is a personal triumph. 

 

“What’s more important is that this is a major triumph for Glen Cove,” Lavine continued. “Movies are integral to our community; it will help our restaurants and our stores. It’s a super day for all of us, it’s a super day especially for the little ones, because they’re going to spend a lot of time here.” 

 

Mayor Spinello then introduced Levinson, saying, “Here’s the man of the hour.”

 

“What made me interested in this theater is that, when I was a boy, there were three theaters in Glen Cove,” said Levinson, noting that the first movie he ever saw as a child was Around the World in 80 Days, which was released during a time when Glen Cove was

“very popular” and movies like that had an exclusive engagement in Glen Cove. 

 

“Unfortunately, times change, towns change and the way the studios do business certainly changed, unfortunately not for the better,” Levinson continued. “The  problem with the movie business today is we depend on making money on the candy stand rather than the theaters because we pay such a high percentage to the studios.”

 

 He said the theater would try art films in addition to family films, and they will have tables and chairs set up in the lobby with a big screen to watch old favorite television shows and honor actors who have passed away. 

 

On the day of the grand re-opening, the cinema offered free admission until 6 p.m. as well as free popcorn and soda. Levinson acknowledged the mayor’s office for their assistance with the opening, and said they
got them a grant for the marquee. “We look forward to a long run,” he said.

 

“As a mom of three young kids, I’m so happy,” Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said to Levinson. “Thank you so much because I love having them here, I know that they’re safe. I’m so happy you’re keeping this going.” 

 

Brian Mannix of Babysitting Barter was at the event promoting his site and his collaboration with Glen Cove Cinemas on a Friday night “Date Night at the Movies.” He said that local sitters can sign up to sit for Friday nights via the website and parents can more easily find someone to care for their children while they go out to the movies. Visit www.babysittingbarter.com and www.glencovecinema.com.

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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