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.”
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.
After accepting the resignation of Trustee David Huggins from the Glen Cove Board of Education, the board discussed its next step at Monday night’s meeting, concluding that it will remain as a board of six until the May election.
“We have three options,” said Board President Richard Maccarone prior to the board’s decision. “We can appoint a new member, remain as is, or hold a special election.”
Trustee Barrie Dratch was the first to speak, saying, “I think this is a good board...we can talk through the issues...I am in favor of keeping it as is.”
Elaina Estrada of Glen Cove was crowned Miss New York International on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the pageant held at the Villa Roma Resort upstate in Callicoon.
She competed against six other contestants from New York, and will go on to vie for the title of Miss International next summer in Jacksonville, Fla.
Named Miss North Shore last year, Estrada, 24, became active in pageantry at age 19; for the first two years, she never placed, but then she got a runner-up the third year. She went back again, didn’t place, then received a runner-up last year, and thought she would try again—and this time she won the title.
There was a lot of beautiful artwork to be seen at the Hersh Fine Art Gallery in Glen Cove on Saturday night, Sept. 27, as the Long Island Academy of Fine Art held an opening exhibit in support of research and education programs at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The event, which ran from 6 to 9 p.m. featured artwork from local artists Marjorie Van De Stouwe, Steve Forster, Stephen Bauman and others.
“This is the first time we are doing a benefit for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in an effort to bring together the arts and sciences,” said Rebecca Forster, who is co-director of the gallery. “All the money that is made from the artist’s sales goes directly to programs at the CSHL.”
The Executive Board of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival announced last week that Marge Suozzi, who has chaired the festival for more than 50 years, is retiring. The Executive Committee has asked her son Tom Suozzi to succeed her. He has accepted.
Marge will continue to serve on the Executive Board as Chairman Emeritus and will organize the annual Young Performers Competition.
In announcing her retirement, Marge said, “Volunteers are the heart of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. I can never thank them enough for all that they have done, both for me personally and for the festival. It has been a fun and rewarding 55 years, but it is now time to pass the baton to the next generation.”
George Jehn of Bayville finally has the opportunity to tell the world the story he has been wanting to reveal for years: the truth behind the buyout of Eastern Airlines in 1986. With his new book, Final Destination: Disaster. What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines, which was released on Oct. 1, anyone who remembers Eastern Airlines—at one point the world’s second largest airline—can learn the back story of its ultimate demise, from an insider’s perspective.
“Other books have been written, but the truth had never been told,” says Jehn, who flew as a pilot for the airline for 18 years.
It was a packed house at Glen Cove City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 30, as there was a special joint City Council and Planning Board meeting on the proposed condominium development on Glen Cove and Craft Avenues. The complex, called The Villa at Glen Cove, would have six buildings with nearly 200 units spread across 3.96 acres of land and 432 valet underground parking spaces in the area near the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club.
The applicant, Livingston Development Corporation, was seeking site plan and subdivision approval from the planning board and density bonuses and waivers from the city council. The density bonuses sought were for structured parking, streetscape improvements and on-site recreational amenities.
The Glen Cove Senior Center invites the public to view an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Jo Ann Winters Fitton. Her art work will be on display from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Golden Gallery located on the second floor of the Senior Center. Winters Fitton, a mixed media artist, is a lifelong resident of Long Island.
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