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.
The Brady Brothers may only be 15, but they are already making a name for themselves. Sea Cliff twins Dylan and Cody Brady are determined to make their mark on the music industry and follow through with their number one passion. The North Shore High School juniors spent their entire summer working on their EP, You + Me, which was released last month on iTunes, and Dylan has also been pegged for a “Make Your Mark” segment currently airing on the Disney Channel.
The Brady Brothers have music in their blood, and being twins, also feel that collaboration they have as a duo works better than any other band combination they’ve experienced thus far in their careers.
Dylan, who says he has been singing since the day he was born and took up the drums at age 6, notes, “We know each other so well; when we’re on stage, if I want to do something different, I can look at him a certain way and he’ll know what I’m saying.”
In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college.
Mayor Reginald Spinello said, “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”
It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without
a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records.
A drive down Prospect Avenue now reveals a hidden gem across from Tappan Beach, thanks to a project that took a decade and a half to come to fruition, and only eight months to complete. Scudder’s Pond, once hidden from the road behind tall phragmites, is not only visible, but much cleaner.
Plus, it's a significant step toward purifying the water in Hempstead Harbor.
The $2.6 million project that involved dredging the pond for the first time in 30 years, installing a storm basin device and removing invasive non-native plants, all to combat problems from one of the largest sources of harbor contamination.
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