On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.
GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.
A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.
“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and Glen Covers are still mourning the loss of several native sons. These men have been honored locally with street signs, and their names are also engraved in the monument at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, which opened to the public this past May.
Edward Joseph Lehman, 41, of Glen Cove, was employed by Aon Corp. and died in Tower Two. The father of two would have become a grandfather a month after the attacks.
Female rockers Antigone Rising have played gigs all over the world, but one important venue has been missing from their roster: Sea Cliff Beach. This will be amended this weekend, with a free performance on the beach in the village where half of the band members live.
“A gig like this is so special,” says bass player and founding member Kristen Ellis-Henderson, who grew up in Glen Cove and now lives with her family in Sea Cliff. “It’s a beautiful beach and concert setting, and will be the most special show we’ve played in a while.”
SAFE’s Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition’s Youth Committee is dedicated to utilizing needs assessment data to identify and provide prevention activities and programs for youth. Over the summer, through the coalition’s partnership with the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, the youth committee was able to incorporate youth workshops with youth between the first and eighth grade.
“The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Civil Operations Program strives to improve the health and well-being of NY’s communities. We hope to accomplish this by aiding various coalitions such as Glen Cove’s SAFE in achieving their goals in anyway possible. This enables us to become a force multiplier and help ensure long-term positive behavior outcomes,” said Staff Sergeant David You.
A new auto parts store has arrived on Forest Avenue in Glen Cove, giving residents more options for their car repair and maintenance needs. Advance Auto Parts held a grand opening celebration last month with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The store’s team members also presented a check to Building Homes for Heroes to assist with building a home for a local veteran.
General Manager Sherry Petsche spoke about her excitement at the new store opening and said they chose the charity Building Homes for Heroes because they are “helping vets and go above and beyond for the community.”
The City of Glen Cove made technological strides last week with the live streaming debut of the Glen Cove City Council meeting. The Aug. 26 webcast was the first of a new feature offered to residents, allowing them to watch the meetings online if they are unable to attend in person. Meetings are then available for viewing for 24 hours.
“There are many reasons our residents may not be able to attend our city council meetings, therefore I made arrangements for the meetings to be live-streamed over the Internet. This way, they are able to see their elected officials interact and residents will have information firsthand, straight from the source,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello.
While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for Glen Cove native and AHRC resident Adam Levine.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Levine, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at CitiField since 2010, Levine approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Levine received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parents’ arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau.
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