The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom. On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day.
The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next.
Downtown Glen Cove was abuzz during last Thursday evening’s bi-monthly car meet, Autostrade Glen Cove.
This event, sponsored by Martino Auto Concepts of Glen Cove, is held at the corner of Glen and School Streets. More than 125 vehicles showed up and gave a $10 donation to the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department as the required entrance fee.
Jewelry designer Paola Giordano has been creating wearable art for more than a decade, showcasing her pieces at select stores and craft fairs. Her long-term dream was to have her own gallery, but the costs and logistics involved in owning a storefront didn’t seem worth it. So, she decided to go in a different direction with a mobile gallery, in the form of a refurbished FedEx truck.
“For a couple of years now, I have been mulling over the idea of opening a gallery, and had also been considering purchasing an old truck, and seeing what I could convert it into,” says Giordano.
“Recently, an opportunity presented itself, and I purchased an old FedEx truck, and revamped it into what will be Long Island’s first mobile art gallery.”
Glen Cove School Board President Richard Maccarone was officially sworn in at Thursday night’s annual reorganization meeting. After serving as a board trustee for the 2013-14 school year, Maccarone assumed the role of board president, a position he held in the 2011-12 school year before taking a one-year hiatus. Maria Rianna was sworn in as school superintendent, Donna Brady was sworn in as board vice president, and Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou were sworn in for three-year terms as board trustees.
“I was board president two years ago and I’m happy that the board has enough faith in me to re-elect me once again to this position,” said Maccarone. “This is one of the best boards we’ve had in a
long time and I believe our school district is headed in the right direction. I have only one goal in mind and that is to make this school district better.”
Dozens of kids participated in the annual Children’s Bike Parade celebrating Independence Day in Glen Cove on Saturday, July 5. Rescheduled from July 4 due to rain, the parade had a large turnout of kids dressed in red, white and blue, with their bikes also decorated festively. Mayor Reginald Spinello, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and City Council members Pamela Panzenbeck, Tony Gallo, Jr. and Efraim Spagnoletti also participated in the parade, as well as many parents. Mayor Spinello offered the kids a chance to go up on stage and sing a song of their choice; several youngsters gave heartfelt renditions of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Call Me Maybe.”
Cheryl Carmody started the parade 32 years ago because she wanted to keep the "hometown" feel of the holiday alive for her daughter, who was 2 at the time. It has grown into annual tradition that kids look forward to every year.
SAFE’s Annual Family Awareness Day, held at Morgan Park on June 14, was created seven years ago to promote family unity and a substance-free environment. Well-attended, the free event once again had something for everyone.
There were several vendors, food, games and music, including a visit by the Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS. Participating agencies and area businesses included: the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove, Glen Cove Child Day Care Center, Chiropractor Maxine Mayreis, Psychotherapist Gabriela Weinberg-Gitlin, GMA Martial Arts, Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), Cove Sports Academy and Nassau County Council of Girl Scouts.
On July 13, the 4th annual Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair will take place.
Four summers ago, Sea Cliff Arts Council co-chair Kathleen DiResta and longtime Sea Cliff resident Donna Barrett decided to organize a small, intimate affair showcasing local artists, since many of the local makers were lost in the shuffle at Mini Mart. The first Sea Cliff Summer Craft Fair took place on a warm, sunny day in the beautiful Memorial Park overlooking the Sound. There was a steady flow of people who visited the booths of about 15 local artisans, many who still participate in the fair. The booths were filled with all types of artwork, including local scenic photography, handmade body essentials, jewelry, and so much more. To top it off, Kris Rice played her guitar and sang her lovely songs.
The demolition of the former Ruby Tuesday on Brewster Street officially began on July 1, signaling the first phase of construction for the Glen Cove Piazza project. The building, considered for many years to be an eyesore in Glen Cove’s downtown business district, is being torn down to make room for the building of a free-standing Panera Bread eatery. Panera Bread will have a drive-through component; the building is expected to be completed in October.
Shore Thing Rentals has given the Sea Cliff and Glen Cove beach community access to the upcoming and popular water sports for the past three summer seasons.
Located in the Brewer Yacht Yard adjacent to The Boathouse restaurant, Shore Thing Rentals has been a hub for kayaks, paddleboards, peddle boats, bikes and much more.
Michelle Capobianco, owner, started the business when people at local beaches would ask her for kayak rentals.
On July 9, local Glen Cove author Mariah Leal will be hosting a workshop at Bayville Public Library to talk about her series of children’s books, The Adventures of Piper. They revolve around a Bull Mastiff puppy named Piper as she is taken into her new home and learns how to live and interact with people and other animals.
Leal writes to educate others about puppy training and socialization in order to promote fruitful training and handling of dogs. In the United States there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites a year and half
of them involve children; out of all the dogs that are put into shelters, 90% of them have had no training. Leal hopes to decrease these statistics.
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