Residents of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing have the job of deciding the fate of an abandoned corner lot in Glen Head, and must choose between creating a green space and giving the okay for a new office building to be built.
“Either choice would be a win-win,” said George Pombar. president of the Glen Head/Glenwood Landing Civic Council.
The Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove, said in a recent keynote speech at the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, that “faith has been misused” and “has gone into the denial of constitutional rights.”
Williams’ speech at the museum in Glen Cove, coincided with a special Civil Rights exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington lead by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sgt. Christopher Ortiz, Ph.D. of the Glen Cove Police Dept., brought a powerful pre-prom presentation to juniors at Glen Cove High School on Feb. 27. He impressed upon them the ramifications of the Social Host Law and the dangers of underage drinking and driving.
Ortiz is a Glen Cove native. He spent the first half of the assembly showing students his old photos when he went to Glen Cove High School where he played sports and even a photo where he is all dressed up before the junior prom. “All these experiences you are going through I went through,” he said. “You are becoming adults and it is important that you make the right choices because there will be consequences if you don’t.”
The Glen Cove school board announced at its Feb. 25 meeting that Maria L. Rianna, a veteran educational administrator, has been appointed superintendent, replacing Joseph A. Laria, who has retired. Rianna’s appointment becomes effective July 1.
“All seven of us board members are excited about the recommendation,” said Board President Joel Sunshine. “We were quite thrilled with the candidate pool as many qualified people were presented to us. Rianna has vast knowledge and experience in all areas of educational management and operations. She is very strong in curriculum, and demonstrated to us that she is not only smart and decisive, but a wonderful human being. We felt she embodied every one of the characteristics described as desirable by our community members. She is the right fit for Glen Cove and we look forward to working with her to accomplish great things for our children.”
A second public hearing took place in Glen Cove City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 26 regarding the vested rights amendment for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi explained that purpose is to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to establish vested rights in the approved master plan in the marine waterfront district. He said that only portion of the property is entitled to this amendment, for redevelopment renovations that began 20 years ago in a project that has been supported by numerous government officials and agencies.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to announce the opening of a new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital, a $4 million inpatient facility. It is the only New York State-designated adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
A familiar face from the Glen Cove drama scene, Melissa Rapelje, will be at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, playing the role of Daphne in the new family musical, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.
“It’s really fun portraying a cartoon character. I always loved Daphne,” Rapelje told the Record Pilot. She adds that she enjoyed doing the research for the part, and always looked up to the character. “Daphne being just pretty and dumb is a common misconception. She’s conscious of fashion but always does her part in investigating the mysteries.”
One local family is finding ways to raise money and awareness for other family members facing health issues by pushing themselves to the extreme. Chris Maselli of Locust Valley participated in the Empire State Building Run-Up Feb. 6 to honor his cousin-in-law, Tony Lanza, who is battling leukemia. The inspiration for the race comes, in part, as thank you for Lanza’s attempt to raise money on behalf of Maselli’s son, who is autistic.
“When Tony said he was going to raise money for our son, we were really touched,” says Maselli. “We’ve spent the year hoping and praying for his recovery, and we do crazy things to encourage him and boost his spirits, like running to the top of the Empire State Building in his honor.”
Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, president of the North Shore school board, said she has requested a solution from the state legislature over how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes in light of LIPA’s decision to ramp down the Glenwood Landing power plant.
Genovesi had testified before the State Legislature on Jan. 29, and updated residents on the situation at a town hall-style board of education meeting on Jan. 31.
By shutting down key buildings that generate revenue for the district, taxpayers are concerned with how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes the plant provided. The North Shore School District has been the community host of the LIPA power plant for almost 100 years and during this time, there has been an understanding that the utility would pay its fair share of property taxes.
A couple from Glen Cove recently reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Larry and Louise Graziose married on Jan. 20, 1943, and are still happily together all these years later.
“We do everything together,” says Larry. “We work together, and always did, (and will) until our dying day.”
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