The chilly weather didn’t put a damper on the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Glen Cove. Hundreds of residents lined the streets, some huddled under blankets, many clad in green to show their Irish spirit. The 25th annual parade, sponsored by the Glen Cove Ancient Order of Hibernians Mike Moran Division 8, is a tradition for the community, with local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, fire departments, clubs, organizations and bagpipers proudly marching through the city streets. A leprechaun and Easter bunny were also part of the festivities to toss candy to the kids.
Mill Neck School for the Deaf officials have denied allegations of overcharging taxpayers issued in a recent report from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
“We disagree with many of the audit findings,” said William Charon, Mill Neck Manor’s chief financial officer, and emphasized that “there was no implication of illegal or fraudulent activity.”
“We are hoping to challenge the findings,” said Nancy Leghart, director of advancement for the school, in response to the report. She noted that a detailed response by the school to the comptroller’s office report is available online at the end of the audit report. http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093013/11s40.pdf
While a local boy battles a rare form of cancer, he can take heart in knowing he is not alone in his fight. The community has come together in several ways to help raise money for Nicholas Pedone and his family so they can cover their medical costs.
On St. Patrick’s Day, The Downtown Cafe hosted a St. Baldrick’s event for the sixth year in a row, while also taking in $7,300 in donations for Nicholas.
“There is just such a demand for affordable housing,” says Patti Bourne, executive vice president of planning for the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation and a Glen Cove resident.
The issue of whether to pass an amendment to allow the re-developer of the waterfront site vesting rights for a portion of the property was to have been resolved last week, but Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi made a motion to table the vote pending further discussion. The motion passed unanimously; Councilman Tony Jimenez was the only member absent from the meeting.
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.”
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