For more than 35 years, February has been recognized as Black History Month, and Glen Cove has a long tradition of honoring the diversity in this community.
“We celebrate diversity as an asset to be nurtured in Glen Cove,” said Dr. Joseph Laria, superintendent of the Glen Cove School District, at the recent birthday commemoration ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Here in Glen Cove, we are blessed to educate all of the children of the world.”
Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick presented the first budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year at the North Shore Central School District Board of Education meeting Jan. 17 that would present a 4.5 percent increase over the current budget.
“This is the initial draft being presented to the board,” he said, adding that the board would go through the budget line by line at a subsequent meeting.
Keeping children safe from harm is a parent’s number-one priority, and the City of Glen Cove, in coordination with the school district, has been doing its part to ensure the safety of the students, as well as the entire community.
“We are confident we are doing and have done as much as we can do,” said Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton.
In response to the school shooting in Newtown, CT, the city and the school district took immediate action to secure the schools and assess the security procedures currently in place to see what could be improved. Part of that assessment came in the form of police training at the high school over the winter break.
The Glen Cove City Council commenced its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall. With a short agenda, the meeting was conducted swiftly, ending in about 30 minutes. Councilman Tony Jimenez was absent from the meeting.
Before getting down to business, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi requested a moment of silence for those who have recently passed away, including Nunzio Izzo, Connie Stanco, Emily Finn, Mary Hultz and Naomi Sukman.
The council passed a resolution to enter into a contract with Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc. for on-call engineering services in the area of solid waste management, environmental and municipal engineering, for a negotiated lump sum compensator or multiplier plus expenses. The resolution passed with a 4-1 vote; Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. voted no and Councilman Reggie Spinello abstained, stating, “I didn’t get to review it the way I wanted to.”
The Jan. 7 Glen Cove Board of Education meeting marked the official opening of budget season.
Deputy Superintendent Kevin Wurtz presented the budget review.
“There are a lot of good things in here, and a lot of things that are troubling,” Wurtz said at the start of his presentation. He noted that the district is in “good fiscal shape” and that the budget has “a lot of moving parts.”
The primary topic of discussion for the North Shore Board of Education meeting held at Sea Cliff Elementary School was to report and discuss security procedures. Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick began the meeting with a brief presentation on the new suggestions for school safety.
The objective was to not only present what the board has researched since the Sandy Hook tragedy but also to open the floor for other safety suggestions. Melnick said school safety is an endless project to ensure students receive the utmost security, with little intrusions to their everyday school experience.
The mystery of a missing person case appears to have been solved, with a tragic ending.
Nunzio Izzo, 56, of Glen Cove went missing on Dec. 17. His friend, Edward Brown, 46, also of Glen Cove, has been charged with murder in the second degree after a police investigation determined Brown had sold jewelry belonging to Izzo at a pawn shop.
Further investigation led police to a neighbor of Brown’s on Dosoris Way, where a body was discovered in a container, covered with a tarp, according to police. At this time, police believe the body to be that of Izzo, but positive identification cannot be made until the completion of the autopsy.
On behalf of the Glen Cove Senior Citizen Advisory Council, I would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, Glen Cove Senior Center Director Carol Waldman, their dedicated staff, and the City of Glen Cove first responders for their valiant work to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizenry of Glen Cove and surrounding communities during and after catastrophic Hurricane Sandy.
We consistently recognize that Glen Cove is an extraordinary city, but the events of Oct. 27 and beyond, as exemplified by the people we are acknowledging, as well as countless unnamed others, have proven that Glen Cove has the heart of a lion. We thank them for their tireless work and bravery in the face of this devastating storm.
We stand in awe of their humanity, commitment, and yes, love for the people not only of Glen Cove, but, indeed, for anyone who needed help during that trying period. Thank you one and all.
Elizabeth Hausner, Chair
Glen Cove Senior Citizen
There is a statewide initiative to combat youth cigarette and tobacco product use that focuses on teaching our youth all about the power of cigarette and tobacco marketing in local stores and in advertising in general.
Although Joe Camel, a popular advertising tool for Camel cigarettes, is no longer permitted in youth magazines and publications, there remain many avenues used by cigarette companies to lure young people into beginning, what they hope, will be a lifelong addiction to cigarettes and tobacco products.
The statewide initiative, which has been effective nationwide, was brought to Glen Cove High School the week of Dec. 10 by the SAFE Pride Project Coalition’s School Committee who partnered with the Glen Cove School District’s Health, Physical Education and Athletic Department and the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI.
Seven-year-old Nicholas Pedone received a special surprise four nights before Christmas: a visit to his home by Santa Claus, who showed up on a fire truck with members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove EMS and Glen Cove Police Department in tow.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, the convoy arrived on the quiet street in Glen Cove where Nicholas lives, and Santa delivered a big bag of gifts to Nicholas’ door. In November, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. Nicholas immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. So far he has had two chemotherapy treatments, and is on an aggressive treatment plan for the next one to two years.
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