Despite the dreary weather and sprinkling rain, the Glen Cove community gathered in Morgan Park Sunday evening to remember the tragic events that took place 10 years ago, how the community came together and responded to those events, and to honor the victims with a candle lighting ceremony.
Hosted by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove, the program began with a procession of first responders, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Lynch, followed by prayers, reflections, a poem, and a special dedication of roads. Clement Street was dedicated to Edward J. Lehman, Doxey Drive to Matthew T. McDermott, Laurel Avenue to John F. Puckett and Nassau Avenue to Joseph J. Zuccala.
The service began with a greeting from Phil Como who then turned to Father Bob Romeo for an opening prayer. Heads bowed as he told the group to not only pray for those who perished, and those who tried to save them, but for all the daughters and sons who no longer have fathers and mothers because of the horrific event.
The Sea Cliff Village Museum’s opens for the season with “Then and Now…Step into the Museum Time Machine.” Featuring a new exhibit, brimming with artifacts, costumes, photographs and thingamajigs from the past, the opening will take place in room C in Village Hall at 2 p.m. A presentation on Sea Cliff history, and light refreshments will ensure a fun Sunday afternoon exploring the museum’s collection from its closets, attics and basement. Depicting life in the late 1800s, 1900s and 21st century, the museum will present a new slide show and lecture that illustrates the vast changes throughout the years our community has undergone.
Area residents felt the effects of Hurricane Irene over the past weekend, which made landfall in New York as a Tropical Storm around 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. According to local weather reports, sustained winds were around 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph, which knocked down many trees throughout Glenwood Landing, Glen Head, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove and some power lines as well. In addition, local waters experienced a storm surge that flooded low-lying parts of the area, including Tappen Beach. Parts of Sea Cliff and Glen Cove’s small islands were evacuated in anticipation of this. Damage from flooding and downed trees left many without power well into the week.
Area residents have probably noticed many utility trucks and work crews cleaning up downed trees and power lines from Tropical Storm Irene over the past week. Many of these trucks and work crews came from other areas to help restoration efforts in Long Island.
In a press release issued on Monday, Aug. 29, LIPA stated that hundreds of line and tree crews, supported by many hundreds more customer service, operations, and support personnel, were organized to respond to widespread outages caused by the severe weather associated with Hurricane Irene. LIPA further explained that these crews would be working around the clock to restore power in all areas of the island, and that many of the off-island crews were stationed on Long Island prior to the storm. Many of these trucks were stationed at Christopher Morley Park.
Readers are writing in to the Record Pilot with questions about the ferry project.
• Some don’t know details about the construction - as in when is it due to be done, what does the design include?
• They also want to know if it is common to undergo such a project before an operator has committed. And, do we know yet what kind of service will be available from the terminal?
• Many are asking if this will stimulate the local economy and if it will benefit Glen Cove financially.
• Is the current plan a good one in your opinion?
Politics is a balancing game in this Democracy. Terrance Kelly of East Norwich, a candidate for a seat on the Oyster Bay Town Board got the news on Thursday, Aug. 18, that his name would not be on the Nov. 8 ballot on the Independence Party line – although he is a member of that group himself. His name will however be on the Democratic line.
Rick Bellando, the head of the Independence Party in Nassau County said, “I’m sorry to see Terrance Kelly off the Independent line. He is definitely a strong candidate. He has a great future ahead of him. I heard many people in Oyster Bay Town are very fond of him.
The Glen Cove area has a unique relationship to that day, being connected to the city by a ferry. The community came together here, with many going far and beyond to help wherever help could be offered. Because of this, Glen Cove is organizing a memorial event on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 at Morgan Park.
(Originally Published Sept. 13, 2001)Glen Cove tackled the unbelievable events of Sept. 11 quickly and professionally. One of the main objectives for rescue personnel in Manhattan was to transport survivors out of the immediate area and Fox Navigation made good on a promise made to Glen Cove two years ago-that is to assist the city in handling major catastrophes. Two vessels were immediately put into use for survivor evacuation from the Fox Navigation terminal at South Ferry to the terminal on Garvies Point Road in Glen Cove. After a 40 minute run from Manhattan, evacuees were met at the ferry-terminal-turned-command center by Glen Cove EMS personnel, Glen Cove Police, Locust Valley and Bayville fire department ambulance teams, county EMS squads, code enforcers, Mayor Thomas Suozzi, city agency personnel and city council members. Everyone had a job to do-whether it was administering first aid, driving a bus taking passengers to city hall phone banks, coordinating taxi service or offering a kind word.
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