On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Glen Cove Police Department hosted National Night Out, a block party event intended as a way to bring the community together while raising awareness about crime prevention.
Bridge Street, a section of School Street and a section of Glen Street were blocked off so that pedestrians could wander freely, visit the booths of various vendors, take advantage of the free food being offered and dance to the sounds of the Les Stanco band. While the fresh pizza offered from La Famiglia, the ices from Rita’s and the food being served up from the Downtown Café were no doubt a big draw for kids and parents alike; local businesses, organizations and politicians were also present to spread the word about their offerings. Vendors included the Glen Cove Senior Center, Laffey Fine Homes, and free chair massages from Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis. Senator Carl Marcellino and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton both set up camp to answer questions and deliver information about what their offices are currently doing on a state and county level.
On Wednesday, August 1, a group of prominent Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders, along with the young people, delivered petitions and artwork to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams and Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt. The petitions contained more than 3,500 names of local residents in favor of restoring funding and contracts for youth services agencies and programs.
Glen Cove has received a critical allocation of funding for the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. The city received $875,951 from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the phase of the LEED-standard terminal building that will service commuters, including ticket sales, passenger waiting areas and customer service offices. Funding was secured with the assistance of the New York State Congressional Delegation, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Peter King.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi said, “This is great news for the city and for Long Island. The funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, through the New York State Department of Transportation, will allow the city to begin construction of the Ferry Terminal Building, which is a key component of the Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Project. I am grateful to the New York State Congressional Delegation for their efforts, for their commitment, and for their continued support and partnership in helping Glen Cove to revitalize our waterfront and pursue economic opportunities that will benefit our city and our region.”
The council passed a resolution authorizing the city to award a contract to Winters Bros. Recycling Corp. to provide operation and maintenance of the transfer station and solid waste transport and disposal services, and to Galaxy Recycling Inc. to provide the city’s recyclables transport and disposal services, for a combined overall estimated cost of $15,591,867.36 over 10 years. The contracts were set to commence Aug. 1 for 10 years, with each contract having three consecutive five-year mutually agreed upon extensions.
Last winter, Kim Leary of Glen Dance Studio got the invitation of a lifetime that she never expected: to take her dance students to London to perform during the Olympic Games.
This week, she will be traveling with a group of 32 people to London, where 14 of her dance students and teachers will hold two performances for massive, international audiences.
Last week, Glen Cove lost one of its most recognizable monuments as a result of treacherous weather: the gazebo at Morgan Memorial Park. The details of the storm and its aftermath were big news all around Long Island, and unfortunately, residents of this community are feeling the loss.
The storm on Wednesday, July 18 left downed trees and power outages in its wake, but perhaps the most astonishing effect was the flattening of the 80-year-old gazebo in Morgan Memorial Park. The gazebo was built by J.P. Morgan in 1932 and has been used by city residents as a place of solace, an escape from the harsh rays of the sun and as perfect photo opportunity for wedding parties and other events over the year’s.
When times are tough, throw a party. That was the solution that A.J. Perfetti, 13, came up with four years ago to help raise money for his sister, Julia, who has a rare tumor disorder, and the annual carnival held at their home is becoming a staple of the Glen Cove community – one that raises an average of $5,000 a year.
Julia was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, or NF, at age four, a life-threatening, progressive condition that causes numerous tumors to grow throughout her entire body, and for which there is no cure or treatment. Her mom, Laura, says she gets migraines roughly three times per week and will soon be on three different medications. Though she remains positive, life is not always easy for the 9-year-old girl, who her mom says often has a lot of anxiety over not feeling well in certain social situations. Holding the carnival is a fun way for the family to raise money for research for Julia’s disease.
After several weeks of proceedings, the City of Glen Cove’s request for a restraining order against 4 Park Place Corporation, owned by John Doxey, was approved by the Honorable Richard J. McCord, Glen Cove City Court judge, on Friday, July 13. The court’s order prohibits the corporation from continuing its scrap metal processing and junkyard operation adjacent to the city’s waterfront, and from conducting any further activities at the property in violation of the city’s zoning ordinance.
“This order protects the city’s sensitive waterfront, and upholds the integrity of our zoning laws. Judge McCord’s decision will ensure that 4 Park Place Corporation and Mr. Doxey shall not be able to continue demolishing commercial vehicles loaded with hydraulic fluid and motor oil adjacent to Glen Cove Creek, and that this property shall only be used in a manner that does not violate the city’s zoning laws, does not threaten the environment, and only for such activities that are permitted and lawful,” said Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi.
The burial of six recently discovered U.S. Air Force crew members who had been declared Missing In Action since 1965 took place at Arlington National Cemetery on July 9, bringing closure to the families after more than 46 years of unanswered questions.
Chief Master Sergeant William Kevin Colwell of Glen Cove was among those whose remains were laid to rest with full military honors.
As the State Legislative Session ended, several pieces of legislation emerged to help the North Shore School District and other local municipalities address issues relating to the ramp down at the Glenwood Landing power plant. The bills were sponsored by local officials as well as the chair of the Senate Energy Committee.
The state has taken the initial steps to respond to the community’s concerns regarding the closure of the power plant.
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