Lisa Vetrone, a senior at North Shore High School, has been singing for as long as she can remember, but only recently started performing publicly. Several open mic nights in New York City last summer, and one at Page One in Glen Cove, gave the singer-songwriter the confidence to send in an audition video for MSG Varsity’s Talent Show on Cablevision last fall, and this spring, she found herself on stage, in full make-up, performing to a crowd of about 60 people while being taped for the cable network’s high school talent show.
“It was beyond my expectations,” Vetrone says of the experience. “Performing on stage made me realize this is what I want to do.”
As promised at the previous meeting, the Glen Cove Board of Education adopted a budget that remains at the 2 percent tax levy cap increase, with a budget increase of 2.84 percent from last year.
The $74,098,650 budget is estimated to raise the tax rate 26 cents per $1000 on the assessed value of the homes in the district, which would cost homeowners an extra $123 per year.
Glen Cove’s ninth annual fundraiser dinner for DRI, the Diabetes Research Institute was a huge success. After Monday’s dinner, total local fundraising has reached around half a million dollars, according to event chair Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who is also Nassau County legislator for the area.
The 2012 “Cooking for a Cure” event honored Mr. and Mrs. Greg Trunz of The Swan Club along with “special guest” Glen Cove City councilman and diabetes survivor Anthony Jimenez.
Hersh Fine Art, a new gallery of contemporary art in Glen Cove, opens its doors this week to the public with its inaugural exhibition, “Fiction / Non-Fiction.” The exhibition will run through June 3. All are welcome to its opening reception, which is expected to draw a large and varied crowd, on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The gallery occupies a previously empty storefront space just across from City Hall, on Glen Street, bringing vital new energy to a beautiful and deserving area of the city.
Last month, the senior center and its program was selected as the recipient of the 2012 MindAlert Award in the Lifelong Learning/Third Age Educational Programs category by the American Society on Aging, in collaboration with MetLife Foundation. The program is a multidimensional lifelong learning program that provides new opportunities for mental stimulation and retention, socialization, and may spark an interest for continuous learning among program participants.
When she moved with her family from Queens, Kristen Kenny, now 22, needed a place to make friends. Mikey Zangari, now 20, was shy and making friends was difficult.
“The Boys & Girls Club gave me a positive place to find good friends,” says Kenny. “But beyond that it helped me decide to become a teacher.”
Last week’s Glen Cove City Council meeting began with a presentation that had members of the audience, as well as the council, moving and grooving to footage of a rock concert. In honor of Women’s History Month, the City of Glen Cove and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recognized members of the all-female rock band Antigone Rising for their recent work in Israel and the West Bank as cultural arts envoys.
The North Shore Board of Education officially adopted a proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year on March 29 at North Shore Middle School.
The $90,509,228 budget represents a 1.85 percent increase from the 2011-12 school year. That percentage represents the smallest budget-to-budget increase in two decades, according to fliers made available by the board at the meeting.
Though the budget will not be adopted until next month, the Glen Cove City School District Board of Education trustees voted – after much discussion – to stay at the 2 percent tax levy for the 2012-13 school year. A large part of the three-hour-long meeting revolved around the “fine print” involved in the tax cap law number, each of the board members’ view on that law and what it means for Glen Cove public schools.
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