Soon after the polls closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the results started coming in to the anxiously waiting administration at Glen Cove High School, marking the end of a hard-fought battle to raise the community’s awareness about the importance of passing the budget.
The budget passed 930 to 455, a 68 percent margin of approval. A small group of administrators, school board members, candidates, families and other community members gathered at the high school showed their support and enthusiasm for the passing of the budget and the election of the trustees.
Village Square played host to Glen Cove’s Sixth Annual Senior Recognition day last Saturday, an event that attracted more than 100 people to the city’s downtown area. With the blazing sun, attendees were able to keep cool with Rita’s Ice and take in the sounds of jazz from the Les Stanco Group and the singing of the Golden Voices Choral from the Glen Cove Senior Center.
Along with Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and members of the Glen Cove City Council, New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Congressman Steve Israel both attended the afternoon’s ceremony to recognize seniors.
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs hosted a Meet the Candidates forum Monday night at Robert M. Finley Middle School that allowed members of the public to present questions to each of the five candidates running for the three open trustee positions.
Incumbent Trustees David Huggins and Gail Nedbor-Gross, along with candidates Eric Bailey, Donna Brady and Grace Slezak, had two minutes each to make their opening statements, and one minute to answer each of the proposed questions. The forum was moderated by City Court Judge Richard McCord.
The elegant affair gave attendees the opportunity to try the menus of new restaurants and indulge in everything from the steak tips prepared by The Meat House in Roslyn, to the vegan salads and burgers offered by Sweet Tomato of Glen Cove. Baked goods, bananas foster crepes, and a selection of wine and beer were among some of the more decadent offerings.
SAFE, Inc held a town hall meeting in the main chambers of Glen Cove City Hall last week to apprise the community on where the children of this district stand in terms of drug and alcohol use.
Dr. Bernard S. Gorman, the drug-free community program evaluator, presented the results from the Bach-Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey that was given to students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grade earlier this year. He began by explaining the community’s drug control policy, stressing that prevention is the best approach, and educating students as the negatives of drug use, as well as educating the community on the risks, is important for stopping drug use before it begins.
Strike a pose! On Thursday, April 19, eighth-grade students from All Saints Regional Catholic School in Glen Cove showed off the latest spring styles at the school’s annual fashion show fundraiser. Stepping into the sold-out event, held at Sans Souci in Sea Cliff, had the same glitz and glamour as most weddings, straight down to the men in tuxes. The event attracted 220 guests who were treated to a delicious three-course meal while enjoying views of the Long Island Sound.
“The teachers have really taken care of their home and we appreciate it,” Board President Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi said. “There wasn’t a board member who wasn’t very concerned about our teaching staff. We love our teachers and every single one of us is sitting here because we believe strongly in quality public education and we really didn’t like the position that the state has put us in.”
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.
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