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.
After being selected, last fall, as one of the top 100 communities for young people, the City of Glen Cove held a celebration honoring those youth at the Finley Middle School cafeteria last week. The party drew a crowd of students, parents, siblings, teachers and members of local government and organizations.
The kids enjoyed themselves eating pizza and painting their faces prior to the award ceremony. The Glen Cove High School production studio created a video highlighting all that the city has to offer, which played right before the awards ceremony. Awards were presented to the children by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, and citations were given to the city by Mayor Bruce Kennedy on behalf of the Village of Sea Cliff, by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and by Assemblyman Charles Lavine, congratulating the city for achieving this status.
The North Shore School Board had to wrangle with budget constraints and the resulting cutbacks at its latest meeting even though a budget discussion was not on the agenda. North Shore High School students and residents spoke to the board to protest proposed cuts to North Shore’s foreign language program.
“The students here are not going to see the effects of these cuts,” said a North Shore student to the board. “We are here genuinely as concerned citizens of this school district. Languages, learning about other cultures, being able to communicate with other cultures, [and] developing our brains are an essential component to having a full, healthy, meaningful, and fun education.”
As the contested election for the Village of Sea Cliff Board of Trustees draws near, residents have to weigh in on the three candidates vying for the two open positions. Tom Powell and Peter Hayes of the Civic Progress Party are seeking re-election, while Anthony Losquadro of the newly formed Property Owner’s Party is running for the first time. The village held a “Meet the Candidates” forum last week to give the candidates an opportunity to give their statements about their reasons for running for office as well as to give the public a chance to ask questions.
The Glen Cove City School District administration and board of education met at Robert M. Finley Middle School Monday night to hear the report from the athletic committee and discuss the budget, among other matters. Board vice president Dave Huggins assumed control over the meeting’s proceedings in president Richard Maccarone’s absence.
At the start of the meeting, a moment of silence was held for Rob Kormoski, a Glen Cove High School graduate, commissioner of Glen Cove Junior Baseball & Softball and president of Glen Cove Junior Football & Cheerleading, who recently passed away.
Last week, the 85th Annual New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament was held in the Glen Cove High School gymnasium, where six bouts were held to determine the quarterfinals winners. The fighters included men and women, including Glen Cove High School graduate and Glen Cove Boxing Club member Emily Colon, who won her first bout and will advance to the semifinals.
Winners of each bout advance to the semifinals, and may have a chance to compete in the championship round, which will be held at Madison Square Garden on March 29-30.
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