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.
After grappling with budget issues and cutbacks to programs and staff during recent meetings, the North Shore School Board got a reprieve from disheartening work and instead were able to focus on the accomplishments of the district’s students at its last meeting on March 1. Specifically, district students were recognized for their achievement in prestigious music programs and there was a performance by the middle school seventh and eighth grade chamber choir.
“This board is dealing with serious issues,” board president Carolyn Genovesi told the audience after being serenaded by the choir. “We feel that we are in the best shape that we can be in. We truly believe that although the paradigm is changing, you as parents, will still see these amazing things.”
At the final city council meeting in February, which is nationally recognized as Black History Month, Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the City of Glen Cove honored Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rodni N. Leftwich for his service to the city. Leftwich was installed at the beginning of the year as the first African American to hold the position as chief of the volunteer fire department.
Suozzi gave some background on some of the achievements Leftwich has had in the course of his career, including being awarded the 1996 Department Firefighter of the Year and the Bronze Medal of Valor from the Nassau County Fire Commission for his heroic rescue of a woman trapped in a burning apartment in February of that year.
The main topic of discussion at this week’s Glen Cove Board of Education meeting, held in the library of the Robert M. Finley Middle School, revolved around the creation of an alternative middle school program in the seventh and eighth grades.
The topic took precedence after a member of the public commented on it before the regular meeting began, and the board voted to move it up for immediate discussion. After the previous meetings where the subject had been discussed informally, members of the board now had a preliminary proposal from the administration to go on to guide the evening’s discussion.
New York State Senator Carl L. Marcellino held a Community Forum at the Glen Cove Public Library last week to give people an opportunity to ask questions and get answers about anything on their minds in an informal setting. The event drew a good-sized crowd despite the rain, and several people came prepared with questions.
The biggest concern on the minds of a lot of people was hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to release natural gas deposits and how the waste from that practice could affect Glen Cove and its residents. The discussion began smoothly but turned into a heated debate at several points as residents mentioned their fears about the health implications and mistrust of the government.
A large crowd including parents and students attended the North Shore School Board meeting on Feb. 16 to hear a further discussion on budget cutbacks for next year. To adopt a budget that complies with the tax cap, North Shore Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick said that cuts to extra-curricular clubs and athletics teams are necessary.
“This is the first year we are faced with significant cuts,” said Melnick. “In making these recommendations they have not been made lightly. We’re trying to be equitable to all students and we’re maintaining a strong program for the students.”
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