It was a beautiful day in Glen Cove. Jan. 1, 2014, the sun was shining, the Wunsch Arts Center auditorium in the Finley Middle School was filled to capacity with enthusiastic residents, and the future of Glen Cove was outlined in a profoundly spirited and exquisitely presented Inaugural Address delivered by new Mayor Reginald Spinello. A consistent theme throughout his address was, “Glen Cove is once again open for business.” Mayor Spinello noted his additional promises of restoring the quality of life to the residents of Glen Cove, in reversing the trends of the previous administrations, and in providing “an open, honest, transparent and hardworking government.” Mayor Spinello stated, “I promised during the campaign that I would focus on quality of life issues, and I intend to keep that promise.”
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
Allow me to start off by saying thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to join me on this special day. I am deeply honored by your presence. Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today.
Two freshmen from North Shore High School have been making the most out of a difficult situation. Cousins Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford have a taken a positive, proactive step for a cause that is deeply personal for their family and will also benefit others in the community: organizing a basketball clinic fundraiser to benefit Crohn’s disease research, a disease that Jagger’s younger brother, Harrison, a sixth-grader at North Shore Middle School, suffers from. The two cousins decided to combine their love of basketball with their desire to help find a cure for the disease by putting together an event to raise funds and awareness.
Hundreds of people gathered for the inauguration of Reginald A. Spinello as mayor of Glen Cove, which took place on New Year’s Day in the Wunsch Arts Center at Robert M. Finley Middle School. The atmosphere was tinged with excitement and optimism for the future of the city as the city council members and new mayor were sworn in on the stage.
A number of elected officials were in attendance, including County Executive Ed Mangano, who expressed praise for the new mayor.
On Dec. 11, 2013, the state announced Consolidated Funding awards for each of the 10 economic development regions designated by Gov. Cuomo more than three years ago. Long Island came out in first place, with $83 million in total funding.
Glen Cove took home $3.5 million between the $1 million awarded to the Piazza mixed-use redevelopment in the downtown and the $2.5 million award for the reconstruction of Herb Hill/Garvies Point Road, the critical infrastructure project linking the downtown to the $1 billion waterfront mixed-use redevelopment project known as “Garvies Point.”
Many in the Glen Cove community gathered on Monday, Dec. 23 to thank Mayor Ralph Suozzi at his last meeting as mayor. Suozzi began the night by joining his wife and children in front of the American flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience chuckled quietly as Suozzi playfully took off his son’s hat.
Glen Cove Hospital recently turned its auditorium into a winter wonderland for a community health fair to celebrate wellness and good cheer this holiday season. The festive event featured holiday music performances, a shopping boutique with local vendors and fun activities for children, including pictures with Santa, free gifts and an arts and crafts ornament-making workshop.
The hospital’s holiday health fair, staffed by Glen Cove clinicians, offered screenings for adults such as blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary function and body mass index (BMI) calculations. Attendees met with pharmacists to review medications, nutritionists to discuss healthy eating habits and nurses provide free flu shots. Administrators and members of the hospital’s Advisory Council were on hand to answer questions about new programs at Glen Cove Hospital.
Sponsors for the event included Glengariff Healthcare, Intelli-Tec Security and A.S.R Electrical Contracting, Inc.
In a bold move showing just where they stand on the subject of standardized testing, the Glen Cove Board of Education adopted a resolution last week to request a reduction in federal testing mandates from the U.S. Congress, the Commissioner of Education and the New York State Board of Regents.
Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, read the resolution, which outlines some of the problems with standardized testing, including the implementation of Common Core standards and its reliance on testing and narrowing of curriculum.
It was a great way to start off the holiday season for the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale as the 49-member group took a four day trip to Washington, D.C. for singing and caroling at various landmarks.
The chorale, which left on Dec. 11 and returned home on Dec. 14, sang Christmas carols for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House.
“We all had sweat on our palms when they first entered the room and began our performance," said chorale member and senior student Matt Grabowski, "but meeting the president of the United States, arguably the most recognized person in the world today, was an awesome experience.”
The end-of-year holiday is a season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
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