The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.
“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.
Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.
Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.
“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.
This year’s feast at the Church of St. Rocco, known as the “Best Feast in the East,” had one of the best turnouts in recent history. People came from all over Long Island to sample authentic, homemade Italian cuisine, which included meatballs, chicken parmesan and, naturally, an assortment of pasta. The dessert pavillion had homemade pastries, and the homemade cannoli selection was divine.
With carnival rides, a petting zoo, live musical entertainment and raffles, the six-day feast was a celebration for the whole family.
Glen Cove once again participated in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, which proved to be a big success as dozens of children and their families attended the 8th annual block party-type event that included a bounce house, face painting, a dunk tank, tours of police headquarters, live music and free food donated by local vendors.
Coordinating all of this year’s festivities was Lt. Chris Ortiz of the Glen Cove Police Department, who Mayor Reginald Spinello praised as being the kind of person who “always does what needs to be done without needing to be asked to do it.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 24 to celebrate the grand opening of Sid’s All American, the burger and ice cream joint located at 80 Glen Cove Ave.
Owner Ross McCalla has redesigned the site in a loving tribute to his grandfather, Dr. Sidney Canarick, a life-long dedicated member of the Glen Cove Community who passed away in 2007 at the age of 90.
“My grandfather was an exceptional man,” said McCalla, “and he was a remarkable athlete. Naming Sid’s after him was only fitting since we are located by the ball fields.”
The Glen Cove Board of Education held a regular meeting last week at Robert M. Finley Middle School, discussing committee reports and business affairs.
Trustees David Huggins and Grady Farnan are both on the Facilities Committee, and reported they were planning to hold an “exit meeting” this week with Joe Fiorino to keep track of all pending projects and help make for a smooth transition upon his leave from the district. Huggins also said the Landing boiler installation is expected to be completed on time.
Sea Cliff-based band Dijon will take the stage on Bayville’s West Harbor Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 as part of the weekly Music Under the Stars concert series, from 8 to 10 p.m. With their music careers on the rise, Dijon’s hard sound, good reputation, and passion to perform ensure that they will provide one of Bayville’s highest energy shows of the series.
Lead vocalist Chris Dijon, along with his brothers Max and Damian Ross on guitar and drums, respectively, plus bassist Simon Janusas and guitarist Carl Ferrara, have had a busy summer and are looking forward to playing a venue is that close to home, yet not too close.
For more than 20 years, fashion photographer Roberto Dutesco has been traveling to Sabel Island, a remote island 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia, to photograph horses. This windswept island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic, has been the site of 475 shipwrecks and also home to something extraordinary: a colony of more than 400 wild horses who have managed to survive on this austere terrain, with only sea grass and ponds for sustenance.
“I consider myself a global ambassador for the wild horses of Sabel Island,” says Dutesco. “I wanted to share my experience among the wild horses to people around the world, to show them true wilderness in its primal state, unaware and unafraid of man. I wanted to recreate for others, as nearly as possible, my extraordinary experience, what it was like for me to step onto their untouched land, what it was like for them to see me, and what they would remember from the encounter long afterward.”
Two local Boys and Girls Clubs were part of a national campaign launched last week to bring awareness to the needs of the youth in the community.
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club in Locust Valley marched down Forest Avenue on Thursday, July 31, meeting at the parking lot of Stop & Shop where a pep rally was held to launch the Great Futures Campaign. Melissa Rhodes, executive director of Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and Ramon Reyes, executive director of Grenville Bake Boys & Girls Club, also both products of the Boys & Girls Clubs in their hometown communities, are veritable examples of the success of the programs and services provided and are passionate about Boys & Girls Clubs and the governance, guidance and support they impart is instrumental in the accomplishments and achievements of club members.
The Chamber of Commerce aims to serve its businesses and last week, many of those members came out to show their support at the office grand opening. The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce celebrated its new location with a grand opening party and ribbon cutting ceremony last week, with about 40 people in attendance to enjoy the occasion of its latest move to 264 Glen St. in Glen Cove.
“The Chamber of Commerce is a very active part of the community,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the grand opening. “This location gives it nice exposure as a lot of people and businesses are coming through Glen Cove. I want to thank the members for their hard work and dedication.”
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