The Mayor’s Office called and told of an author from Ann Arbor, MI, looking for a Glen Cover who served in the famed 82nd Division that jumped into fortress Nazi Europe in June 1945. Her father, an Army hospital medic serving in England, treated this Glen Cove soldier for wounds received when landing in France on D-Day. Dr. Johnson was so overtaken by the bravery of this paratrooper known to him as Sgt. Zeke Zuccala.
Dr. Johnson wrote half of his war memoir about the brave 82nd Division jumper. Zeke was informed that he received a back side wound which was eligible for a stateside trip home to be treated. Dr. Johnson reports that he was begged by Zeke he’d have no such thing. Zeke’s fellow paratroopers did not leave him on the battlefield but took heavy fire to get Zeke to a medic station on the Normandy Beach and no way was he going to go home. Doctors believed him and treated him to get him back to his “All American” division. Zeke’s fellow Army buddy informed Zeke that their Division was preparing the largest jump operation to cut off the Nazis in Holland. The operation was called “Market Garden.” Dr. Johnson said, “Goodbye” to the recovered Glen Cover and Dr. Johnson, hearing that this British planned jumped in Hitler’s backyard was a disaster. “Market Garden” consisted of 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, British jumpers and a brigade of Polish troops – 35,000 in all. This operation failed and the loss to the allies was higher than the D-Day invasion, which were 5,000 killed in action. Dr. Johnson finished his memoirs thinking that this brave Glen Cover never survived “Market Garden” or “The Bridge Too Far.”
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the State Department of Health (DOH) and representatives from National Grid, will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., to present the findings of the final cleanup investigation report for the Glen Cove former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site in Glen Cove, Nassau County.
The meeting will be held at Gribbin Elementary School located on Seaman and Walnut Roads in Glen Cove. At the meeting, DEC, DOH and National Grid staff will describe the contents of the final report, present a cleanup action plan to address contamination found at the site, and respond to questions and comments from the community. Key findings in the report and cleanup plan include:
After the very successful Fall Fair at St John’s of Lattingtown, the outreach committee met for four consecutive weeks to determine which of the 23 charities that applied for funding would be the recipients of the 2009 donations.
On Friday, Dec. 18, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House hosted its annual Holiday Party for Club members. Over 130 children, parents and volunteers attended the annual party held in the Club’s games room. Activities included a delicious meal from Elegant Affairs, music and dancing courtesy of DJ Paulo Coehlo and Adrian Treyo, games and activities including a human Christmas tree, cookie decorating, face painting, a visit from the Christmas Bear from Bayville Adventure Park’s Winter Wonderland, and gifts and photos with Santa in his workshop.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi’s Inaugural Ceremony has been set for Sunday Jan. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Chambers of Glen Cove City Hall.
Each year the employees in the City of Glen Cove organize a food drive to benefit a family in need.
On Dec. 18, the North Shore School District donated bags full of toys to the children of Schneider Children’s Hospital. This was made possible through North Shore’s 22nd Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver.
In 1988, Dr. Gerver started this toy drive. This program, once exclusively run by the high school, has become a districtwide event over the years, broadening the spirit of giving across all of the schools. Dr. Gerver, who lives right by the Schneider Children’s Hospital, would jog past it each day, and came up with the idea to help these children and lift their spirits through an annual holiday Toy Drive. He felt this would be a most fitting endeavor for the children’s hospital.
The Chamber of Commerce held its Sixth Annual Celebrate Cove Gala at the beautiful Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. The honorees were:
The Corporate Pinnacle Award: Jennifer Rehm, Atria Senior Living at Glen Cove
Small Business Achievement Award: Tony Messineo, Stevenson Printing
The Leadership Award: Maureen Fitzpatrick, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
The Community Merit Service Award: Sergeant Jack McDougal
Peer AIDS, an organization of nearly 50 Glen Cove High School students, sponsored two assemblies for the school community through fundraising efforts to help empower the students to make informed choices by educating them about HIV/AIDS. The Peer AIDS counselors are certified after having been trained on their own time at North Shore LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, during two eight-hour Saturday training sessions.
Peer AIDS advisor Tom Lacalamita stated, “Glen Cove High School is one of 15 schools on Long Island who have dedicated students to go to the hospital to be trained.”
The Glen Cove Anglers held their annual Christmas celebration. The members threw hook, line and sinker to reel in a trove of new unwrapped toys for distribution to Glen Cove area kids. It is a long tradition that fulfills the giving holiday spirit of the members.
However the Anglers’ enthusiasm was dampened as they learned that the beneficiary of the yearly toy collection, Saint Rocco’s Parish Reverend Father Aaron was overcome by a serious illness a week earlier and wouldn’t be present to collect the donations, nor say a prayer and bless the club as he has done the last couple of years.
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