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.
On Nov. 24, North Shore High School’s Key Club hosted its annual Cooking for the INN event under the direction of community service coordinator Julia Salat.
Every year, students get together the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break and prepare food to be served on Thanksgiving Day at the North Shore INN Soup Kitchen.
The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce (NCCC) recently announced their new “It Starts Here. Buy Locally” campaign, which is their most comprehensive promotional campaign to date encouraging consumers to support the local businesses in their downtowns during this holiday season.
Glen Cove’s Village Square was the hub of activity Saturday evening as area residents came out to witness the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complete with carolers, candles and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, the ceremony marked the beginning of the holiday season.
The James Norton Council Knights of Columbus embarked on a mission that started 14 years ago. This mission was to help members of the community who are less fortunate. The K of C had prepared 75 baskets of food for distribution to many different families and groups who support families. Two senior citizens who we have visited for almost 14 years, had passed away this past summer and there is a void now knowing that they are not there. Although they are gone, the hugs, thank yous and sometimes tears will never be forgotten.
Mangano assured the audience that as far as job cuts and budget changes, his process would be calculated. “There is no mass process. Everything will be surgical, and will be measured and thoughtful as we approach this transition,” he said.
Though pressed for information on job cuts, this was the extent of Mangano’s announcement, along with the simple statement: “We’ve talked about the budget and the organization of the county and went over an outline of how we are going to proceed on personnel issues.”
The executive-elect was equally tacit on tax cuts. He has campaigned heavily on the promise to revoke an energy tax, which Suozzi warned in response would leave a multi-million dollar hole in the county budget. When asked if the two had discussed the energy tax in their transition meeting, Mangano did not comment. Suozzi, however, taking one more chance to inject some laughter, joked, “We’ve been talking about the tax for six months.”
This month, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission joined with Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. in planting thousands of pink tulip bulbs throughout the city. Councilman Tony Jimenez and the Beautification Commission met with dozens of volunteers from both organizations as well as students from the High School DECA group who turned out to lend a hand in providing a visible reminder that early detection is the best defense against cancer.
This health and awareness project, Gardens of Hope, was conceived by the late Terry Petikas, founder of Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S., who enlisted the support of the Beautification Commission several years ago. Since then, Gardens of Hope has become an annual community event. The bulbs are planted each fall so that when the pink tulips bloom in the spring, the community is reminded of the friends and family members lost to this incurable disease.
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