The Glen Cove Board of Education held a special meeting this week to provide contractors and the public more detailed information on how to bid on construction projects. Attorney Carrie Anne Tondo from the law firm Ingerman Smith, L.L.P. presented the facts in the Middle School Mini Center, while the board held their Executive Session downstairs. After disappointment on the track project and questions arising as a result of the bus yard proposal, residents have pushed for the school to encourage more bids and more local bidders.
Before the presentation began, Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein explained that the purpose of the informal public meeting was to “demystify the bidding process” for contractors. The 45-minute long presentation covered topics from an overview of the school district construction process to a breakdown of what is contained in a project manual, to actually submitting a bid on a project.
A brand new playground is currently under construction at the Glen Cove Golf Course (Stanco Park). The playground will be fully fenced in, with soft surface flooring and colorful up-to-date equipment and swings for children ages 2 – 12. It is expected to be “play-ready” within days, with Phase Two additions such as benches and completion of fencing in the coming weeks.
The Glen Cove City Council discussed and approved the budget for 2010 on Tuesday night, after much scrutiny and public and political debate. The budget, proposed by Mayor Ralph Suozzi, was discussed at length in City Hall, and voted on unanimously by all members of the council.
The total proposed budget for next year is just under $66 million – a roughly $65,910,000 total with “real operations” costing about $44,000,000 and the remainder being shifts in funds called “interfund transfers.”
The Glen Cove Board of Education met this week at Deasy Elementary School to a crowd of parents and teachers wanting answers about the findings in the New York State Comptroller’s audit report, which was made public two weeks ago. The meeting began with a presentation to the board about the report by assistant superintendent for Business Kevin Wurtz. Two boad members, Richard Tortorici and David Huggins, were absent.
“We are strongly committed to a drug-free city,” was the message on Tuesday, Oct. 13, when the Glen Cove City Council proclaimed Oct. 23 – 31, as Red Ribbon Week in the City of Glen Cove. Along with SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition, the city, in support of its Prevention Policy Statement, recognized the need to mobilize and engage this community to provide a unified prevention message. Across Glen Cove, all citizens are invited to promote a healthy, substance-free lifestyle by displaying red ribbons in support of the campaign.
On Friday, Oct. 16, Mary Stanco will be presented with this year’s prestigious Outstanding Small Businessperson Award given by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.
A breakfast reception is being held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This award is selected by the Chambers of Commerce across Nassau County.
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Mary Stanco can easily walk down any street, recognizing every passerby, each greeted cheerfully. Throughout the community, most residents have come in contact with a Stanco family member. Whether it is one of her eight siblings or extended family members of uncles, aunts or cousins, there is a Stanco everywhere! Ms. Stanco grew up in this community where so many neighbors were relatives and those who were not, became “adopted” family. With such a surrounding of familiar faces around her, Ms. Stanco’s comfort zone is friendliness and an outgoing contagious spirit. She draws you into her circle of friends with warmth and always extends a helping hand. It is no wonder why the Chamber has awarded Mary Stanco with the 2008 Leadership Award.
The results from North Shore’s Pride Report, a survey administered in physical education classes last April, were announced to the board of education on Oct. 8. The study showed a direct relationship between the students’ perception of risk and usage of certain drugs. Since 1998, use of tobacco has steadily declined in the district due to national and local campaigning factors. Use of alcohol of 11th- and 12th-graders was significantly higher than state and county averages with 42 percent of juniors and seniors reporting having had five or more drinks in a row within the last two weeks of the survey. Since the survey administered in 1998, the perception of risk of marijuana has decreased significantly with less than 40 percent of students believing the drug is harmful. While use of cocaine and inhalants is below state and county average, heroin causes considerable concern with use above the averages. A readily available and inexpensive drug, it has swept across school districts on Long Island making its way to the North Shore District.
“We have an obligation to be proactive,” Superintendent Dr. Melnick remarked regarding the heroin issue. “This has to involve the entire community. This is a community problem involving kids across the academic and socioeconomic spectrum.”
The Glen Cove Board of Education met on Monday night to discuss such issues as new hires in the district, the approval of school trips for middle school students and a new policy regarding staff accountability. The meeting, which began 20 minutes behind schedule, got off to a rather negative start as community members expressed their impatience.
“It’s rude to start the meeting so late, when we all made an effort to be here on time,” one Glen Cove resident said to the board.
While the comment was initially acknowledged with several nods, Trustee Joel Sunshine later made a point of apologizing and said, “We will focus on starting on time in the future.”
The first action of business pertained to the renaming of the Middle School Mini Center to the Carl LaPointe Mini Center. Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein explained the process of renaming the Mini Center, saying that it first required a signed petition, followed by public notices placed in the newspaper and on the website to invite comment from community members. He said that they received 20 letters of support for renaming the Mini Center in Carl LaPointe’s honor.
Editor’s Note: Karen Montagnese, co-president of the Long Island Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindnes,s has written below about her own experience losing her sight. She urges readers to consider White Cane Safety Day and Long Island VisionWalk.
It is only natural to want to feel good. This appears to be a basic human desire. After all, Sigmund Freud built an entire body of work on the Pleasure Principle. His premise being that we act in such a way so as to maintain pleasure and avoid pain. In most cases, as we grow and mature, we find a path that serves us to this end. I know that I was doing just fine, well on my way to a life that felt good. I had friends and a family. I was productive and I contributed positively to society. My ego was well fed and I felt good. Sure, there were challenges, but I adjusted and I bounced back.
Around the age of 30, the bumps and bruises came. I was running into things, real physical stumbling blocks - not just psychological ones. I was actually banging myself up countless times. As the years passed my injuries mounted and an ice pack became my new best friend. How long was I going to put up with this? It surely did not feel good. My realization that change was necessary would not come easily; it was as if I had to have it banged into my head, literally! The world before me became more risky and confusing. My confidence was shaken and my ability to power through was faced with the need for a seismic adjustment. It was more than facing a fork in the road, reassessing, and moving on. I had to embrace a new and different environment, something foreign, bewildering, scary, and unknown. I felt like I was in a different world—my own unique place—where I had to adapt to a whole new point of view. It was a paradigm shift. My vision was getting worse and by the time I was 40 I could no longer rely on my sight to direct me. It was time to develop a new skill and a new sense of perception.
Homecoming 2009 festivities began on Friday afternoon, when high school students filled the school’s gymnasium for a spirited pep rally. The band played, cheerleaders kept the crowd going, and Homecoming coordinator Ellen Lynch introduced the Homecoming Court. It was an afternoon of fun and school spirit for all who attended, including staff, administration, and members of the board of education.
That night it was standing room only as students, parents, and members of the community came together to enjoy an evening of exciting football, good food, and time with friends. Students, parents, teachers and administrators proudly marched behind their floats as a parade celebrating school pride officially started the Homecoming festivities. The band played as fans filled the stands ready to cheer for their team. School spirit and community pride were at an all-time high when Big Red took the field, ready to play. And play they did. The cheers of the crowd, led by the Varsity Cheerleaders, broke through the night air.
Halftime entertainment was provided by the Glen Cove High School Kickline followed by the introduction and crowning of Homecoming King Adam Ramadan and Queen Alyssa Allen.
Homecoming 2009 ended, but the memories of that night will last a lifetime.
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