August 44 was a day full of nostalgia and happy memories as 23 members of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 1944 came together with some of their families for a 65th reunion at the lovely San Souci restaurant in Sea Cliff.
As part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new advocacy campaign, “Be Great,” Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actress and Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club alumna Ashanti unveiled a new billboard in Times Square on August 11, featuring her childhood picture and an inspirational message, “Be Amazing.” Ashanti joins some 25 prominent alumni in the new advocacy campaign to help increase public awareness and understanding about the key issues facing America’s youth, and the positive impact of Clubs.
From academic failure and gang violence to poverty, drugs and obesity, America’s young people face a daunting array of problems – with serious consequences and fewer safety nets at home and in the community.
Ingrid Olsson Feingold brings a little bit of Scandinavia to the North Shore of Long Island. Born to immigrants and raised in a section of Brooklyn abundant with Swedes and Norwegians at the time, the Glen Head resident is one of the few remaining individuals in the world who knows the words to many of the old art and folk songs from the region.
With a father from Sweden and a mother hailing from Norway, the culture of both countries was part of everyday life for the Olsson children. “I came out of the womb singing!” Ingrid joked. She began joining her older sister at the Swedish folk dancing group and by the age of 10 found herself crooning the old songs with folk bands. Even in New York, she was surrounded with the best musicians Scandinavia had to offer. Walter Eriksson, knighted by the King of Norway as the best Swedish accordion player in the world, played for the dance group. His daughter, Jeanne later went on to head the band with which Ingrid sings now called Smörgåsbandet (a play on the word “Smorgasbord”). The group’s specialty is Swedish and Norwegian music, but they throw in some 1950s American hits for fun.
Paul Meli has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor of the City of Glen Cove in this November’s election. Mr. Meli, an attorney, will be joined in his run by Glen Cove City Council candidates David Nieri, Penelope Reddan, Gerald Gardrvits, Linda Darby, James Greenberg and Pamela Panzenbeck.
In the early morning hours, when most of the world was just beginning to turn over for a few more hours of sleep, George Leckie’s day would be well under way. As a veteran bus driver for the Glen Cove Senior Center for over 30 years, George knew his responsibilities, he knew his buses, he knew his roads, and most importantly, he knew his seniors. It was one of his seniors who called me three weeks ago in tears to say we had lost him forever.
At the annual North Shore Schools Board of Education re-organizational meeting, board members elected Dr. Igor Webb, Ph.D. as president and Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, Esq. as vice president. Additionally, Dr. Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D., the newly elected member of the board, was sworn in at an earlier session by District Clerk Betty Ciampi. They are joined by Trustees Amy Beyer, Mary Kolkhorst, George Pombar and Anna Sharkey.
On July 9 at La Bussola Ristorante, during a regularly scheduled board of directors meeting, The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce presented the annual Future Business Leaders Scholarship Award to the winner of 2008, Harrison Balisky. This award was first presented to the recipient during the Celebrate Glen Cove Gala held last October at the Brookville Country Club. The recipient of this award receives funds towards their college expenses. Any graduating senior who resides in Glen Cove can apply for this scholarship. An essay is part of the requirement along with a completed application.
While many teens are enjoying the long, lazy days of summer, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau Summer Youth employees are hard at work. These diligent individuals may be seen around town, painting, cleaning and weeding as part of an annual program which prepares local youth to become responsible employees by offering them career oriented training and skills.
Howard Davis, Jr., 1976 Olympic gold medalist, was honored over the weekend as a street was named after him in his hometown of Glen Cove.
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