The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island got a new look this past October, thanks to the help of 27 of the regions top interior designers, with the second phase slated to begin this summer. Two of those designers included local businesswomen, Margreet Cevasco of Sea Cliff and Vasi Ypsilantis of Manhasset, who hosted a fundraiser for the project last month. All of the designers worked to redesign and renovate the house’s original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. It was the first phase of a project which will include further renovations to the house starting this July.
Illegal housing is a big problem in Glen Cove and the city is taking action. In the early morning on May 21, the Glen Cove Police Department and the city’s Code Enforcement Department executed a search warrant and found a total of 15 people living in the one-family house at 40 Landing Rd., which also has a five-room doctor’s suite. According to the city,the absentee landlord, who lives overseas, apparently allowed for illegal cellar habitation, nine rooms to be converted to living areas, for plumbing to be installed without permits, and construction in the house without permits. In addition, 12 smoke detectors and three carbon monoxide detectors were missing. A total of eight vehicles were associated with the people living in the house.
Under blue skies and perfect parade temperatures Glen Cove residents came out to show their respect to our nation’s fallen soldiers at the annual Memorial Day parade. Residents gathered around Monument Park before the parade, where Retired Sergeant James Middletown (U.S. Army Air Corp 44-46) and chairman of the American Legion presided over the ceremony.
Commander and Lara Gonzalez were elected to the North Shore School District Board of Education on Tuesday, May 20 in a contest that saw three candidates vying for two open seats. In addition, the 2014-2015 school budget passed by 71.2 percent, with 1,541 “yes” votes to
682 “no” votes (28.8 percent). Commander received 1,336 votes and Gonzalez received 1.321 votes; candidate Robert Mazzella earned 1,219 votes.
Two new programs were presented to the Glen Cove Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, May 19 at Finley Middle School. Several school administrators provided information on a summer school program and school program changes at all three school levels.
“We would like to make sure that our students are college and career ready,” said Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum. “We are proposing the program to implement at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.”
The administration’s proposed “Summer of Success” program was designed to “more effectively support underperforming secondary students.”
After a year in business, Dan Roth and Ray Capone are set to mark the anniversary and grand opening of their bar.
Stop in to Sea Cliff’s Still Partners on May 29. Horns will be blaring, strings strumming, and the piano pounding as owners Roth and Capone mark the one-year anniversary of their bar, Roaring ‘20s-style.
“We booked a seven-piece jazz band,” says Roth, also a musician who had always wanted a bar/small venue where music would play a big part. “It’s going to be a heck of a party.”
The Glen Cove School District budget passed last Tuesday, with results totaling 740 votes in favor to 330 opposed. Trustees Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou were both re-elected to the board of education in the uncontested election; Dratch received 615 votes and Pappachristou received 786 votes.
“I am excited to be serving another term on the board,” said Dratch, who has been a trustee since July 2011. “I am looking forward to continuing the work we have started under our leadership with Ms. Rianna. We are moving the district forward and I am proud of the strides we are taking in supporting the needs of all of our students.”
The Glen Cove School District has reached a new agreement with the Glen Cove Teachers Association through June 2016 that compensates instructional staff members fairly and helps sustain the district’s present and future fiscal health.
“After close to three years of collective bargaining, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is acceptable to both sides,” said Glen Cove Superintendent Maria Rianna. “During the budget development process, the board of education and administration had to make some tough choices to maintain a quality educational program and uphold our fiscal responsibility to the Glen Cove taxpayers. This agreement will allow us to preserve opportunities for students while addressing the cost-of-living needs of our teachers. On behalf of the Board of
Education, I commend the GCTA leadership for their cooperation throughout this process. It is because of their commitment to the children of this community that concessions were made.”
It has been 100 years since the Locust Valley Library opened its doors to patrons. On Saturday, May 10, the library celebrated its 100th birthday with a tree planting on the front lawn and an ice cream/face painting social in the community room. Library staff and residents were on hand to witness the first shovels placed in the ground for the planting of the new cherry tree.
“The tree planting is the first step in updating our library,” said Library Director Kathy Ray Smith. “We have plans to renovate our community room inside, update our AV equipment and trim the plantings that are overgrown in front of the library.”
It is now illegal in the City of Glen Cove for vendors to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19. That was the unanimous decision that passed at the Glen Cove City Council meeting last Tuesday night as the council voted 6-0 in favor of banning the sale of the product to minors. The new law is an addition to the already existing tobacco laws in the city. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales.
“This is another step in our already stringent tobacco laws here in Glen Cove,” said Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello. “We want to take an active position to make our youth aware of the dangers of smoking. We feel it is the right thing to do.”
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