On July 9, Gabriel Cordell marked the end of his heroic cross-country journey in a wheelchair at the YMCA at Glen Cove. Cordell, a native Long Islander, was the victim of a car accident 20 years ago that left him a paraplegic. Over the last 99 days, Cordell travelled 3,100 miles —from California to his childhood home of Long Island – and celebrated his feat at the YMCA in Glen Cove. All along his endeavor, Cordell visited various YMCAs, which he has said “has been a safe haven for him,” and has given him the inspiration to push past his perceived limits to achieve his potential.
The Inaugural Sea Faire at the Glen Cove’s waterfront took place during a major heat wave over the Independence Day weekend, and an estimated 10,000 people ventured out over the course of the weekend. The much-hyped event was created as a way to draw residents and people from other communities to the waterfront, which has been cleaned up in recent years, with plans for major redevelopment.
The Fourth of July festivities began bright and early on a hot, humid morning in Glen Cove with a well-attended bicycle parade for the kids, followed by a ribbon cutting for the renovated gazebo in Morgan Park in the afternoon, and culminating in music and a fireworks celebration in the evening.
Three years on the sidelines with a bad hip and two surgeries later, 65-year-old Bob Litwin, one of the North Shore’s most accomplished tennis players, is ready to lead the United States Grand Masters Team as its player/coach in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July.
Litwin, a member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, has won the International Tennis Federation World Championship, 14 United States Tennis Association National titles from 1991 to 2007 and was ranked first in the over 55 years old bracket in 2005. He grew up in Great Neck, starring at Great Neck South High in tennis and basketball and lived in Port Washington for 23 years before moving to Glenwood Landing to develop his Focus Institute.
At the July 1 North Shore School District Board of Education meeting, new trustees Sara Jones, Michael Nightingale, and Marianne M. Russo were sworn in by district clerk Betty Ciampi. They will serve the community for the next three years. Additionally, Dr. Herman Berliner was appointed BOE President and Tom Knierim Vice President.
The Glen Cove Board of Education chose Donna Brady to be the board president for the 2013-14 school year, and Barrie Dratch as vice president. The new positions took effect at the July 1 reorganizational meeting, also the first day on the job for Superintendent Maria Rianna. Richie Maccarone also began his term as a trustee, and Grady Farnan was sworn in for a second term.
Chris Powers presided over the reorganizational portion of the meeting, including swearing in the superintendent, the board members, the president and vice president. Additionally, Ida Johnson was sworn in as district clerk, Amy Franklin as district treasurer and Jackie Lizza as deputy treasurer.
Jeanne DiSimone took the podium at the 2013 North Shore High School Commencement Ceremony while her peers, teachers, family and friends watched with joy and admiration.
After she graciously asked everyone in the audience to give another round of applause to the Salutatorian, Andrew Fierstein, she began her speech.
A beautiful first full day of summer provided the perfect backdrop for the first day of the rest of the lives of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2013 graduates. As loving families and dedicated teachers and administrators came together to celebrate with pride and gratitude the outstanding accomplishments of these students, the grads made their way out onto J.C. Maiden Field for the last time in their educational careers to accept their high school diplomas.
As the high school band, led by Nick Carbuto, struck up the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates proudly marched onto the field. The Select Choir, led by Ed Norris, performed a celestial rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” marking the opening of the day’s festivities. Choir member and graduate Victoria Andreotti also served as guest conductor for the school alma mater.
A popular novel, The Cardinal, first gave young Richard Kopinski the idea that he might have a calling to be a priest.
“I was taken with the idea of a priest as someone who belongs exclusively to God,” said Father Kopinski, pastor of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, Glen Head. He had read the 1950 novel by Henry Morton Robinson. The novel was made into a 1963 film directed by Otto Preminger.
That calling would take him far from Long Island, first to the University of Notre Dame and later Africa, but eventually back to Long Island.
Nearly a year to the day after a storm crushed the gazebo at Morgan Memorial Park, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on July 4 to officially “open” the renovated structure that looks as good as new, and is even stronger than before.
“The restored gazebo has new columns made of a textile material that paints like wood but is strong like fiberglass,” says Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “Inside the outer columns is a 2.5 inch steel skeleton fastened to steel I-beams under the copper roof and behind the surrounding wooden curtain. The restored gazebo has exceptional horizontal and vertical strength that greatly exceeds its original design specifications. It will stand strong and proud as the iconic symbol of our city’s identity, history and as part of the legacy of Morgan Memorial Park well into the next century and beyond.”
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