Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Glen Cove Police Department hosted National Night Out, a block party event intended as a way to bring the community together while raising awareness about crime prevention.
Bridge Street, a section of School Street and a section of Glen Street were blocked off so that pedestrians could wander freely, visit the booths of various vendors, take advantage of the free food being offered and dance to the sounds of the Les Stanco band. While the fresh pizza offered from La Famiglia, the ices from Rita’s and the food being served up from the Downtown Café were no doubt a big draw for kids and parents alike; local businesses, organizations and politicians were also present to spread the word about their offerings. Vendors included the Glen Cove Senior Center, Laffey Fine Homes, and free chair massages from Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis. Senator Carl Marcellino and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton both set up camp to answer questions and deliver information about what their offices are currently doing on a state and county level.
A bounce house for the kids was set up in front of the police department, which was open to the public during the evening for tours, a TASER demo, lessons on firearms safety and free ID kits for young children. Several officers were also spotted giving “tours” of their patrol cars to interested kids.
As part of the evening’s events, two Glen Cove men were recognized for their service to the city and the community at large. Glen Cove City Councilman Michael Famiglietti and Executive Director of Glen Cove Housing Authority Eric Wingate were chosen as this year’s honorees for their efforts on behalf of the city’s law enforcement community, and both received citations from the city for their accomplishments.
This was the sixth year the event has taken place in Glen Cove; National Night Out is part of a 30-year program conducted across the country to take a stand against crime, conduct crime prevention education and open channels of communication between the police department and the community.
“National Night Out is a nationwide effort to promote and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships as well as heighten awareness about crime and drug prevention, support local anti-crime initiatives and to let everyone know that we are focused on making our community the best place to live,” Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi told the Record Pilot. “I am grateful to the Glen Cove Police Department for organizing this successful event for the sixth straight year and I congratulate them for choosing two terrific honorees, Councilman and recently retired Long Island YMCA CEO Michael Famiglietti and Glen Cove Housing Authority Executive Director Eric Wingate. These two men have consistently worked on behalf of our community, our families and our children and continue to work in partnership with the police as well as public and private city agencies to promote quality of life and individual success, respect and responsibility. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended this year’s event. Glen Cove is a great place to live and raise a family because of individual and team efforts that were on display that night.”