Written by Jane Lawrence Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00
The hall was filled to capacity, the band was playing a rousing polka and the aroma of golumpki and kielbasa filled the air on Saturday evening, April 13 when the Polish National Home of Glen Cove celebrated its 90th anniversary with a gala banquet that lasted long into the night.
The program officially opened with the world-renowned Oginski Male Choir singing the National Anthems of both Poland and the United States, followed by an invocation by Msgr. Richard P. Kopinski of St. Hyacinth R.C. Church. Among the notable guests were the Hon. Mateusz Stasiek, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland and the Hon. Ralph V. Suozzi, Mayor of the City of Glen Cove. Representing the Polish American Congress were Frank Milewski, President of the Downstate NY Division and Richard Brzozowski, President of the L.I. Division.
Mayor Suozzi presented President Elzbieta Majewski with a citation on behalf of himself and the members of the Glen Cove City Council commemorating the home on its 90th anniversary and recognizing the many ways in which it has enriched our community with multi-faceted cultural and social activities, promoting an understanding and appreciation of the Polish culture which thrives in the City of Glen Cove. Milewski called the Polish National Home of Glen Cove a “remarkable place” noting that it is “one of the most active and successful ones still around.”
The Polish National Home, located at 10 Hendrick Avenue, was established in 1922 as a place for Polish immigrants who had settled in Glen Cove and the surrounding communities to gather to keep their social and cultural heritage alive. From its inception, the Polish National Home of Glen Cove has been active in its efforts to end political repression in Poland by providing post-WWII support for Polish refugees and sending aid to the Polish people in Communist-ruled Poland.
Today, the home provides a means of promoting Polish culture, customs, language and the arts for Polish Americans and Polish nationals living in the area. A spirit of national pride and tradition is evident throughout the membership. Members participate in the annual Pulaski Day Parade in New York City and the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Glen Cove. They continue to keep abreast of current events in Poland and since 1967 the scholarship committee has been awarding academic scholarships to local students of Polish descent.