One of the special ways the Church of St. Rocco celebrated Christmas for quite a number of years was through Christmas concerts that were performed by the church choir the first weekend of December. Everyone knew that the first Sunday in December was to be set aside to spend the afternoon in our magnificent church. My fellow choir members had spent many hours for almost four months preparing themselves to entertain the parishioners and the community with the beautiful hymns of the season. These dedicated ladies and gentlemen had a true love for music and their church. They willingly and selflessly gave of their time and were happy and proud to proclaim in song the joy of Christ’s birth. I still get goose bumps when I think about their voices singing out together, “Joy to the World, the Savior reigns” and “This, this is Christ the King!”
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year I hope will be different. This year Americans should give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at Christmas, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
The 10th Annual Sea Cliff Holiday House Tour, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 3, was a huge success! On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to thank the following people: The homeowners who have generously shared their beautifully decorated homes, the people who came from near and far to participate in this event, the many wonderful volunteers, without whom this day would not have happened; Sherlock Homes Realty; Atria of Glen Cove; The Sea Cliff Museum; The Sea Cliff Arts Council; The Creative Arts Studio, St. Luke’s Church, and the 61 merchants in this community who donated food for the lunch and gifts for the raffle baskets.
Finally and fittingly in the midst of this season of giving, we would like to inform all of our supporters that we now have a final figure from our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior pasta dinner. As unbelievable as it may be, we have once again surpassed our previous year’s total, as this year’s total after expenses is $31,000!
Words cannot express our gratitude and indeed our awe at the generosity shown by our neighbors and friends from both Locust Valley and neighboring communities from Glen Cove to Bayville to Oyster Bay and to those that came from even further away to attend our 4th annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pasta Dinner.
On behalf of The Billy Fischer Cancer Research Fund, we’d like to thank all who participated at our fundraising party on Saturday, Nov. 5! A special thank you to John Zozzaro, Frankie Basile and Vincent Abbondandolo, owners of the Downtown Cafe, (located at 4 School Street in Glen Cove) where our event was held. The sun was shining outside and our hearts were glowing inside! The monies raised far exceeded our expectations! Together we raised more than $17,500! All of this money will directly benefit cancer research at the Steven and Alexander Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park (CCMC). CCMC is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York.
On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glen Head American Legion, Boy Scout Troop #195, and the North Shore Key Club for helping us with our Thanksgiving baskets.
Each year the Legion holds a cocktail party, headed by Kenny Kraft, to raise money to buy turkeys and food for the baskets. Frank Rudegeair supervises the delivery of the baskets. On Monday, the American Legion members, the Boy Scouts and the Key Club delivered approximately 60 baskets to those in need in our community.
Now that the local elections are essentially done and gone, I have a burning desire to unravel a mystery that was presented by local Republicans for city and county positions relating to interesting statements about tax increases and what appears to be the use of a mathematics that I seem to either have forgotten or was not taught in grammar school.
Statements were made in the press and on USPS delivered campaign materials that the elected officials of the City of Glen Cove had increased Glen Cove City taxes by up to as much as 50 percent or higher over the last six years. This was not stated as a single house but implied to be an overall increase for all property owners.
During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the American Red Cross on Long Island reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this year.
We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.
The only thing he accomplished was a weakening of his bargaining position by desperately trying to consummate an 11th hour deal.
I remember Mr. Grella from my time on the Planning Board and from years of attending City Council meetings. He was one who had the full community of Glen Cove at heart and was never reticent on expressing his advice and opinion to anyone. Always to the point and always fair.
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