Memorial Day just past. It was a wonderful holiday weekend getting together with family and friends to honor those men and women who have given their lives for our country as well as for all of us.
And it got me thinking, why can’t my own fellow neighbors, men and women living in the City of Glen Cove, why can’t we give our time and come together in support?
We would like to thank our community, friends, and family for all your generous contributions, encouragement, and support for Sara to forge ahead. Words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude to Tanni Iannelli, Rosa Pangari, and their moms for all their time and effort that went into the soccer ball fundraising event Kick Starting SARA’s Recovery.
I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the members of the community who supported my campaign for Trustee for the North Shore Schools Board of Education. I am so humbled by this experience. As a public school teacher and school leader, I have advocated for almost twenty years on behalf of children and families in other districts. Effective July 1, 2014, as Trustee, I will have the distinct privilege of advocating for all children in our school district. I hope to represent you and yours well.
— Lara Gonzalez
This past month, I read a letter to the editor authored by Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr., and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out what it’s about and why he wrote it.
It seems that Councilman Gallo thinks Glen Cove’s government hasn’t quite made it into the 21st Century because the bills that it pays are not published on the city’s website for taxpayers to review. He says we have an antiquated system down at City Hall.
This is an open letter to the administration and the board of education of the Glen Cove School District.
Rumors abound that the school district’s music and performing arts program is being hit hard by budget cuts even with the budget being passed last month. Please find a way to cut costs in the budget without cutting teachers or services within the music/performing arts program. It makes no sense to undercut the very best system. How did the orchestra develop into their present stage of talent? How, for heaven’s sake, did Select Chorale earn NYSSMA’s highest honor, Gold with Distinction, and get invited to perform for five hours at the White House? And the band program… first place and gold medals (for as long as my two sons have been in the district’s schools), New York City parades and so on…. Just beautiful music all across our school district, and talented singers, musicians and actors to perform.
We all remember springtime in high school and how it wasn’t always the rising temperatures that made us sweat. Finals time is stressful for students from all grades, but especially for those high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Just the thought of the math Regents exam sends algebraic chills up our spines, culminating in a Pythagorean Theorem-sized anxiety attack. We remember those long nights of last-week cramming, with a steady diet of Mountain Dew and leftover Easter candy keeping our minds lubricated in wide-eyed hyper-sensitivity.
The 2014-2015 School Budget passed by 1,541 yes votes or 71.2 percent to 682 no votes (28.8 percent). Joanna Commander with 1,336 votes and Lara Gonzalez with 1,321 votes were elected as trustees to the North Shore Schools Board of Education. Thank you to community member, Robert Mazzella (with 1,219 votes), for running this year for the Board of Education. I am so pleased that three such caring and dedicated individuals were so willing to put themselves out there for the service to our schools. Additionally, we sincerely thank Amy Beyer and Tom Knierim for their many years of dedicated service to the Board and the North Shore community.
The residents of Glen Cove have recently received a flyer regarding the School District Budget Proposal for 2014/15. Indicated on the flyer is a proposal for a tax levy “to support Library Debt.” The Glen Cove Public Library is classified as a School District Library, which obtains its finances via a separate tax levy on your school tax bill and does not have any debt associated with the school district. The school district budget and the public library budget are separate and distinct entities.
Due to the unfortunate passing of Councilman Nick DiLeo, the council and mayor have the opportunity to appoint a member to the city council. Since the people of Glen Cove voted for an evenly split council, a Democrat should replace the vacant seat. I would hope that the mayor and city council consider Dr. Eve Lupenko.
Eve is a successful physician with 20 years in her profession. Her analytical mind is an asset to the council. As a homeowner who pays her fair share of property taxes, she will be a good steward of taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
Eve cares about the community and I know that she will work to improve it. Please show your support for her appointment by contacting Glen Cove City Hall at 516-676-2000.
— Robert Germino
In December of 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance to recognize and honor all those in the military who died in service to our country. The National Moment of Remembrance Act memorialized a commemoration that began three years prior, in May 1997, when radio and television stations across the nation played Taps and asked Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. local time, wherever they were, to pay tribute.
It was a simple gesture to create a unified way to commemorate history, to honor our service men and women and to remind our citizens of the fragility of the freedom we hold so dear.
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