I have rave revues for the work of Assemblyman Charles Lavine. In all my dealings with him I have found him to be an honest, forthright and perceptive strategist and advocate for his constituency. There are too many examples to report in a short letter. I will provide one recent example of his outstanding work. I went to the Albany Legislature, along with other library supporters, to speak up for our beloved Sea Cliff Library and other local libraries.
Anna is 81 years old and lives alone since the death of her husband nine years ago. Her eyesight is failing from macular degeneration. Each weekday, Anna is brought to the Glen Cove Senior Center to enjoy a nutritious meal, stimulating activity and the company of friends. She would otherwise be housebound.
Thank you for putting an article in the Record Pilot highlighting the plight of Forest Bookstore. I have been a patron of the bookstore since long before Tracy Aledort took ownership. A constant desire to read and the occasional need for reference books (SAT prep, foreign language dictionaries etc.), plus the very close proximity to home makes it really easy to forego the trip to Manhasset, Westbury or Garden City to pick up a book.
This Saturday, July 24, our family will mark the fifth anniversary of our son’s untimely death. Many things have been done in his memory including the annual Andreas Christopoulos 5K Run/Walk, the proceeds of which benefit scholarships to graduating Glen Cove High School seniors. My family and I would like to thank the following sponsors who made it possible for us to award two scholarships and to sustain the scholarship fund: Anton Community Newspapers; “A Bronx Friend;” Assemblyman Charles Lavine; D&L Painting; the Chris Spyropoulos Family; Annette Cirillo-Bergen; Glen Cove City Democratic Committee; Glen Cove PBA; Glen Optic; Gotham T-Shirts; Losee Signs; the Manzione Family; North Shore Farms; the Bocchino Family; Flora Petakas Marinelli; St. Catherine’s Philoptochos Society; Basile Electric; the Bosworth Family; Charles of Glen Cove; Downtown Cafe; the Hatala Family; the McCarthy Family; Henry’s Confectionary; Locust Valley Bagel; Page One Restaurant; the Poloway Family; Rita’s of Glen Cove Italian Ices; and Sophia Niarchos. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank all the volunteers and participants from our extended family including: Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton; Judge Richard J. McCord; my ‘sisters’ in Glen Cove City Hall; Legislator Diane Yatauro and my colleagues in her office; Glen Cove City Councilman Tony Jimenez; the Glen Cove School District administrators and teaching staff; members of the Glen Cove High School Class of 2001, members of the Glen Cove High School Class of 2009; and our family at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Resurrection which includes our Greek Orthodox Youth Group; our St. Catherine’s Philoptochos philanthropic organization and our Young Adult League (YAL). We appreciate being granted permission by Glen Cove Mayor Suozzi and the City Council to hold the run and we acknowledge the patience of our neighbors during the closing of the streets along the course of the run.
Mayor Suozzi, Francine Ferrante, Maureen Bastlavas, and all the members of the Chamber of Commerce, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful awards you gave to Luca and Max Marra in honor of their father, Mario.
Ten years ago, my husband Mario and I walked into the Old School Street deli and he looked at me and said, “You see this place? I am going to turn this place into my dream restaurant and I am going to have people eating dinner outside like they do in Italy.”
It was interesting to read Mr. Meli’s letter concerning the term limits issue before the Glen Cove City Council. All I can say is, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This issue has been on and off the agenda for years; it certainly didn’t resurrect itself out of nowhere! During my tenure as president of the Chamber of Commerce early in this decade, we had contacted and discussed with the heads of both political parties the idea of increasing the mayoral term. We went to great lengths to try to introduce it at a time when it would not apply to the mayor then in office. We believed that it was in the best interests of the businesses of this city to do so as it was our view that two years was too short a time for businesses to plan ahead. The possibility of a new administration with new or different ideas could change or affect any decisions they would make. In addition, we believed it took approximately one year for a mayor to get up to speed on the job, and then the following year to run again for office; not too efficient or productive for governing the city.
Recent coverage of the ceremonies surrounding the breaking of ground on both Glen Cove’s $16 million ferry terminal and on the quarter mile “Esplanade Phase 2”, should cause us to recall the failure of past projects, and question whether we are proceeding with appropriate, or promised, caution during these difficult economic times.
Indeed, a recent trip to Esplanade Phase 1, at the end of Garvies Point Road, revealed that a once similarly celebrated, multi-million dollar project is now a virtually abandoned, decaying and overgrown walkway, its fences collapsing, its wiring exposed, and its light posts broken and dark.
On Saturday evening, June 12, there was joy in the air at the Glen Cove Senior Center when the Glen Cove High School and Student Senate Clubs hosted their 25th Annual Intergenerational Ball for the senior citizens.
DECA Advisor Deborah Pearsall and Student Senate Advisor Ellen Lynch organized the Ball with the students and the delightful evening included the Glen Cove High School Jazz Ensemble playing a medley of familiar pieces for everyone’s enjoyment….they are an extremely talented group of young people.
We must bring the Feast of St. Rocco’s back to Glen Cove. The feast has been a much-respected part of our community’s life. For me, the feast has been part of my life, and my family’s life from the day in 1974 when Father Della Rosa came to me and many other parishioners asking if we could restart the original feast of St. Rocco. Well, he was a man of vision as can be attested by the 35 years of honoring St. Rocco, our patron saint.
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