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From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: June 19, 2009

Written by Assemblyman Charles Lavine Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:11

Fighting Cancer in the Ring

I have always been ready to fight the good fight for a worthy cause, and on Sunday, May 31 I had the opportunity to literally do just that as a participant in Alexandra Goidel’s Bat Mitzvah project. A North Shore Middle School student, Alexandra studies mixed martial arts under the tutelage of Derek Panza at Panza Mixed Martial Arts in Glen Cove. When it came time for Alexandra to choose a “mitzvah,” or “good deed,” component of her celebration, she and her mother Wendy brought to Derek the idea of combining Alexandra’s passion for MMA with her desire to raise money for charities close to her heart. Derek was thrilled with the idea and suggested a competition in which he would spar 100 straight rounds with any and all takers.


Letter: Credit Where Credit Is Due

Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:10
We would like to take this opportunity to thank so many people for a fabulous second annual Carnival that was held at Glen Cove High School on Friday, June 12. The Fire Department, PTSA, staff, and students made this carnival a huge success. The weather turned out beautifully and fun was had by all. The proceeds from the carnival will be going to design a new courtyard at the high school.

Letter: My Pride

Written by Eleanor Rapelje Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:42
This Sunday was the second Pride Sunday Service at the First Presbyterian Church. For me it was also a celebration of the pride I have for the church that I have attended for 70 years.

Among my collection of inspirational readings, none seemed more appropriate than the following to describe the past year. “Be loving and respectful of all people, and you will attract individuals that will love and respect you back.”

We rejoice that those who once felt rejected and alone have found welcome and acceptance with us in our worship service. They have become part of our church family. Their inclusion has brought us joy, energy, hope and fun as we have come together in our common need to worship God. We thank them for accepting our invitation.


Letter: Another Warning Of Danger

Written by Rick Smith Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:40
At the last Glen Cove school board meeting held on June 8, I asked Dr. Aronstein, our superintendent, about a rumor I had heard about a student falling off the high school roof. Dr. Aronstein confirmed that indeed there was a student on the roof who got up there somehow, to retrieve a ball, and then jumped, not fell, off, breaking his leg. I commented that I hadn’t seen any report of this in the newspapers or heard about it at any board meetings and his response was that many children get up on the roof, and to paraphrase him, it was not an issue worth a story in the paper. What an outrageous comment!

Letter: ‘Week of Pride’

Written by Christine C. Quinn Thursday, 04 June 2009 08:04
(The following is an open letter from former Glen Cove Resident and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove and Chair of the Annual Pride Committee.)

Greetings to each of you gathered here at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove’s “Week of Pride.” Each day, millions of New Yorkers turn to religion for guidance, comfort and wisdom. And while this gesture takes many different forms – a testament to the wonderful diversity of religious observance that takes place peacefully here in New York – a common thread is an unwavering commitment to helping those in need.


Letter: Promises Need To Be Kept

Written by Rick Smith Thursday, 04 June 2009 07:58

Now that the Glen Cove school budget and bond have both passed, let us not forget the promises that were made in public prior to that vote. Specifically, at a public meeting, while trying to assure us that the budget increase was as small as possible, Dr. Aronstein, our superintendent, offered to freeze his own pay for the coming year. That promise was also published in the local newspapers. Later in that particular meeting, a board member thanked him for his gracious offer. In addition, one parent mentioned how Dr. Aronstein should be” leading by example”, and before asking any unions to take a pay freeze, top administrators should be demonstrating their commitment to Glen Cove during these difficult economic times by freezing their salaries and benefit packages, which can be quite substantial, for the coming year.


Letter: Thank You Mayor Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Basdavanos, and City Council Members

Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:42
On behalf of the participants of the Glen Cove Senior Center, thank you so much for hosting the Third Annual Senior Recognition Day on Saturday, May 9 in Village Square. Your acknowledgment of the contributions over the years of older residents is most appreciated, and quite commendable.

County Executive’s Column: May 29, 2009

Written by By Thomas R. Suozzi Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:44

141st Running of the Belmont Stakes

On Saturday, June 6, the world’s eyes will once again be on Nassau County, as the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park. Each year, Nassau County benefits as racing fans gather to watch what is known as the “jewel in the Triple Crown,” and at 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is also the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown.


Editorial: A Good Night – Now Good Luck

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Thursday, 21 May 2009 15:45
After attending Glen Cove and North Shore’s elections Tuesday night, one Record Pilot writer was gladdened to return home and see on the local news channel that budgets were mainly passing all over Long Island. That is not an endorsement of the line-by-line spending decisions of these districts. Simply, in a time when each dollar seems harder and harder to part with, it is encouraging in many ways to see voters embracing the future and working on the present. In this area, people are working to provide young people with what they need to grow into their role as our future; and voters acted to support school administrations and boards that seem right now to be legitimately trying to do a lot with a little. Both Glen Cove and North Shore have taken conservative actions to access funds at a low impact.

From the Desk of Dr. Edward Melnick Superintendent of NS Schools: May 22, 2009

Written by Dr. Edward Melnick Thursday, 21 May 2009 15:48

Thank You, North Shore Community

NS Schools’ Budget and Proposition 2 Both Pass

I would like to sincerely thank the North Shore community for coming out on May 19 to cast your ballots in the 2009-10 school budget vote and election of trustees. It is gratifying to know that our residents support the kind of education that has resulted in our district’s outstanding reputation for preparing students to think critically and to creatively solve problems, as they continue their pursuit of learning, especially in these difficult economic times.


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