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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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