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Letter: Oh What a Day We Had!

Thursday, 02 July 2009 13:55
On Thursday, June 25th, the sun peeked through the clouds and shined upon Robert M. Finley Middle School where the PTA hosted its first annual Tournament Day. The day had been planned as a celebration of a year of hard work by students, teachers and parents alike. We were not disappointed! The lower field of the Finley Middle School was bustling with physical, yet fun activities for the children, while parents prepared a schoolwide barbecue lunch for all.

Letter: Senior Day Was Outstanding

Thursday, 02 July 2009 13:52

On May 9, Glen Cove celebrated Senior Day in its downtown area. The day was to honor all the wonderful senior citizens in our city, with this year’s special honoree being Joan Meehan. It was an outstanding day!

The mayor’s Senior Citizen Advisory Council wishes to thank Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, the entire city council, and those who served on the Senior Day Committee. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.  

On behalf of our seniors, we acknowledge, with gratitude, the on-going support of our city officials, as we constantly pursue ways to improve the lives of our senior population.

Leslie McCarthy, chair,
Senior Advisory Council


Letter: End of a Bad Era

Friday, 26 June 2009 07:55
The long Glen Cove school board meeting held this week was a relief when it finally ended. It was the last night for board members Doug Brown and Kurt Schmeller, and not a minute too soon. As a final insult to the people of Glen Cove, with only 10 days left in their terms, they exercised their legal right, and voted for things which will cost the taxpayers dearly and unnecessarily. Rather than do the honorable thing and postpone the vote, so that the two new board members, who take office next Wednesday, could make decisions for the entire coming year, they took it upon themselves to do just what they have steadfastly done for the past eight years, and voted for whatever the administration suggests. To quote Gilbert and Sullivan: “I always voted at my party’s call, and I never thought of thinking for myself at all.”

Letter: Thank You From the Senior Center

Friday, 26 June 2009 07:53
On Saturday evening, June 6, the Glen Cove High School DECA and Student Senate Clubs arranged and facilitated the 24th Annual Intergenerational Senior Ball, “That’s What Friends are For”.   With the supportive leadership of DECA Advisor Deborah Pearsall and Student Senate Advisor Ellen Lynch, the senior citizen participants partied and danced the night away in true “senior ball” fashion.

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.


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