Written by The Acerra, Anderson, Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
For the past two years, during the first weekend in August, Coles Street would come alive as we celebrated what had become a Landing tradition, the annual Coles Street Block Party. A celebration that had quickly become a much-anticipated event by not just the residents of Coles Street, but our fellow Landing residents who would be invited to join in. Our block party was a true example of the melting pot our neighborhood is. People from many cultures and generations came out into the street to see neighbors old and new to share stories, food, pictures, music, and catch up on neighborhood news.
Surprisingly, it had come as much disappointment to us when we were informed just last week that we would have to now provide a $1 million insurance policy to protect the City of Glen Cove from liability during our event, something that had not been asked for the last two times we applied for a permit.
One of the reasons we are so proud of the block party is not only coming together to share our cultural and generational experiences, but we are able to have this event with many of us on different economic levels as well. Each year every household knows in advance what the cost of the event will be. With such short notice from the city of this new expense many residents are just not able to swing the extra funds necessary to secure an insurance policy. Had we been informed last year of the pending changes we would have planned in advance and even had time to shop around for appropriate and affordable coverage. Representatives of our neighborhood tried to work with City Hall to remedy this problem but were met with much red tape and employees who just do not seem to have answers to our questions. There was no hesitation however on the part of the city to ask to be named co-insured on the policy without helping with the cost. With Coles Street being such a diverse community there must be a grant or something to help us out. It would be great if City Hall had some kind of community liaison to help residents with needs such as this.
The residents of Coles Street are decent and tolerant people, we show pride in our neighborhood, warts and all, and cherished the opportunity to showcase our homes and families with each other come every August. Now due to simple miscommunication and lack of information that could have been avoided from the city, our much-anticipated annual celebration will become a fond memory.
The Acerra, Anderson,
Bellospirito, Budzenski, Farnan, Fruend and Przewonik families
Residents of Coles Street