Written by Ralph V. Suozzi Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
The long and sunny days of summer are quickly coming to an end and the cool days of fall are just around the corner. I hope that everyone enjoyed the many activities offered for young and old in Glen Cove this summer. Besides our beautiful beaches and parks, there was the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, which just completed its 53rd year of presenting summer concerts in the park for all to enjoy throughout July and August. The Morgan Park Music Festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and performances are presented free to the public thanks to funds raised from private contributors. We also enjoyed the 16th season of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Glen Cove. Concerts drew crowds of more than 1,000 people each week as the downtown came alive with the sounds of music. Overall, the city was host to 21 free concerts between the Morgan Park Music Festival and the Downtown Sounds.
Our youngest residents also kept busy as more than 500 children enjoyed another wonderful summer of friends, field trips and special activities at the City of Glen Cove Day Camp. Swimming lessons were also offered to children between the ages of three and 12 at our beautiful Pryibil Beach. Thanks to our Parks and Recreation Dept. for making these programs a huge success once again this year. These are memories and experiences our children will hold onto forever. I enjoyed seeing many of you and your families at the ball fields, and other events throughout the city, including the 4th of July celebrations and fireworks display, National Night Out, Senior Day, and the annual Mayor’s Snapper Derby for a morning of fishing. A big thank you to the businesses and organizations that raised funds and sponsored these various events for our community.
While we were enjoying the warm weather and taking a little time to relax, Glen Cove’s Department of Public Works and Beautification Commission were busy planting and watering flowers, repairing sidewalks, striping roads, fixing potholes, trimming trees and so many other things to keep our city safe and beautiful. And thanks to their hard work, our beautiful Morgan Park was open to the public days after the devastating storm that took down trees and destroyed the historic Morgan Park Gazebo on July 18. The restoration of the park is ongoing and the gazebo will be rebuilt and back where it belongs this fall. Fundraising efforts for the park and gazebo continue. Anyone wishing to donate can send a check to – City of Glen Cove Gazebo and Park Fund – 9 Glen St., Glen Cove, NY 11542. Thanks to everyone who works so hard to provide us with the many opportunities for family fun throughout the summer. A special thank you to all the full-time, part-time, seasonal employees and volunteers who keep our city running year round. I wish everyone a happy, safe and relaxing Labor Day.
The first day of school for our children is just around the corner. With the beginning of classes comes an increase in the amount of traffic around our schools. I urge everyone to use caution when driving, especially in the morning and afternoon hours, when students are crossing on their way to and from school. Please pay careful attention to the directions of crossing guards and always yield to pedestrians.
As many of you know, just this month the City of Glen Cove secured a new 10-year contract for the management and operation of the city’s Waste Transfer Station on Morris Avenue; and for the first time, the city is being paid for all of its recyclable material. In addition to being environmentally responsible and helping us to become a greener community, our recyclables are expected to generate a strong new stream of revenue for the city. This will be enhanced by the fact that we can now accept additional recyclable items, including cardboard, glossy paper and colored paper, as well as all plastics, numbered one through seven.
Proceeds from our new recycling plan will be used to offset the city’s cost of disposing of our non-recyclable garbage. The more we recycle, the less we will have to pay to get rid of our garbage, and the more the city earns for its recycling revenue. So, let’s start turning trash into cash, by recycling as much of our paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, and glass products as possible. A new recycling brochure outlining the program along with info on our annual S.T.O.P. and e-waste programs will be arriving at your home soon - please look for it and refer to it for important dates and information.