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Glen Cove Celebrates ‘Best Community for Youth’

City’s national designation as one of the top 100 communities for youth culminates in a party for the kids

After being selected, last fall, as one of the top 100 communities for young people, the City of Glen Cove held a celebration honoring those youth at the Finley Middle School cafeteria last week. The party drew a crowd of students, parents, siblings, teachers and members of local government and organizations.

The kids enjoyed themselves eating pizza and painting their faces prior to the award ceremony. The Glen Cove High School production studio created a video highlighting all that the city has to offer, which played right before the awards ceremony. Awards were presented to the children by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, and citations were given to the city by Mayor Bruce Kennedy on behalf of the Village of Sea Cliff, by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and by Assemblyman Charles Lavine, congratulating the city for achieving this status.

DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am so proud of Glen Cove. Representing the area first as a city councilwoman and now a county legislator, I fully agree that this city deserves such an honor. The great schools, the police, the Boys & Girls Club and the Youth Bureau, as well as the city council, have all worked hard to earn this distinction.”

To win the awards, the children submitted artwork, essays, poetry and photograph entries through their schools and were judged by a committee of volunteers. For the Youth Who Makes a Difference Award, the committee sent letters to local clergy, school principals and other community leaders asking for recommendations of children who they felt “went above and beyond doing things for the community and being good, upstanding citizens,” according to Basdavanos. She said they received close to 30 nominations, and felt they really needed to recognize all who were nominated for the good work that they do.

Amanda Ieraci won the Youth Who Makes a Difference Award, while Maleesha Ebanks, Alexandra Franklin and Brendan Rogers all received an Honorable Mention. The other nominees included Matthew Grabowski, Kewan Beebe, Yadiyah Letellier, Matthew Bellomo, Alexandra Franklin, Yaqarah Letellier, Monica Juarez-Barnes, Ariana Cavallone, Alexandra Gerin, Daniel Lynch, Erick Pajuelo, Nicole Alexander, Christine Adams, A.J. Perfetti, Maria Krisch, Grace Blinkoff, Essence Fowler and Linesha Davis.

For the Essays and Poetry Award, Colleen Coelho won for the kindergarten through 2nd-grade age group, Chloe Ventura for 3rd- through 5th-grade, Jessica Stengler for 6th- to 8th-grade and Elena D’Ambrosio for 9th- to 12th-grade. Andrew Vela won the Multimedia Award while Alexandra Gerin received an Honorable Mention, and in the Art category, Brandon Carmona won kindergarten through 2nd-grade, Lauren Retoske won the 3rd- through 5th-grade award, Joseph Yee won for 6th- to 8th-grade and Jennifer Cruz won for 9th- to 12th-grade.

“We had a wonderful turnout and [it] really was an example of why we won this award because the community does come together – so many businesses and organizations donated their time and services, and it is a credit to the way that everyone gives their support.”

Last fall, Glen Cove received national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its initiatives to help the youth of the city. Glen Cove was the only community on Long Island that received the award last year and won it because of its holistic approach to educating students and innovative programs that encourage involvement of young people in the community. The recognition entitles the city to a $2,500 grant and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.

“Glen Cove represents a mosaic of this miracle of a place called America,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria. “So we congratulate you all who made this happen; we’re very proud to be partners for the good of the children and the good of the community.”

News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


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