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Glen Cove Rocks

All-female band Antigone Rising honored at city council meeting

Last week’s Glen Cove City Council meeting began with a presentation that had members of the audience, as well as the council, moving and grooving to footage of a rock concert. In honor of Women’s History Month, the City of Glen Cove and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recognized members of the all-female rock band Antigone Rising for their recent work in Israel and the West Bank as cultural arts envoys.

The founding members of the band, sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson, are both graduates of Glen Cove High School. Antigone Rising performed earlier this year in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah and other regional towns and cities as part of a cultural initiative sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Besides performing concerts, the band also led workshops and made music with Israeli and Palestinian musicians of all ages and genders.

Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi said that Women’s History Month is about women’s education and women’s empowerment and joked that rock and roll was once seen as the demise of our society, but “it may end up being what saves us.”

DeRiggi-Whitton spoke about the universal appeal of music and how it can bring people together. “Here’s to women communicating this way.”

Two video presentations were shown, highlighting the experience of the band members, showing interviews with local people and concert footage.

The Henderson sisters both mentioned what an eye-opening and life-changing experience it was.

“At the end of the day, we’re all people. We all want peace, love and happiness,” Cathy said.

“The stereotypes we have are so far off the mark,” said Kristen. “We shattered their image of Americans, and we saw they are not all violent terrorists.” She also said that after meeting people in that part of the world, it changed her perspective on how Americans are perceived by other cultures.

Resolutions

A number of resolutions were passed, including one declaring the city as lead agency under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regarding the construction of a new well. According to the resolution, the council caused a review for the need of a new supply well in the city’s system, and the consulting engineer recommended expansion of construction of the new well. No potential adverse environmental impacts of the proposed action were identified during the review, and the project will not produce any significant impacts on the environment, according to the terms of the regulations.

Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. said he wanted to see the needs analysis first and made a motion to table the vote on the city becoming the lead agency on this matter, which was seconded by Councilman Reginald Spinello. The rest of the council members voted his motion down; Councilman Timothy Tenke noted that it was “standard procedure” to act as lead agency and Councilman Nicholas DiLeo said that while he appreciates the concerns, the application for the process needs to be filed soon and “time is of the essence.”

Mayor Suozzi said there is no expense in filing the application, and it is better to put it in sooner rather than later; he noted that they have already had substantial analysis by consulting engineers and the water department, but if a problem comes to light, they will not go ahead with construction. The mayor and the four Democratic councilmen voted to pass the resolution; Gallo and Spinello both voted no.

“Waiting a week or two to file won’t matter,” said Spinello.

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 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. 


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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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