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North Shore Boys & Girls Club Helps Shape LI Kids

April 20 fundraiser slated to honor NFL great Carl Banks and Dr. Edward Melnick

When she moved with her family from Queens, Kristen Kenny, now 22, needed a place to make friends. Mikey Zangari, now 20, was shy and making friends was difficult.

“The Boys & Girls Club gave me a positive place to find good friends,” says Kenny. “But beyond that it helped me decide to become a teacher.”

Zangari agrees: “I was a timid kid, but coming to the North Shore Boys & Girls Club (NSBGC) helped me come out of my shell and made me more out-going. The club helped create who I am today. It taught me leadership skills and gave me a community to belong to.”

Today, as employees of NSBGC, Zangari and Kenny work with kids who might otherwise end up in a less positive environment.

“We give the kids one-on-one attention, help them with their homework, show them how to live without the influences that can sometimes send you in the wrong direction,” says Kenny. “They know we care, and as a result of that commitment they come to us with concerns and questions they aren’t necessarily comfortable asking other people.”

“We believe that every child has the potential to be great, to be productive, to succeed and to soar,” says Susan Wisnewski, the executive director of the North Shore Boys & Girls Club. “We can help them visualize and realize their future through programs that will both inspire and educate.”

To accomplish this mission, the North Shore Boys & Girls Club provides services that are based on the principles of a youth development strategy which promote the health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development of girls and boys served.

“In order to provide these much needed services to the children, we look to the community to help us achieve our goals,” says Wisnewski. “Through annual fundraising events like Casino Night, we are able to keep costs to our membership low, enabling all children to participate in NSBGC activities. At the same time, these events help us forge a stronger bond with our supporters and provide us with a platform to articulate — in a more personal way — the true impact of their contributions on the kids and community at large.”

In collaboration with National Boys and Girls Club Week, Casino Night will be held on Friday, April 20, at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. During the event, NSBGC will honor former New York Giants All-Pro linebacker and two-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks and North Shore Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick.

A requested donation of $125 includes a cocktail reception, dinner, open bar all night and $200 in gambling chips for Texas Hold’Em, Roulette, Craps, Black Jack and more.

Casino Night will include a Chinese auction for your winnings and a silent auction featuring New York Giants Super Bowl memorabilia and an exclusive Judith Ripka Jewelry Bar with designs from her 18k couture, sterling silver and 18k gold collections. A live auction will feature several “priceless” experiences, including 18 holes of golf as part of a foursome with Carl Banks and a trip for four golfers to play at the Trump International at Palm Beach and stay at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton for two nights.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Nassau Country Club, 30 St. Andrews Lane, Glen Cove. For more information or tickets contact Russ Launer at 917-417-7843 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Natalie McCray at 835-9035 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If you cannot attend but would like to help support the club, please go to their website www.nsbgc.org and click on the donate button.

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.


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Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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