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Summer Of Music Big Success

Despite heat and rain, community flocks to outdoor venues

During the months of July and August, Glen Cove was a hotbed for free outdoor concerts, attracting large crowds eager to hear some of the bigger-name bands performing downtown and at Morgan Park. The summer season saw cover bands paying tribute to The Eagles and The Beatles in the park as well as names like Richie Cannata and John Oates for Downtown Sounds. Though some of the concerts had to be moved to indoor locations due to the weather, overall the season had a good turnout for both series.

Francine Koehler, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District, told the Record Pilot, “In spite of some weather-related obstacles, we had a great turnout this year.”

She estimates that the final concert of the season attracted at least 1,500-2,000 people, and says that, despite the humidity and rain throughout the summer, the concert series drew a lot of interest. Only two concerts were moved indoors, to the Wunsch Arts Center at Finley Middle School, and one was rained out entirely.

“Every year, we’re getting more and more people,” Koehler says. “We’ve expanded outside of local bands, and are getting bigger sponsors and a lot more community support. In large part, what has enabled us to grow is support from the city.”

She explained that they rely on most of the city’s agencies, such as the Department of Public Works for set up and clean up, the auxiliary police for street closure and the EMS, in case of an emergency.

Downtown Sounds is meant to bring people in the downtown businesses, while the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is more about relaxing under stars in a beautiful, waterfront setting.

At Morgan Park, The Producers was the only show that had to be moved inside, to St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. According to Cindy Rogers, a member of the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival advisory council, at least 400 people attended. She said, “The audience was so pleased not only because the production was so professional, but also because the hall was air-conditioned! Marge Suozzi said she heard comments like, ‘It was as good as a Broadway show.’”

Rogers said The String of Pearls concert was cut short; it began in Morgan Park, but the performance had to stop when the rain came pouring down.

Marge Suozzi, chair of Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, said, “I think this has been our best year ever. There were at least 2,000 people at the BeatleMania concert and 1,000 at both the US Air Force Band of Liberty and Hotel California. We had a wide variety of music throughout the summer that appealed to all tastes.”

She added, “It was too bad that the String of Pearls was surprised by the sudden downpour and cut short their wonderful nostalgic singing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com