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Glen Cove Celebrates Homecoming 2012

HS Celebrates 50 Years

Glen Cove High School, which is celebrating its 50th year in existence on site, marked the school’s 50th Homecoming with a day of tradition, triumph and Big Red pride. Students, alumni, families, and friends gathered at J. Cameron Maiden Field at GCHS to show their support for their Big Red Varsity Football team and the district’s six schools.

The annual Homecoming Parade included floats from GCHS and Finley Middle School as well as Landing, Connolly, Deasy and Gribbin elementary schools, the latter of which served as the parade starting point before proceeding up Walnut Avenue to Maiden Field. Students, parents, staff and representatives of the board of education and administration marched together to show their Glen Cove pride in anticipation of the big game. Members of the GCHS inaugural class of 1962 were also in attendance for the game, which pitted the 2-1 Big Red vs. the 2-1 South Side High School Cyclones.

From the opening kickoff on, the Big Red controlled the game, sprinting to a 14-0 lead on a touchdown run from quarterback Will Kassar and a long touchdown catch by Mike Burrell from Kassar. Following a South Side touchdown, Kassar and Burrell connected again for another long touchdown pass. Ryan Perkins added a touchdown run to give the Big Red a commanding 26-7 lead at halftime, one that they would never relinquish, finishing with a 39-27 victory. Kassar finished with 140 yards passing and Billy Neice led the Big Red in rushing with 120 yards, adding a touchdown.

Varsity cheerleaders, Varsity Kickline, and the GCHS band, which presented a special feature of the Drum Line, provided halftime entertainment. Last year’s Homecoming Queen Cristina Cappiello was on hand to crown Homecoming 2012 Queen Emily Anderson. Dane Caufield was named 2012 Homecoming King. Junior Varsity Cheerleaders also provided entertainment during the game.

Ellen Lynch served as master of ceremonies and coordinator of Homecoming, along with the GCHS student senate. Prior to the game, the Glen Cove Booster Club held a ceremony to commemorate the official opening of a new concession stand, the product of hard work, volunteerism and donations and fundraising, which involved numerous community members and local businesses. The concession was busy throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

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
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