Originally scheduled for Nov. 3, the gala was rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, and though the date change did have an impact on attendance, the gala was still a success. This year’s gala honored four community members for their contributions to better the welfare of other businesses, residents and the community at large. The honorees were Patty Carrotta of Astoria Federal Savings, Angela Susan Anton of Anton Community Newspapers, Roberto Telese, Glen Cove Police Department and Betsy Gibbs, owner of Worth Repeating.
“Highlighting our honorees serves to showcase the valuable resources and talents available to us, residents and businesses alike,” said Phyllis Gorham, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “The spotlight allows these honorees to sparkle like the gems they are to Glen Cove. We are so fortunate to be able to count them among the distinguished members of our chamber.”
The Pinnacle Award for Corporate Excellence was given to Astoria Federal Savings, managed by Patty Carrotta. Carrotta has been with Astoria Federal for more than 30 years, most of which has been as Branch Manager. The Pinnacle Award recognizes the achievements and leadership in corporate and humanitarian endeavors that enrich the lives and health of the whole community of Glen Cove.
The Small Business Achievement Award was given to Anton Community Newspapers, the Record Pilot. Publisher Angela Susan Anton devotes her time and energy to keeping her newspapers’ readership informed of all the news in their communities, and also strives to make a positive difference in those communities.
“I have a huge commitment to the community and giving back,” says Anton. “I believe strongly in that.”
Roberto Telese of the Glen Cove Police Department was awarded the Community Merit Award. Telese was born and raised in Glen Cove. After graduating from college, he spent 12 years at Photociruits Corporation before pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. In 2006 Telese became a mentor with the Glen Cove Youth Bureau, utilizing one of the programs offered by the bureau to help guide and direct local youth. Telese also joined the Glen Cove Youth Board, which is comprised of community volunteers with an interest in helping the Glen Cove Youth Bureau in advocating for the needs of local youth. He is currently Chairman of the Youth Board and has been instrumental in its direction, leadership and fundraising efforts.
Telese said he was honored to receive this prestigious award, and is dedicated to his commitment to the City of Glen Cove.
The Leadership Award recipient was Betsy Gibbs, who has had careers and a life “worth repeating,” a name utilized in the name of her current business. Gibbs possesses an entrepreneurial mindset along with contagious enthusiasm and high energy. After trying her hand in several business ventures, she opened the consignment shop Worth Repeating, located in Locust Valley. This store is a store that features high-end boutique items that affords Gibbs the ability to give back to the community. Gibbs volunteers her time and merchandise for fashion shows for so many organizations and schools, too numerous to mention individually, in addition to her generous donations for the less fortunate.
According to Gorham, the evening’s success was due in a large part to the generous sponsors: Glengariff Healthcare, Whitting Funeral Home, Arena Taxi, RXR Glen Isle Partners, LLC, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Mary Stanco, Laffey Fine Homes Real Estate, Jaymar Insurance Agency, Glen Cove Hospital and Betsy Gibbs, Worth Repeating.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.
Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.
“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.