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.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.