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Glen Cove School District Takes Measures To Improve School Safety

Connecticut tragedy sparks fear in community

On Monday morning, in the wake of a tragedy that left 20 schoolchildren and eight adults dead in Connecticut, parents and teachers returned to school with a new fear and new questions regarding what will be done to protect the children of this community from any type of copycat crimes. 

Faculty meetings were held at every school in the Glen Cove City School District. Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria said in addition to providing instructions, the meetings also allowed staff the opportunity to vent and cry.

“Today we are dealing with the emotional aspects of fear, and making the children feel safe and secure,” said Laria. “Teachers must show quintessential professionalism by putting on their game faces even though their hearts are broken.”

As far as security measures go, Laria said that, in addition to making sure all front doors are locked, all classroom door locks in the schools have been checked to make sure they are working and in compliance with fire regulations. He said that all principals have been asked to look at their school safety plan and to implement and execute it accordingly.

Police training exercises will be held at Glen Cove High School during the upcoming Christmas break, and Laria said a meeting is scheduled in January with the mayor and police chief to reassess procedures. 

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “Appropriate precautions are being taken to ensure that our precious children are protected in the wake of this overwhelming and senseless act of wanton violence, cruelty and cowardice…I have long fought for rational measures of gun control and to keep high-capacity magazines and weapons out of the hands of those who should never be allowed to use them. I will continue to do so.”

Glen Cove School Board President Joel Sunshine said, “The tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut has devastated people throughout the world. We, too, in Glen Cove are hugging our children and grandchildren even tighter, while searching for answers to this unspeakable crime.

“The board of education is making sure that our district is doing all it can to continue to secure our buildings and protect our children and employees. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown.” 

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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