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Santa Makes A Special Delivery

Christmas comes a few days early for one Glen Cove boy

Seven-year-old Nicholas Pedone received a special surprise four nights before Christmas: a visit to his home by Santa Claus, who showed up on a fire truck with members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove EMS and Glen Cove Police Department in tow.

On the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, the convoy arrived on the quiet street in Glen Cove where Nicholas lives, and Santa delivered a big bag of gifts to Nicholas’ door.  In November, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. Nicholas immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed.  So far he has had two chemotherapy treatments, and is on an aggressive treatment plan for the next one to two years.

There is very little known about why neuroblastoma occurs, or about what factors increase the risk for occurrence. Seven out of 10 cases are not diagnosed until the disease has spread to other parts of the body. Neuroblastoma accounts for approximately 8-10 percent of all childhood cancer diagnoses. This very rare childhood cancer has only 600 new cases per year in the United States or equivalent to one in every 100,000 children. There is no known cure for relapsed neuroblastoma.

Sergeant Peter DiMaggio, Sergeant Ryan Nardone and Officer Frank DeLuca of the Glen Cove Police Department, along with the support of the GCPD, GCVFD, and GCEMS, were instrumental in bringing the dramatic gift delivery to Nicholas’ home, though members of all departments were very happy to take part in the event, an example of cohesiveness within the Glen Cove community.

As Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Chief Rodni Leftwich said, “We take care of our own.”

For more information on Nicholas’ fight against cancer, or to donate to his cause, visit www.nicholaspedone.com.


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!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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