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Glen Cove Celebrates Diversity

‘Unalike and equal’

For more than 35 years, February has been recognized as Black History Month, and Glen Cove has a long tradition of honoring the diversity in this community.

“We celebrate diversity as an asset to be nurtured in Glen Cove,” said Dr. Joseph Laria, superintendent of the Glen Cove School District, at the recent birthday commemoration ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Here in Glen Cove, we are blessed to educate all of the children of the world.”

Diversity was, in fact, the theme of the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration held on Monday, Jan. 21, when city officials, school administrators and local clergy came together to highlight the values Dr. King stood for, and to remember to keep his dream alive.

Mayor Ralph Suozzi, who received a citation from County Executive Ed Mangano’s office for his commitment to hosting the annual event, said, “I see faces of mankind in one community. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of equality and his lessons are timeless…there is no picking and choosing who to accept. In Glen Cove, we all work together, which makes it a special place to be.”

The Voices of Peace Choir and the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale performed selections including “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Glory, Glory Hallelulah.” The high school drum line also performed for the crowd, making the day’s celebration both moving and entertaining.

Orion Marchese, a member of the Birthday Commemorative Commission, said, “Diversity is the glue that holds us together…when you peel back all the pieces, we are all in essence the same…it is up to us to teach our children to teach others as equals…we are unalike and equal.”

Rev. Betsy Simpson spoke about what she said was a climate of fear in the U.S., ans how children are suffering as a result. She stressed the importance of “building a loving community in America.”

“The struggle is not over,” said Rev. Alfred Evans. “Peace comes before diversity. We must remember his dream not just for one day, but every day of the year. Love one another, stop hating on one another. You must carry on the fight.”

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


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