The North Shore Historical Museum opened its doors to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 19, after years of raising funds and completing renovations and restorations. The museum occupies the Justices Court Building on Glen Street, which was vacant for more than a decade.
“The building was in terrible disrepair,” says Brian Mercadante, museum president.
Mercadante, says they first tried to get the property back in 1997, a process that took eight years, and money was the biggest holdup. Besides doing a lot of renovations, including a handicap ramp and putting on a new roof, they had to get grants. According to Mercadante, they began with only $1000 in funding and eventually raised $750,000.
The building itself is historical, making it an ideal location for preserving the rich history of the North Shore.
“We thought it would benefit the community at large, and it creates more parameters for more portions of history,” says Mercadante.
The opening ceremony, held on the 104th anniversary of the original opening of the building by the town of Oyster Bay in 1908, mirrored the building’s original façade and interior. Museum members, guests and visitors were able to take tours of the building and to hear of planned exhibits.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Mercadante cut the opening ribbon and Museum Director Colleen Yoder hosted tours and explained the museum’s future plans.
Initially, the museum will be open Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided group tours will also be available. Chartered by the New York State Department of Education, the museum plans to showcase a wide variety of artifacts and archives depicting Long Island’s “Gold Coast.“
According to Yoder, the exhibits will include documents, art work, photographs and a unique collection of oral histories recording the memories and histories of many North Shore residents.
The completely restored building is a National Historic Landmark Building. Fees: Museum members free; non-members $5 adults, $4 seniors and teens, children free. To reserve a tour call 801-1191 or visit the website at www. northshorehistoricalmuseum.org.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.