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When Larry Met Louise

Glen Cove couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

A couple from Glen Cove recently reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Larry and Louise Graziose married on Jan. 20, 1943, and are still happily together all these years later.

“We do everything together,” says Larry. “We work together, and always did, (and will) until our dying day.”

The couple still lives in their own home and are both relatively active and independent. Larry, at age 92, still plays golf two to three days a week and takes mile-long walks on a regular basis when the weather is good. Louise, age 89, still cooks and keeps active with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Larry grew up in Greenvale and is one of 17 siblings; Louise, 89, who was born and raised in Glen Cove, is one of eight.  The couple has seven grandsons and nine great-grandchildren.

“They constantly have support from family,” says their daughter Joan Schiller, indicating that could play a role in their longevity.

The couple met through their siblings; Louise’s sister married Larry’s brother. They were married right after Larry, a World War II veteran, returned from the service. They settled in their home in Glen Cove and never left. Their children and grandchildren have also stayed near.

Joan, who lives down the street from her parents, says her father makes the “best cup of coffee” and has it ready for her at 8 a.m. every day. 

“They worked very, very hard, not wealthy, always struggling,” says Joan. “And believe me, that’s what made their survival. They always strived for something better; they just lived for each other and to raise a family.”

Larry and Louise both agree that hard work and family have been important aspects of their lives. 

“Don’t look back, look forward,” says Larry. “ That’s my idea.”


News

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino

Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on

Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.

 

In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.

Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.

 

The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League. 


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Soccer Parade - September 13

Rotary Day - September 13

Bimmerstock - September 14


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