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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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