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Polish Home Celebrates 90 Years

The hall was filled to capacity, the band was playing a rousing polka and the aroma of golumpki and kielbasa filled the air on Saturday evening, April 13 when the Polish National Home of Glen Cove celebrated its 90th anniversary with a gala banquet that lasted long into the night.

 

The program officially opened with the world-renowned Oginski Male Choir singing the National Anthems of both Poland and the United States, followed by an invocation by Msgr. Richard P. Kopinski of St. Hyacinth R.C. Church.  Among the notable guests were the Hon. Mateusz Stasiek, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland and the Hon. Ralph V. Suozzi, Mayor of the City of Glen Cove.  Representing the Polish American Congress were Frank Milewski, President of the Downstate NY Division and Richard Brzozowski, President of the L.I. Division.  

 

Mayor Suozzi presented President Elzbieta Majewski with a citation on behalf of himself and the members of the Glen Cove City Council commemorating the home on its 90th anniversary and recognizing the many ways in which it has enriched our community with multi-faceted cultural and social activities, promoting an understanding and appreciation of the Polish culture which thrives in the City of Glen Cove. Milewski called the Polish National Home of Glen Cove a “remarkable place” noting that it is “one of the most active and successful ones still around.” 

 

The Polish National Home, located at 10 Hendrick Avenue, was established in 1922 as a place for Polish immigrants who had settled in Glen Cove and the surrounding communities to gather to keep their social and cultural heritage alive.  From its inception, the Polish National Home of Glen Cove has been active in its efforts to end political repression in Poland by providing post-WWII support for Polish refugees and sending aid to the Polish people in Communist-ruled Poland.  

 

Today, the home provides a means of promoting Polish culture, customs, language and the arts for Polish Americans and Polish nationals living in the area.  A spirit of national pride and tradition is evident throughout the membership.  Members participate in the annual Pulaski Day Parade in New York City and the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Glen Cove.  They continue to keep abreast of current events in Poland and since 1967 the scholarship committee has been awarding academic scholarships to local students of Polish descent.

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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