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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

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


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Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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