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A Day To Recognize Seniors

The community elders were celebrated and honored at Senior Recognition Day, held at the Glen Cove Senior Center on May 11. The day’s events included lively music from the Les Stanco Group and the Golden Voices Chorale, a luncheon and accolades to certain seniors.

 

Many of the centenarians in the community were recognized and given citations by the City of Glen Cove, and two members of the center were presented with awards.

 

Jean Quartarolo was the recipient of the Service and Dedication to the Senior Community Award.

 

“Her affinity for helping others has led her to be one of the center’s most sought after and valued volunteers...she is admired and an inspiration to us all,” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi.

 

Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said she first met Quartarolo when her daughter and Jean’s grandson were in preschool together. 

 

“You can see the love she has in her,” said DeRiggi-Whitton. “Thank you for all you do.”

 

NYS Assemblyman Chuck Lavine also presented citations and had some words for the recipients. “The greatest enemy we have in this country is not conservatism, it’s not liberalism...it’s cynicism, it’s people who are in public office, not for the public good but for their own benefit,” he said. “I can’t tell you how comforting and refreshing it is to be in this room where there is no cynicism, it is all about community. Each of you is a vital member of this phenomenal senior center.” 

 

“I am overwhelmed with all the love,” Quartarolo said. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the senior center. I had no idea I would make so many wonderful friend.”

 

Judy Imerti was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

“Music is part of our lives, and Judy brings that to the center,” said Mayor Suozzi. “Judy brings joy to all those she touches...we are proud to pay her special recognition today.”

 

DeRiggi-Whitton thanked Imerti for all that she does for the senior center and the community, and commented on her musical talents:

“She can play what she hears by ear, it is truly amazing.”

 

“Judy, you and Rocky have done so much for our community,” said Lavine. “I wish you all the best. Keep up the wonderful work.”

 

 “This is such a special day, said Imerti. “I am very honored and excited,” she said, adding some words of appreciation for the talent of her musical parents and all the people she has met over the years. “I hope I will be doing it many more years.”

The event was the “brainchild” of Bob Howard, a former and very dedicated volunteer, with the goal of honoring Glen Cove’s senior population. Since Mayor Ralph Suozzi has made sure that this event is in the forefront each year in memory of his father, former Mayor Vincent Suozzi, he was presented with the Bob Howard Award.


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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