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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

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


Columns

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