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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

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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