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Sea Faire Draws Crowds, Despite Heat

The Inaugural Sea Faire at the Glen Cove’s waterfront took place during a major heat wave over the Independence Day weekend, and an estimated 10,000 people ventured out over the course of the weekend. The much-hyped event was created as a way to draw residents and people from other communities to the waterfront, which has been cleaned up in recent years, with plans for major redevelopment.

 

The temperature climbed into the 90s both Saturday and Sunday, and the hot sun and high humidity was likely a deterrent for many people, though quite a few curious folks did come out to hear the music, taste the food (which included gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, sausage and peppers and falafel sandwiches and burgers), sample Long Island beer and wine, and enjoy the carnival rides. The oyster sloop Christeen was available for tours, a pirate show for the kids got some laughs and a slew of vendors braved the heat to sell their wares.

 

 “Our goal was to show Glen Covers and people from across the North Shore just how much has already been along the waterfront and most importantly, to give them a taste of the kinds of events and activities, as well as overall waterfront access, that will come with the advancing of the Garvies Point community over the next several years,” said Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty.

 

Entertainment at the Sea Faire inWhen evening fell and the sun began to set on Saturday, the folks who decided to stay in the comforts of their air conditioning during the day ventured down to the festival. A crowd of about 5,000 people was estimated to have come out for the fireworks by Grucci, a fifth-generation, family owned and operated company that dates back to 1850.

 

“As someone who grew up near Glen Cove and still lives close by, visiting the city regularly for shopping and recreation, I was so excited to see so many people enjoying themselves down at the waterfront,” said Rechler.

 

"Sea Faire festival was a wonderful event to celebrate Glen Cove’s beautiful waterfront,” said Dr. Maxine Cappel Mayreis, who was there with her kids as well as doing volunteer service for the Foundation of Wellness Professionals. “There were lots of tasty food choices, freebies, entertainment, exciting boat rides, carnival fun, a variety of vendors and spectacular fireworks.  Too bad the heat was unfit for families to make a day of it!  Let’s do the next one in the spring or fall!”


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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