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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

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 



Sports

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.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


Calendar

Live Music - August 20

Sunset Serenades - August 21

Sea Cliff Beach Concerts - August 22


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