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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

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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