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Invasive Vine Threatens Native Habitats

Volunteers joined forces with museum workers at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove on Saturday, June 15, to wage war against a relatively new invasive vine that spreads rapidly and then quickly chokes out native wild flowers and other plants that local wildlife depend on.

 

Mile-a-Minute (persicaira perfoliata) is so named due to its extremely rapid rate of growth. 

 

“A single vine can grow to a length of 20-25 feet by the end of the summer,” said Kathryne Natale, president of the Friends of Garvies.  Natale further explained that Mile-a-Minute is not native to North America at all and was first discovered in our area at Garvies Point Preserve by a museum worker less than 10 years ago.  Since then, Mile-a-Minute has been spotted at various locations along Hempstead Harbor, including Cedarmere in Roslyn Harbor, The Sands Point Preserve and several private residences.

 

Jennifer Wilson-Pines, invasive weed expert and co-president of the North Shore Chapter of the Audubon Society, which has “adopted” Garvies Preserve, was on hand to explain how to identify the vine and how to remove it.  “Mile-a-Minute is a pretty vine of Asian origin and most likely an escaped ornamental,” said Wilson-Pines. “It has distinctive triangular leaves and produces blue berries in August.”  

 

Mile-a-Minute grows along borders in open areas and meadows. “It is important to remove it before it sets seed,” continued Wilson-Pines.  The berries can be carried by birds, wind and even water.  The vines should be pulled out from their roots.  Wilson-Pines cautioned anyone pulling out this vine to wear gloves. The vine is covered in tiny thorns, earning it the nickname “Devil’s Tear-Thumb!”


News

 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. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


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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