The Glen Cove Fire Department now has a piece of history in Pratt Park. Twelve years after the attacks on the twin towers, an artifact from the site has been created into a monument, dedicated to members of the Glen Cove Fire Department.
The section of a beam retrieved from the site was secured by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce two years ago, and Executive Director Phyllis Gorham had been coordinating the creation of the beam into an outdoor sculpture for all to admire and reflect on ever since.
“This is to commemorate those who risk their lives every day to do their jobs,” said Gorham.
Gorham said she enlisted the help of Anthony Tripp, then the fire chief, who was instrumental in getting the beam delivered to Tom Molloy of Tom’s Lawnmower Service in Glen Head. Molloy put his creativity in motion to design the beam into artwork worthy to both commemorate the 9/11 event and to honor those who continue to put their lives on the line as firefighters. Molloy worked diligently on his design and voluntarily devoted much of his time making sure his vision was accurately portrayed. In turn, the sculpture required a monument in which it would be placed. The base was donated by Maggie and Hugh Tanchuck, owners of North Shore Monument in Brookville and is the finishing touch for this magnificent monument.
Gorham thanked everyone for their contributions, noting that it only took “one phone call” to get the Tanchuks on board.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Maggie Tanchuk. “We were thinking about the heroes of this community.”
The evening’s program included prayers from local clergy, a dedication of the monument by Gorham and Mary Stanco, president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, the singing of the National Anthem by Sabrina Ali, and a Blessing of
First Responders by Rev. John Burns, the chaplain of the GCVFD, from Community Gospel Church. Michael Mienko, a member of the GCVFD, played Taps bagpiper Robert Lynch played “Amazing Grace.” Anthony Tripp was the Master of Ceremonies.
“The memories of this day are never far from our hearts or minds,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “There are some who believe this belongs in history but we will never forget. We are here today as human beings, as Americans, to remember the sacrifice of others.”
Chief Bobby Marino spoke about the dedication of the members of the fire department, and how they all spent a lot of time at Ground Zero. “Remember, we all helped in any way we could, and remember those who perished.”
“This time of year is about forgiveness (in Judaism)...but it’s hard, even 12 years later. Will we forgive if we ever get an apology? God bless those who have perished and let us, in their memory, choose life,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman, from Congregation Tifereth Israel.
“Surely we honor the fallen more truly when we come together,” said Rev. Betsy Simpson from the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. “We must not allow that day to destroy us or define us.”
Glen Cove’s Poet Laureate Victoria Crosby read a poem that she wrote titled “A Tribute To Heroes.”
“No one sets out to be a hero,” she read. “They do what has to be done.”
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.