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.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.