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$79,000 Raised For Diabetes

Glen Cove had a fourth successful “Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock” car show  earlier this month. The annual fundraiser, held on Sunday, Sept. 8, is one of several local efforts that raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation ( DRIF). 

Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture again presented Bimmerstock. Nassau County Legislator and DRIF board member Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has helped make this event happen for four years in a row. 

 

The car show and related fundraising materials helped bring in just under $80,000 for the DRIF. Over the last 4 years, this event has raised over $260,000 for the DRIF. And the total local efforts including golf outings, a dinner and the car

show have helped the Glen Cove area raise almost $780,000 for diabetes research. 

 

Joe LaPadula said, “We are pleased to report $79,000 was raised for the cure-focused research at the DRI. This event has grown into one of the largest automobile shows on the Eastern Seaboard. It attracts sponsors, vendors and car enthusiasts from around the country and with our DRI relationship we know that everything we do helps fund the effort to find a cure for diabetes. 

 

“I sincerely appreciate everyone’s help in making this year’s event such an amazing success,” he continued. “All who are associated with the event are grateful to our wonderful friends, sponsors, journal supporters and everyone who registered and displayed a vehicle, new and old, for being a part of this special day.”  Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud to announce that after this year, our combined local efforts to raise money for diabetes research have hit

$779,000! Once again everyone at Martino Auto Concepts, especially Joe LaPadula, organized an amazing event, and helped us raise money to find a cure for diabetes. I would also like to thank the Glen Cove police, EMS, department of public works, auxiliary police and Mayor Suozzi and the city council for assisting with this event. As a mom with a daughter with this condition it means so much to see our city come together like this.”

 

Delia and DRIF LI Regional Director Anthony Childs presented Mayor Suozzi with a citation in thanks for Glen Cove’s continued support of this important fundraiser.

 

Tom Suozzi presented a special award to both Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer. 

 

Seeing unique cars is a big part of the attraction of the event and car enthusiasts were happily posing for pictures next to some of the more dazzling automobiles, such as a Lamborghini “art car.”

 

Another car that drew a lot of attention was a refurbished 1941 Dodge Business Coupe, which was restored by Henry Putre of One Stop Truck and Auto Collision in Deer Park. Putre said it was his first time attending the event and was pleased with the turnout.

 

“It’s a great event. We will be back again next year,” he said.

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 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. 


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.


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