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Singing In DC

It was a great way to start off the holiday season for the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale as the 49-member group took a four day trip to Washington, D.C. for singing and caroling at various landmarks. 

 

The chorale, which left on Dec. 11 and returned home on Dec. 14, sang Christmas carols for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House. 

 

“We all had sweat on our palms when they first entered the room and began our performance," said chorale member and senior student Matt Grabowski, "but meeting the president of the United States, arguably the most recognized person in the world today, was an awesome experience.” 

 

The trip was arranged by Congressman Steve Israel and Glen Cove Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. The High School Select Chorale was the only group from the area to be chosen to sing at the White House and was selected from hundreds of other groups throughout the country. 

 

“The kids performed at the Capitol and caroled at the National Christmas Tree, White House, Lincoln Memorial and Union Station,” said Chorale Director Edward Norris. “I think their favorite memory is going to be singing at the White House in front of President Obama and the First Lady.”

 

They are only the second group from Long Island to be chosen for this distinction.

 

“I am very proud of this group for their accomplishments,” said Norris. “They performed wonderfully at each venue and every day in Washington D.C. was a pleasure.”

 

Grabowski said that meeting the President and First Lady “was an awesome experience.”

 

“We performed ‘Carol of the Bells’ for President Obama and the First Lady on Friday and took a picture with them afterwards,” he added. 

 

Chorale member Chris Christopoulou echoed this sentiment, saying, “The whole trip was a crazy four days and an unreal experience. We were all pinching ourselves to make sure it wasn’t a dream.”

Christopoulou, who is a baritone in the chorale, added that, “the trip helped members of the choir to be closer to one another and was a great bonding experience.”

 

The Select Chorale is a highly recognized group, winning several awards over the years and performing at many prestigious venues. They’ve performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Queens College, the United Nations Building, Citi Field and Shea Stadium. Last year they were one of only 10 choirs in the region invited to participate in the Westminster Choir College Invitational Choral Festival.

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.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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