During the winter solstice, skies get clearer and stars in the night sky are supposed to glisten brighter than during any other season. The twinkle in the stars, however, could not have been more brilliant than on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 when Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House hosted their 37th Annual Fundraising Gala, Dancing Under the Stars, honoring one of its brightest stars, Liz Berens.
Berens began her commitment to the children of Glen Cove in 1984, serving as Vice President, then President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club. Today, she is an active member of the club’s Honorary Board. Berens received the 2013 Champion of Youth Award at the gala, the highest recognition bestowed by the club’s national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The gala was held under a tent at the Meadow Brook Club and bottles of exquisite wines were served thanks to the gracious donation of Banfi Vintners of Old Brookville. The décor by Party Up Productions was elegantly simple and unassumingly chic, focusing on the stars of the night, both overhead and in the room, and there were plenty of stars to be seen everywhere.
The evening’s program recognized Betsy Gibbs, owner of Worth Repeating in Locust Valley and the enthusiastic force behind the success of the organization’s Club Closet Tag Sale and Club Closet Shopping Spree, with the Liz Durante Community Service Award. The club’s Youth Program Director Sara Laskow was recognized as Professional of the Year for her unwavering commitment to the club. Both Gibbs’ and Laskow’s dedication have made a significant and positive difference in the lives of the club’s members.
The gala also remembered and celebrated a very special star, Christine Pell, board member and event co-chair who recently passed away. Board President Deborah Brisbane and board member Patricia O’Kane also co-chaired the event with the assistance of a long list of committee and junior committee members. Tent walls were lined with pictures of the littlest stars –club members who benefit from the proceeds from the gala.
Another dazzling star of the evening was auctioneer CK Swett, who according to The New York Times has “managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering…,” and NBC News referred to as a “colorful character in the usually reserved world of charity fundraising.” Swett did an outstanding job auctioning fabulous getaways procured by Live Auction Chairs Aimee Eberle and Julie Zarou to places like Montauk, Sun Valley, Nantucket and Bermuda, but his stellar performance came with the Max Out the Miracle campaign, a gift-matching challenge by an anonymous donor who will match every dollar donated to the club with $2, effectively tripling the value of each donation. After the auction, guests danced the night away to music by the Groove Shop of Silver Pro Entertainment.
The success of the gala was made possible by the many volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and donors who supported the event which helps raise a significant portion of the club’s annual budget. To see the list of these generous stars, visit www.glencovebgc.org.
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.