Community members, as well as congregants of churches and synagogues gathered Sunday at Glen Cove’s Congregation Tifereth Israel in commemoration of Anne Frank and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both icons of civil and human rights would have turned 85 this year.
In homage to King’s 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery, residents marched together from Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church to Congregation Tifereth Israel. Though the walk was short, it was meaningful, said participants. Church and synagogue members linked arms and sung in high spirits, and about a hundred community members joined in.
“Both Anne Frank and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived during times of prejudice and hatred,” said Rabbi Irwin Huberman of Congregation Tifereth Israel. “This is an outreach for the entire interfaith community of Jews, Christians, blacks, and whites to celebrate unity together as a community.”
After the march, excerpts of a King letter written while in a Birmingham, Ala., jail was read. Community members then gathered for a lunch and a performance of Conversations with Anne and Martin. Inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank and “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the performance included an imagined meeting of the two advocates for tolerance and peace.
“The events that happened today were very important,” said Glen Cove resident Mary Simmons from the First Baptist Church. “This is the first time everyone got together to do something like this. It truly causes a sense of community.”
“I love the fact that everyone is here today,” said Judie Wiesel of Roslyn. “The march and performance is an amazing and educational concept. I believe if all the churches met like this there would be more peace in the world.”
Both the march and performance exemplified the importance of unity, said Rabbi Todd Chizner of Temple Judea of Manhasset.
“Today focused on unity. I think that we live in a world where we are very comfortable with one another,” said Rabbi Chizner. “We are understand that there are differences, but I think today reminds us that is not enough.”
He continued, “We need to continue to uplift unity. Today is a reminder of the lessons that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank taught us. They believed every person that ever fought could only connect face to face, not in books, not in intellect, but to together in person.”
Rabbi Janet Liss of Glen Cove’s North Country Reform Temple urged that this sort of unity should be practiced more often.
“It is great that we are here today,” said Rabbi Liss. “It will be meaningful when our communities do things together on a regular basis. Not once a year in honor of Dr. King, but let’s really work to fulfill his dream of making this a country where we are all equal. Let us as a community in Glen Cove make this the first of many united events.”
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.