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March Underscores Unity

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.”


News

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.”

The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.

 

Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.

 

“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.


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


Columns

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