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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

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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