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City Ties Loose Ends

The first meeting of the city council at Glen Cove City Hall with Mayor Reginald Spinello presiding was efficient and well-attended. There were just two resolutions on the agenda, and no comments made from the public. At the top of the meeting, the mayor requested a moment of silence for four people who recently died, including Peter DiChiara, Gerard Musto, Joseph Shapiro and Lt. Rod Bruschini.

The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of a 2.1-acre parcel of land at the western end of the waterfront property to the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which Spinello explained is the last remaining piece of land needing to be transferred so that the IDA now holds the entire property. The resolution also authorizes the cancellation of certain tax liens that Spinello noted were expired and outdated.

 

“These tax liens have been on the books since the ‘80s and ‘90s, they are old and outdated...it’s just bad debt,” Spinello said. He added that it is simply a paper transaction that will help clean things up.

 

“This is an important marker in the redevelopment process,” he said, adding that the transfer will result in a quarter million dollar payment to the city from the redeveloper. “This is an another step in getting to our goal...I am very optimistic and feeling good about the direction we are moving in.”

 

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the Department of Public Works Beautification Commission to accept a New York State Highway Department of Transportation work permit to refurbish and repaint the mural on southbound 107. Spinello said that members of youth board will be touching up the paint and enhancing the color on the mural during the second week of July.

 

Mayor Spinello introduced his new deputy mayor, Barbara Peebles, who led the attendees in the
Pledge of Allegiance, and he also praised Myralee Machol, the executive director of the Community Development Agency (CDA), for the work they have been doing together over the past weeks.

 

“It’s been an interesting 14 days,” Spinello said. “Quite a few things have gone on in my first two weeks,” he noted, citing the snowstorm, icy conditions, three water main breaks, a flooding incident at Sunrise Assisted Living, and untimely deaths.

 

“I’d like to thank the DPW and first responders," he added. "I’m proud and thankful they stepped up to the plate, as they always do.”

News

Gregory Caso of Locust Valley was dealt a hard blow early on in his senior year at Locust Valley High School with his mother’s diagnosis of breast cancer. He and his twin sister, Amanda, however, are using their energy in a positive way and focusing on creative ways to raise money and awareness.

Last fall they formed a Relay for Life team to honor their mother, and in December came up with the idea of putting on an outdoor concert to raise money for sponsoring the team.

 

“We knew it would be big and had to be outdoors, with a stage, so holding the concert at school was not an option,” says Caso.

City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs. 


Sports

 It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s  PAL lacrosse teams.  Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset.  Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for.  North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.  

The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This

Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the

Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.

Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers. 


Calendar

 E-Waste Recycing - April 26

YMCA Healthy Kids - April 26

Glen Cove Library Luncheon - April 27


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com