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Help For Vets At American Legion

Our country’s veterans have dedicated their time and effort in fighting for our country and it is important that we give back to them. The veteran that is coming back to civilian life today has a lot more services available to them than veterans returning from previous wars or conflicts. Angelo Grande, Nassau County American Legion Commander, explained how the American Legion can offer their services to veterans last Wednesday night at the American Legion Post 336 in Glen Head. The event was put together by the Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association.

“Our returning veterans have better medical care, educational opportunities and job opportunities,” said Grande, who was elected Commander of the American Legion on June 9 of last year and is in charge of 54 posts in Nassau County.  “In my travels I have seen great things being done by the American Legion.”

 

Some of those things include bringing in veterans from different medical facilities and feeding them and giving them clothes and toiletries. The Nassau County American Legion also has various committees that help veterans and their families, including support programs like Boys State, Legion Legacy Fund Scholarship, National Emergency Fund, Sons of the Legion and Legion Auxiliary.

 

“In a recent visit to the Fitness Center in East Rockaway I was fortunate to see the Fitness Center donate a high tech wheel chair to a veteran,” said Grande. “The wheel chair runs on treads and can go upstairs and travel in wooded areas. The cost of the wheel chair is $14,000.” 

 

Grande said that at his Installation Dinner in June he honored a young man by the name of Captain James Byler who lost both his legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. To help Byler adjust to civilian life, a veteran from the Mineola Post raised over $10,000 by collecting 270,000 soda bottles and cans.

 

Before becoming American Legion County Commander, Grande moved up the ranks, starting as a Division Commander and then moving to Membership Officer and Treasurer. From there he became an Adjutant before moving on to the title he currently holds.

 

There are three major programs that Grande plans to embark on during his tenure. These include the Vet Dog Program, Flags Over Nassau and establishing new Legion Posts at Colleges in Nassau County. 


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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