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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

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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