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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

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”


Sports

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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