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.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.