Bonnie Arnett has been experiencing selfless acts of kindness from a group of teenage boys on a regular basis and wanted to make sure the community and school administrators were aware of the charity these young men have been offering. As a result, her grandson, Brandon Aviles, and two of his friends, Elijah Ambles and Corey Dinkins, were honored last week at both the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Monday night and at the Glen Cove City Council meeting on Tuesday.
“I didn’t mean for it go this far,” says Arnett of the attention she and the boys have received. “I just thought it was special...you don’t see kids like this anymore.”
For years, Arnett, who is blind, has been helped out by Aviles and his friends. What caused her to call the school and alert them of the special treatment was the boys’ good service during a recent snowstorm.
“These boys walked to my house in Sea Cliff from Glen Cove at 8 a.m. to shovel my driveway...they can’t get up at 7 a.m. for school, and they’re walking to my house in a snowstorm—in freezing temperatures—to shovel my driveway at 8 a.m.,” says Arnett.
And the fact is, this good Samaritan behavior has been going on for a long time. Arnett has been close with her grandson his whole life, and lived only a few blocks away until she had to move to Sea Cliff when he was 11. She says he was used to helping her out, so she figures it was just natural that he would come over to make sure she was okay when she moved, despite the fact the walk can take 30 to 45 minutes.
Arnett says she has a long sidewalk, a lot of steps leading up to her door, and she lives on a cliff. So she understands why her grandson would worry about her safety and well-being. Still, she is amazed at the level of dedication that he has, and very moved that he and his friends do this from the good of their heart.
“They won’t take any money; even if I give them money to get me some food, and tell them to get something for themselves, they won’t do it, they give me the change back,” says Arnett.
That charity has extended to Arnett’s neighbors, people Arnett says she doesn’t even know.
“This young couple knocked on my door and asked who those boys were; it turns out they shoveled their driveway. They wanted to give them money, buy them lunch or something, but the boys wouldn’t take it.”
During the most recent storm, Arnett says she called Aviles about 45 minutes after he left her, expecting him to be at home. Instead, he was at Ambles’ uncle’s house, who is also blind, shoveling his driveway.
Arnett was so impressed, she contacted Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson to tell him all about the help the boys were providing.
“They have been doing this for years for free,” says Hudson, who is proud of the example these students are setting for their peers at the high school.
"Somebody is doing something right with these boys,” says Arnett. “They’re just good kids.”
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.