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.”
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
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!”