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, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.