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Community Scholarship Fund Event

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.

 

This First Annual Diamond Club gives each PTA unit an opportunity to honor a member of their community. The honorees are chosen from the PTA units school’s administrators, faculty and staff, PTA members, parents and school volunteers; any individual who has brought a positive effect to the schools and to Glen Cove. This is the first year these fine individuals are inducted into the Diamond Club, where they will blaze a new trail of future Diamond Club candidates.

The 2014 Honorees:

Nomi Rosen is the honoree from Deasy PTA, principal of Deasy Elementary School, past district coordinator of fine arts, and a graduate of The University of Berkeley and Bank Street College of Education. As the district coordinator of fine arts, she helped to launch the elementary strings program, a middle school keyboard lab, and the high school digital photography sequence. She also created an international exchange program with students from China, Russia, and Uganda.  As principal at Deasy, she fosters creativity and critical thinking while working with her teachers, parents and students through bringing in new and varied programs and experiences. 

 

Dr. Michael Israel is the honoree from Landing PTA, the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and technology, past principal of Landing Elementary School. A graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook where he received his BA and MA, he received hisdoctorate in educational administration from NYU.  Dr. Israel was Landing School principal from 1999-2012 when Landing Elementary School was awarded the distinguished “Blue Ribbon School” Award from the US Department of Education. In 2012, he was appointed  to his current position assistant superintendent. Throughout his career, Dr. Israel has modeled and shared his educational philosophy with colleagues, parents, and his community. Dr. Israel resides in Glen Cove with his wife, Michele, and three children, Harrison (15), Sam (14), and Sarah (10). 

 

Rosemarie Sekelsky is the honoree from Connolly PTA, principal of Connolly School and past business education chairperson. Sekelsky began her career as a business teacher at the high school and became the principal of Connolly School in 1993. Sekelsky is proud to have created an educational community that recognizes the unique talents and gifts of its diverse student population and nurtures the full potential that lies within each child who passes through the school’s doors.  She is proud to share this honor with her husband, Wendell, and treasures her relationship with her mother, sisters and nieces and nephews.

 

Brittney Frank Rifkind is the honoree from Robert M. Finley Middle School PTA, the sixth- and seventh-grade band and general music teacher at Finley Middle School. Rifkind received her BA in music education from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College.  Rifkind created the Instrumental NYSSMA Club, and was the assistant director for the middle school drama productions of School House Rock Live and Aladdin. In 2013, Rifkind led the seventh grade band to win the gold at the NYSSMA Major Organizations Festival.  Rifkind is also the corresponding secretary for the Nassau Music Educators Association. She feels fortunate to have the constant love and support of her husband, Zachary Rifkind, and her parents, Mitchell and Melissa Frank. 

 

Suzanne Anderson is the honoree from Glen Cove High School PTSA, past PTA president for GCHS and co-president for PTA Council. Anderson is a lifelong resident of Glen Cove and joined the PTA in 1992. She gives her time to many organizations such as: Jr. Soccer, Jr. Baseball/Softball, Jr. Football/Cheerleading, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Landing Pride Civic Association, St. Patrick’s Religious Ed., St. Rocco’s Feast, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, MPAPA, and Booster Club; feeling forever grateful to her family for sacrificing their time. Anderson is honored to be chosen to represent the PTA knowing so many other volunteers also put in so much time and energy to the benefit of our youth. 

 

Mary Murphy is the honoree from SEPTA, director of special education. Murphy began her career as a special education teacher at Glen Cove High School in 1979. She was appointed as the director of special education nine years later, making the leap with the hopes to enact a positive change for children and their families. Over the years, Murphy has supervised many teachers and she realizes what a great privilege it is to work with the district’s dedicated and talented special education department. They always put the needs of the children first and go above and beyond in their daily practice. Murphy lives in Glen Cove with her husband, Bill, and her two children, James and Jolee. 

 

Tickets to the event and brunch are $68 per person; raffle books (six tickets) are available for purchase for $5 each; you need not be present to win a basket. Grand prize baskets will also be available at the event. Support through donations of items for baskets or an ad placed in event journal is welcome. For further information; please contact Antoinette Bellomo, 516-671-0650.


News

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

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. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


Columns

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