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City Retirees, New Hire Recognized

Retired Department of Public Works employees Mike Salentino and John McKenna  were recognized by the City of Glen Cove at last week’s city council meeting for their years of service to the city, and a new police officer was brought on board.

Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the City Council thanked the men and presented them with citations before allowing them both to say a few words.

 

“It’s the police department, fire department and EMS that gets the job done -those are the people we should be thanking,” said Salentino, who was with the department for 42 years. “And, the public works department, the unsung heroes.”

 

The city passed several resolutions, including one to authorize the city and the CDA to enter into agreements with Nassau County for the 40th year for the purpose of undertaking a community development program and project activities under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; the program has received a 35 percent drop in funding and supports programs including the Youth Bureau, the Senior Center and SAFE.

 

The council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Jack McDougal to provide professional service in connection with educating local youth on the dangers of alcohol and drug use, at a rate of $2,500 per month, and a contract with

MG Golf Corp. to provide services of a golf professional. Spinello said that the golf course has lost about $500,000 over the past five years, and that the new contract eliminates the $75,000 a year paid to the golf professional. Instead, the golf pro will lease the driving range and pick up revenues and expenses associated with it. 

 

“This year we are attacking the expense side...it is good restructuring,” said Spinello.

 

“The goal of breaking even this year seems reachable,” said Councilman Mike Famiglietti before casting his vote in favor of the resolution.

 

Chief of Police William Whitton introduced the new police officer, Carlos Fernandez, who is a 1996 graduate of Glen Cove High School. Bilingual in Spanish and English, several comments were made by council members and the public about the benefit his language skills will have on the community.

 

“Congratulations on joining what I call ‘Long Island’s Finest,’”said Councilman Nicholas DiLeo. 

 

Fernandez will replace Officer Ralph Bruschini, who died earlier this year. The police force was reduced from 52 to 46 after retirements in 2012. Three recruits were hired last year, which will bring the total number to 49 on staff.

News

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.

 

“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”


Sports

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. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com