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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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