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Catchers In The Sound

Reginald Spinello attended his first Glen Cove Anglers awards dinner as the newly elected mayor.  Spinello has been a regular attendee and awards presenter for the past several years as a city councilman. The event was held on Wednesday, March 12.

 

The mayor always suggests it’s one of his favorite yearly events. His sincerity couldn’t be more evident judging by what seemed to be the perpetual smile on his and everyone’s faces throughout the awards portion of the dinner. Joining the mayor was Councilwoman

Pam Panzenbeck, who recounted some childhood tales of fishing with her dad on Dosoris Pond. Also attending were Councilmen Tim Tenke and Efraim Spagnoletti.

 

To open up the awards ceremony, Glen Cove Anglers Club Commodore Tom Manzione presented Mayor Spinello with an official GC Anglers Club jacket that he proudly modeled GQ style. 

 

The 2013 fishing season wasn’t a banner year for western sound anglers. Constant spring rains and run-offs seemed to drive the bait east as well as the striped bass. Fluke fishing picked up, but then blackfish season, the fishing season’s closing event that everyone eagerly anticipates, wasn’t as abundant as it had been in recent years.

 

Nonetheless some members bagged nice fish including Thomas “Sheppy” O’Rourke with the biggest striped bass at 44.85 lbs. He also won “Surf Angler of the Year,” “Outstanding Member of the Year” –an award presented for recognition of contributions to the club

other than fishing- and he was co-winner with Fishing Committee Chairman Jim Stanis of the “Art Leach Marathon Striper Derby,” a season long cumulative weight contest. 

 

Largest Fluke of the Year was snagged by Tim Binder at 8.35 lbs. He also reeled in the largest blackfish at 9.80 lbs. James “Birdy” Fallon won largest weakfish 6.65 lbs. Squeaking by in the “Out of Bounds” contest
by one point was Tom Glynn. This contest recognizes fish caught outside the clubs usual fishing boundaries between the Throggs Neck Bridge and Eaton’s Neck. Mike Caruso won the overall “Angler of The Year” award; Caruso has won this award three times over the last decade. 

 

As always, the shining part of the evening was the presentation of the Youth Division Awards, magnified infinitely this year with the beaming ear-to- ear smiles of member Sean Sheridan’s young daughters: Isabelle, who hooked the biggest fluke at 4 lbs., and McKenzie, who received an achievement award for her blackfish. 

 

Those specific awards begged someone to question proud pop Sean, “hey, now we know who catches all the fish on your boat.”

 

 Youth division veterans Mike Mandarino, Jr. and his brother Anthony won largest bluefish fish and blackfish respectively.

 

Commodore Tom Manzione couldn’t thank everyone enough for making the night a memorable experience that left some with memories that will last a lifetime. Manzione has always wished everyone good luck and tight lines for the 2014 fishing season.


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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