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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

History will be made on Friday as Nassau Country Club opens its grounds for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, playing host to the tournament which was last played on its greens 100 years ago. The tournament, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will have 156 women from all over the world competing for the Robert Cox Trophy and the title of national champion, including twin sisters Jennifer and Kristin Coleman, whose grandfather is a member of the club. 

 

For the Coleman sisters, 21, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, the tournament will almost be like a homecoming: they began playing golf at age 5, and have played Nassau Country Club a number of times over the years while visiting their grandfather, Daniel Coleman, who lives in Glen Cove.

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.


Sports

LI-Kick, the co-ed adult kickball league based in Glen Cove, was formed a little over one year ago and is already making a name for itself on the competitive kickball circuit.  On Saturday, July 12, the league sent two teams to McCarren Park in Greenpoint to compete in a national kickball competition sponsored by Brooklyn Kickball. Teams came from as far away as Toronto, Portland and Atlanta. LI-

Kick was the only league from Long Island to participate. 

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.



Calendar

St. Rocco's Feast - July 30

US Women's Amateur Championship - August 1

Historical  Museum Renaming - August 3


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