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Glen Cove Cinemas Re-Opens

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

 

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “For me, this is a meaningful personal moment...it is a great moment for our little city of Glen Cove. It’s tough for me to admit, but almost 30 years ago, I had the unique opportunity to serve as the lawyer for the Community Development Agency. Our responsibility was to help to develop and guide the development of this particular piece of property. I got to listen to many different developers offer their proposals for what ought to be on this spot, and the CDA made a determination that the best use for the citizens was for this to be a movie theater. No sooner did we make that determination than the city was sued to stop the development.  We were pitted up against a powerful law firm...and we won...so, for me to be here today is a personal triumph. 

 

“What’s more important is that this is a major triumph for Glen Cove,” Lavine continued. “Movies are integral to our community; it will help our restaurants and our stores. It’s a super day for all of us, it’s a super day especially for the little ones, because they’re going to spend a lot of time here.” 

 

Mayor Spinello then introduced Levinson, saying, “Here’s the man of the hour.”

 

“What made me interested in this theater is that, when I was a boy, there were three theaters in Glen Cove,” said Levinson, noting that the first movie he ever saw as a child was Around the World in 80 Days, which was released during a time when Glen Cove was

“very popular” and movies like that had an exclusive engagement in Glen Cove. 

 

“Unfortunately, times change, towns change and the way the studios do business certainly changed, unfortunately not for the better,” Levinson continued. “The  problem with the movie business today is we depend on making money on the candy stand rather than the theaters because we pay such a high percentage to the studios.”

 

 He said the theater would try art films in addition to family films, and they will have tables and chairs set up in the lobby with a big screen to watch old favorite television shows and honor actors who have passed away. 

 

On the day of the grand re-opening, the cinema offered free admission until 6 p.m. as well as free popcorn and soda. Levinson acknowledged the mayor’s office for their assistance with the opening, and said they
got them a grant for the marquee. “We look forward to a long run,” he said.

 

“As a mom of three young kids, I’m so happy,” Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said to Levinson. “Thank you so much because I love having them here, I know that they’re safe. I’m so happy you’re keeping this going.” 

 

Brian Mannix of Babysitting Barter was at the event promoting his site and his collaboration with Glen Cove Cinemas on a Friday night “Date Night at the Movies.” He said that local sitters can sign up to sit for Friday nights via the website and parents can more easily find someone to care for their children while they go out to the movies. Visit www.babysittingbarter.com and www.glencovecinema.com.

News

The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom.  On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day. 

 

The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to  present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next. 

Downtown Glen Cove was abuzz during last Thursday evening’s bi-monthly car meet, Autostrade Glen Cove.

 

This event, sponsored by Martino Auto Concepts of Glen Cove, is held at the corner of Glen and School Streets. More than 125 vehicles showed up and gave a $10 donation to the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department as the required entrance fee. 


Sports

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.


Glen Cove High School recently held its first-ever Athletics Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the school’s athletic wing. 

 

Wall of Fame inductees are varsity players who have been selected as All-County in their respective sport. This year, 12 Glen Cove students were named All-County, earning themselves an eight-by-ten photograph mounted and framed on the storied wall near the gymnasium. The Wall of Fame dates back to its first inductee in 1974.


Calendar

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Morgan Park Summer Music - July 19

Blood Drive - July 22


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