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Junior Baseball Opens Season

The Glen Cove Junior Baseball & Softball – Rob Kormoski League held its annual parade and opening day ceremonies on April 19. Opening day marked the 65th year of the volunteer organization, which is one of the longest tenured organizations in the city.

The parade began at the Robert M. Finley Middle School horse shoe and traversed through the village, ending at the John J. Maccarone Memorial stadium. The parade was led by Special Police Chief Michael DiLeo, followed by the Glen Cove PBA Honor Guard, the Glen Cove High School Drum Line, and 40 teams of children and coaches, carrying sponsor banners, all of which was anchored by The Glen Cove Fire Dept. Hook & Ladder Company.

Chairman Bruce A. Testa, acting as Master of Ceremonies, welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked all the volunteers who make the league a success, including board members, coaches and parents. He also welcomed Mayor Reginald A. Spinello, City Council Members Nick DiLeo, Mike Famiglietti, Anthony Gallo Jr., Efraim Spagnoletti, Pamela Panzenbeck, Recreation Director Darcy Belyea, City Court Judges Richard J. McCord, Joseph D. McCann, State Senator Carl Marcellino, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. Councilman Tim Tenke, always present for opening day, was unable to attend this year while recovering from a knee injury. 

 

Testa invited the mayor to throw out the first pitch for baseball and Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton for softball. Claudia Kolanovic sang “America the Beautiful” and world renowned saxophonist Richie Cannata was kind enough to play the National Anthem for the ninth season.

 

Special thanks were given to Board Members: Robert Grabowski, Salvatore Basile, Donna Marino, Pete Cappiello and Eric Bailey. Stand volunteers Kim Rogers, Lynn Basile and Ryan Ritter were also thanked
for their tireless assistance. Of course, there would be no opening day without the superb efforts of stadium crew Terry Dailey, Brian Shane and Kevin Blumhagen.  Jim Klimaezuski of the DPW was also thanked for the excellent work on the banners. Without these volunteers opening day could not be such a huge success.   

 

Junior baseball has 40 teams with over 550 athletes competing in seven leagues this season, competing on the lower and upper baseball fields. The entire community is welcome to go down to the stadium and watch America’s national pastime. 


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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