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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

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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