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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

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

 

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

 

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.

Several local artists are featured in an exhibit hosted by LIU Post, now through Aug. 27, titled “Endless Summer – Visions of Long Island.” The exhibit is a fundraising event for the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior (NCF-OWW), a non-profit organization centered on providing much-needed items to the wounded men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

 

 Photographer Roni Chastain of Glen Cove is one of the featured artists.

 

“I am thrilled to be participating in an exhibit to support the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior,” says Chastain. “Our war veterans deserve to be supported for the work they do to protect the USA. I do believe in giving back and have volunteered to photograph several fund raising events over the past few years. This includes Komen Walk for the Cure, Hope in Motion, Kids Triathlon. I will be photographing the walk for Gift of Life in September.


Sports

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.

Sailing fans from Glen Cove are invited to the 32nd Knickerbocker Cup, or K-Cup, Race, hosted by Port Washington’s Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which will include three of the top-10 world-ranked match racing skippers. 

 

The racing competition will be preceded by an opening ceremony and welcome cocktail party, followed by an All-American BBQ Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. 


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