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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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