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City Mourns Councilman DiLeo

Glen Cove was in mourning last week following the sudden death of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo, 56, who had served on the Glen Cove City Council since 2006. He was re-elected last November.

 

A city council meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, but was canceled after the news of DiLeo’s passing.

 

“We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are heavy with the untimely passing of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo. Glen Cove has lost a good friend, a great leader and one of its favorite sons,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello in statement posted on the city’s website. “Nick was a city council member since 2006 and was always the voice of calm and reason when dealing with the complex issues confronting our city.”

 

DiLeo ran on the Democratic, Working Families and Glen Cove Voters lines; owner Of C.A.M. Associates/The DiLeo Agency Insurance for more than 30 years, he was active in supporting new business development in the city and supported projects aiming to revitalize the downtown and the waterfront. One of the issues of concern to him during last year’s election was illegal housing and was in strong favor addressing the issue and strengthening enforcement by penalizing landlords who break city code.

 

The city council is now left with a vacant seat; per the city charter, the mayor and city council are required to appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the next general election, which will occur in November. The winner will then serve the remainder of the term until the next election.

 

Aside from being a member of the city council, he was former member of both the Glen Cove Planning and Zoning boards and was an active member of St. Rocco Church is remembered as a family man. He personally sponsored a child through “The Gift of Life Program,” enabling a life-saving heart surgery and rehabilitation, and the family has requested that donations to the program be made in his name.

 

“Nick always put family first,” said Spinello. “Before beginning any conversation, Nick would ask, ‘How’s the family?’ His family was the center of his universe and true source of pride and pleasure to him. Please keep Nick, his wife, Debbie, their children Nicholas and Danielle, and his granddaughters Emery and Lyla in your thoughts and prayers.”


News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

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.”


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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