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Teachers' Contract Settled

After several years without a contract, an agreement has finally been reached between the Glen Cove Teachers Association and the administration, which was approved by the school board on Monday, May 5.

Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross said, “We appreciate what the teachers do for us...the savings is also appreciated."

 

“It’s a fair settlement and I thank the teachers’ association...it will be a substantial savings over time, so I thank you for your time and good graces,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna.

 

Trustee Richard Maccarone expressed thanks to Rianna for “taking the lead” on reaching a settlement, and Donna Brady said, “It’s a tremendous step forward.”

 

The board voted to terminate the district's contract with Michael Tweed, the coordinator of pupil personnel services, effective June 30.

 

During public comment, several high school seniors stepped up to the podium to make a claim for keeping their guidance counselor on staff.

 

“He was great support for us...I can’t imagine younger classes not having him,” said senior Samantha DiPaola, who plans on attending Georgetown University in the fall. 

 

She and the other girls spoke of his open door policy and noted that the number of students applying for scholarships has increased under his direction.

 

Mayor Reggie Spinello attended last week’s meeting to present members of the high school’s Select Chorale with pins.

 

“They sing like angels,” Spinello said of the choir members. He mentioned some of the recent school events he had attended and said, “I’m a big fan of the schools...I think it’s in good hands.”

 

Rianna spoke more on several of the things the art department is doing, including the TV studio and the recent production of Man of La Mancha.

 

“It was a wonderful performance...I expect to see some of these actors on Broadway in the future.”

 

The board was slated to approve the district plan but voted to table it after several trustees raised concern about the language. Trustee Maureen Pappachristou brought up the concern that parents should
be notified of the final selection of new hires before the decision is passed by the board. They agreed to modify the language before voting on it.

 

During public comment, one district parent and her daughter requested that French be added as a language class option. Rianna said they were looking into different options for offering more courses.

Other news:

 

Thomas DeGeorge, a cleaner at the middle school, will retire, effective June 30. 

 

Trustee Grady Farnan gave an update on the facilities committee. He said the subcontractor applied the wrong adhesive to the tiles in the locker room and the problem will be corrected over the summer. He said a June groundbreaking is expected for the Landing boiler, and they are looking at Johnson Controls for “seven years of trimming fat and energy.”

 

The board agreed to a tax certiorari claim payment in the amount of $35,950, accepted a $15,000 donation from Greencard Pictures for use of the facilities for shooting an advertisement during spring break, and a $7,000 donation from the Herman Auerbach Fund to support curriculum enrichment, trips and special events at the elementary level.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com