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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

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


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