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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

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 

A drive down Prospect Avenue now reveals a hidden gem across from Tappan Beach, thanks to a project that took a decade and a half to come to fruition, and only eight months to complete. Scudder’s Pond, once hidden from the road behind tall phragmites, is not only visible, but much cleaner.

Plus, it's a significant step toward purifying the water in Hempstead Harbor. 

 

The $2.6 million project that involved dredging the pond for the first time in 30 years, installing a storm basin device and removing invasive non-native plants, all to combat problems from one of the largest sources of harbor contamination.


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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