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Commander, Gonzalez Elected To Board

 Commander and Lara Gonzalez were elected to the North Shore School District Board of Education on Tuesday, May 20 in a contest that saw three candidates vying for two open seats. In addition, the 2014-2015 school budget passed by 71.2 percent, with 1,541 “yes” votes to

682 “no” votes (28.8 percent).  Commander received 1,336 votes and Gonzalez received 1.321 votes; candidate Robert Mazzella earned 1,219 votes.

 

“I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the members of the North Shore School community who supported my campaign,” said Gonzalez. “I am so humbled by this experience. As a public school teacher and school leader, I have advocated for almost 20 years on behalf of children and families in other districts. Effective July 1, as Trustee, I will have the distinct privilege of advocating for all children in our school district. I hope to represent [the district] well.”

 

The total budget of $95,850,329 for the next school year represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.98 percent from last year. The budget is under the allowable tax levy limit by approximately $300,000. Visit www.northshore.k12.ny.us. for more information.

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


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