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Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday

The demolition of the former Ruby Tuesday on Brewster Street officially began on July 1, signaling the first phase of construction for the Glen Cove Piazza project. The building, considered for many years to be an eyesore in Glen Cove’s downtown business district, is being torn down to make room for the building of a free-standing Panera Bread eatery. Panera Bread will have a drive-through component; the building is expected to be completed in October.

“Glen Cove is on the move and rising,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello. “This is the first phase of a smart growth development project in our downtown that will bring residents and shoppers to our city’s traditional business district. The entry of a franchise such as Panera Bread sends a positive signal to the retail community that Glen Cove is moving forward with its plans to make Glen Cove a destination location. The project also includes an enhanced village square for public events such as outdoor concerts, holiday celebrations, and special occasions. I am pleased to see that the demolition is being performed by North Shore Contracting, a local business owned by Ted Dubicki.”

The Piazza is a mixed-use development consisting of 110 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail/commercial space of which approximately 12,000 square feet will be dedicated to the City of Glen Cove for community events in its Village Square. The Piazza project will create an estimated 200 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.

News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 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