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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

The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”


Sports

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.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


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