SAFE’s Annual Family Awareness Day, held at Morgan Park on June 14, was created seven years ago to promote family unity and a substance-free environment. Well-attended, the free event once again had something for everyone.
There were several vendors, food, games and music, including a visit by the Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS. Participating agencies and area businesses included: the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove, Glen Cove Child Day Care Center, Chiropractor Maxine Mayreis, Psychotherapist Gabriela Weinberg-Gitlin, GMA Martial Arts, Economic Opportunity Council (EOC), Cove Sports Academy and Nassau County Council of Girl Scouts.
Every family had the opportunity to try to win a free raffle prize donated by generous donors including: the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, Page One Restaurant, Stop & Shop, Starbucks, St. Rocco’s Panetteria, Subway Restaurant, OGI Nails, Alice Christine Salon, Babi Nails Spa, Andros Grill, Gonzalo’s American Café, Locust Valley Bagels, Adventureland Amusement Park, Fun Zone, Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Long Island Children’s Museum, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Target. And like last year, there was also a bicycle stunt show. SAFE Inc. also brought along pamphlets to help raise awareness in the community regarding youth drug and alcohol prevention.
“This event works,” said SAFE Board Chair Georgie Connett. “It’s about making parents aware of the importance of engaging their child in healthy alternatives so they don’t make the wrong choices. At Family Awareness, people not only have fun, but they are exposed to literature that lets them know all that’s available in the Glen Cove community to assist them.”
Even the professional mountain bike rider, Chris Clark, delivered a message on the importance of healthy living. After doing several stunts, he stopped to tell children that having a hobby can be a way to ensure that you continue to make the right choices.
“I got good at riding my bike and everyone knew I loved it,” he said. “When I got older and my friends were doing things I didn’t want to participate in, I told them I couldn’t come along because I was riding my bike. Find something you love, make smart decisions and use what you love as an excuse not to do the things you shouldn’t do.”
Members of the Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS helped children to learn about firefighting. Several children went into the EMS truck to see firsthand how victims are assisted inside when there is an emergency.
SAFE’s Family Awareness Day was true to it’s name—people left more aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle, children learned the importance of making the right decisions and everyone left remembering that SAFE remains committed to helping the Glen Cove community.
For more information regarding SAFE, Inc. and the PRIDE Coalition, contact the SAFE Inc. office at 516-676-2008. To view SAFE Inc.’s public service announcement, visit www.safeglencove.org. Find the Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition on Facebook.
Submitted by SAFE, Inc.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
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.