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Maccarone Sworn In As Board Prez

Glen Cove School Board President Richard Maccarone was officially sworn in at Thursday night’s annual reorganization meeting. After serving as a board trustee for the 2013-14 school year, Maccarone assumed the role of board president, a position he held in the 2011-12 school year before taking a one-year hiatus. Maria Rianna was sworn in as school superintendent, Donna Brady was sworn in as board vice president, and Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou were sworn in for three-year terms as board trustees.

 

“I was board president two years ago and I’m happy that the board has enough faith in me to re-elect me once again to this position,” said Maccarone. “This is one of the best boards we’ve had in a

long time and I believe our school district is headed in the right direction. I have only one goal in mind and that is to make this school district better.”

 

Maccarone was voted in by a count of 7-0 by the board and Brady was voted in by a count of 6-1; David Huggins was opposed.

Other News:

 

Facilities Committee Chairperson and Trustee David Huggins said that significant progress has been made on the boiler at the Landing Elementary School. Work on the faulty boiler was scheduled to begin before July 1.

 

“The boiler at the Landing School would not have lasted three more weeks if nothing was done about it,” said Huggins. “With the rotting pipes it wouldn’t have made it to the next heating season.”

 

Huggins added that work on the boiler is expected to be completed in four to six weeks, with a completion date targeted for Aug.16. 

 

Superintendent Maria Rianna said she had a busy month in June, attending a total of five graduation ceremonies in the district.

 

“I am proud to say that the numbers are in and that our graduation rate has increased significantly  since the last school year,” said Rianna. “We had over 84 percent of our students graduate this year.”

 

Rianna added that the school district is already preparing for the 2014-15 school year by getting the staffing and supplies ready to go.


News

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.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


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

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