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Patriotism Shines In Sea Cliff

The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom.  On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day. 

 

The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to  present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next. 

 

Ann DiPietro, president of the Sea Cliff Civic Association, welcomed all. She handed over the microphone to Dan DiPietro, who gave a brief history of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Several residents role-played either a signer or a family of a signer talking about their life. This was followed by John Canning leading the cast of the Sea Cliff Villagers in a lively reading the Declaration of Independence with the cast dispersed amongst the crowd.

 

An  important event of the morning took place as the crowd paraded one block to the corner of Sea Cliff and Roslyn Avenues. Here Village Trustee Ed Lieberman discussed and dedicated the new 

Lincoln Plaza in what used to be called the Mini Plaza.  

 

Lieberman said that the new plaza was four years in the making. He discussed patriotism, the Civil War and thanked the many people who helped make the new Lincoln Plaza possible. The plaza is complete with a new brick sidewalk, brick planters and benches. On the wall was a likeness of President Lincoln and one of his quotes.  

 

The mayor concluded the morning comments and introduced President Lincoln (expertly portrayed by Sea Cliff native Don Mullen, who gave a speech on civic pride and freedom. After Lincoln’s speech, the mayor invited the onlookers for hot dogs, hamburgers and lemonade courtesy of Metropolitan Bistro, which is adjacent to the plaza.


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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