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Hookah Lounges Outlawed

A public hearing was held last week to determine the fate of hookah lounges within the city limits of Glen Cove: it was decided they shall not be allowed. The City Council and Mayor Reginald Spinello voted to ban such establishments, a move that was well received by the majority of people present; only two people expressed opposition to the measure. 

 

“These establishments are becoming rather trendy,” said Mayor Spinello.

 

The purpose of the amendment is to ban and prohibit hookah parlors in all zoning districts in the City of Glen Cove. The resolution states: “There are documented health risks associated with the smoking of tobacco or other substances through hookah pipes including the inhalation of higher concentrations of toxins than found in cigarette smoke. Hookah parlors have also been associated with certain illegal and antisocial activities, including underage drinking and their presence in a community exacerbates the inherent dangers of tobacco use around nontobacco users, exposes children to smoking, and increases the potential for minors to associate smoking and tobacco with a healthy lifestyle.”

 

“I’d rather see hookah lounges than 'for rent' signs,” said one man.

 

Jeff Peress spoke up towards the end of the meeting, also looking at the business aspect of such a place.

 

“There have been warning labels on cigarettes and tobacco for years, everyone knows it’s bad for us,” he said. “Still, there are a lot of vacant storefronts and this particular place might have generated business for the city.” 

 

Carol Meschkow, Nassau Project Coordinator of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, said, “I applaud and thank you for taking action. Over the past few months, you have been on a crusade to help prevent the next generation from smoking...and you’re winning.”

 

A public hearing regarding bicycle impoundments within the downtown area was also held; the mayor said the current fine for riding on sidewalks and speeding is $15, which was often thrown out in

courts. The resolution amended the law to increase the fine to $75. He said it was mainly for those who riders who have repeatedly disregarded pedestrian safety, and that the riding on sidewalks has become a bit of a problem during events such as Downtown Sounds.

 

Drew Lawrence suggested they add more bike racks downtown and take other steps toward promoting bicycling.

 

Dave Nieri concurred, and also suggested
designating a bike lane within the alleyways, which are often used as cut-throughs to avoid heavy traffic.

 

“It’s a tool we can utilize to keep people safe,” Lt. Christopher Ortiz said, noting that is strictly for the Glen and School Street area. “It’s meant for the egregious person doing 20 miles per hour on a sidewalk.”

 

Adam Ramadan suggested adding bike lanes as “the next logical step” toward bike safety.

 

The council also passed a resolution to form a Local Economic Assistance Corporation to complement the powers of the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency. It is being created to help the The

Regency assisted living facility, which is building an Alzheimer’s ward with 22 beds, purchasing new bonds and hoping that the new business model and lesser payments will lead to better success.

 

The attorney said, “Glen Cove has not had the ability to help its nonprofits...with this it can issue taxes and bonds, nonrecoursed through the city and LDC.” 

 

 He said it is subject to FOIL and open meetings law. “In many ways it is a twin of the IDA, most likely it will appoint the same members as the IDA, ” he said.

 

The downside is that the Regency could go to the county and local control would be lost.

 

“I don’t see the benefit to us,” said one resident.

 

Ramadan quoted a report from NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, which said that Glen Cove’s IDA had done “the worst job on record.”

 

Spinello noted that the current IDA has a new administration and so does not have a track record.

 

Councilman Gallo asked about the monetary benefits to the city.

 

The attorney said the agency would generate more fees to the city at no cost to the city “It’s very small in the first transaction...and more, by virtue of tax.”

 

Details of the resolutions are posted on the city’s website: www.glencove-li.us.


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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