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Darren Pittman Honored At National Night Out

Glen Cove once again participated in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, which proved to be a big success as dozens of children and their families attended the 8th annual block party-type event that included a bounce house, face painting, a dunk tank, tours of police headquarters, live music and free food donated by local vendors.


Coordinating all of this year’s festivities was Lt. Chris Ortiz of the Glen Cove Police Department, who Mayor Reginald Spinello praised as being the kind of person who “always does what needs to be done without needing to be asked to do it.” 


The mayor, members of the City Council and the police department and local elected officials such as County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy attended this celebration of a nationwide event.


This year’s National Night Out honoree was Darren Pittman, a tireless volunteer on behalf of the city’s youth. During National Night Out, Pittman was presented with citations from Mayor Spinello and local elected officials applauding his dedication to the city’s youth. 


Born and raised in Glen Cove, Pittman graduated from Glen Cove High School where he was a star basketball player. He worked at Konica for 27 years and also worked for 15 years at the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club where he counseled youth. Pittman is currently employed by London Jewelers. Pittman has been a mentor with the Glen Cove Youth Bureau for the past 10 years, volunteering during his free time. He coached with Glen Cove Jr. Baseball at the Senior Division Level and with St. Patrick’s CYO Basketball at the Senior Youth Level. Many people in Glen Cove consider him to be a real “gem.”


National Night Out is designed to increase awareness, safety and neighborhood unity while showcasing the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement. Representatives from the Glen Cove Senior Center, SAFE, Inc., the Youth Board and other organizations were on hand to provide information to the community.


Singer-songwriter and Glen Cove High School class of 2014 graduate Matt Grabowski was on stage for most of the evening, entertaining the crowd with covers from artists ranging from Johnny Cash to the Beatles.


Village Square will feature the artistry of the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers this year as part of the annual Downtown Children’s Costume Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25, presented by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District. 

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.


“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.


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). 


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