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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.


News

Veterans, police, residents and elected officials turned out for the renaming of Route 107/ Arterial Highway for Glen Cove’s most honored hero, Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, in a ceremony that took place on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

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.


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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