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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

Glen Head’s First Annual Farmers Market & Local Business Showcase, to be held Sept. 21, is not your grandmother’s farmers market. 

 

Sponsored by the Glen Head Glenwood Business Association (GHGWBA), the market will feature a huge selection of fresh produce from iconic local favorite Rottkamp Farm, as well as

28 talented GHGWBA vendors (jewelry, plants, handmade soap, gourmet popcorn, candles, handcrafted gifts and more.) Neighborhood restaurants will also be selling a variety of favorite cuisines, so prepare to arrive hungry. 

The completion of eight interpretive signs on Hempstead Harbor now makes it fun and easy for area residents to learn about Hempstead Harbor. The signs posted  in Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Cedarmere, Glenwood Landing , Sea Cliff and Glen Cove give easy to read information on the harbor’s history, nature,  environmental impact and water shed protection.


Sports

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


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