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Village Okays Music At Outdoor Cafés

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”

 

Venturino said that he was happy with the city council’s decision, “because businesses need the opportunities to build their business and that means bringing in more people to their establishments from other communities.”

 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that he wanted to present a resolution that would give businesses the opportunity to do more business and at the same time recognize the concerns of the neighborhood.

 

“The goal here tonight is try to get something worked out for everyone,” said Spinello.

 

The new city ordinance states that local cafés will have to pay $50 for a permit if they plan to have live music at their establishment. The permits would be issued by the Building Department and would be valid from Memorial Day to Sept. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays until 10:30 p.m. and on Sundays until 8 p.m.  

 

Robert Pagano, acting manager and director of the Glen Cove Mansion and Conference Center, said he was in favor of the council’s decision, “Because allowing amplified music would really improve the position of the mansion and keep it as an ongoing profitable entity.”

 

Not everyone was in favor of having amplified music at outdoor establishments including a few Morgan Island residents who attended the meeting.

 

One East Island resident who is a member of the Village Planning Board said that in August of 2009 he hired an acoustical firm to test the decibel levels of an outdoor wedding event at the mansion and surrounding areas.

 

“The report was devastating,” said the resident. “The decibel levels were off the charts, intolerable and you couldn’t get away from the frequencies of the music.”

 

He urged the City Council to consider the report before making their decision.

 

Mayor Spinello said that this decision will be a learning curve and that it is a test for businesses that choose to have outdoor amplified music.

 

“It is too early to put in hardcore rules now, but at the end of this trial run we’ll see what guidelines we can put in,” he said.

News

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.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

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). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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