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.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.