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Residents Opposed To New 7-11

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

“The new 7-11 will be a 24-7 operation that will create considerable light pollution to the residential area behind the building,” said Montesano. “Their plans for an illuminated free standing sign and two illuminated directional signs will be a major disturbance to residents who live in the area.”

Montesano said that the location is also a high volume traffic area with Glen Cove Volvo on one side of the street and a Land Rover dealership and Enterprise Agency on the other side.

“It is a high volume traffic area with substantial vehicle traffic and no parking regulations on the street. In the wintertime this location gets piled up with ice and snow and you are just asking for a substantial accident to occur,” he said.

Another Frost Pond Road resident, Elizabeth Dapp, said her car had been at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road years ago when the traffic was much lighter.

“It is a very bad corner with a tremendous amount of traffic,” said Dapp. “I’ve seen a lot of accidents there and by building this 7-11 you are only asking for a very tragic situation to be repeated over and over again.”

Michael Sordi, an attorney representing 529 residents who signed an application in opposition of the new 7-11, said that there was no justifiable reason given as to why the three standing signs should override the city’s code on property line setbacks.

“They’re asking for a one-foot setback for their signage when the city code clearly states that there is a minimum 15-foot setback for signs from the property line of a business. It is unjustifiable other than it is corporate policy.”

Sordi said that historically the City of Glen Cove had no codes written on 24-hour illumination from stores, but over the years light pollution has been an increasing concern in communities.

“Now the City of Glen Cove and other municipalities like the Town of Oyster Bay and Sea Cliff currently have ordinances in effect or they’re proposing ordinances that businesses can’t be illuminated 24 hours, day and night.”

Sordi also said that residents are very concerned about the potential traffic situation if a new 7-11 is built.

“Since it is a 24-7 business, the trucks, including tractor trailers, will be in and out of that location constantly making multiple deliveries. That doesn’t even include the carting trucks that will be there three to four times a week hauling away the dumpsters. You’re asking for a traffic flow nightmare here.”

Ruth Dichiara, who lives on Smith Street, said that she wanted to make her opposition known in regards to a new 7-11 being built.

“I use that intersection often and I’ve seen plenty of accidents and many near misses,” said Dichiara. “I would hate to see somebody killed at that intersection.”

Dichiara ended by saying, “The fact of the matter is we already have two 7-11’s here and we don’t need another 7-11 in Glen Cove!”

News

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.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.


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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