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!”
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”