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Auto Parts Store Gives Back To Community

A new auto parts store has arrived on Forest Avenue in Glen Cove, giving residents more options for their car repair and maintenance needs. Advance Auto Parts held a grand opening celebration last month with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The store’s team members also presented a check to Building Homes for Heroes to assist with building a home for a local veteran.

 

General Manager Sherry Petsche spoke about her excitement at the new store opening and said they chose the charity Building Homes for Heroes because they are “helping vets and go above and beyond for the community.”

 

“It’s a noble cause and mission; they are building America through corporation, helping children and helping veterans,” said Andy Pujol, president of Building Homes for Heroes.

 

Advance Auto Parts presented a $1,000 check to Building Homes for Heroes at the ceremony to show its dedication to better servicing the community where its customers and team members live. Building Homes for Heroes then announced that they will be building a mortgage-free home from the ground up for United States Marine Corps Corporal Kevin Vaughan in Merrick.

 

Vaughan, of the Third Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, was wounded in Afghanistan in September 2011 when the vehicle he was traveling in struck an 80-pound pressure plate (improvised explosive device) while he was carrying out combat operations in the Southern Helmand province. Five Marines were severely injured.

 

Vaughan was transported by medevac to Bagram Airfield for immediate treatment before being transferred to Germany, and then to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He spent 15 months at Walter Reed, as he sustained serious injuries to both legs, and despite several surgeries, doctors were unable to save his left leg, which was amputated below the knee. He also suffered plantar fasciitis and nerve damage to his right foot, left shoulder tendonitis, degenerative joint disease to his lower back, tinnitus, TBI, and a left hand fracture. His right leg had to be reconstructed with rods and screws.

 

Vaughan earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Navy Sea Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. 

 

Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit public charity, has helped to make a difference in the lives of the severely wounded men and women of the military forces of this country. The organization builds homes from the ground up or modifies existing homes to meet the needs of the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country. These mortgage-free homes not only help to remove the family’s financial burden, they help to restore the individual’s freedom, and enable the veteran to lead a more independent and productive civilian life.

 

Headquartered in Roanoke, VA, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets, offering customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands as well as several free services. The store offers fast parts delivery to local commercial customers such as professional mechanics and garages. They currently have 5,276 company-operated stores, 105 Worldpac branches, and served approximately 1,400 independently owned Carquest branded stores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. Visit www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

News

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 

A drive down Prospect Avenue now reveals a hidden gem across from Tappan Beach, thanks to a project that took a decade and a half to come to fruition, and only eight months to complete. Scudder’s Pond, once hidden from the road behind tall phragmites, is not only visible, but much cleaner.

Plus, it's a significant step toward purifying the water in Hempstead Harbor. 

 

The $2.6 million project that involved dredging the pond for the first time in 30 years, installing a storm basin device and removing invasive non-native plants, all to combat problems from one of the largest sources of harbor contamination.


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

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. 


Calendar

Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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