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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

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.

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.”


Sports

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. 

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.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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