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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

More than 5,000 carved and lit up Jack-O-Lanterns are being displayed at the Old Westbury Gardens until Nov. 2. People of all ages and abilities can take this easy 15 minute walk and marvel at all the different themed pumpkins carved. 

 

Themes to view include Broadway shows, sports stars, dinosaurs, under sea pumpkins, video game scenes and other ghoulish figures.

 

More information can be found at www.therise.org.


On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, dozens of children donned their Halloween costumes and enthusiastically marched down School Street in Glen Cove to get a start on the upcoming holiday.


Sports

Numerous students, faculty, parents, and community members enthusiastically lined up to kick-off the 10th Annual North Shore Schools Homecoming Parade at Glenwood Landing School. Leading the parade was the American Legion Glenwood Landing Post 336 followed by the NSHS Drum Line directed by David Soto, North Shore Cheerleading team, Board of Education including Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Rob Chlebicki, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, the Booster Club, the Viking Foundation, various Parent Organizations, and the Glenwood Landing Fire Department.

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.


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CPR Class - November 1

Northwinds Band Concert - November 2


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