Saturday, Feb. 2 was celebrated in Glen Cove as Scouts in Government Day, and the Scouts had a wonderful time exploring every aspect of city government and affiliates. A record number of Scouts participated this year, to the delight of Scout leaders and city leaders alike. Every troop, pack, and den were involved, under the auspices of the Glen Cove Boy and Girl Scout Program.
The younger scouts (K-third grade) were able to choose among tours of the EMS unit, fire station, police station and city hall, while members of the fourth grade and above held a mock trial involving the alleged theft of a slice of pizza in the city courtroom. At 11 a.m., all Scouts congregated in city hall for their flag ceremony, presentation of awards, and the mock city council meeting.
At the trial, Judges Joel Meirowitz and Richard McCord presided over Judges Douglas Tripp and Erin Merkel, who presided over the trial of O'Connor vs. Marciano. Mr. Ryan O'Connor was accusing Ms. Laura Marciano of leaving his pizzeria without paying for a slice of pizza. Prosecuting attorney Matt Credon questioned the plaintiff and cross-examined the defendant, sometimes asking difficult questions which needed to be discussed with one of the adults close at hand before being answered. The defendant's attorney, Jennifer Kwapisz, also caused the witnesses to look to their mentors for answers. The jury was sent into the jury room, counseled by the judges to talk and come to a verdict of guilty or not guilty. The jury was out for about 15 minutes. When it returned, the jury foreman, a young man also named Marciano, announced a verdict of "not guilty" and the courtroom cheered. Seeing as none of the participants was remanded to jail, the court adjourned into city hall chambers for the next civics lesson.
The opening ceremonies in city hall consisted of the Scouts' flag ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Boy and Girl Scout promises, and the presentation of awards to the adult honorees, Peter O'Connor and Patricia Burns.
With Mayor Mary Ann Holzkamp close by, Mayor John Mihaltses then called the meeting to order, called the roll, and commenced with public hearings. As in regular city council meetings, members of the audience took to the microphone to give their opinions on the two agenda items. As in regular city council meetings, the public was told that the council would look into the matter and get back to them. Resolutions were then raised and discussed, and votes were taken. The resolution to implement a 7 p.m. curfew on Friday evenings at the movie theater was tabled, the resolution to demolish City Stadium to construct luxury condominiums was defeated 6-1, with the no vote being cast on the grounds that condos will bring more money to the city's tax rolls. The final resolution, that all Scouts who participated in Scouts in Government Day be eligible to receive a bucket of popcorn and a gift certificate from Blockbuster was unanimously passed, with not just the council members saying "Aye", but a chorus of audience members as well.
The Scouts then adjourned and enjoyed a well-deserved lunch of pizza and soda donated, as always, by the Glen Cove Lions.
Look for more pictures on this wonderful day in next week's edition.