By Gary Simeone
Port Washington resident Sarah Hogenauer is not happy about North Shore-LIJ’s decision to close the inpatient unit at Glen Cove Hospital. She said that the closing is a disservice to many people who are in need, including her husband, who is part of the Rehabilitation Unit.
“It is a shame to lose such a quality unit that means so much to so many people,” said Hogenauer. “They do a fabulous job here with their services and I think it is one of the best units in the area.”
The 6th Annual Family Awareness Day for SAFE, Inc. was held on a beautiful Saturday in June in Morgan Memorial Park. Created as a way to promote family unity and a substance free environment, the day’s events included games, food, music and raffle prizes, and many children came out with their families to enjoy he day in the park. A special feature added this year was Touch-a-Truck with Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS, and for the first time, bicycle stunt show was offered in the parking lot. Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark dazzled the audience with a slew of tricks during his 30-minute performance.
For further information on any SAFE Inc. upcoming event please call (516) 676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not for profit tax-exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove.
Local residents may soon have safer streets for walking and biking, pending adoption of a bill that is meant to go to vote this week.
At the July 29 committee session of Nassau County Legislature a new bill was discussed that is aimed at keeping bike and pedestrian safety in mind. The basics of the law called “Complete Streets” have been adopted by other governments such as New York State and New York City.
Since last year, when cyclists and runners voiced concerns about traffic safety on West Shore Road, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has met with advocates like Tri-State Transportation Campaign and CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists). She hosted many such groups in her office and met with them on location out on dangerous streets.
Community leaders, including Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, have expressed alarm over a plan to downsize Glen Cove Hospital, but are urging North Shore-LIJ Health System to reconsider.
“This is a ‘Medical Sandy,’” said the mayor, commenting on a plan announced last week by North Shore-LIJ Health Care System to downsize the city’s one hospital to an ambulatory care center.
“I think it is going to be devastating to the entire North Shore, not just Glen Cove” economically and socially as well as medically, Suozzi said.
The Glen Cove Substance Abuse Free Environment Agency (SAFE, Inc.), the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI (TAC) and the City of Glen Cove, have announced the expansion of the city’s tobacco restrictions that were implemented in 2011 to include all of the city’s parks, beaches and all youth-oriented aspects of the Stanco Park.
On Thursday, July 4, the city launched their independence from the danger of smoking in the city’s outdoor recreational venues as part of their celebration of this very significant national holiday. Once again, the city pro-actively joined the ranks of nearly 400 municipalities statewide who have established tobacco free outdoor policies to protect their residents, employees, and the environment from the dangers of second-hand smoke, cigarette litter, and helping to change the social norms associated with the acceptability of tobacco use.
The Glen Cove Republican Party held a fundraiser for its 2013 slate of candidates on Wednesday, July 17 at the Metropolitan. Councilman Reginald Spinello is running for mayor for the City of Glen Cove, joined by city council candidates Pamela Panzenbeck, Lynda Darby, Kristina Heuser, Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr., Efraim Spagnoletti and Charles Bozzello.
Getting outdoors and away from the noise and bustle of the city is the purpose of the Fresh Air Fund host family program, and the swimming pool was a huge hit for Jamilah Grace and Davion Savage, both from the Bronx, during their stay in Mill Neck.
“We can’t get them out of the pool,” says Donna Galgano, their host mother for the week.
Midway through their stay with the Galgano family, the children had already been on the boat, spent time at Centre Island Beach, taken a trip to the Riverhead Aquarium, and logged endless hours in the backyard swimming pool.
On July 26, Glen Cove residents will have a chance to hear some homegrown talent who has hit it big over past decade when Antigone Rising takes the stage for week four of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series.
Two members of the all-female band call Glen Cove home, having graduated from Glen Cove High School and then returning to the area after working in New York City for several years. Sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson, who founded the first incarnation of the band in 1993, currently live in Glen Cove and Sea Cliff, and are thrilled to be playing for their friends and family in their home town. Kristen plays bass while Cathy plays lead guitar and the Hendersons also team up on vocals along with Nini Camps to create soaring three-part harmonies. Rounding out the foursome is Dena Tauriello, who plays the drums.
Vincent Suozzi, of Glen Cove, is in the process of launching and producing a new gardening tool that he hopes will make the cumbersome task of weeding a whole lot easier.
In addition to teaching physical education and health at the Westbury Middle School, Suozzi has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years. He came up with the idea of the tool he calls the “Ring Weeder” while weeding his garden one day. He found weeding to be tedious and boring, so he invented a tool that is effective, easy, and quick.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced last week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide $815,000 to Nassau County for cleanup of the Doxey site in Glen Cove, which is the final brownfield site in Glen Cove’s Waterfront Redevelopment Area to be cleaned. Federal funding was awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Program, which helps communities assess, clean up, redevelop and reuse contaminated properties.
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