North Shore freshmen Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford organized a basketball clinic last month that was, by all accounts, a huge success. With a goal of raising money and awareness about Crohn’s disease, the event raised $2,300 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
“It was amazing and went very smoothly,” says Bradford. “It was bigger than expected, with more than 70 kids.”
He and Gillman, who are cousins, undertook the large task of planning the clinic, from coordinating with representatives of CCFA to securing the venue—the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills (JCC)—to recruiting and organizing the volunteers. In total, about 20 volunteers—mostly friends from North Shore High School—showed up to manage the stations and teach basketball skills to younger kids.
The second floor of the Sea Cliff Village Library was filled to capacity last Thursday night as members of the community and politicians, including Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, showed up to hear the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) proposed plan for clean-up of the former Powers Chemco property. The property, a vacant 1.4 acre site located at 71 Charles Street, was deemed a Class “2” in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. It is considered to be a significant threat to public health and the environment.
Last week, the Glen Cove Board of Education sent a letter to Commissioner John P. King Jr. of the NYS Education Department requesting reassessment of the Common Core implementation schedule and the system of teacher assessments as well as reconsidering the department’s method of student data collection. The board has passed two resolutions—one in December, the second on Jan. 16—as a result of their frustrations over these two issues and has now officially voiced their concerns to the NYSED.
“As an outcome of the new regulations regarding teacher and principal evaluations, coupled with untimely and inappropriate implementation of the Common Core, the Board of Education has recognized the detrimental effect upon not only our children but that of children across the state of New York,” the letter says.
Bonnie Arnett has been experiencing selfless acts of kindness from a group of teenage boys on a regular basis and wanted to make sure the community and school administrators were aware of the charity these young men have been offering. As a result, her grandson, Brandon Aviles, and two of his friends, Elijah Ambles and Corey Dinkins, were honored last week at both the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Monday night and at the Glen Cove City Council meeting on Tuesday.
“I didn’t mean for it go this far,” says Arnett of the attention she and the boys have received. “I just thought it was special...you don’t see kids like this anymore.”
For years, Arnett, who is blind, has been helped out by Aviles and his friends. What caused her to call the school and alert them of the special treatment was the boys’ good service during a recent snowstorm.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.
“I am hoping the state aid will bring more than anticipated but there are particulars we will need to comply with [in some areas] in order to [perhaps] realize the additions,” said Glen Cove Superintendent Maria L. Rianna.
Based on the preliminary budget figures, the Glen Cove City School District will receive $393,687 more than last year, or a total of $8,465,104—an increase of 4.88 percent.
When Antoine Robinson enlisted in the National Guard in the summer of 2011, he was homeless and wanted to find a way out. Joining the military seemed like the best option, and now, just a few years later, it’s proved to be an even greater decision than he could have imagined: Robinson was selected to receive 4-year scholarship to Vassar College, an opportunity that he was not even looking for.
“It came out of nowhere—I was completely blindsided,” says Robinson. “And it’s changed the course of my life.”
Joseph Solomito is the new chief of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department. He is pictured with Mayor Reginald Spinello and the department’s outgoing chief, Rodni Leftwich. Mayor Spinello administered the oath of office to all the incoming fire chiefs during a recent reception at the Cradle of Aviation in Uniondale. In addition, Mayor Spinello thanked ex-chief Leftwich for his volunteer service to ensure the safety and well-being of all Glen Cove residents.
Our country’s veterans have dedicated their time and effort in fighting for our country and it is important that we give back to them. The veteran that is coming back to civilian life today has a lot more services available to them than veterans returning from previous wars or conflicts. Angelo Grande, Nassau County American Legion Commander, explained how the American Legion can offer their services to veterans last Wednesday night at the American Legion Post 336 in Glen Head. The event was put together by the Glen Head/Glenwood Business Association.
The first meeting of the city council at Glen Cove City Hall with Mayor Reginald Spinello presiding was efficient and well-attended. There were just two resolutions on the agenda, and no comments made from the public. At the top of the meeting, the mayor requested a moment of silence for four people who recently died, including Peter DiChiara, Gerard Musto, Joseph Shapiro and Lt. Rod Bruschini.
The Glen Cove Board of Education, in conjunction with Glen Cove High School, honored the Top 20 academically ranked members of the Class of 2014 in a ceremony held during the Jan. 13 board planning meeting.
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