Glen Cove’s ninth annual fundraiser dinner for DRI, the Diabetes Research Institute was a huge success. After Monday’s dinner, total local fundraising has reached around half a million dollars, according to event chair Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, who is also Nassau County legislator for the area.
The 2012 “Cooking for a Cure” event honored Mr. and Mrs. Greg Trunz of The Swan Club along with “special guest” Glen Cove City councilman and diabetes survivor Anthony Jimenez.
Hersh Fine Art, a new gallery of contemporary art in Glen Cove, opens its doors this week to the public with its inaugural exhibition, “Fiction / Non-Fiction.” The exhibition will run through June 3. All are welcome to its opening reception, which is expected to draw a large and varied crowd, on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The gallery occupies a previously empty storefront space just across from City Hall, on Glen Street, bringing vital new energy to a beautiful and deserving area of the city.
Last month, the senior center and its program was selected as the recipient of the 2012 MindAlert Award in the Lifelong Learning/Third Age Educational Programs category by the American Society on Aging, in collaboration with MetLife Foundation. The program is a multidimensional lifelong learning program that provides new opportunities for mental stimulation and retention, socialization, and may spark an interest for continuous learning among program participants.
When she moved with her family from Queens, Kristen Kenny, now 22, needed a place to make friends. Mikey Zangari, now 20, was shy and making friends was difficult.
“The Boys & Girls Club gave me a positive place to find good friends,” says Kenny. “But beyond that it helped me decide to become a teacher.”
Last week’s Glen Cove City Council meeting began with a presentation that had members of the audience, as well as the council, moving and grooving to footage of a rock concert. In honor of Women’s History Month, the City of Glen Cove and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recognized members of the all-female rock band Antigone Rising for their recent work in Israel and the West Bank as cultural arts envoys.
The North Shore Board of Education officially adopted a proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year on March 29 at North Shore Middle School.
The $90,509,228 budget represents a 1.85 percent increase from the 2011-12 school year. That percentage represents the smallest budget-to-budget increase in two decades, according to fliers made available by the board at the meeting.
Though the budget will not be adopted until next month, the Glen Cove City School District Board of Education trustees voted – after much discussion – to stay at the 2 percent tax levy for the 2012-13 school year. A large part of the three-hour-long meeting revolved around the “fine print” involved in the tax cap law number, each of the board members’ view on that law and what it means for Glen Cove public schools.
After being selected, last fall, as one of the top 100 communities for young people, the City of Glen Cove held a celebration honoring those youth at the Finley Middle School cafeteria last week. The party drew a crowd of students, parents, siblings, teachers and members of local government and organizations.
The kids enjoyed themselves eating pizza and painting their faces prior to the award ceremony. The Glen Cove High School production studio created a video highlighting all that the city has to offer, which played right before the awards ceremony. Awards were presented to the children by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, and citations were given to the city by Mayor Bruce Kennedy on behalf of the Village of Sea Cliff, by Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and by Assemblyman Charles Lavine, congratulating the city for achieving this status.
The North Shore School Board had to wrangle with budget constraints and the resulting cutbacks at its latest meeting even though a budget discussion was not on the agenda. North Shore High School students and residents spoke to the board to protest proposed cuts to North Shore’s foreign language program.
“The students here are not going to see the effects of these cuts,” said a North Shore student to the board. “We are here genuinely as concerned citizens of this school district. Languages, learning about other cultures, being able to communicate with other cultures, [and] developing our brains are an essential component to having a full, healthy, meaningful, and fun education.”
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