Michael Nightingale, Sara Jones and Marianne Russo, who was defeated last year, will join the board of education in the new term that begins in July. Incumbent George Pombar, as well as Tim Madden and James O’Sullivan, were defeated.
Memorial Day was celebrated early this year in Locust Valley, the weekend of May 3 to 5, with a student art exhibit that has roots in history, entitled “Painting for Peace.”
The exhibit was the idea of Kaye Weninger, president of Operation Democracy, as a way to get local students involved with veterans, as well as a way of reminding them that Memorial Day is an important holiday to remember.
Inspired by Operation Democracy’s first art show and fundraiser in Locust Valley in 1948, Weninger thought, “This is the perfect answer to hopes of making a difference — one color at a time — painting a way to peace.” The recently revived Operation Democracy honors the memory of the citizens who created the charity, and it wants to continue their mission: to spread the concepts of freedom, democracy and peace through goodwill. The vehicle to do that has been “Painting for Peace.”
Grady Farnan was re-elected to the board for a second term, and Richard Maccarone was elected again, after taking a year off from his duties. Eric Bailey, who also ran for school board trustee last year, was defeated once again. Maccarone received 1,050 votes, Farnan 859 votes and Bailey 832 votes.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has named Paul L. Meli as his Deputy Comptroller of Audits and Special Projects.
“Mr. Paul Meli will bring over 32 years of legal experience to the Comptroller’s Office,” Comptroller Maragos said. “Paul will strengthen the Comptroller’s Audit functions, which is critical to controlling costs throughout the county government and ensuring that county funds are well spent. He will also enhance the comptroller’s legal staff with the day to day handling of legal matters.”
A recent visit from the Maureen McCormick, chief of vehicular crimes at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, during an assembly for the seniors at Glen Cove High School, drove home the message that with every choice there is a consequence. The Choices and Consequences program, which addresses the dangers of reckless driving and driving under the influence, is brought to the high school by SAFE, Inc.’s School Committee who partner annually with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to bring the program to the school right before the prom.
The community elders were celebrated and honored at Senior Recognition Day, held at the Glen Cove Senior Center on May 11. The day’s events included lively music from the Les Stanco Group and the Golden Voices Chorale, a luncheon and accolades to certain seniors.
Many of the centenarians in the community were recognized and given citations by the City of Glen Cove, and two members of the center were presented with awards.
The Sea Cliff Yacht Club kicked off the start of the new season with the annual commissioning ceremony and open house on a rainy Saturday evening, marking the opening of the 122nd season in a club that has undergone some changes and renovations since vlast season.
Harvey Bass, the 46th Commodore of the club, was elected to the position last October just days before Superstorm Sandy struck.
The students at St. Paul the Apostle Preschool in Brookville displayed their masterpieces at the ninth annual Preschool Art Show and Auction Fundraiser. Each child created three pieces of artwork based on famous art by Monet, O’Keeffe, Haring, Pollock and more. The Parish hall was transformed into an art gallery and the proud students eagerly lead their parents and special guests through the display. Guests sipped punch and sampled appetizers and desserts while reflecting upon the school year and enjoying good company. St. Paul the Apostle Preschool is located on Route 107 in Brookville. For information about its preschool programs call 935-4127.
An emergency addendum to hire a temporary substitute principal at Glen Cove High School was included on the agenda at last week’s board of education meeting.
Effective May 7, Roseann Cirnigliaro has taken over for Dr. Joseph Hinton, who will be out, due to illness, for the remainder of the school year. The board voted 7-0 to accept the recommendation to hire her for the position through June.
What are some of the issues facing the district today? How would you go about correcting/changing them?
The coming years present tremendous financial challenges to the North Shore district due to rising state mandated costs, the tax cap, and the closing of the LIPA plant. It is tempting to approach this situation with the goal of simply trying to salvage as much of the education we offer as possible, but I believe the answer lies in a more creative approach that will allow us to improve the education we provide while remaining fiscally responsible.
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