Christmas has arrived in Glen Cove. Keeping with annual tradition, the Winter Festival was held in Village Square the Saturday after Thanksgiving, complete with live music, hot cocoa, horse and carriage rides, and of course, Santa.
Throughout the afternoon, residents took advantage of the free horse and carriage rides around town and Santa was available to take Christmas gift orders and pose for pictures. Despite the brisk air and increasingly dropping temperatures,
about 100 people gathered to hear the Glen Cove High School Jazz Band perform Christmas carols and other pieces, followed by some songs from the Select Chorale. The vocalists gave a preview of their upcoming performance at the White House in DC, where they will have the opportunity to sing this Friday. The jazz band is an award-winning ensemble, led by director Nicholas Carbuto.
This is the season of giving, when people tend to think more about the needs of others. One particular organization in the community is devoted to giving to others throughout the year, though they do appreciate and rely on the generosity of others during the holidays. The Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center in Sea Cliff is devoted to helping women and children on a daily basis, and the needs of those they serve often become amplified this time of year.
Last month, the center extended its thrift store space and opened a holiday boutique, where children’s toys and clothing are displayed for purchase, as well as holiday decorations. Women's clothing is also for sale, and the space now has a dressing room. A special aspect of this holiday boutique is the Giving Tree, where those who wish to purchase a gift for a child in need can take a name from the tree to ensure the child’s Christmas wish is fulfilled.
Children at Gribbin Elementary
School prepared for Thanksgiving last week by singing songs, writing what they were thankful for on the table cloths, and making a poster of what they are thankful for.
Visitors to Nassau County’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve were transported back in time on Nov. 23 and 24 when the museum held its Annual Thanksgiving Native American Feast. More than 1,000 people attended the two-day event, which showcased the lives of Native Americans. Numerous hands-on activities gave participants the opportunity to try their luck at spear throwing, corn grinding, cooking over an open fire and pottery making.
The feast was the perfect outing for several Cub Scout troops and group home organizations as well as for families from across Long Island. For Sea Cliff siblings Zeke and Uma it was a special day at a place they visit often and have strong ties to. Their grandfather had been one of the museum’s early volunteers. For the Ferrera family of Islip it was a new adventure. Renee Ferrera is a social studies teacher who had taken her classes on trips to Garvies in the past and always enjoyed it.
Residents have to wait a little longer to start receiving FiOS service. A second public hearing was held at Glen Cove City Hall last week regarding the proposed Verizon FiOS contract, and the agreement is not yet official.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi and the city council members heard from attorneys on both sides: Cablevision was not pleased with the adjustments made and still had not had a chance to view the final agreement. Councilman Michael Famiglietti asked to table the vote until they had a chance to review the final proposal and make sure that the terms given to Verizon were equal to those given to Cablevision; the council voted unanimously to table the vote until Dec. 10.
On Nov. 19, the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County held its Annual Tribute dinner at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation. More than 400 people were in attendance from all parts of Long Island along with many local politicians from the North and South shore. Grammy award winning artist Gloria Gaynor, known for her famous song “I Will Survive,” was a special guest.
The co-chairs for the evening Samantha and Keith Gutstein and Robyn and Jordan Linn were honoring John Cooper and Jack Foley for their deep commitment to the holocaust museum and educator Lori Gately. They also featured guest speaker Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, a German physician, whose father was a highly decorated Nazi officer. Wollschlaeger converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces and is now a family practitioner in
Florida. As an author and lecturer he has spoken all over the world about his life’s journey and the lessons of the Holocaust.
Tucked in the corner of the Glen Plaza Shopping Center is the gourmet Italian Caggiano’s Market. It is a butcher, delicatessen, grocer, and prepared food provider all in one convenient location. Caggiano’s has provided convenient and quality food for the local communities since 2005. In addition to their traditional prepared foods, Caggiano’s caters for numerous holiday dinners and events. Christmas is the busiest time of year for the market, but it also receives many orders for Thanksgiving. This year, owner Jamie Caggiano predicts that he will have roughly 60-75 orders for Thanksgiving dinners. The affordably priced Thanksgiving dinners that his market provides includes all of the fixings and an array of choices for customers to tailor for their taste buds. Included in the holiday catering package is the choice of different appetizers, salads, main courses, sides, trimmings, and deserts. All of the food comes prepared and ready to heat up
for a pleasant and relaxing holiday dinner.
With an agenda that included an auditor’s report and adoption of several board policies, a fair amount of time was spent on discussion of items brought forth by the public at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting on Nov. 18, held at Connolly Elementary School, including security in the schools and publicizing events.
The meeting began with a recognition of members of the Glen Cove High School Marching Band, which recently participated in the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan for the first time ever, taking fourth place in the competition.
Next, a representative from outside auditor Nawrocki Smith LLP presented the firm’s independent audit report to the board, for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.
Glen Cove High School Choral Director Edward Norris announced that the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale has been chosen to perform at the White House on Friday, Dec. 13. The group will be singing a five-hour set before many national dignitaries, including U.S. Senators, members of the House of Representatives and quite possibly the President.
Additionally, the group will carol throughout Washington D.C., making stops at the National Christmas Tree as well as the Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. and Lincoln memorials and possibly the Capitol Building.
Forget about Black Friday. Aside from the mob scene likely to be encountered at the mall, there are other reasons to delay getting started on your holiday shopping by several days, and you don’t even have to leave the area.
This year there are a few local shopping events that not only support local businesses but also support local organizations. Starting with a family shopping night at North Shore High School on Dec. 3, the Shop Glen Cove Showcase on Dec. 4 at Glen Cove Mansion, followed by the Holiday Shopping Expo at Deasy Elementary School on Dec. 6, and topped off with a Day of Shopping in Sea Cliff on Dec. 8.
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