In a celebration that took place 70 years after the end of WWII, the Glenwood Landing American Legion Post 336 in Glen Head recognized those veterans who fought for our country’s freedom and are still able to take pride in being a part of history. A special dinner and ceremony was held on Saturday, June 14, in which both the older generation of veterans and the younger generation of students who are active in the community were given awards and certificates. The ‘Awards Night’ spotlighted veterans, Eagle Scouts, college scholarship winners and the great projects at the American Legion.
Two men honored on this evening were veterans Leon Malinoski and William Swift. Both were presented with certificates and D-Day commemorative coins.
Malinoski, 88, joined the Navy in 1943 and was in for three years. Having “met a girl” during his time in service, he says that when the war was over, he was offered a promotion but didn’t take it.
A number of students were recognized for their achievements in various creative arts at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting last week, an occasion that drew a packed house to the middle school library.
The board and district administration gave special commendations to Angie Mendoza, a student at Gribbin Elementary School, for being the regional winner of the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 12th
Annual Digital Arts Festival and winners of the Glen Cove Public Library’s “Write and Illustrate Your Own Book” contest. A total of 21 district students received first place or honorable mention in the contest, which was open to students in grades 2-5 throughout the district and allowed youngsters the opportunity to create books ranging in genre from science fiction to their own personal experiences.
Hersh Fine Art, of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art, is holding a group exhibition of portraits by 23 artists, curated by Diana Corvelle and Manu Saluja, called Loved and Observed. The exhibit will be on view from June 21 until Aug. 12. The artists will be present for an opening on Saturday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Glen Cove resident Eva Casale is probably one of the fittest human beings you will ever meet. The long distance runner has competed in the New York City Marathon five times and last September ran a 100 mile event from Jones Beach to Oyster Bay to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On July 7 she’ll participate in the 7-7-7 Challenge, running seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the organization.
“I actually came up with the name of the 7-7-7 Challenge myself because I’ll start on July 7 and run seven marathons for seven straight days,” said Casale. “Each day I’ll be in a different community on Long Island and run a 26.2 mile course to help raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is an organization that I strongly believe in.”
On a warm, clear evening in late May, a group of Locust Valley High School students performed a concert in Morgan Park to raise money for cancer research. The concert was the brainchild of siblings Greg and Amanda Caso, whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall.
The concert on May 30 featured 15 acts of student performers, from vocalists to instrumentalists to bands and raised about $1,400 for Team CasoLearning, the Relay for Life team organized by the Caso siblings, who are both seniors at the high school.
Sea Cliff resident Mark Fay may be about to retire from his teaching position at Munsey Park Elementary School, but the inspiration he has brought to youngsters for decades will remain. During his 29-year tenure at the school, the muralist has adorned the walls with seven murals, which range from seven feet to 90 feet. Prior to Munsey Park, he taught in Port Washington for 12 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Hofstra University.
“As an art teacher for 41 years, I’ve tried to inspire my students from kindergarten through post grad to explore their own creativity,” Fay said. “It has been a very rewarding journey.”
Now Fay will embark on a new journey.
SAFE Inc. held a number of Parent Universities within the Glen Cove School District over the course of the school year to help parents understand youth drug and alcohol use and how to actively help protect their children.
One Parent University focused on the Social Host Law. Lieutenant Christopher Ortiz joined Parent Committee Chair Laurent Caballero and SAFE Glen Cove Pride Project Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at Finley Middle School at a PTA meeting to discuss what the law is all about and how parents can help to drive home the message that they will not accept underage drinking.
Independent bookstore Forest Books in Locust Valley was a recipient of a $2,500 grant by novelist James Patterson last month. Store owner Tracey Aledort had the pleasure of meeting Patterson at the BookExpo America publishing convention at the Javitts Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 28.
“He was very nice, and super generous,” Aledort says. “I told him, ‘Thank you, this is going to help me so much’ and also told him I was the one who Nelson DeMille called about. He said, “Oh, you’re the one! It could’ve gone either way’ but I think it helped, having a famous author call on my behalf.”
Forest Books hosts book signings and readings for local authors, including DeMille, who had a book signing at the store last fall.
Glen Cove High School will host the first-ever Dan Daly Cup Lacrosse All-Star game on Saturday, June 21 at noon.
Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, in partnership with the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association, the New York Lizards professional lacrosse team, the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove School District, the game will feature the top high school junior lacrosse players from Long Island, recognizing their superior achievement and building awareness of the legacy of U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly.
Sea Cliff musician Roger Street Friedman has special cause for celebration this Father’s Day as he is finally able to share the completed album inspired by the birth of his first child.
Friedman, an accomplished musician who left his home in Jericho to join a band in Manhattan at the age of 18, diverted his path for awhile after college before coming back to his true calling of writing and playing music. After he and his wife had been told they would not be able to conceive a child, the miracle happened and she became pregnant in 2006. His daughter, Allison, now 7, was the inspiration for the first song he wrote on the album, called “The Miracle Is You.”
“I felt love at a deeper plane than I had ever felt before,” Friedman says of learning the news that he would become a father. “It inspired me to write music again.”
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