Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were several opportunities to celebrate and honor war veterans. Events began on Sunday, May 26, with the decoration of the war monument on Ford Street and Forest Ave, the St. Rocco monument, and the monument at Elm Avenue and Frost Pond Road, followed by a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove.
On Monday, Memorial Day commemorations began at Monument Park, where Bernard Farnan was honored, followed by the parade.
The celebrations were organized by the City of Glen Cove Memorial Day Parade Committee, whose members represent the VFW James Donahue Post 347, American Legion Post 76, American Legion Young-Simmons Post 1765 and the Marine Corps League Globe and Anchor Detachment.
The City of Glen Cove entered into a contract agreement for purchase of land for the construction of a new public water supply well, adjacent to an existing pump station on Duck Pond Road, authorized by the city council at last week’s meeting. The city will purchase the land from Frank and Kathryn Casale for $1 million.
Delia DeRiggi-Whitton kicked off her campaign for re-election at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff. A bi-partisan showing of friends and supporters celebrated the Democrat’s first term in the Nassau County Legislature, alongside appreciative constituents. Two residents from DeRiggi-Whitton’s current district spoke to the crowd about how hard DeRiggi-Whitton worked on issues that were important to them.
Local Republican John Taylor likened DeRiggi-Whitton’s story to the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” because an honest, hardworking person is fighting to clean up her government.
Store owners got a surprise visit on April 24 when members of the Glen Cove High School Kiwanis Key Club stopped by to help broaden the SAFE PRIDE Project Coalition’s outreach efforts to get Glen Cove business owners to commit to not selling alcohol to minors. The kids spoke to the business owners about the importance of making this pledge and requested that they display SAFE’s decal in the store window. The decal, created by the Coalition’s Community Committee and Chaired by Councilman Tony Jimenez is shaped like a stop sign indicating clearly that the establishment will not be selling alcohol to minors.
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.
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