The Jan. 7 Glen Cove Board of Education meeting marked the official opening of budget season.
Deputy Superintendent Kevin Wurtz presented the budget review.
“There are a lot of good things in here, and a lot of things that are troubling,” Wurtz said at the start of his presentation. He noted that the district is in “good fiscal shape” and that the budget has “a lot of moving parts.”
The primary topic of discussion for the North Shore Board of Education meeting held at Sea Cliff Elementary School was to report and discuss security procedures. Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick began the meeting with a brief presentation on the new suggestions for school safety.
The objective was to not only present what the board has researched since the Sandy Hook tragedy but also to open the floor for other safety suggestions. Melnick said school safety is an endless project to ensure students receive the utmost security, with little intrusions to their everyday school experience.
The mystery of a missing person case appears to have been solved, with a tragic ending.
Nunzio Izzo, 56, of Glen Cove went missing on Dec. 17. His friend, Edward Brown, 46, also of Glen Cove, has been charged with murder in the second degree after a police investigation determined Brown had sold jewelry belonging to Izzo at a pawn shop.
Further investigation led police to a neighbor of Brown’s on Dosoris Way, where a body was discovered in a container, covered with a tarp, according to police. At this time, police believe the body to be that of Izzo, but positive identification cannot be made until the completion of the autopsy.
On behalf of the Glen Cove Senior Citizen Advisory Council, I would like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos, Glen Cove Senior Center Director Carol Waldman, their dedicated staff, and the City of Glen Cove first responders for their valiant work to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizenry of Glen Cove and surrounding communities during and after catastrophic Hurricane Sandy.
We consistently recognize that Glen Cove is an extraordinary city, but the events of Oct. 27 and beyond, as exemplified by the people we are acknowledging, as well as countless unnamed others, have proven that Glen Cove has the heart of a lion. We thank them for their tireless work and bravery in the face of this devastating storm.
We stand in awe of their humanity, commitment, and yes, love for the people not only of Glen Cove, but, indeed, for anyone who needed help during that trying period. Thank you one and all.
Elizabeth Hausner, Chair
Glen Cove Senior Citizen
There is a statewide initiative to combat youth cigarette and tobacco product use that focuses on teaching our youth all about the power of cigarette and tobacco marketing in local stores and in advertising in general.
Although Joe Camel, a popular advertising tool for Camel cigarettes, is no longer permitted in youth magazines and publications, there remain many avenues used by cigarette companies to lure young people into beginning, what they hope, will be a lifelong addiction to cigarettes and tobacco products.
The statewide initiative, which has been effective nationwide, was brought to Glen Cove High School the week of Dec. 10 by the SAFE Pride Project Coalition’s School Committee who partnered with the Glen Cove School District’s Health, Physical Education and Athletic Department and the Tobacco Action Coalition of LI.
Seven-year-old Nicholas Pedone received a special surprise four nights before Christmas: a visit to his home by Santa Claus, who showed up on a fire truck with members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove EMS and Glen Cove Police Department in tow.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, the convoy arrived on the quiet street in Glen Cove where Nicholas lives, and Santa delivered a big bag of gifts to Nicholas’ door. In November, Nicholas was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. Nicholas immediately underwent surgery to remove the mass found on his adrenal glands. Unfortunately, it could not be fully removed. So far he has had two chemotherapy treatments, and is on an aggressive treatment plan for the next one to two years.
Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick’s recommendation to drop Italian as a second language was passed at the North Shore Board of Education meeting, held at the North Shore Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 13.
The decision was made after long discussion and yearlong research on implementing Mandarin as a second language. Mandarin was found to the most spoken language in the world, according to the research, while Italian did not make any list.
The focus of the Dec. 17 Glen Cove City School District Board of Education meeting, held at Robert M. Finley Middle School, was on school safety. The meeting took place on the first day back at school after the horrific shootings that occurred in Newton, Connecticut just three days earlier.
The board of education honored the victims with 27 seconds of silence, and Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria opened with a statement regarding safety procedures and other measures being taken to insure all of the buildings in the district are safe and secure.
Gourmet coffee served by a professional barista arrived in Glen Cove in early September, though many people may not be aware of it. Mar Le Café, located at 32D Glen Street, right next to Glen Floors, is somewhat off the beaten path, though is worth paying a visit to for anyone craving an excellent coffee drink.
Owner Marlene Florez had several career paths before following her dream of opening a coffee shop.
“Business is in my blood,” says Florez. She says her café started with an idea that took about a year and a half to come to fruition. She loves coffee and said that once she had the idea of opening a coffee shop and began researching, she learned that some of the best beans are grown and roasted in her home country of El Salvador. She saw a market for it in Glen Cove and wanted to bring “real coffee” to the area.
On Monday morning, in the wake of a tragedy that left 20 schoolchildren and eight adults dead in Connecticut, parents and teachers returned to school with a new fear and new questions regarding what will be done to protect the children of this community from any type of copycat crimes.
Faculty meetings were held at every school in the Glen Cove City School District. Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria said in addition to providing instructions, the meetings also allowed staff the opportunity to vent and cry.
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