The Glen Cove school board announced at its Feb. 25 meeting that Maria L. Rianna, a veteran educational administrator, has been appointed superintendent, replacing Joseph A. Laria, who has retired. Rianna’s appointment becomes effective July 1.
“All seven of us board members are excited about the recommendation,” said Board President Joel Sunshine. “We were quite thrilled with the candidate pool as many qualified people were presented to us. Rianna has vast knowledge and experience in all areas of educational management and operations. She is very strong in curriculum, and demonstrated to us that she is not only smart and decisive, but a wonderful human being. We felt she embodied every one of the characteristics described as desirable by our community members. She is the right fit for Glen Cove and we look forward to working with her to accomplish great things for our children.”
A second public hearing took place in Glen Cove City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 26 regarding the vested rights amendment for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi explained that purpose is to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to establish vested rights in the approved master plan in the marine waterfront district. He said that only portion of the property is entitled to this amendment, for redevelopment renovations that began 20 years ago in a project that has been supported by numerous government officials and agencies.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to announce the opening of a new Brain Injury Unit at Glen Cove Hospital, a $4 million inpatient facility. It is the only New York State-designated adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.
A familiar face from the Glen Cove drama scene, Melissa Rapelje, will be at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, playing the role of Daphne in the new family musical, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.
“It’s really fun portraying a cartoon character. I always loved Daphne,” Rapelje told the Record Pilot. She adds that she enjoyed doing the research for the part, and always looked up to the character. “Daphne being just pretty and dumb is a common misconception. She’s conscious of fashion but always does her part in investigating the mysteries.”
One local family is finding ways to raise money and awareness for other family members facing health issues by pushing themselves to the extreme. Chris Maselli of Locust Valley participated in the Empire State Building Run-Up Feb. 6 to honor his cousin-in-law, Tony Lanza, who is battling leukemia. The inspiration for the race comes, in part, as thank you for Lanza’s attempt to raise money on behalf of Maselli’s son, who is autistic.
“When Tony said he was going to raise money for our son, we were really touched,” says Maselli. “We’ve spent the year hoping and praying for his recovery, and we do crazy things to encourage him and boost his spirits, like running to the top of the Empire State Building in his honor.”
Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi, president of the North Shore school board, said she has requested a solution from the state legislature over how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes in light of LIPA’s decision to ramp down the Glenwood Landing power plant.
Genovesi had testified before the State Legislature on Jan. 29, and updated residents on the situation at a town hall-style board of education meeting on Jan. 31.
By shutting down key buildings that generate revenue for the district, taxpayers are concerned with how the district will make up for the loss of property taxes the plant provided. The North Shore School District has been the community host of the LIPA power plant for almost 100 years and during this time, there has been an understanding that the utility would pay its fair share of property taxes.
A couple from Glen Cove recently reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Larry and Louise Graziose married on Jan. 20, 1943, and are still happily together all these years later.
“We do everything together,” says Larry. “We work together, and always did, (and will) until our dying day.”
The North Shore Historical Museum opened its doors to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 19, after years of raising funds and completing renovations and restorations. The museum occupies the Justices Court Building on Glen Street, which was vacant for more than a decade.
“The building was in terrible disrepair,” says Brian Mercadante, museum president.
The winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin, with the cold air outside and the drying heat inside. The new Locust Valley spa, Pamper Mommie Aesthetics and Make-Up, offers the perfect services for a little tender loving care.
“Your face is the first thing people see, so why not make a great first impression,” says owner Bessie Ktistakis.
She says that now more than ever, people are really into “personal care.”
The Glen Cove city council approved a resolution to accept and use $1,876,000 in federal funds for the second phase of the ferry terminal project, which involves construction of the ferry terminal building, at a meeting Jan. 22.
Councilman Reginald Spinello moved to table the resolution until after a public hearing on a related water project, Spinello stressed that the ferry terminal project and and the waterfront project are linked. His motion was rejected in a 4-3 vote.
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