The tragedy that befell Jews living in Greece during World War II was poignantly told to about 600 people gathered at the Nassau County Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center in Glen Cove on April 7, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, museum director of Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York City, who gave an historical overview of the story that has not been widely told, said that although the Jews of Greece have the distinction of being the longest Jewish presence in the European Diaspora, going back 2,300 years, they also have the unfortunate distinction of having the greatest percentage of Jews lost in any officially occupied country during WWII.
In an effort to raise money and awareness for 7-year-old Nicholas Pedone, who is battling a rare form of cancer, nearly 1,000 community members participated in a 5K Run/Walk on April 7, raising almost $24,000. The fundraiser was organized by Pedone’s cousin, Anthony Famiglietti, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Cove High School.
The Glen Cove school district has acknowledged that an investigation is continuing into allegations that students at two elementary schools may have been coached during math and other assessment testing in the spring of last year. The district said that the investigating began late last year.
At a school board meeting last week, district officials refused to provide details of the investigation, leaving some in the audience unsatisfied and searching for answers.
In a statement posted on the district’s website, schools superintendent Joseph A. Laria said the allegations “relate to ‘coaching’ of students during the administration of NYS grades 3, 4, and 5 ELA and Math assessments in spring of 2012 conducted at Connolly and Landing Elementary Schools.”
When it comes to teens and drugs it is all about choices and consequences. SAFE, Inc. participated in the National Drug Facts Week campaign by creating a program for students at Glen Cove Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School. Their efforts were targeted at arming students with the facts to help them make the right choices so they do not suffer the consequences from drugs and alcohol.
National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to educate youth about the real facts about drugs. Teens are often swayed by incorrect information on the Internet, television, movies, from the music they enjoy, and their peers. This year’s National Drug Facts Week was from Feb. 25 to March 1.
In a 4-2 vote on Wednesday, March 27, the Glen Cove City Council adopted a resolution guaranteeing that no zoning changes will take place during the re-development of the controversial project to re-develop the city’s waterfront.
The city council has held numerous public hearings on this proposed amendment. But City of Glen Cove attorney Michael Zarin said the amendment is “not a guarantee,” and serves as a partnership between the City and the project’s redeveloper, RXR Realty.
Zarin explained that the only thing that is called “vesting” says is that this council and future councils will not change the zoning in the middle of the project. But if the project is not pursued diligently, the council has the “absolute right to explore a syndicate.”
The North Shore Central School District school board adopted a $93.9 million budget for the 2013-14 school year, representing a 3.5 percent tax increase, and a 3.84 percent increase over last year’s total budget.
At an April 4 meeting at the North Shore Middle School cafeteria, board members unanimously voted to adopt the budget recommended by Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick. Board President Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi was absent from the meeting; Board Vice President Herman Berliner presided over the meeting.
Several local leaders are discussing the possibility of teaming up to expand Nassau County’s sewer system to improve Hempstead Harbor’s water quality and stimulate economic health and home values.
A group including Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Executive Director Eric Swenson visited with U.S. Congressman Steve Israel last week.
It might have been Spring Break, but for a room full of children learning of a different sort took place on Thursday, March 28, when Dennis Fleury, director of Garvies’ sister museum Tackapausha, arrived with his wild collection of live animals, all native to Long Island.
A holistic network is forming in Glen Head, and Healing Arts Massage is right at the center. While the massage center has existed in the same location for nearly 15 years, it has expanded in recent years to include a chiropractor, an acupuncturist and an aesthetician. In addition, the center plays host to lectures and spa parties.
“It’s really a nice network of holistic practitioners working out of here,” says owner Anne Marie Giambrone.
Residents of Mill Neck, Bayville and Centre Island and the greater area turned out in large numbers for a standing-room-only meeting at Mill Creek Tavern last week. The Bayville Centre Island Rotary club hosted a Q&A session for all those desperate for an update on the West Shore Road project. Rotary Club President Jamie Scott ran the meeting, which highlighted guest speakers: Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau Department of Public Works (DPW) Engineer and Project Manager Donna Boyle and DPW Press Secretary Michael Martino. Bayville Mayor Doug Watson participated in the meeting. Also recognized at the event were the three area residents who founded and run the informational Facebook page “Revitalize West Shore Road,” Margaret Marchand, John Taylor and John Doyle (visit www.facebook.com/RevitalizeWestShoreRoad).
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