For Nicholas McNiel, finding a cure for blindness is personal. The 17-year-old Friends Academy senior and Glen Head resident, whose father suffers from a disease that has caused him to gradually lose his eyesight, has taken on a leadership role in a cause to fight diseases that many people have never heard of, though many are affected by.
McNiel requested to be this year’s Foundation Fighting Blindness Long Island VisonWalk’s Youth Chair for the fundraiser that took place recently. The 6th Annual Long Island VisionWalk was held at Jones Beach State Park, a 5K, family-friendly walkathon fundraiser. Approximately 450 walkers attended the event, which raised more than $125,000. He said his goal is to raise awareness and find a cure, for his father as well as all the others affected by genetic blindness.
Red Ribbon Week, a national drug awareness campaign, was created in 1985 to address the importance of substance abuse prevention. During this important week, SAFE Inc., the only substance abuse prevention agency in Glen Cove, sponsors a citywide prevention celebration, working together with Mayor Suozzi’s office, the Glen Cove School District, PTA, Glen Cove Police Department, Glen Cove Senior Center, the Inter-Agency Council and the North Shore Clergy to help spread Red Ribbon Week’s message throughout the community.
SAFE, Inc. partnered with each of the Glen Cove School District’s elementary schools art teachers and clinical staff who worked with youth to create prevention art work/posters to celebrate the weeklong event. SAFE’s board of directors traditionally judge the art work, choosing first, second and third place winners and presenting prizes at each school within the district.
Originally scheduled for Nov. 3, the gala was rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, and though the date change did have an impact on attendance, the gala was still a success. This year’s gala honored four community members for their contributions to better the welfare of other businesses, residents and the community at large. The honorees were Patty Carrotta of Astoria Federal Savings, Angela Susan Anton of Anton Community Newspapers, Roberto Telese, Glen Cove Police Department and Betsy Gibbs, owner of Worth Repeating.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
“Thank you to all city departments and employees, first responders, volunteers, neighbors who helped neighbors, the city council members, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Nassau County OEM (Office of Emergency Management),” Suozzi said.
“I would describe LIPA’s response as an epic failure,” said Kennedy.
Glen Cove lost a war hero, an academic community figure and friend on Sunday, Nov. 4, as police identified Lewis Joseph Bodi, 87, as the victim of a house fire, which police said a kerosene lamp likely caused.
The first American-born child of Hungarian immigrant parents, Bodi was born in 1924 in Racine, Wisconsin. Originally named Lazlo, he was given the name Lewis by his kindergarten teacher, which he kept for life.
Glen Cove, along with the rest of Long Island, was hit by the now infamous Hurricane Sandy on Monday Oct. 29. The well-known “Frankenstorm” was predicted a few days before Monday and received its nickname due to having both the characteristics of a tropical storm and features of a cold front. The storm took an unusual turn inland from the coast because of the low pressure coming from Canada, making the devastation on the North Shore both unusual and more powerful than expected. The storm was a mixture of the most uncommon elements to ever occur in the Long Island and New York City area in history.
It is a scene that is devastatingly similar throughout Long Island, and particularly in waterfront areas on the north and south shores. Homeowners desperately tried to remove the water that had flooded homes by opening doors, windows, garage doors, and by using generator-powered vacuums, designed to capture water. Along curbsides, carpets, furniture, clothing, toys, and other treasured belongings were left for sanitation crews to take away. Literally, lifetimes of memories had been washed away.
The storm made landfall on Monday, October 29. Although it should have been a regular business day, anyone making their way through the heavy wind and rain realized that it was anything but an ordinary Monday. Businesses that are usually jammed with midday lunch crowds were vacant. Long Island Rail Road stations, were deserted, with not a train or a commuter to be found. Schools were closed and would remain shut for more than a week. Businesses that remained opened were hard to find, although there were a few proprietors who did brave the massive storm.
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