This week marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and Glen Covers are still mourning the loss of several native sons. These men have been honored locally with street signs, and their names are also engraved in the monument at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, which opened to the public this past May.
Edward Joseph Lehman, 41, of Glen Cove, was employed by Aon Corp. and died in Tower Two. The father of two would have become a grandfather a month after the attacks.
Female rockers Antigone Rising have played gigs all over the world, but one important venue has been missing from their roster: Sea Cliff Beach. This will be amended this weekend, with a free performance on the beach in the village where half of the band members live.
“A gig like this is so special,” says bass player and founding member Kristen Ellis-Henderson, who grew up in Glen Cove and now lives with her family in Sea Cliff. “It’s a beautiful beach and concert setting, and will be the most special show we’ve played in a while.”
SAFE’s Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition’s Youth Committee is dedicated to utilizing needs assessment data to identify and provide prevention activities and programs for youth. Over the summer, through the coalition’s partnership with the National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, the youth committee was able to incorporate youth workshops with youth between the first and eighth grade.
“The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Civil Operations Program strives to improve the health and well-being of NY’s communities. We hope to accomplish this by aiding various coalitions such as Glen Cove’s SAFE in achieving their goals in anyway possible. This enables us to become a force multiplier and help ensure long-term positive behavior outcomes,” said Staff Sergeant David You.
A new auto parts store has arrived on Forest Avenue in Glen Cove, giving residents more options for their car repair and maintenance needs. Advance Auto Parts held a grand opening celebration last month with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The store’s team members also presented a check to Building Homes for Heroes to assist with building a home for a local veteran.
General Manager Sherry Petsche spoke about her excitement at the new store opening and said they chose the charity Building Homes for Heroes because they are “helping vets and go above and beyond for the community.”
The City of Glen Cove made technological strides last week with the live streaming debut of the Glen Cove City Council meeting. The Aug. 26 webcast was the first of a new feature offered to residents, allowing them to watch the meetings online if they are unable to attend in person. Meetings are then available for viewing for 24 hours.
“There are many reasons our residents may not be able to attend our city council meetings, therefore I made arrangements for the meetings to be live-streamed over the Internet. This way, they are able to see their elected officials interact and residents will have information firsthand, straight from the source,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello.
While many people may dream of doing something as extraordinary as singing the National Anthem at a major sports event, it’s become tradition for Glen Cove native and AHRC resident Adam Levine.
On Tuesday, Aug. 26, Levine, 47, born with Down syndrome, stepped up to belt out the National Anthem for the New York Mets. Performing annually at CitiField since 2010, Levine approached home plate with a veteran state of mind. Following his performance, Levine received a standing ovation as he gleefully skipped off the field, running into his parents’ arms with a gratified smile. The long list of Adam’s fans included 100 #TEAMADAM supporters from AHRC Nassau.
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.
The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.
“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”
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