The school year is soon coming to a close, but the Glen Cove School District is still working hard to prepare for the next school year. Several curriculum topics were discussed at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting held at Robert M. Finley Middle School, including new courses for next year and the sixth grade honors program, which was implemented last year.
In a room filled with family, friends and supporters, Glen Cove Councilwoman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently held a meeting at Page One restaurant in Glen Cove to announce that she had been asked by County Legislator Diane Yatauro of the 18th district to run for her position when she retires, after serving since 2003.
Twenty-one gun salutes are a naval tradition that date back to the age of sail, when a salute was fired by a man-of-war entering a foreign harbor to show that its guns were not loaded and, thus, was entering on friendly terms. It later evolved into a 21-gun salute for dignitaries and heads of state that were visiting naval vessels. After the Civil War, both Army and Naval installations equipped with cannon would fire 21-gun salutes on two National Holidays—on Memorial Day and July 4th. Today, Naval installations and ships equipped with saluting batteries fire a 21 minute-gun salute on Memorial Day, with the first shot commencing at precisely noon, and the last shot ending at 12:20 p.m. The Navy fires an additional 21-gun salute on George Washington’s birthday.
Local communities showed enthusiasm this weekend for the spirit of Memorial Day, coming out in great numbers for three big parades and ceremonies that delivereone message, as Abraham Lincoln while dedicating the Soldiers’ National Cemetery put it: “…from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
It has been announced this week that Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has been nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee to run for the vacant position that will be left by Diane Yatauro in the county’s 18th Legislative District and Robert Germino has been nominated to run on the Republican ticket. The 18th Legislative District includes the communities of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Locust Valley, Brookville, Glen Head, Greenvale and Jericho.
Martin Carmody was also nominated by the Democratic Committee to replace DeRiggi-Whitton on the City of Glen Cove Council slate, running along with Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.
Members of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department had a rough night this past Thursday. After a rigorous session of training at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy in Old Bethpage, most guys probably wanted nothing more than to go home and rest. Instead, after training to battle a fire on a row of buildings, they got the call to the real thing at 67 Glen Street.
Chief Anthony Tripp spoke to the Record Pilot after the fire. He said that one of the toughest things that night was overcoming fatigue.
While neighboring Oyster Bay and Locust Valley budgets went down, school budgets in both the Glen Cove and North Shore districts passed this week.
The results were 1023 YES and 578 NO in favor of the $72,052,501 budget. Joel Sunshine was re-elected to the Glen Cove Board of Education with1040 votes. Barrie Dratch was newly elected to the board with 675 votes.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria announced the totals and told the community, “We thank all the people who made the budget a reality… We’re very grateful.”
Seventeen Glen Cove School District teachers were recognized for their experience, talent and dedication to the district at a ceremony honoring their tenure appointments at Robert M. Finley Middle School on Monday night at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting.
The principals of each school offered anecdotes and praise for every individual teacher – ranging from those fairly new to the job to those with over 20 years of experience – who were then awarded a Certificate of Tenure by the superintendent and board of education.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and the Glen Cove City Council honored the emergency workers who risked their lives to save the life of a 19-year-old woman this winter, braving freezing temperatures and ice and snow to pull her from a burning house at daybreak.
The mayor recounted the story to the standing room only crowd at City Hall Tuesday night: The fire was reported to the Glen Cove Police Department at 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, when it was 26 to 32 degrees, with snow on the ground. The report was then called into the Glen Cove Fire Department who in turn notified its members. “Ex-Chief Pat Peet lives across the street from the location of the fire and immediately jumps into action,” he continued. “Pat meets the homeowner at the front door who told him that there was a female occupant still inside the burning house. Ex-Chief Pat tries to go into the house by the front door, but was pushed out by the heat and smoke from the fire. Pat meets Police Officer Ed Linares on the front porch and Officer Linares breaks the front bedroom window with his baton. This enables Ex-Chief Peet to be able to enter the bedroom. Pat started to search the room for the victim and was confronted with no visibility and extreme heat and smoke.
Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.
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