The Glen Cove Board of Education passed the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption for taxes following last week’s public hearing at Robert M. Finley Middle School, to the appreciation of the veterans in attendance.
Several dozen vets arrived promptly at 6 p.m. at the middle school to express their support for the tax exemption. Many noted that they get tax breaks from the city and county, but are still left with the ever-growing school tax bill.
“We’re having a hard time with our taxes, especially the school tax,” said the first veteran to speak.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Sea Cliff Village Museum. Founded in 1979, the museum serves as a place to preserve and publicly display historical items of past Sea Cliff residents. The museum displays both temporary and permanent collections from the 18th through 20th centuries. Most of the items and artifacts in the museum have been donated by residents of Sea Cliff who want to share them with the rest of the North Shore community.
Glen Cove Cinemas is on track to open on Thursday, April 10, according to its owners and management team.
“No more delays - Thursday is the day,” says theater operator Jay Levinson.
Last week the newly renovated Glen Cove Cinemas was expected to open, though the grand opening had to be postponed due to various complications. As of Saturday, most of the six screens in the theater were ready for customers, with new seats and carpet and fresh paint on the walls, all of the bathrooms were working and spotless, and the new digital projectors were in place.
A motor vehicle accident at the tail end of the rush hour last Tuesday morning left one driver dead, with a second driver and a passenger both injured.
At around 9 a.m. on April 1, a pick-up truck traveling south on Roslyn Road crossed into oncoming traffic. The driver of a Coach USA charter bus heading north then swerved to avoid a head-on collision with the truck, instead crashing into a tree.
After months of reviewing the budget line items page-by-page, the North Shore Board of Education adopted the 2014-15 Budget Proposal on April 3. Earlier in the year, trustees agreed not to exceed the cap. This year, the proposed budget is under the allowable tax levy limit by approximately $300,000. On May 20, the community will vote on a total budget of $95,850,329, which represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.98 percent from last year.
It’s boxing season in Glen Cove, with the annual Golden Gloves tournament that took place on Thursday, March 27, and this city has a rich history with boxing, having produced several notable boxing greats, with more aspiring fighters training at the Glen Cove
Boxing Club. Boxing historian Christopher Shelton recently dug deep into the story of one of the one of our local boxing heroes, Allen “Junebug” Hudson, Jr., whose credits include fighting Muhammad Ali.
“I’m proud to tell this story...nobody’s ever really written about this guy,” says Shelton.
Reginald Spinello attended his first Glen Cove Anglers awards dinner as the newly elected mayor. Spinello has been a regular attendee and awards presenter for the past several years as a city councilman. The event was held on Wednesday, March 12.
The mayor always suggests it’s one of his favorite yearly events. His sincerity couldn’t be more evident judging by what seemed to be the perpetual smile on his and everyone’s faces throughout the awards portion of the dinner. Joining the mayor was Councilwoman
Pam Panzenbeck, who recounted some childhood tales of fishing with her dad on Dosoris Pond. Also attending were Councilmen Tim Tenke and Efraim Spagnoletti.
Retired Department of Public Works employees Mike Salentino and John McKenna were recognized by the City of Glen Cove at last week’s city council meeting for their years of service to the city, and a new police officer was brought on board.
Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of the City Council thanked the men and presented them with citations before allowing them both to say a few words.
“It’s the police department, fire department and EMS that gets the job done -those are the people we should be thanking,” said Salentino, who was with the department for 42 years. “And, the public works department, the unsung heroes.”
No new numbers for the budget were presented at last week’s board of education meeting in Glen Cove, though Superintendent Maria Rianna clarified some of the points made on the proposed budget at the last meeting and made several changes in areas that had previously been considered for cuts.
“My intent is to keep the budget as tight as possible without impacting education,” said Rianna.
The Glen Cove High School athletes will be hosting their first Coaches vs. Cancer game on April 12 to help raise money for cancer research. The girls lacrosse team has joined forces with the softball team to help participate in this benefit. The softball game will begin at 10 a.m. at the high school followed by the girls lacrosse game at 12 p.m. The games will offer ticket raffles as well as a bake sale for anyone who wants to contribute.
In preparation for the event, both teams hope to raise as much money as possible before game day. By displaying pinups throughout the middle school and high school, everyone will have the opportunity to donate $1 towards the cause.
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