Gabor Karsai, Rotary District 7250 Governor Nominee and Past President of the Locust Valley Rotary Club spoke of the ongoing need to work to eliminate polio as an economically and socially devastating disease.
Having just returned from India where, as part of a Rotary International Team that joined with local doctors and clinics to provide the vaccine to children, Karsai reviewed the 20 years of hard work by Rotary and its partners that has enabled the world to be at the brink of eradicating this disease. He stated that a strong push is now needed to root it out once and for all, because as long as polio threatens even one child, children everywhere are at risk.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro and Glen Cove City Council Members Anthony Jimenez and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton attended a recent celebration at the American Legion Young Simmons Post 1765 in Glen Cove. The Post just announced that one of its members, Willibe Wilson, Jr., has been elevated to commander of the 10th District which encompasses Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties and has more than 16,000 members of the American Legion.
Wilson is a longtime, hardworking member of Young Simmons Post and is always ready to volunteer his assistance in the community.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine joined more than 300 donors, volunteers and friends as the Holocaust Center celebrated the opening of its new multi-media museum.
In mid-January, the center reopened its doors after 18 months of renovation and celebrated the completion of the new permanent exhibit, which showcases artifacts and testimony from local survivors. The museum provides a detailed chronicle of the Holocaust and offers video presentations utilizing archival footage and survivor testimony. The final gallery focuses on the relevance of the Holocaust to people’s lives today. The center will also host temporary exhibits such as Immigration and Caricature, a review of stereotyped ethnic images, currently on display. Visitors are welcome to browse the center’s new library containing more than seven thousand volumes, and to utilize its computer research center and artifact archives.
To begin the Feb. 4 North Shore Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick emphasized that the Administrator’s Council had agreed to take a half-year salary freeze. Trustees commended the principals and directors in the district for reaching this agreement and clarified to those at the meeting that the administrators settled and gave more concessions than the district originally asked for. Dr Melnick added, “There will be discussions with the various other groups about concessions but salaries are part of collective bargaining and cannot be discussed in public.”
At the meeting, trustees worked vigorously to provide relief in school property taxes for district residents. The board reviewed the portions of the budget pertaining to the Board of Education, Central Administration, Central Services, Plant Maintenance, Insurance/BOCES Administration, and Supervision of Instruction sections and eliminated a total of $662,380 from the initial budget proposal presented by Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick on Jan. 21. Visit http://www. northshoreschools.org to watch this initial budget presentation video.
In addition, the board placed $3,150 for membership to Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association and $310,000 for Security District-wide on the comeback list. These items will be discussed again at the March 11 meeting when it will be decided whether or not to remove or reduce these amounts.
Readers are invited to the Glen Cove Council of PTAs Annual Community Scholarship Fund Sunday Brunch at the NYIT De Seversky Center in Old Westbury. The event will honor Laurent Caballero for dedication, devotion and commitment to the community, schools and children of Glen Cove. It is March 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
A contribution of $68 per person is required - all proceeds will benefit the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund. Respond by March 9, to Tina Braja at 669-5370. The Glen Cove Council of PTAs: Connolly PTA, Glen Cove High School PTSA, Gribbin PTA, K.A. Deasy PTA, Landing PTA, Robert M. Finley Middle School PTA, SEPTA.
You may have noticed the new distinct white, black and red sign belonging to Engel & Volkers at 84 Forest Avenue recently. The latest addition to Locust Valley’s downtown is a unique international real estate franchise owned by local resident, Clifford Packingham. Clifford has an extensive background in commercial real estate engineering and construction and chose to open Engel & Volkers of Locust Valley in response to the demands of sophisticated real estate buyers and investors. Clifford is married to Tracy Dellomo, another local resident whose family has over a half century experience in residential and commercial real estate both as investors and brokers representing discriminating tastes.
Engel & Volkers started in Hamburg in the 1970s and recently began their U.S. expansion through local business owners in the United States. The company has over 3500 employees/agents worldwide in 32 different countries on 4 continents with over 400 shops globally. What attracted Clifford to choose Engel & Volkers in their vast international presence as well as their very savvy technology and marketing? “I didn’t want to hang a shingle and start a company from scratch in this environment. Engel & Volkers have tremendous global experience and have a built in network. If you list your house with us it goes on our internal network to all the different offices in the world. International buyers are becoming more of a factor especially in the top tier of the market,” he said.
Glen Cove City Councilman Anthony Jimenez has been selected as one of Long Island’s Top Latinos by LaFiesta Radio. The award is presented to individuals of Latino heritage who have unselfishly dedicated their time to enhance their communities and promote the positive contributions made by the Latino community. The award was presented to Jimenez at a ceremony held on Feb. 4.
Jimenez was recognized for many of his community contributions including his tireless involvement with the City of Glen Cove Youth Board, as chairman of Glen Cove’s SAFE Initiative, his work at local soup kitchens and his involvement as a Youth Mentor.
The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at Glen Cove Hospital, as evidenced by the enlistment of two active community residents, Christine Pell of Glen Cove and Howard Grace of Oyster Bay Cove, who recently joined the hospital’s Advisory Council.
Members of the Advisory Council serve as a liaison between Glen Cove Hospital, part of the 14-hospital North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the community. Members of the council represent a broad spectrum of the community, including churches and synagogues, local businesses, healthcare organizations, nonprofit agencies, as well as hospital staff members and individuals with a long-term association with Glen Cove Hospital.
The Glen Cove Board of Education met Monday night at the Robert M. Finley Middle School in a regular meeting, discussing such topics as the revised academic eligibility policy and further exploring the terms of the Honors Program. All board members were present.
Before the meeting officially began, Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein made an announcement regarding last week’s termination of the principal at Deasy School. He said that Dr. Hinton, an administrator with 30 years of experience in the district, has taken over the position and that things are “getting back to normal.”
“The whole incident was disconcerting,” he said, “but the board will not speak to personal or personnel issues during public comment,” he wanted the audience to know.
William Shakespeare’s classic play, Romeo and Juliet, is a timeless romance about the forbidden love of two teenagers with conflicting families. The students of North Shore Middle School will perform the tragic romance as an ’80s musical with live music from a band comprised of North Shore High School students.
The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet an 80’s Musical will be performed on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the North Shore High School Theatre.
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