On Friday, Dec. 18, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House hosted its annual Holiday Party for Club members. Over 130 children, parents and volunteers attended the annual party held in the Club’s games room. Activities included a delicious meal from Elegant Affairs, music and dancing courtesy of DJ Paulo Coehlo and Adrian Treyo, games and activities including a human Christmas tree, cookie decorating, face painting, a visit from the Christmas Bear from Bayville Adventure Park’s Winter Wonderland, and gifts and photos with Santa in his workshop.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi’s Inaugural Ceremony has been set for Sunday Jan. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Chambers of Glen Cove City Hall.
Each year the employees in the City of Glen Cove organize a food drive to benefit a family in need.
On Dec. 18, the North Shore School District donated bags full of toys to the children of Schneider Children’s Hospital. This was made possible through North Shore’s 22nd Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver.
In 1988, Dr. Gerver started this toy drive. This program, once exclusively run by the high school, has become a districtwide event over the years, broadening the spirit of giving across all of the schools. Dr. Gerver, who lives right by the Schneider Children’s Hospital, would jog past it each day, and came up with the idea to help these children and lift their spirits through an annual holiday Toy Drive. He felt this would be a most fitting endeavor for the children’s hospital.
The Chamber of Commerce held its Sixth Annual Celebrate Cove Gala at the beautiful Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. The honorees were:
The Corporate Pinnacle Award: Jennifer Rehm, Atria Senior Living at Glen Cove
Small Business Achievement Award: Tony Messineo, Stevenson Printing
The Leadership Award: Maureen Fitzpatrick, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
The Community Merit Service Award: Sergeant Jack McDougal
Peer AIDS, an organization of nearly 50 Glen Cove High School students, sponsored two assemblies for the school community through fundraising efforts to help empower the students to make informed choices by educating them about HIV/AIDS. The Peer AIDS counselors are certified after having been trained on their own time at North Shore LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, during two eight-hour Saturday training sessions.
Peer AIDS advisor Tom Lacalamita stated, “Glen Cove High School is one of 15 schools on Long Island who have dedicated students to go to the hospital to be trained.”
The Glen Cove Anglers held their annual Christmas celebration. The members threw hook, line and sinker to reel in a trove of new unwrapped toys for distribution to Glen Cove area kids. It is a long tradition that fulfills the giving holiday spirit of the members.
However the Anglers’ enthusiasm was dampened as they learned that the beneficiary of the yearly toy collection, Saint Rocco’s Parish Reverend Father Aaron was overcome by a serious illness a week earlier and wouldn’t be present to collect the donations, nor say a prayer and bless the club as he has done the last couple of years.
On Nov. 24, North Shore High School’s Key Club hosted its annual Cooking for the INN event under the direction of community service coordinator Julia Salat.
Every year, students get together the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break and prepare food to be served on Thanksgiving Day at the North Shore INN Soup Kitchen.
The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce (NCCC) recently announced their new “It Starts Here. Buy Locally” campaign, which is their most comprehensive promotional campaign to date encouraging consumers to support the local businesses in their downtowns during this holiday season.
Glen Cove’s Village Square was the hub of activity Saturday evening as area residents came out to witness the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complete with carolers, candles and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, the ceremony marked the beginning of the holiday season.
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