The results from North Shore’s Pride Report, a survey administered in physical education classes last April, were announced to the board of education on Oct. 8. The study showed a direct relationship between the students’ perception of risk and usage of certain drugs. Since 1998, use of tobacco has steadily declined in the district due to national and local campaigning factors. Use of alcohol of 11th- and 12th-graders was significantly higher than state and county averages with 42 percent of juniors and seniors reporting having had five or more drinks in a row within the last two weeks of the survey. Since the survey administered in 1998, the perception of risk of marijuana has decreased significantly with less than 40 percent of students believing the drug is harmful. While use of cocaine and inhalants is below state and county average, heroin causes considerable concern with use above the averages. A readily available and inexpensive drug, it has swept across school districts on Long Island making its way to the North Shore District.
“We have an obligation to be proactive,” Superintendent Dr. Melnick remarked regarding the heroin issue. “This has to involve the entire community. This is a community problem involving kids across the academic and socioeconomic spectrum.”
The Glen Cove Board of Education met on Monday night to discuss such issues as new hires in the district, the approval of school trips for middle school students and a new policy regarding staff accountability. The meeting, which began 20 minutes behind schedule, got off to a rather negative start as community members expressed their impatience.
“It’s rude to start the meeting so late, when we all made an effort to be here on time,” one Glen Cove resident said to the board.
While the comment was initially acknowledged with several nods, Trustee Joel Sunshine later made a point of apologizing and said, “We will focus on starting on time in the future.”
The first action of business pertained to the renaming of the Middle School Mini Center to the Carl LaPointe Mini Center. Superintendent Dr. Laurence Aronstein explained the process of renaming the Mini Center, saying that it first required a signed petition, followed by public notices placed in the newspaper and on the website to invite comment from community members. He said that they received 20 letters of support for renaming the Mini Center in Carl LaPointe’s honor.
Editor’s Note: Karen Montagnese, co-president of the Long Island Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindnes,s has written below about her own experience losing her sight. She urges readers to consider White Cane Safety Day and Long Island VisionWalk.
It is only natural to want to feel good. This appears to be a basic human desire. After all, Sigmund Freud built an entire body of work on the Pleasure Principle. His premise being that we act in such a way so as to maintain pleasure and avoid pain. In most cases, as we grow and mature, we find a path that serves us to this end. I know that I was doing just fine, well on my way to a life that felt good. I had friends and a family. I was productive and I contributed positively to society. My ego was well fed and I felt good. Sure, there were challenges, but I adjusted and I bounced back.
Around the age of 30, the bumps and bruises came. I was running into things, real physical stumbling blocks - not just psychological ones. I was actually banging myself up countless times. As the years passed my injuries mounted and an ice pack became my new best friend. How long was I going to put up with this? It surely did not feel good. My realization that change was necessary would not come easily; it was as if I had to have it banged into my head, literally! The world before me became more risky and confusing. My confidence was shaken and my ability to power through was faced with the need for a seismic adjustment. It was more than facing a fork in the road, reassessing, and moving on. I had to embrace a new and different environment, something foreign, bewildering, scary, and unknown. I felt like I was in a different world—my own unique place—where I had to adapt to a whole new point of view. It was a paradigm shift. My vision was getting worse and by the time I was 40 I could no longer rely on my sight to direct me. It was time to develop a new skill and a new sense of perception.
Homecoming 2009 festivities began on Friday afternoon, when high school students filled the school’s gymnasium for a spirited pep rally. The band played, cheerleaders kept the crowd going, and Homecoming coordinator Ellen Lynch introduced the Homecoming Court. It was an afternoon of fun and school spirit for all who attended, including staff, administration, and members of the board of education.
That night it was standing room only as students, parents, and members of the community came together to enjoy an evening of exciting football, good food, and time with friends. Students, parents, teachers and administrators proudly marched behind their floats as a parade celebrating school pride officially started the Homecoming festivities. The band played as fans filled the stands ready to cheer for their team. School spirit and community pride were at an all-time high when Big Red took the field, ready to play. And play they did. The cheers of the crowd, led by the Varsity Cheerleaders, broke through the night air.
Halftime entertainment was provided by the Glen Cove High School Kickline followed by the introduction and crowning of Homecoming King Adam Ramadan and Queen Alyssa Allen.
Homecoming 2009 ended, but the memories of that night will last a lifetime.
The Locust Valley Fire Department is set to host their second annual Spaghetti Dinner with all proceeds going toward Nassau County Operation Wounded Warrior, a non-profit 501c3 organization formed by members of the Nassau County Fire Department.
The dinner takes place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the LV firehouse.
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi hosted a beach-naming ceremony in honor of Luke Anthony Mercadante, the first Italian-American mayor of Glen Cove. With the assistance of Brian Mercadante, nephew of Luke, Mayor Suozzi arranged for this formal ceremony to rename the beach at Garvies Point “Mercadante Beach.”
The YMCA at Glen Cove hosted a dedication ceremony for the new Martone Children’s Center. The new- state-of-the art facility will provide pre-school, after school childcare and day camp programs to over 200 children each day.
The project cost was $2 million. Capital Campaign Chairman Peter Treiber spearheaded fundraising efforts that reached over $1.5 million through private donations and government grants.
This past summer, various Glen Cove teachers worked on curriculum and staff development projects. “It was all about 21st century skills,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Shari Camhi. “We concentrated on things like integrating new technology and being global.” Some of the new technology in the schools includes video scanners and recorders, podcasting, Twitter accounts and document cameras for student learning.
Third-grade teacher Ilene Abramson said that her classroom will use the Internet, video, radio and all the technology that is currently available. “We want to correlate our curriculum with what is out there in the world,” she said. Some of the accomplishments gleaned were a more detailed curriculum, the utilization of interdisciplinary approaches and the inclusion of websites and integration of videos in lessons and books.
Ann Ashmeade of Floral Park stood with tears in her eyes as Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi congratulated her for being a lottery winner in the county’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which gives first-time homebuyers in Nassau County the opportunity to own their own home.
The program calls for the county to purchase and rehabilitate homes that have been foreclosed and then sell them affordably to those who qualify, including first-time homebuyers.
Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove announced a “Drug Disposal Program” on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glen Cove Police Department and local Nassau County Police Precincts.
Legislator Yatauro said, “I urge all residents to go through their medicine cabinets to see if there are any unwanted, expired, unused or illicit drugs and bring them all to any of our drop-off locations.
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