Elizabeth Willson is this year’s recipient of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce Future Business Leaders Scholarship. Willson is a fourth-generation Glen Cove resident and loves being a part of this community. She grew up surrounded by family that was always civic-minded and involved in the community. She is the oldest of four girls and they all attend Glen Cove public schools. Willson plays lacrosse, volleyball and track. She’s a member of National Honor Society, DECA, S.A.L.T. (Student Athlete Leadership Team), Interact, ski club, and pep squad. She’s been taking dance for the past 13 years and it’s a big part of her life. Willson will be graduating 12th in her class. Inspired by her sister adopted from Ethiopia, Willson plans to major in International Relations/Cultural Studies. She is honored to have been selected for this scholarship and thanks the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce.
The results are in and it’s official: Reggie Spinello will be the next mayor of Glen Cove, beating incumbent Ralph V. Suozzi by a mere 74 votes. The official numbers were announced last Wednesday after the absentee ballots, emergency ballots and affidavit ballots were counted by the Nassau County Board of Elections.
“I wish to congratulate Reggie Spinello on his election as our city’s next mayor,” said Mayor Suozzi. “I have worked very hard for the last eight years to serve the city I love so much. While I am saddened to be leaving City Hall, I am very proud of the fact that I am turning over the City of Glen Cove in far better shape than it was when I took office in 2006. I look forward to working with Mayor-elect Spinello over the coming weeks to assure a smooth and orderly transition.”
A former Pratt estate at 145 Dosoris Lane is currently a showcase for the work of some local talent. The “Home Is Where The Heart Is” designer showhouse is a benefit for the American Heart Association, and those interested in seeing the newly renovated and redecorated home of Lydia Pratt can visit the house and see first hand just how skilled and creative our local designers are.
Showhouse Designer: Greg Lanza
Greg Lanza of Greg Lanza Design of Glen Cove says he has worked with producer Tony Manning several times in the past at the Hampton Designer Showhouse and at Old Westbury Gardens. He has also worked on many showhouses for Mansions & Millionaires.
R. Keith Michel (Webb ’73) was inaugurated as the fifteenth president of Webb Institute on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a ceremony on the beautiful Webb campus. Michel assumed office on July 1, following the retirement of RADM Robert C.
Olsen, Jr. USCG (Ret.), who filled the role for eight years.
“Keith is highly regarded throughout the marine industry and will be an asset to Webb Institute,” said outgoing President Olsen. “I have worked with Keith for a number of years as he served both as a board member and, most recently, as
Chairman of the Board.”
Reggie Spinello is projected to have won the race for mayor, ousting Mayor Ralph Suozzi by a narrow margin. The hotly contested race showed a divide among city residents, some with a love and devotion for the four-term incumbent, others ready for Glen Cove to go in a new direction. The unofficial results reported at the close of last week’s polls show a 115 point win for Spinello, though absentee ballots yet to be counted could swing the results the other way.
“I felt we ran a very good campaign,” said Spinello. “We delivered a clear message and I think people want change and new leadership.”
He said that he plans to stick to his platform of fighting illegal housing, stabilizing taxes and revitalizing business in the area should he take office in January.
In celebration of Veterans Day, Glen Cove held two separate ceremonies on Monday morning honoring our local veterans. At 11 a.m., following annual tradition, city officials and veterans met at the doughboy monument outside of the Glen Cove Public Library; this year’s honoree was Howard Stillwagon, who served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.
“I first stood here as the mayor-elect in 2005,” said Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi. “I have embraced a deep respect and love for our veterans over the past eight years. It is my privilege to honor the men and women of our nation...and I will continue to honor them until my last breath.”
Earlier this year, a new business opened in the Glen Cove community. In late September, Lubriman Corp., an on-site oil change, car wash, car care and maintenance company, performed a free 12-point inspection to all types of vehicles from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce building.
“We had about 15 different cars, all makes and models that came during the day,” said Lubriman Managing Director Martin Jacobs. “Every car that came in from 2013 models on down was in need of some sort of maintenance whether it was fluid levels, tire pressure or worn out wiper blades.”
Good news came last week for residents who have missed a big source of entertainment over the past six months or so, with the announcement that the movie theater in Glen Cove will reopen early next year. The Dinoto Group, a Huntington-based real estate firm, purchased the Glen Cove Cinemas, located at 5 School Street, on Thursday, Oct. 31.
“After months of negotiation and Mayor Suozzi’s complete dedication to this process, we are happy to announce that we anticipate that Glen Cove’s much-loved theater will re-open in early 2014,” said Robert DiNoto, owner of the firm.
“Mayor Suozzi has worked harder than anyone to make the re-opening a reality and his resolve and persistence since the beginning of the process has been quite clear.”
The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce will honor prestigious award recipients at its annual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Chamber annually presents The Pinnacle Award for Corporate Excellence, The Small Business Achievement Award, The Community Service Award and The Leadership Award. These honorees give of themselves in a way that truly sets them apart and helps Glen Cove to achieve the quality of life for its residents that are lucky enough to call this city “ home.”
The mansions in Glen Cove are a part of its history, and most of them are becoming just that: history. With a little foresight and a big investment, however, some are being preserved, and for a good cause. The former home of Lydia Pratt on Dosoris Lane, which had sat vacant for about five years, was recently renovated to become a designer show house to benefit the American Heart Association, and those interested in taking a peek at the glorious mansion can stop by for a tour from now through Thanksgiving weekend.
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