Written by Mike Mandarino Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
As an exceptionally successful fishing season winds down for the Glen Cove Anglers with some memorable size fish being caught, the Anglers were able to close out the year with a memorable catch for St Paul’s kids during their annual Christmas toy drive held December 14th at their holiday celebration.
This year the Anglers decided to make St Paul’s parish the benefactor of their toy drive. The pastor, Father Michael Ralph, attended the festive event to graciously accept our donation on behalf of his parish. Father Mike bestowed on us a personal tale of affliction from his personal life that occurred during the holiday season. He recounts how every year he reflects upon that sad time and the inspiration it provides him to remind all that will listen to be thankful for the good fortune bestowed upon us and our families and remember those less fortunate. He reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is rooted in what you do for others. The simple small gesture of bringing a toy when performed by fifty people becomes a large gesture that he assures will not go wasted and be deeply appreciated by his parishioners as well as bring smiles to many children whom may not have received anything this year.
Also in attendance at this festive event were Mayor Ralph Suozzi, an honorary member of the Anglers Club who never misses our invitations as well as Councilman Anthony Jimenez and Councilmen elect Reggie Spinello and Anthony Gallo. Ralph and Tony Jimenez mingled with members and enjoyed the party. Reggie, who was making his first official appearance as a councilman along with Tony Gallo were grateful for the invite. They stated they looked forward to meeting all of us and working hard for their Glen Cove constituency and told us their doors are always opened. The GC Anglers thank our esteemed guests for their donation to our toy drive as well.
Commodore Tom Manzione was thankful to the membership for all they’ve done throughout the year in giving back to the people of Glen Cove. He praised Frank Pena for his annual turkey donations to Glen Cove Youth Board and Senior Center and a “Show and Tell” for about 20 children from the Youth Board which hopefully impressed upon them the virtues of fishing and simply connecting with nature. This year the GC Anglers also awarded a financial scholarship to Chris Melillo a then-senior at GC High School. Chris was selected by the school based on a writing contest. Congratulations Chris and thanks for coming down to accept your check.
Tom reminds us it’s these giving gestures that have made the Anglers Club a deep-rooted eternal part of Glen Cove.
We thank member Pete Curcio for providing the food from his newly open Rosticini restaurant located in the 7-11 strip mall, 216 Glen St. Rosticini features very reasonably priced southern Italian grilled meats that surely are not for the meek of palate. Everyone enjoyed the food and although I’ve yet to experience going to his restaurant, I understand, to quote Yogi Berra, “Nobody goes there because it’s too crowded.”
Tom likes to thank everyone who contributes to the Anglers success and hopes that we continue to put smiles on the faces of people from Glen Cove whether it’s from receiving a toy, a turkey, winning the snapper derby, learning about fishing or receiving a scholarship. Tom wishes everyone on behalf of the GC Anglers Club a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and tight lines.