Written by Robert Grabowski Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Baseball & Softball – Rob Kormoski League held its annual parade and opening day ceremonies on April 19. Opening day marked the 65th year of the volunteer organization, which is one of the longest tenured organizations in the city.
The parade began at the Robert M. Finley Middle School horse shoe and traversed through the village, ending at the John J. Maccarone Memorial stadium. The parade was led by Special Police Chief Michael DiLeo, followed by the Glen Cove PBA Honor Guard, the Glen Cove High School Drum Line, and 40 teams of children and coaches, carrying sponsor banners, all of which was anchored by The Glen Cove Fire Dept. Hook & Ladder Company.
Chairman Bruce A. Testa, acting as Master of Ceremonies, welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked all the volunteers who make the league a success, including board members, coaches and parents. He also welcomed Mayor Reginald A. Spinello, City Council Members Nick DiLeo, Mike Famiglietti, Anthony Gallo Jr., Efraim Spagnoletti, Pamela Panzenbeck, Recreation Director Darcy Belyea, City Court Judges Richard J. McCord, Joseph D. McCann, State Senator Carl Marcellino, Assemblyman Charles Lavine, and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. Councilman Tim Tenke, always present for opening day, was unable to attend this year while recovering from a knee injury.
Testa invited the mayor to throw out the first pitch for baseball and Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton for softball. Claudia Kolanovic sang “America the Beautiful” and world renowned saxophonist Richie Cannata was kind enough to play the National Anthem for the ninth season.
Special thanks were given to Board Members: Robert Grabowski, Salvatore Basile, Donna Marino, Pete Cappiello and Eric Bailey. Stand volunteers Kim Rogers, Lynn Basile and Ryan Ritter were also thanked
for their tireless assistance. Of course, there would be no opening day without the superb efforts of stadium crew Terry Dailey, Brian Shane and Kevin Blumhagen. Jim Klimaezuski of the DPW was also thanked for the excellent work on the banners. Without these volunteers opening day could not be such a huge success.
Junior baseball has 40 teams with over 550 athletes competing in seven leagues this season, competing on the lower and upper baseball fields. The entire community is welcome to go down to the stadium and watch America’s national pastime.