The Arts Angels booster club of North Shore Schools is thrilled to report that the Viking Masquers 50th Anniversary Gala raised over $45,000 (and counting!) to revive the district’s Summer Theater Workshop program. Over 140 alumni and current students participated in a sold-out Alumni Show, preceded by a sold out dinner with raffles and auction. Many thanks to all in the community - individuals and businesses - who supported this event with generous donations and to the many volunteers who gave their talents, time and energy to this effort.
The Summer Theater Workshop ran for 42 years until funding was cut a decade ago. It provided intensive six-week production-based training in all aspects of the dramatic arts and added up to four shows to the community’s summer entertainment options. It was begun by Masquers founding advisor Bruce Mooney, now retired to North Carolina, who came back to North Shore to be honored at the event, along with founding music director, renowned music educator Bennett Lentczner, who was one of three orchestra conductors for the evening.
Regarding West Shore Road’s repair, I am glad to see that the first of three phases is approaching completion and the road has been opened. The ordeal of a road closure has been an enormous burden on everyone, especially local businesses.
Thank you Sea Cliff for shopping at the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library book sale on Garage Day, June 1. The Friends raised over $900 for the library. Your book donations and your shopping for book bargains made that all possible.
On behalf of the Mutual Concerns Committee, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Carol Vogt, Ed Lieberman, Bruce Kennedy, and Kathleen DiResta for organizing the SpringFest on June 9. This event showcased the many volunteer organizations and artists in the community. The proceeds of this event were donated to Mutual Concerns.
In what can only be deemed as a desperate attempt to win votes that he’s sure not to have, Howard Weitzman is choosing to run his campaign by attacking the credibility of his opponent, rather than run for election to the Nassau County Comptroller’s office based on his own merit. Surely this is due to the fact that Weitzman recognizes his own record of ineptitude and understands that he has a very slim chance of getting elected. Using such childish tactics as falsely accusing current County Comptroller George Maragos of wrongdoing merely bolsters the probability of Maragos’ reelection. Weitzman and his squad made a mess of Nassau County. We are extremely fortunate that we’ve had George Maragos and his team around to clean it up.
There has been an overwhelming response to my recent criticisms of the Republican Party (a party that I have supported since age 18). Whereas some nestled in the local establishment question my principles, I ask that more Republicans question the principles of their party’s establishment. Glen Cove, for example, has an estimated population of 27,100 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite our size, Paul Meli, chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Party, could not find seven registered Republicans to run for mayor and city council this year. Mayoral candidate Reginald “Reggie” Spinello is a registered member of the Independence Party. City council candidate Linda Darby is a registered Democrat. How do their core beliefs support Republican principles?
A special session of the Glen Cove City Council was called on Tuesday, June 11 to discuss and vote on a new tenant for the Soundview Restaurant at the GC Golf Course.
For those not familiar, the prior tenant vacated November of 2012 leaving the city ample time to find a replacement for the start of the 2013 Golf Season. The RFP did not go out until the end of February with bids due back March 25. This was followed by an evaluation and presentation of proposer to the council for vote on April 9. The operator was required to open the snack bar by April 19 and the restaurant by May 1. Already this was behind schedule as golfing begins in April and a tenant would need six weeks for a liquor license.
Mike Barry’s column in this newspaper, titled “Quietly Vindicated,” correctly pointed out that Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is indeed a financial watchdog who diligently protects the tax dollars of all Nassau County residents. That Mr. Maragos is doing his job is, of course, a source of concern for Howard Weitzman, the Democrat candidate seeking Mr. Maragos’ position. In fact he submitted a letter to the editor of this newspaper.
Earlier this spring I noticed a small posting in the newspaper about a field trip taken by North Shore High School students for an educational tour of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District. One would wonder why the class would have to travel to Great Neck when Glen Cove has such a facility.
I am a lifelong Democrat. I come from a family of staunch Democrats. As a child the first word I could spell was “Roosevelt.” I was going to door-to-door giving out flyers at the age of 11. My father was a Democratic leader. I was a Democratic committeeman as a well as a candidate on the Democratic line – one loss and one win. I was taught that to vote for anyone but a Democrat risks your voting hand falling off.
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