The long and sunny days of summer are quickly coming to an end and the cool days of fall are just around the corner. I hope that everyone enjoyed the many activities offered for young and old in Glen Cove this summer. Besides our beautiful beaches and parks, there was the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival, which just completed its 53rd year of presenting summer concerts in the park for all to enjoy throughout July and August. The Morgan Park Music Festival is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and performances are presented free to the public thanks to funds raised from private contributors. We also enjoyed the 16th season of the Downtown Sounds Concert Series, sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Glen Cove. Concerts drew crowds of more than 1,000 people each week as the downtown came alive with the sounds of music. Overall, the city was host to 21 free concerts between the Morgan Park Music Festival and the Downtown Sounds.
As I have said before, with 68 miles of Nassau County sewer system in Glen Cove, the two miles left off the system have now cost us one of our only beaches for four consecutive summers.
This May, and again during the summer, I contacted County Executive Mangano to see how we could work together and bring the Crescent Beach neighborhoods into the county system.
Hurricane season is here. Last year, Hurricane Irene caused major damage not only in Glen Cove but all across Long Island. In the event that we might experience another hurricane, it is important to become familiar with the basic recommendations in case such an emergency occurs. Each household should contain emergency supplies such as canned food and bottled water, a battery-operated or manual can opener, flashlights and extra batteries, portable battery-operated radios, all your essential medicines, a first aid kit, and cash and credit cards, which should be secured. If a hurricane is predicted to hit our area, residents are advised to prepare by trimming dead branches from trees, fueling up your vehicles, securing valuable items above floor level in waterproof containers, bringing any loose outdoor items, such as lawn furniture, indoors and checking on elderly neighbors to help them prepare.
During the storm you should listen constantly to radio or television for official instructions. If you are instructed by officials to evacuate, you must leave. While staying in your home, keep away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils. Keep flashlights and battery-operated lanterns handy. If electricity is lost, call LIPA immediately at 1-800-490-0025 to report the outage.
The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District has long provided cost- effective, efficient, and valuable services to all of the people of Nassau County. Since the district opened in 1977 it has been serving residents, businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools and municipalities with environmental expertise and assistance. Like all conservation districts throughout New York State and the nation, it is a proven public-private partnership that leverages local taxpayer dollars by bringing in funding from grants, state matching funds and other sources. Yet, Nassau County may soon become the only county in the state without a Soil and Water Conservation District. The steady decline in funding over the last four years has depleted the district’s small reserves and it is in danger of closing.
The North Shore Schools have a longstanding tradition of excellence in education. I am thankful to have the support of a community that values and promotes a strong system of public education. During the 2011-2012 school year, our students continued to excel as evidenced by their accomplishments in a variety of areas:
• Graduates continue to earn acceptance at highly selective colleges and universities
On general principal, showing gratitude isn’t a bad thing, but this epidemic of politicians thanking each other has got to stop. If you’ve been to any sort of government function, and I mean any level of government—be it a board meeting, a forum, a ribbon-cutting, a statue unveiling, whatever—your time has been wasted by the seemingly endless Thank You Merry-Go-Round. It generally goes something like this:
“And now I’d like to introduce Mr. Smith, without whom this project would never have gotten off the ground. I can’t thank Mr. Smith enough for all he’s done for this project, and I know he’s an inspiration to all of us here at Office X. I can’t even imagine how many long hours Mr. Smith put in so we could celebrate here today. In addition to thanking him for what he’s done, I’m also thanking him for all the committee members who can’t also be here to thank him in person. Now, without further ado, I turn you over to Mr. Smith.”
As a neighbor, I would like to commend and thank the Glen Cove Police Department, Glen Cove EMS unit, Glen Cove detective unit, medical examiner, and Dodge-Thomas funeral home in the name of Hilda Forier, who passed away peacefully at home. Their prompt response, professionalism and caring attitude made this unfortunate loss easier on her remaining family. We in Glen Cove are blessed to have these services available when needed.
With regard to the Villa project on Glen Cove Avenue: Why do our administrative members think it is their job to make sure that the developers make as much money as possible? Aren’t these members supposed to protect and represent the existing citizens and homeowners? I thought that was their duty. Why do these members make decisions that are beneficial for the developer and detrimental to the very people they are supposed to represent (you and me)?
How can these administrative members make decisions without a thorough knowledge of all the parameters inherent with this development?
I want to thank local cyclists for notifying the Nassau County government about their wish for more bike paths.
First, I should note that Nassau Department of Public Works (DPW) engineers indicated to me that a bike path is not logistically possible on West Shore Road. I am working to document the reasons for that and will share the information.
I’m writing this three days after the destruction of our beautiful Morgan Park. My group and I are given the park once a year to put on a car show, to raise money for many causes. We are the Gold Coast Cruisers. The city of Glen Cove and Darcy have always been behind us 100 percent. And I think they know how much the park means to us! We cannot sit by and hope it is repaired. All of us are brokenhearted! Let’s repair the gazebo, it’s a part you can’t leave out. So to show our thanks we are giving the city $4,000 to help, and hope some others step up and help out too.
Don “Figgie“ Figliozzi
President of the Gold Coast Cruisers
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