It was interesting to read Mr. Meli’s letter concerning the term limits issue before the Glen Cove City Council. All I can say is, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This issue has been on and off the agenda for years; it certainly didn’t resurrect itself out of nowhere! During my tenure as president of the Chamber of Commerce early in this decade, we had contacted and discussed with the heads of both political parties the idea of increasing the mayoral term. We went to great lengths to try to introduce it at a time when it would not apply to the mayor then in office. We believed that it was in the best interests of the businesses of this city to do so as it was our view that two years was too short a time for businesses to plan ahead. The possibility of a new administration with new or different ideas could change or affect any decisions they would make. In addition, we believed it took approximately one year for a mayor to get up to speed on the job, and then the following year to run again for office; not too efficient or productive for governing the city.
Recent coverage of the ceremonies surrounding the breaking of ground on both Glen Cove’s $16 million ferry terminal and on the quarter mile “Esplanade Phase 2”, should cause us to recall the failure of past projects, and question whether we are proceeding with appropriate, or promised, caution during these difficult economic times.
Indeed, a recent trip to Esplanade Phase 1, at the end of Garvies Point Road, revealed that a once similarly celebrated, multi-million dollar project is now a virtually abandoned, decaying and overgrown walkway, its fences collapsing, its wiring exposed, and its light posts broken and dark.
On Saturday evening, June 12, there was joy in the air at the Glen Cove Senior Center when the Glen Cove High School and Student Senate Clubs hosted their 25th Annual Intergenerational Ball for the senior citizens.
DECA Advisor Deborah Pearsall and Student Senate Advisor Ellen Lynch organized the Ball with the students and the delightful evening included the Glen Cove High School Jazz Ensemble playing a medley of familiar pieces for everyone’s enjoyment….they are an extremely talented group of young people.
We must bring the Feast of St. Rocco’s back to Glen Cove. The feast has been a much-respected part of our community’s life. For me, the feast has been part of my life, and my family’s life from the day in 1974 when Father Della Rosa came to me and many other parishioners asking if we could restart the original feast of St. Rocco. Well, he was a man of vision as can be attested by the 35 years of honoring St. Rocco, our patron saint.
Last year, Crescent Beach was closed due to high bacteria count for the entire summer. I understand that a house near the creek which empties into Crescent Beach has a broken septic pipe, and I understand that the authorities have known about this for several months.
Has the problem been rectified and will the beach that we all pay taxes to use be open to the Glen Cove residents this summer?
My sincere thanks go to the Glen Cove EMS and Police and the doctors and nurses at Glen Cove Hospital for trying to save my husband Paul’s life. My special thanks goes to our neighbor Jim, who was by my side throughout my time of need.
My thanks also go to Pastor Rapp of Trinity Lutheran Church in Glen Cove for his service and comfort and to Dodge Thomas Funeral Home for their service and understanding. I thank the U.S. Army for their service at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Finally, many thanks to Page One restaurant for great service and delicious lunch.
Pearl Hornak and Family
(This letter was sent to President Barack Obama by the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators President Charles Lavine, NYS Assemblyman, 13th A.D. and to Anton Community Newspapers.)
Dear President Obama:
The New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators urges you to remain resolute in American support of Israel, which continues to be our staunch ally.
Our youngest brother, Glenn Anderson, passed away recently in his apartment in Glen Head. We would like to thank the professionalism, kindness and courtesy offered Glenn and our family by Nassau Police Officer Sullivan of the 6th Precinct, the Klamperts and Ropers of the Glenwood Landing Fire Company, Investigator Wolin of the Nassau Medical Examiners Office and Codge Whitting of the Whitting Funeral Home.
Each one offered sincere kindness and caring and are tributes to the community. Their efforts lessened the pain of our sudden loss. We would like to thank each of them for their efforts.
The Anderson Family
Morgan Park was, once again, a perfect setting for the Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. 12th annual “WALK Because We Care.” On Sunday, June 6, residents from Glen Cove and the surrounding areas participated in this year’s event which included music by DJ Pace, refreshments and educational materials about sun safety and skin cancer awareness from the Biggane Foundation. Many people from the Glen Cove community supported this effort and contributed to its success. Our thanks go to Mayor Ralph Suozzi and the City Council and Darcy Belyea and the Recreation Department. Thank you to our local businesses - Glen Cove Bagel Café, Glen Street Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks Coffee Company for their generous refreshment donations and to the Glen Cove Florist for its donation of festive balloons. Thank you also to the Glen Cove School District and the administrators, teachers and students for supporting this event. Many thanks to Deborah Pearsall and Ellen Lynch and members of DECA and Student Senate who assist year after year with the activities. Thank you to Mr. Chris Barry who arranged for a student from the GCHS Television Studio to videotape the event and to Anthony Gallego of Gil Associates Photography who was on hand, once again, to photograph the event.
However interested as I was to read about the groundbreaking for the new ferry terminal, did I miss the name of the ferry operator who will run the ferry service?
Consider this information from The New York Times, Dec. 28, 2009: “After five years and more than $5 million in government spending, commuter ferry service between Manhattan and Yonkers is about to come to an end. Having burned through all of the subsidies provided by federal and state agencies, the ferry’s operator, New York Water Taxi, made its final run up the Hudson River ending the service’s short second life and will leave Yonkers with a rebuilt downtown pier but no water link to New York City.”
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