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Letter: Thanks for the Support From Linda Darby

Written by Linda Darby Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

I would like to thank the people of Glen Cove who supported my run for city council in the recent election, including the other members of the Glen Cove Alliance and the Republican Party.

The experience was an enlightening adventure for me and I enjoyed meeting and speaking with many residents I otherwise might not have met. I will continue to be a concerned and involved citizen of the community I love.

I would like to congratulate the re-elected administration and I hope that our city prospers and develops positively during the next two years.



A Reader’s View: New Mammogram Guidelines Are Irresponsible

Written by Tara E. Butler Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00

The federal government’s newly released guidelines for breast cancer screening are not only irresponsible but deadly. Or perhaps the government’s Preventive Services Task Force is simply involved in a sick deal made to appease insurance companies. I leave that up to the reader to decide.

The federal government’s criminal attempt to unravel the hard work advocacy groups, researchers and physicians have done to raise breast cancer awareness is an injustice.

To say that a woman does not have to have a mammogram until the age of 50 and then only every other year is misleading. Also, to deter them from doing a monthly self-breast exam is remiss.

The federal government’s proclamation that biopsies performed on benign tumors are needless is also negligent.

At the age of 39 I have had a fine needle aspiration and core biopsy and, trust me, they weren’t fun. However, the relief I felt when I was told my biopsies were benign, especially being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and the niece of someone who succumbed to the disease, was anything but needless. What is the old adage? “It is better to be safe than sorry.”

Yes, the task force agrees that women with a history should consider screening but remember cancer history has to start somewhere.

I urge all women to disregard these ridiculous guidelines and to practice diligence when it comes to your health.


Letter: Kiwanis: Best Wishes To Carol Sucharski

Written by Ann Marie Gailius Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00

Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove would like to take the opportunity to publicly wish our dear friend Carol Sucharski best wishes and congratulations as she starts a new life in Florida. It is with a heavy heart that we write this letter, for Carol has been the backbone of our club from its inception. Carol’s dedication and diligence to the youth of our community, whether it was her role in Kiwanis, Youth Board or school board, has made a profound and positive difference in the lives of so many families in the Glen Cove community. We will miss Carol greatly but know she is only a phone call away.

Ann Marie Gailius,

President, and the Board of Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove



Letter: Thank You Paul Meli

Written by John J. Hanley Friday, 13 November 2009 00:00


As a citizen of Glen Cove, I would like to express my appreciation to Paul Meli and his running mates for the efforts and sacrifices that they made in their recent run for the offices of mayor and city council this election season. They sacrificed family, work and personal time by putting their lives on hold because they each knew they had the desire and talent to improve our city. Individually, they are a very gifted group of concerned citizens who wanted a better Glen Cove. They gave the voters of Glen Cove a viable option and stimulated debate, whether at Stop & Shop, or in front of our houses while tirelessly walking door to door, about the condition of our city and the direction in which it is taking. I thank each and every one of them for making the sacrifice and giving me and my fellow citizens an option in the voting booth this year.




Letter: Chuck Lavine and the New MTA Payroll Tax

Written by Robert N. Pemberton Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

I hope you Glen Cove voters know that our senator in Albany, Carl Marcellino, was not in favor of the MTA Tax and voted No in the New York State Senate to its passage.

By comparison or contrast, our assemblyman in Albany voted Yes in the Assembly for passage of the MTA Payroll Tax.

I hope local voters will remember in November 2010, that he, Chuck Lavine, voted Yes for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Excise Tax that now imposes an additional payroll tax of one-third of one percent levied against both the private and public sectors for each person on their respective payrolls.

I have to wonder just who Chuck Lavine actually represents, us or his NYC cohorts? I also wonder why those who are currently serving in elected offices don’t reprimand him publicly: “Hey Chuck, enough’s enough - are you crazy or do you just go along to get along?”

Perhaps you can call Assemblyman Lavine at 676-0050 or write to / visit him at 70 Glen Street, Suite #1, Glen Cove, NY 11542 and ask him to personally inform you as to exactly how much tax money must the City of Glen Cove, the Glen Cove School District, and the County of Nassau now generate in terms of the payroll tax to help support the MTA thanks to him?

You can bet your life on it that Chuck Lavine will not give you a direct answer to your specific question. It is not his style, believe me.




Letter: In Appreciation

Written by Rae Grazioso Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

“We” the family of “Kara Marie Grazioso” wish to take this opportunity to sincerely acknowledge and thank all our participating city officials and services that responded and assisted us with our family emergency on the morning of Sept. 25, 2009, ie: EMS of G.C., G.C. P.D. and detectives – Nassau County Coroners Department – everything was handled very professionally by all parties involved, also religious clergy. The names are too numerous to mention; I don’t want to be remiss. You all know who you are!

The Minutolli family and staff at Dodge-Thomas - they always go the extra mile to make for a smooth transition in carrying out their services under the profound and personal leadership and expertise of Guy Minutolli – always a true and compassionate friend. She’s now with her Grandpa Graz and beloved Uncle Keith.

Thanks to all friends and neighbors who provided much needed comfort and/or donated the tons of food ‘n’ refreshments throughout and the friends who co-ordinated set up and service. The friends and relatives who traveled from near and far to pay their respects to “Kara’s Memory.” I never realized my granddaughter had so many, many friends. She touched so many people’s lives in many different ways. In return they’ve been very instrumental in memorializing her on Facebook with daily updates and events they’ve planned for fundraising, etc. It’s awesome the things these young people come up with. It’s wonderful – you know - thanks is just a word! There are times it seems not tobe enough!

My thoughts – my words! We live each day in her memory.

Rae Grazioso
(Gramma Graz)



Letter: Great Job, High School Select Chorale

Written by Brian F. Pemberton Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

What a great job done by the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale in singing our National Anthem at the New York Islanders hockey game on Wednesday, Oct. at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. I wish every member of our community could have seen the hard work and training that was evident in order to get them to this level.

These young people of Glen Cove performed one of the proudest and most tear jerking performances of The Star Spangled Banner that I have ever seen. It was very impressive to watch as the entire crowd at the Coliseum focused on them as they sang in the most professional manner. As the evening went on they entertained the crowd with their well-coordinated cheers and “roller coaster rides.” They were well behaved and made me proud to be season ticket holder. I hope they perform again.


Letter:We Need a Local Trainer

Written by Joe Fiorino Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

I read with interest several weeks ago The AD’s Corner column regarding the Glen Cove Athletic Trainer. What I was discouraged by was the fact that we re-hired the same trainer from last year, Peter Adragna. While Mr. Adragna may be a well-qualified trainer, his other commitments which prevent him from being at the school in time for the team’s taking the field for practice is unacceptable. The school trainer needs to be available to the athletes prior to practice and games. This issue was brought up several times last year to Dr. Silverman and obviously nothing was done about it. Recently, the JV football team almost forfeited their game because the trainer was not at the field. Luckily, the school was able to get one of our EMT’s from the fire dept to help out. Just like the school boiler fiasco, why don’t we look to find a local trainer like all of the other school districts do?



Letter: Your Vote Could Mean Your Home

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

I have lived in Glen Cove for 59 years. Being here as long as I have and seeing what has been done to me and all the other taxpayers makes me angry, frustrated and sad at the same time. Promises are always made and as soon as a title is placed on someone, all is forgotten. For me, especially, being alone, it is very difficult to manage. I worry how to pay tax bills and oil bills, which have a tax now too. It is very disheartening. Name only cannot change anything. Raising taxes, as they say, to balance the budget is just a lie. I believe that money is for someone else’s gain. Our current administration has done nothing but punish us all and most likely has forced some homeowners to sell and leave the city. We need structure and leadership. I hope people will carefully think before pushing buttons this Election Day. Let us all start enjoying our homes and not be in fear of losing them.

Barbara Douso



Letter: Are School Board Members Objective?

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

I’m sure people have been reading the articles in Newsday about the high property taxes on Long Island, and especially the school taxes, which I read amount to 65 percent of the taxes paid.

I believe that the schools are over-administrated and the administrators are overpaid. Teachers are also overpaid and have great benefits. Neither is ever happy with what they receive but point to other districts that may have some better benefits and demand the same.


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