Tuesday June 28, 2016
May 21, 2016 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted an opening reception for an exhibit featuring the works of Sea Cliff artist Frederick Giner at the Sea Cliff Library last Wednesday evening. The Watercolors, charcoal sketches and pen and ink pieces span 70 years, from a 1945 monochrome of Louis Armstrong trumpeting to vibrantly colorful 21st century seascapes. READ MORE
THE SEA CLIFF FARMERS MARKET IS BACK
The Sea Cliff Farmer’s Market is back for the 2016 season at its home at St. Luke’s Church! (On the corner of Glen Ave and Roslyn Ave.) Opening day will be June 11th, and the market will contine each Saturday (except July 2) through the end of October, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The Sea Cliff Farmers Market offers ALL organic produce from some very local farms. Also, Heritage Bakers will once again be back with their fresh baked organic breads. Please visit the Sea Cliff Farmers Market Facebook page for updates and upcoming special events and guest vendors. Follow on Twitter and Instagram!
The Sea Cliff Beach Cafe is back. After the long winter and the restless anticipation of a Sea Cliff summer one feels each spring - the Beach Cafe, a stop in the daily routine for many residents during our warmest months, will open this Saturday, May 28, and provide service each day this Memorial Day weekend and every weekend through June 26 and then daily until Labor Day. READ MORE
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IT'S ABOUT HAVING FUN SAYS GWL FOURTH GRADER AND COMPETITIVE CUBER
Twisting and turning the iconic 3-D puzzle, pausing ever so briefly every few seconds to determine his next move, the gentle clicking providing a jerky yet steady rhythm, Parker Trager completes the challenge, this time at the Sea Cliff School playground for Northwordnews, in about 12 seconds. Having gotten his first Rubrik’s Cube when he was five, but solving the puzzle for the first time only a year ago (he remembers the date - April 19, 2015), the Glenwood Landing fourth grader has now joined the competitive world of cubing, READ MORE
On Sunday, May 22, Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental journalist Dan Fagin will speak at the Annual Friends of Cedarmere Fundraising Brunch, held at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, beginning at 12 noon. READ MORE
Mayor Bruce Kennedy of the Village of Sea Cliff has been appointed to the eight-member Nominating Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). NYCOM President Rick Milne, Mayor of the Village of Honeoye Falls, made the selection. In announcing the appointment, Mayor Milne stated, “Mayor Kennedy has been an active participant in NYCOM programs and is well-suited to serve on this important committee. His commitment to quality public service in New York State will ensure that the leadership of the Conference of Mayors remains in good hands.” The Nominating Committee is responsible for determining the slate of officers to be elected on May 2 nd at NYCOM’s 107 th Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs. The Conference of Mayors represents 580 cities and villages in New York State, ranging from the smallest village to the City of New York. NYCOM has been in existence since 1910.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Received from Sara Jones,
April 17, 2016
To the Editor,
I would like to announce my candidacy for re-election to the North Shore Board of Education. Through my experiences as a board member over the last three years, I have gained a great deal of insight about the workings of public education both on a local and national scale. I believe this experience makes me an even stronger candidate now than I was three years ago, and I hope to have the opportunity to put my knowledge and skills to work for the North Shore community for another term. READ MORE
Received from Carol Poll
April 17, 2016
The very important school board election is coming up soon, Tuesday May 17, 2016. I strongly urge everyone to vote for Sara Jones for the school board.. It is essential we get gifted, responsible, analytical, hardworking members on the board. Sara is just such a person. Sara has been an outstanding member of the school board for the past three years. She has been in the forefront of bringing cutting edge science, math and computer skill development programs to the district such as MAKEshop which builds upon children’s digital skills to make math and science fun to all elementary age students. READ MORE
April 13, 2016 -- More than 400 North Shore students in grades 3-7 who were scheduled to sit for the Common Core math assessments opted out of the three day exam that began on Wednesday, said school district officials. The Middle School grades had the highest number of opt outs, with just under 60% of 7th graders refusing the exam, but a significantly lower 37% of 6th graders doing so. Overall, nearly the same percentage, 41.6% of students, refused the Math exam as did the English Language Arts exam (42.5%) that was administered last week. The 8th grade, which had the highest opt out rate in the district for the ELA exam (54.4%), was not scheduled to take the Common Core Math assessment, since those students will, instead, sit for the Algebra Regents exam in June. READ MORE
March 28, 2016-- At a fundraiser in Sea Cliff last Wednesday evening, former Nassau County Executive and Mayor of Glen Cove Tom Suozzi, who is now seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to to be its candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington), offered an overview of his campaign message for both the primary and general election campaigns as well as his thoughts on the current state of American politics.
SEEING THE WORLD FROM VINCENT GATTORNO'S VIEW AT THE SEA CLIFF PUBLIC LIBRARY
March 10, 2016 -- The Sea Cliff Public Library hosted an opening reception on Sunday, March 6 for Glen Cove photographer Vincent Gattorno’s exhibit “A View.” Mr. Gattorno’s photographs include a rich variety of subjects - some, a brief passing moment in time in the natural world, such as a blue leaf lying in the midst of an eye-popping potpourri of leaves in a Maine wood, and others of man’s interaction with that world - for instance a bleached beached boat wreck sitting among Cape Cod daisies on the Provincetown shoreline. Still others are of the beautiful geometry of the man made world - the glass dome of a cathedral seen from ground level or the rigging of a tall sailing ship viewed from an oblique angle. It is often the angle of the shot in Mr. Guattoro’s work that makes the seemingly ordinary extraordinary. READ MORE
February 14, 2016 -- At the Monday February 8 Sea Cliff Village Board meeting, Mayor Bruce Kennedy announced that Trustee Elena Villafane, citing health reasons, had informed the Board the previous week that she was stepping down from her post effective immediately. The Mayor then appointed and swore in resident Robin Maynard to fill out the remainder of Ms. Villafane's term which ends in April. READ MORE
By Shelly Newman
Congratulations go out to Principal Dr. Marc Ferris and Assistant Principal Rachel Green as well as the entire North Shore Middle School community for being the only school in NY State this year to be named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch. In a letter to Dr. Ferris, Marybeth Casey, the New York State Department of Education's Essential Elements: School To Watch Director, wrote, "this prestigious designation recognizes your continued commitment to enhancing your school program and practices. You have developed a model educational program in New York State that is consistent with the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education, the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level School, and the National Forum’s Schools to watch criteria.” READ MORE
February 17, 2016 -- The Village Wine Mechant in Sea Cliff hosted its first ever "Slow Cooker Smack Down" on Wednesday February 10. Four local amatuer chefs entered the crockpot cuisine contest, and scores of residents turned out to feast on the flavorful fare, each paired with an appropriate wine selected by the Merchant's Sommelier Mike Amendolia. READ MORE
THREE CANDIDATES FOR NORTH SHORE BOE DISCUSS SCHOOL ISSUES AT MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM
On Wednesday April 20, the three candidates whose names will be on the ballot for next month’s uncontested North Shore School Board election shared their thoughts on a variety of issues confronting public education and the district, responding to questions from community members at a Meet the Candidates Forum sponsored by the North Shore Coordinating Council and moderated by the Port Washington chapter of the League of Women Voters. Incumbent trustees Sara Jones and Marianne Russo are each seeking a second three year term, and Glenwood Landing Resident David Ludmar his first. READ MORE
April 17, 2016 -- At a meeting of the North Shore Board of Education this past Thursday night, an expert in the field of environmental medicine recommended that rubber mulch not be used in playgrounds due to the scarcity of studies available on the subject and the potential health risk to children Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, the Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Hofstra University's Northwell School of Medicine had been invited by Board President Dr. Herman Berliner to present his views on the issue after parents at the previous School Board meeting urged the board to replace the material used at the district's three elementary school playgrounds with a safer alternative that would also offer protection against body to ground impact injuries. READ MORE
April 7, 2016 -- At the March 31 North Shore Board of Education meeting, two parents, citing potential health risks to children, urged the district to remove the rubber mulch installed on the playgrounds at all three elementary schools that is used to soften the impact for falling children.
The material, obtained from recycled tires, said Sea Cliff resident Nick Virgilio, is toxic, and while perhaps offering softening the blow of a hard fall, can potentially cause long term health problems. READ MORE
OTHER HEADLINES FROM MARCH 31st BOE MEETING
- EAST RAMAPO ACTIVISTS THANK NORTH SHORE
FOR ITS SUPPORT
- BOE LAST OF SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH FIRM
INTERVIEWS;WILL MAKE DECISION THIS
- BOARD ADOPTS BUDGET FOR 2016-17; INCREASES SPENDING 1.96% OVER CURRENT
April 18, 2016 -- Only three candidates will be on the ballot for the three seats that are up for grabs in the North Shore Board Education Trustees election that will take place on Tuesday, May 17. While six candidate petitions had been pulled over the past six weeks, only Glenwood Landing resident David Ludmar and incumbents Sara Jones and Marianne Russo submitted their's by the 5 pm Monday deadline. Trustees Jones and Russo, who were first elected in 2013 are seeking their second three-year terms while Mr. Ludmar his first. Incumbent Trustee Michael Nightengale has chosen not to run again. This is the second straight uncontested North Shore School Board election.
DOZENS SWORN INTO OFFICE AT SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD ANNUAL ORGANIZATION MEETING
NORTH SHORE OPT OUT NUMBERS INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR
April 5, 2016 - According to school district officials, 552 of the 1300 North Shore students enrolled in grades 3-8 who were scheduled to sit for the New York State Common Core English and Language Arts assessments that were administered on Tuesday opted their children out of the exam. . . . READ MORE
April 3, 2016 -- This past Thursday evening, the North Shore Schools Federated Employees, the union that represents the district’s teachers, sponsored an informational session at which parents had the opportunity to ask questions concerning changes to the New York State Common Core assessments that will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8 starting this upcoming week, and whether is was desirable to opt their children out of the exams. The previous week, the union had sent out a mailer expressing the organization’s support for boycotting the tests. About 40% of students in the district refused the exams last year - about the same percentage that did so across Long Island. READ MORE
Plainview, NY -
Representatives from the Nassau and Suffolk County Track Coaches Associations, NSCHSSA, and USATF Long Island have come together to select the All Long Island Athletes for the indoor track and field season. Performances throughout the season were analyzed, debated, and discussed with an emphasis placed on achievements from championship meets (County/Intersectional, State, Nationals) and the Long Island Elite Invitational.
Three athletes were selected for each individual running and field event to comprise 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team All Long Island. Athletes who could have qualified for selections in multiple events were assigned one selection in their most outstanding event. The committee also has awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd All Long Island selections in the 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, sprint medley, and distance medley relays. READ MORE
McGILLOWAY AND MAYNARD ELECTED VILLAGE TRUSTEES
March 20, 2016 -- In the Sea Cliff Village Board election held on Tuesday March 15, Trustee Kevin McGilloway was elected to his second two-year term and Trustee Robin Maynard to her first, after having been appointed to the office last month. 163 ballots were cast, with Mr. McGilloway receiving 153 votes and Ms. Maynard 147, while write-ins received 6. With no way for local elections officials to open the new voting machines that swallow the scan sheet ballots, those names were unknown. READ MORE
March 12, 2016 --Despite an uncontested election, about three dozen residents turned out for the Sea Cliff Meet the Candidates forum that was held at Village Hall this past Tuesday evening giving voters an opportunity to hear about the candidates' personal, professional, and service backgrounds as well as their respective governing philosophies. For nearly an hour, incumbents Kevin McGilloway, who is seeking his second two year term on the Board, and Robin Maynard, who is seeking election in her own right after having been appointed to the Board by Mayor Bruce Kennedy last month, addressed questions concerning a variety of local issues. READ MORE
March 3, 2016 --With competing signs lining the walls of the City Council Chamber - some declaring “Stop the Queensification of Glen Cove” and others “We Support the Villa" - about 100 residents and business owners from Glen Cove and nearby communities turned out for a public hearing this past Tuesday evening at which the Glen Cove Planning Board took community input regarding a site-plan and subdivision application for the Villa Project - a 176 unit condominium complex that the Queens-based Livingston Development Company has proposed to build on a 4 acre site it owns on the east side of Glen Cove Avenue just south of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. READ MORE
March 1, 2016 -- At its February 25 meeting, the North Shore Board of Education began the process of finding a replacement for Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick when he retires at the end of the 2016-17 school year, conducting the first of five public interviews with school administrator search firms.
"Process matters,"said Dr. Berliner reading a statement before the interview began, and outlined the procedures the board would follow in selecting a search firm. All five firms, he explained would be asked the same questions by board members, so as to insure as best as possible "an objective process" with a "level playing field." READ MORE
North Shore High School One of the First Public Schools to Perform in Cuba Since the Embargo in 1960.
By Shelly Newman
March 2, 2016 -- 71 North Shore High School music students in the band, orchestra and chorus along with their teachers recently returned from a life-changing trip to Cuba. The historic public school performance tour came at the threshold of 21st Century global change as Cuba opens its doors to the United States. This year, the music department at North Shore High School was one of the first schools in the United States to perform in Cuba since the U.S. lifted the embargo at the end of 2015. Additionally, it came at the same time as North Shore celebrates its 10th anniversary performance tour. READ MORE
SEA CLIFF ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS THE WATERCOLORS OF FREDERICK GINER ON VIEW AT THE SEA CLIFF LIBRARY THROUGH JUNE
Meet the artist and join us for the art opening, this Wednesday, May 18th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fred's interest in design started at an early age, when he did freelance fashion design while attending school and the Art Students League. A World War II Veteran, he studied fashion design and illustration at Parson’s upon returning. Giner and his partners at Bennett Shirt opened the popular boutique Tomas, which catered to customers such as Jacqueline Kennedy. Bennett Shirt gave him the opportunity to work with stores such as Joseph Magnin, and Neiman Marcus. A switch in careers led him to become vice president of Keg Knitters as the Director of Design. When Giner retired from the fashion industry, he returned to his original love, art. READ MORE
March 24, 2016 -- The Nassau County Museum of Art hosted an opening reception on March 18 for its latest exhibition “Kenny Scharf.” The works, spanning more than thirty years of Mr. Scharf’s career, from the early 1980s through the present, represent a wide range of influences, from the consumer culture sensibilities of Warhol and the cartoonish charisma of the 1980s New York graffiti art scene to the controlled chaos of abstract art pioneer Wassily Kandinsky. READ MORE
At the opening day game of the North Shore Softball League Junior Division, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy windmills the first pitch. Sea Cliff 4th grader Sophia Martin sang the National Anthem and received the game ball for her pitching as the Purple Rain (aka "The Mayor's Team") defeated the Green Team (sponsored by Salon Solis).
The Sea Cliff Republican Club honored Village Trustee Edward Lieberman with the Isabel R. Dodd Award at a ceremony held at the Swan Club in Roslyn Harbor on March 16th. The prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who has performed great service to the community.
“Ed is an extraordinary Sea Cliffian and dedicated public servant,” wrote John Canning, Executive Leader of the Sea Cliff Republican Committee in the event’s program. “His love of the enchanted square mile and its people shines through in all that he does, whether an elected official, a prominent Lion, or Sea Cliff Avenue lawyer.” READ MORE
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN!
Received from Phillip Grella
Commandant Dan Daly Globe and Anchor Detachment #225
The Dan Daly Globe and Anchor Detachment #225 of the Marine Corps Leaue, in Glen Cove, N.Y. is looking for a few good men and women, former Marines, to join their organization. The Marine Corps League is an organization for Marines and run by Marines and we need your help in maintaining our Detachment.
Recently, we lost a Korean War Veteran, survivior of various battles, including the infamous Chosin Reservoir. . . . READ MORE
VOTE FOR ROBERT FREIER FOR TOB TOWN COUNCIL
Received from Robert Freier
October 29, 2015
This Tuesday is Election Day. It’s nothing as glamorous or controversial as selecting our next president, but in certain ways it is more important. Local elections affect our parks and roads, our property taxes, and other aspects of our quality of life on a local level.
Media reports have detailed indictments, lawsuits, and crises plaguing our town. As Supervisor Venditto has responded to accusations, Town leadership has been diverted in ways that affect our community negatively. READ MORE
DELAY DECISION ON GARVIES POINT DEVELOPMENT UNTIL PROPER STEPS TAKEN
Received from Sea Cliff Village Mayor Bruce Kennedy
October 1, 2015
To the Editor:
The proposed Glen Cove waterfront redevelopment, because of its tremendous density, is not just a Glen Cove issue – it is a regional issue. Former Mayor Tom Suozzi envisioned and proposed a true mixed use development for Garvies Point, consisting of shops, restaurants, office buildings, entertainment, and no more than 500 residential units. READ MORE
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Received from Deborah McDermott
March 31, 2016
New York State Common Core testing starts next week. This test, by law, can account for 50% of a teacher’s annual evaluation. There are many details of implementation and usage of this test that I find problematic. However, the “high stakes” of making test results as such a large portion of teacher evaluations, motivates teachers to spend too much time on test prep. Parents who want thoughtful, engaging education for their kids must opt their kids out to motivate our legislators to change the law. READ MORE
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
RECORD SHOWS A LONG HISTORY OF MANY VOICES OPPOSING CURRENT GARVIES POINT PROPOSAL
Received from Roger Friedman, Sea Cliff
January 23, 2016
I am writing in response to the letter to the Editor in a recent issue of the Record Pilot entitled, “If Nothing Else They’re Consistent”.
The writer opines that the voices in opposition to the current Waterfront plan and the Villa are just a rag-tag group of naysayers that oppose change of any kind, and “rail against everything regardless of its merits”. He believes that they don’t want the Piazza to succeed and that they are defeatists who have filed bogus lawsuits that seek only to delay, not stop the projects.
This letter misses the mark…and not by a little. READ MORE. . .