WHAT'S GOING ON: TUESDAY, JANUARY 27 - North Shore Audubon Society Double Feature at the Manhasset Public Library, 7:00 pm; Workshop - The Nuts and Bolts of Networking, Gold Coast Public Library, 6:30-8pm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 - NS HS Independent Projects in Art Opening Reception, Sea Cliff Library, 6-7 pm. Landmarks Lecture at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, 8 pm; Go to Northwordnews' Events Calendar for more upcoming happenings.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Thurs 1/22 - Sea Cliff Beautification Meeting, St. Luke's Church, 9 am
North Shore Audubon Society Double Feature at the Manhasset Public Library, Tuesday, January 27. Click image for more details.
UPCOMING LOCAL MUSIC
THE OAK ROOM TAVERN
Thurs 1/29 - Acoustically Correct
Thurs 2/5 - Live Stock Unplgged
Fri 2/6 - Moose Music
Thurs 2/12 -Joe Pess Music
STILL PARTNERS, Sea Cliff
Thurs 1/22 - Comic Tales of Tragic Heart Break
Fri 1/23 - The Hambones
Sat 1/24 - Tiger Rose
Thurs 1/29 - Summer in the Winter w/ Rasta Funk Trio
Fri 1/30 - Andy Aledort
METROPOLITAN BISTRO, Sea Cliff
Thurs 1/29 - Adam Polacov Jazz Trio
Fri 1/30 - Jenn Gerrity
PAST NEWS AND EVENTS
Posted - January 14, 2015 -- It’s a pretty good bet that that as the North Shore School Board and Superintendent begin going through the first budget draft next week and during the subsequent months of budget discussions, the words "fiscally responsible" will be tossed around quite a bit. Unfortunately, these days that expression has too often become a misapplied synonym for “keeping taxes as low as possible.” As we go through the budget process, the community and its elected representatives should not conflate the two - especially in the era of the "2% tax cap," a misnamed New York State mandate that each year actually encourages fiscally responsible school districts to push the tax levy to the legal limit, when it might otherwise not be necessary or desirable to do so. READ MORE
THE OYSTER BAY TOWN BOARD'S 12 MINUTE MEETING
Posted January 8, 2015 -- It should be no surprise that virtually no one was there to witness Tuesday morning's Oyster Bay Town Board meeting that lasted all of 12 minutes. Yes, the agenda was thin with only 25 resolutions to consider. However, of all local governments that have jurisdiction over areas of the north shore of Long Island from the Queens line through western Suffolk County, the Oyster Bay Town Board is unquestionably the most inaccessible, with meetings held at times that make attendance by the average citizen virtually impossible, and records of previous meetings frustratingly difficult to obtain. . . . READ MORE
REVELRY ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
January 1, 2015 -- In what is becoming a local tradition, nearly two dozen villagers gathered at the John Burns Village Green in Sea Cliff at midnight on Thursday to bid farewell to 2014 and welcome the arrival of the New Year. At the stroke of twelve, Civic Association President Ann DiPietro tolled the bell 15 times, and then the revelers, in traditional fashion, broke into Auld Lang Syne, with John Hughes leading on guitar.
December 19, 2014 -- The Board of Trustees of the Gold Coast Public Library released a mailing on Wednesday that details the first steps it is taking in its initiative to educate the public about purchasing a new building.
December 18 2014 -- Members, families and friends of the Glen Head Glenwood Business Association packed the upstairs meeting hall of the Glenwood American Legion Post on Glen Head Road for the group's annual Christmas party on Wednesday evening. The size of the crowd reflected the group's astronomical growth over the past year, with it now boasting more than 100 members compared to just 32 last September. READ MORE
Sea Cliff's modest, rustic and strikingly beautiful Church of Our Lady of Kazan hosted its annual Russian Holiday Boutique this past Saturday afternoon. READ MORE
MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO PROBLEMS AND CALENDAR CHANGES DISCUSSED AT NORTH SHORE BOE MEETING
At his past Thursday’s North Shore Board of Education meeting, following the scheduled agenda presentations during which the five building principals each spoke for five minutes on their respective school’s “shared value outcomes,” the Superintendent and Board President addressed two issues raised by residents during the public comment period and in an earlier correspondence to the Board. The first related to last month’s resignation of a majority of the Middle School PTO board; and the other –a request to hold a voter referendum on whether or not to indicate holidays, religious holy days, and “days of remembrance” on the district calendar. READ MORE
Vincent La Manna with Trustee Carol Vogt following Mr. La Manna's swearing in at Monday's Village Board meeting as an alternate member to the Sea Cliff Planning Board for a term to expire April 2016. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON MONDAY'S VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
In a democratic society there is no tradition more important than on election night a candidate who has fallen short in his goal, congratulating the winner. Many of us stay up late to hear the loser courageously offer a concession speech – an awkward moment and one filled with tears and disappointment but perhaps our greatest tradition as it sends the message that democracy only works when those in the minority, however grudgingly, accept the choice of the majority. Without that, democracy collapses – a truth that Lincoln articulated better than anyone when he said, three years after 11 states did not accept the legitimacy of his election, that the Civil War was a “great test of whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” That is why there is no matter more serious than a person acting on his or her own belief that the result of an election is illegitimate – in this case, by petitioning a single appointed official to have the most recent North Shore Board of Education trustees election, in which 2436 citizens participated, overturned. And those taking such action must have the courage to say who they are and that they are doing so – to be open, honest, and forthright about it, to answer questions and defend their position publicly. For those citizens who took the time to research and learn about the candidates in this past May’s School Board election, and made it to the polls no matter how busy or tired, and cast votes – legitimate votes, honest votes, well-thought-out votes - they deserve no less. That is basic, it’s Civics 101. (T. Madden)
November 26, 2014 -- Acting on its motto, "Everyone Matters, Everyone Cares, Everyone Learns," North Shore Middle School held it annual E3 Day on Tuesday, a Thanksgiving week tradition that promotes community service and civic mindedness.
November 24, 2014 -- At last Tuesday evening's Board of Education meeting, the seven School Board Trustees and Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick discussed the advantages and obstacles to having a later start time for high school students. While all appeared to accept the validity of the research regarding sleep and academic performance, there was some disagreement over whether or not to move forward with further studying the logistics of such a change, and whether North Shore ought to act independently or work with other districts. READ MORE
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BETTER KNOW A BUSINESS
November 19, 2014 -- Driving along Glen Head Road eastward from four corners its tough to miss this jewel with its bright warm window displays inviting passersby to stop on in. Gem Craft Boutique, open since June 2012, was inspired by similar shops in Soho and represents the fruition of owner Deborah Orgel-Gordon's life's work experiences, from helping out her mother as a young girl in a Ridgewood jewelry shop to her 16 years as a travel consultant that gave her the opportunity to "discover fabulous finds to share with customers and friends." READ MORE
August 12, 2014 -- A soothing hum emanates from a large quartz crystal bowl as Catherine Russo Epstein gently brushes a soft mallet around its outside edge demonstrating a technique used in one of the many “energy work” therapies that she offers at Jewels of the Lotus, located at 316 Sea Cliff Avenue. Combining her expertise as a gemologist with her embrace of alternative healing methods, Ms. Epstein’s business is both a jewelry shop and a healing center. READ MORE
Tucked back at the end of a long walkway on Sea Cliff Avenue in the center of the village sits Peace Soap, a garage transformed into a shop, which upon entering you will be greeted by a rainbow of colors and melange of fragrances emanating from the artisan soaps of the same name, as well as by a warm welcome from the shop's owner, Sea Cliff resident, Diane Bard. READ MORE
March 26, 2014 -- Willie Jack Degel, owner of Jack's Shack in Glen Head, describes his restaurant as a "fast, casual, all-natural organic eatery, where diners can customize their meals to their liking." READ MORE
As Glenwood Landing resident Tom Cerna explains it, the idea came to him as he was preparing to go on a week-long vacation to Montauk with his family this past summer and needed someone to water the plants. READ MORE
Pacing. Keep that in mind when you decide to take part in the unique dining experience that is offered at Don Lorenzo's, the restaurant at 242 Glen Cove Avenue in Glen Cove (next to Super 7)). Opened this past June by Dave Murano, and his two principal investors, Don Chiappetta and Lorenzo Bilello, the restaurant is difficult to categorize, but most closely resembles family style Italian. READ MORE
February 24, 2014 -- The Village Wine Merchant, located on Sea Cliff Avenue in the center of the village, is not your typical wine store. Owner Frank Scavone, who opened the shop in July, says he has sought to not only satisfy a wide variety of tastes and budgets, but also to make the purchase of a bottle of wine, for those who are interested, an educational experience. READ MORE
October 20, 2014 -- Standing before an audience of about 60 Glen Head Glenwood Business Association members at Don Lorenzo’s this past Wednesday evening, North Shore resident Mary Drew explained how it was going to work. “I know a lot of people want readings, but please do not call me over,” she said to those physically present. Referring to spirits, Ms. Drew continued, “They are also going to be competing for my attention, and I will try to get to as many as possible.” READ MORE
September 23, 2014-- If you’ve ever gone out to see music in Sea Cliff, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen Frank Ferrara. A central figure in the local music scene, Mr. Ferrara has made his mark as both a performer and instructor - and in the near future, perhaps as a visual artist. . . . “One of the nice things about being here,” he says,“is that we have three places in town to play and a bulk of talented musicians to play with. I’ve lived in places where that wasn’t true.”READ MORE
ONLY TWO AND A HALF BUT ALREADY AN INSTITUTION, OFFBEAT ARTIFACTS RAISES $25,000 FOR SC LIBRARY WHILE PROMOTING COMMUNITY
August 20, 2014 -- Beginning modestly with a table displaying an assortment of small second-hand items, and evolving over two and half years into an event that attracts bargain seekers from across Long Island and New York City, Offbeat Artifacts has hit the $25,000 mark in funds raised for the Sea Cliff Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library, the tag sale fundraiser that has set up shop on the Village Green nearly every other week (even enduring winter cold) could not be more appropriately named - offering items for sale that are as varied and sometimes quirky as the community it calls home. READ MORE