Friday, July 25, 2014
Summertime means sun, fun, and the annual art show during July and August by Sea Cliff residents at the Sea Cliff Library. Entitled "Sea Cliff Landscapes," on exhibit are watercolors, oils, and photographs. READ MORE
July 19, 2014 -- Head First,penciled in at the last minute, performed 60's and 70's folk rock at Sunset Serenade this past Thursday night, and the Cuban Cigars, with special guest Susan Giordano performed a mix of Bossanova and American and Latin Jazz at the Sea Cliff Beach Committee's Friday Night concert at the beach's permanent performance pavilion. Next week, the Rusty String Band will be at Memorial Park on Thursday, at 7 pm, and Rick Reyes will be performing at Sea Cliff Beach on Friday from 7 to 10 pm. Click here for larger images and for the Sunset Serenade and Sea Cliff Beach Concert series schedule.
July 16, 2014 -- New York State Assemblyman Edward Ra (R,I,C – Franklin Square), who represents the 19th legislative district, which includes large sections of Glen Head and Old Brookville, was at the Gold Coast Public Library on Monday evening for a “Meet and Greet event” with constituents. READ MORE
LOCAL, STATE, FEDERAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION INVESTMENT TOWARDS NORTH SHORE SEWER DEVELOPMENT
July 16, 2014 -- With a large sign warning “THIS BEACH IS CLOSED FOR BATHING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE" as a backdrop, Crescent Beach in Glen Cove played host Monday morning to a press conference at which elected local, state and federal officials announced a $2 million investment that will lay the groundwork for the installation of public sanitary sewers in areas of Glen Cove and Sea Cliff. READ MORE
July 15, 2014 -- The City of Glen Cove, the MTA, and ferry charter company Seastreak have been meeting to work out a plan for enabling residents in the Glen Cove/North Shore area to commute to Manhattan via ferry service should Long Island Railroad service be disrupted as a result of a strike that could begin this Sunday. At a press conference at Crescent Beach on Monday morning, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said that the ferry company Seastreak was, at that moment, performing a test run of a 500 passenger vessel at the Glen Cove Ferry terminal. READ MORE
July 12, 2014 -- Sea Cliff summer music is now in full swing, with the Civic Association's Sunset Serenade series at Memorial Park on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm, and the Sea Cliff Beach Committee presenting live music at the beach's permanent performance pavilion on Friday's from 7-10 pm. READ MORE
SC MAKE-SHOP LATEST PROJECTS OFFER HANDS-ON ENGINEERING ADVENTURES
July 9, 2014 -- More than 35 children turned out this past Thursday for the latest hands-on adventure offered by the Sea Cliff Make Shop. Inspired by New York Hall of Science projects, the young engineers used 300 wooden dowels and rubber bands to build structures on the Sea Cliff Children's Library front lawn. All materials were donated by the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library. READ MORE for the next Make Shop project.
LESS THAN THREE TO PERFORM AT SUNSET SERENADE ON THURSDAY
Less Than Three, featuring North Shore High School math teacher Dr. Robert Gerver, will be performing at Sunset Serenade at Memorial Park in Sea Cliff on Thursday evening. Joining the duo, will be Sea Cliff resident and 2012 North Shore Graduate Lisa Vetrone who will perform three of her original pieces. Less Than Three plays music from the 1950s to today, with an emphasis on 60s and 70s tunes. The three performed together at North Shore Relay for Life on June 7th (see picture above). Thursday's performance will go from 7 until 9 pm.
SEA CLIFF CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE
July 8, 2014 -- As was done at village greens, town squares and in public halls in July 1776, residents of Sea Cliff gathered on the village green on Friday morning, 238 years later, for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, re-affirming their belief in the self-evident truths expressed in the document - "that all men are created equal and that they possess the "unalienable right" to, among others, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Sponsored by the Sea Cliff Civic Association, the celebration was truly a community affair, . . . READ MORE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!
July 4, 2014 -- In celebration of the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Sea Cliff Children's Library hosted a birthday bash for our nation on Thursday evening. The annual event, organized by Ann and Dan DiPietro, attracted dozens of children, their parents, and other residents, who, led by local musician/parents Joe Hughes and Roger Friedman, danced, sang, and clapped to patriotic tunes and American standards such as You're a Grand Ol' Flag, Yankee Doodle, This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, and the Star Spangled Banner. The birthday party concluded in traditional American fashion with the presentation of candlelit cup cakes and an enthusiastic singing of "Happy Birthday."
SUMMER STRUMMIN' WITH THE RUSTY STRING BAND AT SUNSET SERENADE
July 25, 2014 -- With the scenic venue and a spectacular summer sunset perfectly complementing their performance, the Rusty String Band played an energetic set of bluegrass, folk-rock, and blues before an audience of hundreds at Sea Cliff's Memorial Park on Thursday night. READ MORE ...
July 21, 2014 -- This past Friday evening, the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor hosted an opening reception for the exhibit Still Life: 1970s Photorealism, featuring the works of several notable painters and sculptors of that decade who, using photographs of the seemingly ordinary as their subject matter, provide an accurate representation of the image, although sometimes changing the scale, or cropping the image to focus on a particular aspect of the larger scene. Inspired by Pop Artists of the 1960's, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, in their portrayal of the recognizable, READ MORE
July 17, 2014 -- At a rally at Sea Cliff’s Lincoln Plaza on Thursday afternoon, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy officially announced his candidacy for New York State’s fifth Senate district seat that is currently held by Republican Carl Marcellino. The event was as much a welcoming party for Mr. Kennedy into the Democratic Party as it was a campaign kick-off event. READ MORE
July 16, 2014 -- At Monday night’s Village Board meeting, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy announced that the Village is now ready to go forward with the construction of a sewer line down Sea Cliff Avenue from Main to Prospect. READ MORE
SC MAYOR KENNEDY, NOW A DEMOCRAT, DROPS BID FOR ASSEMBLY SEAT; WILL CHALLENGE REPUBLICAN STATE SENATOR CARL MARCELLINO
July 11, 2014 (updated July 14) -- Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, a registered Republican for his entire adult life, has received the Nassau County Democratic Committee's nomination to be the party's candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Carl Marcellino to represent New York State’s 5th Senate District which comprises the north shore of Long Island from Hempstead Harbor to Northport. According to the Mayor, the Suffolk Democratic Committee is expected to give its nod today as well. Although not required for receiving the party's backing, Mr. Kennedy said that he has filed papers to change his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. READ MORE
July 8, 2014 -- Recently elected school board Trustees Joanna Commander and Lara Gonzalez were sworn-in to office for three year terms at last Tuesday evening's North Shore Board of Education annual organizational meeting, and Dr. Herman Berliner who has served on the Board since 2009, was unanimously re-elected to a one year term as Board President. Trustee Toni Labbate was elected Vice President by a 4-2 vote, replacing Tom Knierim who did not seek re-election to the school board this past May. READ MORE
OTHER HEADLINES FROM 7.1 BOE MEETING
SUNSET SERENADE - RUSTY STRING BAND, 7/24
FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AT THE BEACH 7/25 - RICK REYES
Sat 7/19 - Offbeat Artifacts, Village Green (all proceeds benefit the library), 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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UPCOMING LOCAL MUSIC
THE OAK ROOM TAVERN
Wed 7/23 - The Rose Gunter Birthday Bash
Fri 7/25 - Alfreeda
Wed 7/30 - Dave Berg and Friends
STILL PARTNERS, Sea Cliff
Thurs 7/24 - Dave Diamond BandSat 7/26 - Circus Mind
Mon 7/28 - Trina Hamlin
METROPOLITAN BISTRO, Sea Cliff
JW'S PUBLIC HOUSE, Glen Head
Sat 7/26 - Carmine Destefano
Thurs 8/2 - Brady Brothers
Sat 8/9 - Ruby Rubinacker
Thurs 7/17: Sea Cliff Planning Board, Village Hall, 8 pm;
Mon. 7/21: Old Brookville Board of Trustees Meeting, Village Hall, 6:30;Wed 7/23: Old Brookville Zoning Board Meeting, OB Village Hall, 6:30;
Wed 7/23: Sea Cliff Village Court, Sea Cliff Village Hall 7:30 pm
BETTER KNOW A BUSINESS
When Bill Terzi, co-owner of J.W.'s Public House on Glen Head Road, left his job in telecommunications after having worked in the industry for 25 years, he saw his opportunity to return to his roots - as a restaurateur. His parents had owned Lorraine Murphy's in Manhasset, a place that not only introduced him to the restaurant business, but also to his wife and J.W.'s co-owner, Mary, to whom he has been married for 26 years.
May 13, 2014 -- Open since this past fall, the Santosha Tea Room and Boutique located at 62 Roslyn Avenue in Sea Cliff, like the village it calls home, is a wonderfully unique and offbeat place that is difficult to categorize. 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
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
June 27, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Elementary School Farmigo program observed its first 1/2 birthday on Wednesday. Todd France and Amanda Geller, of the Brooklyn based Benefit Company that delivers fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce sourced from local farms, visited the school to celebrate the program's unqualified success, offering students and parents tastings of local farm fresh strawberries, cherries, cheeses, breads, and garlic spread. READ MORE
June 25, 2014 -- In kowtowing to Conservative Party bosses by withdrawing its nomination of Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy as its candidate for the 13th Assembly District seat over objections to his having performed two same sex marriages, the Nassau County Republican Committee has completely abandoned the “Big Tent Party” ideal of the past and opted for a pup tent strategy – pandering to a tiny, narrow-minded element that is way out of the mainstream on social issues. READ MORE
DISAPPOINTED THAT GOP PROMOTES DISCRIMINATION
Received from Donna Kianka,
June 18, 2014
I was disappointed to read that the Republican/Conservative party recommends in an ad hoc fashion not obeying the laws of New York State and consequently promoting prejudice and discrimination. READ MORE
June 25, 2014 -- This past Thursday evening, the North Shore Board of Education recognized faculty and administrators receiving tenure and paid tribute to retiring teachers, the Sea Cliff School nurse, and two school board trustees. READ MORE
The Friends of Cedarmere will host an outdoor concert on Saturday, June 28, starting at 3:30 pm. Following upon a successful fundraising event in May, this is the first musical offering in the group’s inaugural culture series known as Seasons at Cedarmere. To celebrate an exciting new era in the history of this famed residence of poet, journalist and civic leader, William Cullen Bryant, the Friends have invited a spectacular Balinese gamelan ensemble to perform in the Sunken Garden on the Cedarmere grounds. READ MORE
SEA CLIFF CIVIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS PRESTIGIOUS WHITE CAP AWARDS TO TERRY SCIUBBA AND DEBBIE PIERCE
June 12, 2014 -- Sea Cliff Residents Terry Sciubba and Debbie Pierce are the recipients of this year's White Cap Awards. The prestigious honor is bestowed by the Sea Cliff Civic Association each year to individuals, groups or organizations that have demonstrated repeated outstanding volunteer service to the Sea Cliff community. READ MORE
SUPERINTENDENT STRESSES AUTHENTIC LEARNING OVER HIGH TEST SCORES IN REPORT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
June 10, 2014 -- On a night when hundreds of North Shore high school, middle school, and elementary school students were individually recognized for their academic accomplishments, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick presented his annual Report on Student Achievement to the Board of Education at this past Thursday's public meeting. READ MORE
June 9, 2014 -- With weather that could have easily been mistaken for mid-summer, Sea Cliff was bustling this weekend with the Civic Association’s Garage Sale Saturday, and Sunday's Springfest and Northwinds’ performance at Clifton Park. READ MORE
By Carol Poll, President of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library
Once again the residents off Sea Cliff opened their hearts to help the Sea Cliff Library. The Friends of the Sea Cliff Library held its annual “Giant Gently Used Book Sale” at Garage Day Sale on Saturday, June 7. Hundreds of books, CDs and DVDs were donated and sold. READ MORE
"Painting the Town Purple." Purple ribbons have been displayed around the community to promote Relay for Life 2014.
June 4, 2014 – After months of organizational meetings, forming community teams, and raising funds, Relay for Life North Shore 2014 will culminate this weekend with a series of events at North Shore High School.
The Northwinds Symphonic Band, under the musical direction of Helen Bauer, in collaboration with the Village of Sea Cliff, the Sea Cliff Civic Association and the Sea Cliff Arts Council, will present a program of great American band music on Sunday June 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM. Entitled "AMERICAN PAGEANT," the concert will be performed at Clifton Park in Sea Cliff. READ MORE
SEA CLIFF AND GLEN HEAD/GLENWOOD MEMORIAL DAY PARADES ON MONDAY
Sea Cliff's annual Memorial Day Parade will be held this Monday beginning at 9 am with a service at Memorial Park on Prospect Avenue, and then the procession will make its way along Sea Cliff, Roslyn, and Glen Avenues to Clifton Park. A Parade Breakfast sponsored by the Sea Cliff Civic Association will be served beforehand at 8 am on the lawn in front of the Children's Library. The Glen Head/Glenwood Landing Parade will also begin at 9 am - starting at the Glenwood Firehouse on Grove street and ending at the American Legion Hall on Glen Head Road where there will be a brief ceremony commemorating those who gave their lives in service to our country.
More than thirty residents and businesses sponsored the display of an American Flag this year in the Glen Head Glenwood Business Association's Adopt-A- Flag Program. On May 7, Business Association members met at A+ Signs in Glen Head to prepare the flags for display. READ MORE
WEATHER COOPERATES FOR WARM UP IN SEA CLIFF DO-OVER
The weather cooperated this time around, as the Warm Up in Sea Cliff do-over kicked off under clear skies early Friday evening with a performance by Mac Ayres and the Brady Brothers in front of Musu. READ MORE
April 29, 2014 -- On Saturday, April 26, North Shore Lacrosse Club players, coaches, and parents, celebrated their sport with their annual Lacrosse Day, a community wide event that started at North Shore High School and ended with a fundraiser at Still Partners in Sea Cliff. READ MORE
PLAY BALL!!! OPENING DAY FOR SC BASEBALL / NS SOFTBALL ON SATURDAY
The Sea Cliff Little League and North Shore Softball League will officially kick off their seasons on Saturday with an Opening Day Parade. Line up will begin at 9:15 am at Prospect Park, and at 10 am, players will start their march along Sea Cliff Avenue to Clifton Park. In the image above, after handing out uniforms with "The Mayor's Team" emblazoned on the back, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy poses with players from the first and second grade Instructional League team he is sponsoring.
NORTH SHORE LAC URGES STATE LEGISLATORS TO PASS LOCAL CONTROL BILL TO MITIGATE IMPACT OF HIGH STAKES TESTING
April 7, 2014 -- The North Shore School District Legislative Action Committee (LAC) issued letters to all 191 sitting New York State Senators and Assembly Members to express its strong objection to the manner in which State Education Commissioner John King and the New York State Board of Regents have implemented the Common Core curriculum and related grades 3-8 standardized assessments. READ MORE
April 6, 2014 -- The North Shore Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a $95,850,328.85 spending plan for the 2014-15 school year, representing a 1.984% increase over the current year's budget. By a 5-2 margin, the Trustees decided to set the Tax Levy at 87,883,212, a 1.532% rise over this year, and about $320,000 below the state imposed tax levy limit. Trustees Toni Labbate and Sara Jones cast the dissenting votes. READ MORE
More than 130 guests filled the American Legion Hall in Glen Head this past Saturday evening for an Easter Food Drive Cocktail Party. The event is a "pot luck" affair with each party goer offering a dish for all to share, and monetary and food donations for those in need. The South Street Band from Oyster Bay performed some great rock n' roll that filled up the dance floor, and Bill Manfredonia once again won the Chili contest. READ MORE
March 23, 2014 -- Despite a non-competitive race this year, 179 residents cast votes in the Sea Cliff Board of Trustees and Village Justice election. READ MORE
Posted March 23, 2014 -- Over the weekend of March 1st, at Drexel University, Sea Cliff resident Amanda Sobhy, a junior at Harvard, successfully defended her individual national collegiate title, by defeating Kanzy El Defrawy of Trinity in three games to win the 2014 Individual Championships.
February 2, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted an artists' reception this past Wednesday evening at the Sea Cliff Main Library for North Shore High School's Independent Projects in Art (IPA) students. North Shore High School art teacher Elissa Theiss described IPA as "a self directed program" in which each senior artist works on a year-long concentration of art, based around a chosen idea or theme. READ MORE
March 9, 2014 -- Despite this year's election being uncontested, a few dozen residents turned out for the Sea Cliff Meet the Candidates forum that was held at Village Hall this past Thursday evening giving voters an opportunity to hear about the candidates' personal, professional, and service backgrounds as well as their respective governing and judicial philosophies. READ MORE
March 9, 2014 -- Izote, a local non-profit that has committed itself to supporting sustainable development projects in impoverished communities in El Salvador through literacy, health, and ecology initiatives, held its third Annual Volcano Rock and Roll Dinner Dance fundraiser at the Sea Cliff Manor this past Saturday night. READ MORE
BOARD NOTES - NORTH SHORE BOE, 3/6, 2014
OTHER HEADLINES FROM JUNE 19 BOE MEETING
May 4, 2014 -- In observance of Arbor Day, the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee hosted a tree planting at Geogehan Park this past Friday. The springtime tradition, in which the Sea Cliff School second grade plays the central role, takes place at one of the village's many parks each year. READ MORE
SEA CLIFF SINGERS PERFORM AT NASSAU COLISEUM
March 24, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Elementary School choral group, "Sea Cliff Singers," performed at the Nassau Coliseum this past Sunday afternoon during the intermission following the first period of the Islanders- Columbus Blue Jackets game. The group, led by music teacher Ashley Bordes sang a cappella the German folk song "Lachen, Singen". The Islanders won 2-0.
February 10, 2014 -- David Jacobs' exhibition "Sight and Sound," which highlights selected works from Mr. Jacobs prolific career. Multiple aspects of his artistic directions and sensibilities are conveyed through the sculpture on view, which date from 1959-1987. READ MORE
February 9, 2014 -- This past Saturday night, in a performance reminiscent of the late 70's and 80's new wave/punk band Devo, the band Potatotron closed out Potatoville: Post Potatoism, an art exhibition at the Glenwood Church on Grove Street in Glenwood Landing. READ MORE
March 23, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted a reception for local artist John Murello at the Sea Cliff Library this past Sunday, March 23rd.
The Polaroid transfer prints exhibited are a creative application of photography and hand coloring with various mediums. Utilizing only the negative portion of "peel apart" Polaroid color film, which is usually discarded then transferring it to a surface other than Polaroid media. READ MORE
Close to Home on the Web
“What is expected of great teachers and the amount they are paid is shameful,” says one former teacher. The Atlantic.
A recent study by Pew Research reveals that Gen Xers and Millenials have far less interest in the news than previous generations.
Problems with the new online Common Application have left colleges scrambling and applicants more anxious than ever. (New York Times)
According to Payscale.com, which evaluates colleges based on how much their graduates earn, it's Harvey Mudd. (New York Times)
What's wrong with the U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Colleges issue? Lots of things, according to John Tierney of the Atlantic.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes that Generation X is a weak generation that "grew up soft: unthreatened, unchallenged and uninspired and that lacked a cause
greater than self." As a result "it is squandering American greatness by turning routine give-and-take into warfare." (Washington Post)
DEBATE - CAN TWITTER PREDICT ELECTIONS?
A recently published study of the 2010 Congressional elections suggests that it can. Washington Post Blogger offers rebuttal of the findings.
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Because inflation came in under 2% for the past year, local governments will have to keep tax increases lower in 2014 to avoid the 60% super-majority requirement on tax levy votes. Levy limit for school districts will be set in January.(Newsday)
Recently published study tries to answer question, "Is something popular because it is actually good, or is it popular just because it is popular?" (New York Times)
The new law would allow Nassau County and Suffolk County to each have one facility with 1,000 video slot machines. OTB would run operations in each. The bill also allows for the establishment of four casinos in upstate New York. This part of the bill is subject to voter approval. (Click for Governor Cuomo's press release).
WNYC is reporting that State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has said that local government and school district payment obligations to the state pension system may soon be declining. WNYC
Congressman Peter King, who represented the North Shore community for a decade, mulls a run for Commander in Chief. (Long Island Press)
Popular Sea Cliff snack company sold to New Jersey Pickle Company. 55 local workers to lose jobs. (Newsday)
Glen Cove Revitalization Project would completely re-make waterfront. (Wall Street Journal)
(Glen Isle Website)
NS Senior Adriana Rubertone's letter to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand persuades the lawmaker to speak at Girl's State Congress (Newsday)
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