Upcoming Meetings and Events: Fri. 4/22 - Sun. May 1 - North Shore Schools Spring Break; Sun 4/24- Spring concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn 4 pm,
Tues. 4/26 - North Shore Audubon Society - "Birding Eastern Panama," Manhasset Public Library, 7pm.
Monday, May 2, 2016
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
THE GREAT BOOK GURU
THE NORTH WATER
Dear Great Book Guru, I went to a commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising at Cooper Union in Manhattan recently, and I was very impressed with how much the labor movement here and abroad has done to improve the lives of workers. One of the people attending mentioned a beautifully written but horrific new book about working conditions on an Arctic whaling ship. Are you familiar with this book?
Student of the 1916 Rising
Sea Cliff, N.Y.
GROWING WITH YOUR GARDEN
Your garden should evolve, change and grow, just like we do as humans. Many a newbie starts with an aggressive agenda only to see their newly established beds over run with weeds and fall into ruin….. a garden casualty due to the limited amount of time or flexible knees each of us has. But there is a prudent and tested method to avoid this: start small and grow your gardens over time. Time and time again, I recommend starting with two ” themed gardens”. These can be in containers, raised beds or directly sown into the ground. 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
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
Paul Arfin will discuss his recently published book:Unfinished Business: Social Action in Suburbia – Long Island NY 1945-2014. The book chronicles key highlights of the seventy-year time period covered, describing the many personal and organizational struggles and accomplishments to establish social service and social justice programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties during an exciting and challenging time in Long Island's history, when Long Island was transformed from an agrarian economy to a major American suburb. Many of the post-World War II pioneers resided on Nassau County's north shore. The book challenges the view of of a backward, conservative Long Island.
April 6, 2016, 7:00pm
General admission $10, Members $5.
North Shore Historical Museum, 140 Glen Street. 516-801-1191. www.northshorehistoricalmuseum.org
THE SEA CLIFF LANDMARKS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: "ANITA PERMIT" NEEDS A PERMIT - WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 7:30 AT THE SCYC
The Sea Cliff Landmarks Association (SCLA) is sponsoring a presentation to provide information to residents, especially those who are somewhat new to the Village, about the Village Boards and the permitting process. Ten years ago the SCLA had a well received event with the same purpose. The presentation will include a panel made up of the chairs (or other members, if a chair is not available) of Zoning, Planning, ARB, Landmarks Preservation and the Tree Commission. In the first part of the program, each chair will make a presentation about how his or her Board or Commission works, when it meets, and its authority.
Come follow our fictional resident, Anita Permit, the owner of a small Victorian residence built around 1880 and remodeled around 1915 who wants to make substantial changes to her home, as her permit request winds through the Village boards.
MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD THIS TUESDAY MARCH 8
Kevin McGilloway and Robin Maynard (being sworn in last month) are running unopposed in the upcoming Sea Cliff Village Board Election.
The Sea Cliff Civic Association will host a Meet the Candidates for Sea Cliff Village Board of Trustees forum this coming Tuesday March 8. Two candidates will be on the ballot in an uncontested election this coming March 15 - incumbents Kevin McGilloway, who was first elected two years ago, and newcomer to the Board Robin Maynard, who was appointed Trustee last month. Although the two candidates are running unopposed, the forum offers Sea Cliff residents the opportunity to hear their' respective governing philosophies and their answers to questions from constituents. Everyone is invited to attend. Residents can submit questions to Civic Association President Ann DiPietro any time before the forum or at the event itself. The forum will be at Sea Cliff Village Hall and begin at 8 pm. (Photos - left, SC Civic Progress Committee; right, Northwordnews)
There will be a North Shore Board of Education meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at North Shore High School Library. On the agenda is a discussion of the Athletics Review Action Plan and the second and third of five interviews to be conducted with school administrator search firms, one of which the board will select to conduct the search for a candidate to replace Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick when he retires at the end of th 2016-17 school year. To contact the North Shore Board of Education, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
MARC OF EXCELLENCE
At the February 25th North Shore Board of Education meeting, North Shore Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick (left) explains the accolades the North Shore Middle School and its Principal Dr. Marc Ferris (center) had received during the previous week as Assistant Principal Rachel Green (right) applauds. In addition to the Middle School being the only school in the state designated as a National and Statewide "School to Watch" (see article above), Dr. Ferris was recognized as the 2016 Middle School Principal of the Year by the Council of Administrators and Supervisors. The prestigious Administrator of the Year awards are given annually to only three or four Long Island administrators - each at a different educational level - Elementary, Middle School, High School, or district-wide. (Photo and caption - Northwordnews)
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
February 2, 2016 -- 87 student musicians from North Shore High School will be off to Cuba this coming February recess, serving as cultural ambassadors to the island nation only a year after the United States government lifted some of the travel restrictions that had been in place for more than half a century. The tour will no doubt offer those students, and their teachers Choir Director Michael Kerschner, Band Director David Soto and Orchestra Director Jason Domingo, along with the six additional faculty chaperones, the experience of a lifetime as they will tour a society and culture that so few Americans have seen first hand, and that will likely change dramatically in the coming years as a result of the developing rapprochment between the United States and the only communist country in the Western Hemisphere. READ MORE
North Shore High School Senior Diana Vizza won the New York State Public High School Class B Championship in the indoor 1500 meters this past Saturday, March 5, coming across the finish line in a time of 4:31;67. It is Ms Vizza's second state championship victory this year, having won the Class B Cross Country crown this past December. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ON MILESPLIT FROM SATURDAY'S RACE
February 2, 2016 -- In a report presented to the North Shore Board of Education at its meeting last Thursday evening, two outside evaluators gave the district high marks for its Middle and High School Athletics program. The review, conducted by two former Athletics Directors, Nancy Kalafus who retired from the Garden City School District this past June, and Ed Cinelli who served as Athletics Director in the Patchogue Medford System before taking on his current position as the Executive Director of the Section XI Athletics Association, Suffolk County’s governing body for high school athletics, praised several aspects of the District’s approach to athletics, including the Athletic Department’s mission statement, the Middle School’s modified athletics program, the district’s facilities and equipment, and the commitment to student health and safety. The two evaluator’s strongest recommendation was for the Athletics program to develop more effective channels of communication. READ MORE
The North Shore School District is proud to announce that Diana Vizza, a high school senior, has been named a NEWS12 Scholar Athlete. For the past four years, Diana has been a part of the Women’s Cross Country Team. Her speed, endurance, and mental toughness have earned her multiple “All County” honors. Recently, Diana won the New York State Class B Women’s Cross Country Championship, was named the Long Island Cross Country runner of the year by Newsday, and on January 21st won the qualifying trial for the Millrose Games (for the high school women’s mile). As a result, Diana will be competing in what is regarded as a signature event at one of the most prestigious indoor track and field competitions in the nation. She crossed the finish line in 4 minutes 54.34 seconds - a winning margin of 0.02 seconds. This was her fastest indoor mile ever by four seconds. Additionally, it was the best time by any high school female runner in New York State this year, and the second fastest nationally. READ MORE
LOCAL GROUP TO HOLD INFORMATIONAL MEETING REGARDING GARVIES POINT DEVELOPMENT ON SUNDAY
The Committee for a Sustainable Waterfront, a group that was formed this past fall in response to the Glen Cove Planning Board’s approval of a 1100 unit, 11 story residential development on Glen Cove Creek directly across from Sea Cliff, will be hosting an informational meeting this Sunday, January 31 at the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff. The Committee which, along with dozens of individual petitioners, filed a lawsuit against the City of Glen Cove and the developer RXR this past November, will provide information concerning the current status of the Garvies Point Project, its likely environmental impacts, both visual and to traffic congestion, the status of the clean-up of a superfund site at the location, and the lawsuits that have been filed regarding the procedures and process the City of Glen Cove followed in approving the project. There will also be discussion of a strategy for influencing sustainable development along this area’s waterfront. The meeting will be from 3 - 6pm and will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the Metropolitan Bistro and a cash bar. All are welcome to attend.
North Shore High School's Independent Projects in Art student work with be on exhibit at the Sea Cliff Library during the month of January. Students in IPA work on a body of work over the course of their senior year. Each student's work relates to a particular student-selected theme or concentration idea. Throughout the year, students meet for weekly small-group critiques to help with the development of their concentration. Students work in the media of their choice and the program culminates in a week-long gallery show at North Shore High School for each artist. The January show at Sea Cliff Library showcases one piece from each of the twenty-two artists in Independent Projects in Art. The art opening reception will be this Sunday, January 31st, from 2-3 pm.
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. . .
SCHOOL TAX LEVY TO RISE BY LESS THAN HALF A PERCENT; CAPITAL RESERVE PROPOSITION TO ALSO BE ON BALLOT IN MAY
January 16, 2016 -- Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick offered a brief presentation of his initial budget outline at the North Shore Board of Education meeting this past Thursday evening. The $99,494,105 proposal represents an increase of 1.96% over the current budget, and a tax levy increase of $381,333 or 0.4%, over this year - within the tax cap established by New York State. The "growth factor" that is determined by the State to calculate each district's individual tax levy limit, Dr. Melnick said, will be near 0% because of the past year's very low inflation rate. Additionally the Board will put before voters in May at the time of the budget vote a proposition allowing for the establishment of a capital reserve fund. READ MORE
MUTUAL CONCERNS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS
January 1, 2016 -- The Sea Cliff-based charity Mutual Concerns hosted its annual holiday dinner at the Sea Cliff Methodist Church this past Christmas Day. Dozens of guests, some from the local area and others a bit further away, stopped by for good company, festive holiday entertainment and a turkey meal with all the trimmings. Begun two decades ago by Sea Cliff resident Terry Sciubba, the event has not only attracted guests, but also many volunteers who have helped to prepare and serve meals, provide entertainment, operate a shuttle service bringing guests to the Church, and clean up. READ MORE
Article and photo by Geri Reichgut
The Guardian Angel of Sea Cliff announces its third annual "Giving Tree"- a program that has brought so much joy and happiness to many needy families during past holiday seasons. This "Miracle on 34th Street" is located in Sea Cliff at the non-profit Guardian Angel Family Boutique, at 329 Glen Cove Avenue in Sea Cliff (between Littleworth and Lafayette Avenues). This is your chance to be a Guardian Angel to a child whose family who has fallen on economic hard times and won't be receiving any gifts this holiday season. READ MORE
YOUTH AND FAMILY EVENTS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE GOLD COAST LIBRARY
Youth and Family Events During The Holiday Season at Gold Coast Public Library
Holiday programs continue with “Winter Storytime” for Ages 2 1/2 -5 years old on Tuesday, December 22nd at 6 PM, and “Crafty Kids: Color-Me Animals” for Grades K-2 on Tuesday, December 29th at 2:30.
For Teens, they can learn how to “Fingerknit their Own Scarf” on Saturday, December 26 at 2 PM, or they can sign up for early January programs, like our Teen Entrepreneurial Academy, where Long Island’s own Jen Calonita will discuss how to become a full time author from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, January 7th, and teen boys and girls can learn how to make their own lip balm using either masculine or feminine scents on Saturday, January 9th, from 2 to 3 PM. READ MORE
The Glen Cove Menorah was kindled Sunday evening marking the beginning of the Chanukah festival. The lighting was well attended and with much celebration. Both children and adults had a great time decorating Chanukah arts & crafts and dancing to the tunes of lively Chanukah songs.
The children kept bouncing in the gigantic "Dreidle Inflatable" - bounce House and 2 Lucky children walked away with special prizes they won in the raffle. READ MORE
MAXWELL PARRISH EXHIBITION OPENS AT NASSAU MUSEUM; FEATURES WORKS OF GIANT OF ILLUSTRATION'S GOLDEN AGE
November 22, 2015 -- The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor hosted an opening reception on Friday, November 20 for Maxfield Parrish: Paintings and Prints from the National Museum of American Illustration, an exhibition of works by one of the greats of the Golden Age of Illustration. On view through the end of February, the pieces are drawn from the National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, Rhode Island, and curated by its co-founders Judy and Laurence S. Cutler. The exhibition embodies the long career and extraordinary accomplishments of Mr. Parrish (1870-1966), displaying the artist’s lush coloristic effect with amazing detail and includes original artworks as well as a large collection of vintage prints. READ MORE
November 23, 2015 -- Our U.S. Congressman Steve Israel’s support for the recent bill passed by the House of Representatives this past Thursday purportedly to strengthen the screening process for Syrian refugees, victims of terrorism themselves, was an ignoble nod to the xenophobic anti-Muslim outcry that has arisen in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13. . . . Presented with an opportunity to lead when his House colleagues and his nation need it most, Mr. Israel has chosen to follow those who have cynically demagogued a tragedy and an important moral issue. . . READ MORE
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
GLEN COVE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE THIS SUNDAY MARCH 20th
The 28th Annual Glen Cove St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1 p.m. 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
The exhibition Kenny Scharf opens at Nassau County Museum of Art on Saturday, March 19 and remains on view through July 10, 2016. The exhibition is sponsored by TAHARI Arthur S. Levine. Emerging with the New York City graffiti and street art movement of the 1980s, Kenny Scharf (b. 1958) is known for his vibrantly colorful large-scale paintings and exuberantly playful installations. His imagery draws upon pop icons, media advertising and consumer culture of the 1960s, including TV cartoon characters such as the Flintstones and the Jetsons. READ MORE
ED LIEBERMAN TO BE HONORED BY SEA CLIFF REPUBLICAN CLUB
The Sea Cliff Republican Club will honor Sea Cliff Deputy Mayor Ed Lieberman, at its Annual President’s Dinner with the Isabel R. Dodd Award. The event will take place at the Swan Club on March 16, 2016 starting at 6:00 pm. The cost is $65.00 per person which includes cocktail hour with open bar, dinner, coffee and dessert! There is limited seating so don’t delay. For reservations, please send checks (payable to the Sea Cliff Republican Club) to P.O. Box 86, Sea Cliff, NY 11579. Journal ads are also available. Inquire at email@example.com or call (516)-578-6202. Let’s have a big turnout to honor and salute Deputy Mayor on this special occasion.
THE NS AUDUBON SOCIETY PRESENTS: "AVIAN VAGRANCY ON LONG ISLAND: INSIGHTS INTO THE COMPOSITION AND CONSERVATION OF AVIAN COMMUNITIES" BY SHAIBAL MITRA
Tuesday March 22, 2016, 7pm Manhasset Public Library
Open to the General Public. Admission is Free.
Vagrant birds—individuals occurring far beyond the expected geographical limits of their taxa—have fascinated people for centuries. Long dismissed as the stuff of mere sport and as biologically meaningless accidents, these records are emerging as a valuable dataset. Available in great detail via citizen science, records of rare birds are yielding insights into the causes and consequences of long-distance dispersal, the biological properties of local sites, the demographic trends of populations, the forces shaping community composition, and, ultimately, a more rational approach to conservation. READ MORE
MULLING A RUN FOR CONGRESS, SUOZZI PRESENTS SELF AS A PRAGMATIC PROBLEM SOLVER AND BRIDGE BUILDER AT GLEN COVE TOWN MEETING
February 17, 2016 -- At a "Town Meeting" last Wednesday February 10 at the Henderson Avenue Polish Hall in Glen Cove, former Nassau County Executive and Glen Cove Mayor Tom Suozzi, who is now mulling a bid to seek the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Representative Steve Israel, presented himself to the nearly 150 people in attendance as a pragmatic politician who can reach across the aisle and get things done. Mr. Suozzi, who has formed a committee to explore running for the office, said he would hold similar meetings around the District, and make a decision by March 7 as to whether he would in fact throw his hat in the ring. Citing the gridlock in Washington and the corruption in Albany, "what's clear to me, " Mr. Suozzi explained, "is that people are sick of politics and sick of politicians." READ MORE
NORTH SHORE BOE TO BEGIN SEARCH FOR NEW SUPERINTENDENT WITH HEAD HUNTER INTERVIEWS AT NEXT PUBLIC MEETING
February 15, 2016 -- At its meeting this past Thursday evening, the North Shore School Board set up a schedule to interview five headhunting firms, one of which will be selected to conduct the search for a replacement for Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick who will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The interviews must take place at a public board meeting. The first will be held on February 25 and two each will be conducted on March 10 and March 30.
NORTH SHORE'S DIANA VIZZA EARNS THIRD PLACE FINISH IN THE MILLROSE GAMES HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' MILE
February 20, 2016 -- North Shore High School Senior Diana Vizza finished in third in the high school girls' mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday. The annual Indoor Track and Field meet that has been running strong for more than a century is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the nation. Ms. Vizza's time of 4:52:77 is her fastest ever, and nearly two seconds better than her previous personal best which she achieved during the Millrose qualifying race last month. For a profile of Ms. Vizza that was posted on January 22, CLICK HERE. (Photo Credit - Robert Vizza)
February 1, 2016 -- More than 250 residents from Sea Cliff and surrounding areas packed the Metropolitan Bistro this past Sunday afternoon for an informational meeting and fundraiser organized by the Committee for a Sustainable Waterfront, a group that was formed this past fall in response to the Glen Cove Planning Board’s approval of a developer’s proposal to build an 1100 unit, 11 story residential development on Glen Cove Creek directly across from Sea Cliff. “We oppose this development plan because it is too big; it will add too many people, too much traffic and too much pollution,” declared Sea Cliff resident and Committee President Roger Friedman addressing the overflow crowd. READ MORE
January 29, 2016 -- Battling a blizzard of historic proportions, nine workers of the Sea Cliff DPW worked around the clock last weekend clearing the Village's 22 miles of roadway that were being blanketed by two feet of snow. The initial storm crews worked 24 hours with intermittent breaks. "Eight were on the road plowing and one in the yard repairing equipment and keeping the yard accessible, " said Village Administrator John Mirando. READ MORE. . .
February 2, 2016 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted a reception for students enrolled in North Shore High School's Independent Projects in Art (IPA) program whose works have been on exhibit at the Sea Cliff Library during the month of January. 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
January 22- 2016 -- North Shore High School senior and long distance runner Diana Vizza won the qualifying trial for the Millrose Games high school women’s mile last Wednesday, and as a result will be competing in what is regarded as a signature event at one of the most prestigious indoor track and field competitions in the world. The achievement comes a month after Ms. Vizza won the New York State Class B Women’s Cross Country Championship and was named the Long Island Cross Country runner of the year by Newsday. READ MORE
A lecture on the fascinating world of painting conservation. Jonathan Sherman, a painting conservator with over 30 years experience restoring easel paintings as well as murals in historic buildings will discuss the anatomy of paintings and murals, how they deteriorate over time, and the various methods and techniques used for repair. Images will be shown to illustrate the lecture with examples of various treatments of easel paintings and murals in historic buildings. The lecture will take place on Wednesday February 3 at 7 pm at the North Shore Historical Museum, 140 Glen Street, Glen Cove.
General admission $10, members $5. 7:00pm.
Click here for The North Shore Historical Museum Website
SEA CLIFF GLEN HEAD LIONS BENEFIT ON JANUARY 30 AT THE SEA CLIFF FIREHOUSE
The Sea Cliff - Glen Head Lions are sponsoring a benefit double bill of great music at the Sea Cliff Firehouse, Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Reckless Abandon are headlining. Lazy Dogs will open the show. Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Shane Dommin will be guest bartenders assisting the Sea Cliff Volunteer Fire Dept. who will benefit from proceeds at the cash bar. There is a suggested donation of $10. at the door which will benefit local charities via the Lions. The Firehouse located on Roslyn Ave between 12th and Maple Avenues in Sea Cliff. This is a great way to support our volunteer Fire Department and local charities. All are welcome!
January 7, 2016 -- Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) whose district encompasses the North Shore of Long Island from Huntington to the Queens line announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election to a 9th term in the House of Representatives. READ MORE
NOT TOO WARM FOR THESE POLAR BEARS
January 2, 2016 -- Undeterred by the sign warning "BEACH OFFICIALLY CLOSED - BATHING PROHIBITED," and with the air temperature hovering just above 40, the wind chill close to freezing and the sea temperature a balmy 50 (8 degrees warmer than last year!), more than a dozen brave souls, all seemingly of sound mind, sprinted from the Sea Cliff Beach pavilion and plunged into Hempstead Harbor on Friday afternoon where they frolicked briefly, before sprinting back ashore. Sea Cliff resident Charlie Weinstein has organized the New Year's Day ritual for about 20 years now. Rookie polar bear Joe Hughes, also of Sea Cliff, whose damp and shivering form caught on camera a few minutes later belied the exhilaration he was actually feeling, said "it really was a lot of fun - it was really invigorating. I still don't know why I did it, but it was great and I'll definitely do it again next year!" (Northwordnews) Photos by Ann DiPietro and Northwordnews.
YOUTHIRE AND NORTH SHORE PARTNER TO HELP STUDENTS DISCOVER THEIR PASSIONS AND POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS
December 20, 2015 -- Youthire, the on-line service that links young job seekers with job providers, will now be collaborating with the North Shore School District in a partnership that will assist students in finding authentic learning and employment opportunities outside of the walls of the traditional school experience. READ MORE
December 16, 2015 -- At a meeting of the Sea Cliff Village Board of Trustees last Monday evening, residents asked for the Board’s assistance in improving traffic safety at the eastern end of Clifton Park where Locust intersects with Sea Cliff and Glen Avenues. Those intersections, without stop signs on Sea Cliff or Glen Avenues, said resident Nancy Cuite, are especially dangerous with many near traffic accidents occurring. She asked what needed to be done for the signage to be placed there, as, she said, it would help to slow drivers down. READ MORE
BIKERS BEARING GIFTS RUMBLE INTO SCO'S CHILDREN'S CENTER IN SEA CLIFF
Several hundred bikers rumbled into Sea Cliff this past Sunday afternoon bearing gifts for residents at SCO's Robert J. McMahon Children's Center. The Who Cares Committee, sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association, is dedicated to helping children with disabilities on Long Island, and for three decades has been bringing Christmas Cheer to the young people who live at the facility (formerly known as St. Christopher Ottile) located at Downing and Park Avenues that provides 24-hour nursing care, social services and a variety of therapies to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
December 8, 2015 -- Sea Cliff was a stage this past Saturday afternoon for the Civic Association's first ever Scrooge Stroll. The roving rendering of Dickens’ beloved Victorian era holiday ghost story took audience members on a joyous jaunt through the Village’s Business district, with homes, storefronts and other sites along the way serving as scenes visited by the novella’s protagonist as he is transformed from the ill-tempered miser to an incarnation of Christmas cheer and generosity. READ MORE
Diana Vizza, a senior at North Shore High School, completed an historic Cross Country season this past fall. The only runner from Nassau County to qualify, she competed in the Nike Cross-Country National Championship in Portland, Oregon earlier this month, at which she finished 34th in the nation among nearly 200 entrants. But that was only the icing on the cake of a truly spectacular season that included winning the New York State Class B championship by defeating the nearest competitor by 30 seconds and being named by Newsday as the Long Island Cross-Country runner of the year, and by the Nassau County Coaches Association as the county's top runner of the year. The Dartmouth-bound scholar-athlete also ran the fastest time for all of Long Island on multiple cross country courses during the regular season. Photo by Mr. Vizza
HUNDREDS WORK UP APPETITE RACING IN NS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TURKEY TROT
November 27, 2015 -- Now a Thanksgiving tradition that seems to grow bigger each year, nearly 300 runners of all ages turned out for the North Shore Boys and Girls Club Turkey Trot and Fun Run this past Thursday morning. The five kilometer race began on Glen Head Road in front of Holiday Farms and took trotters through the streets of the hamlet past the elementary school and then northward into the hilly Promenade neighborhood, and eventually back to the Community Center where they were greeted by cheering family and friends at the finish line. The top runner with a winning time of 17:15 was Jessica Donohue, a junior at Albany and a 2013 graduate of North Shore High School. 14 year old Evan Brady came in 40 seconds later to lead the men's division. Tommy Sebetic a fourth-grader at Sea Cliff School crossed the finish line first in the half-mile fun run. The event was sponsored by the North Shore Boys and Girls Club and organized by High School Track and Field coaches Neil Levy and Ed Corona.
TOTS TRACK TURKEYS AT CIVIC ASSOCIATION'S HEADLESS PARK HUNT
Dozens of tots and their families turned out to track turkeys at the Sea Cliff Civic Association's third annual Headless Park Turkey Hunt last Sunday afternoon. Now rivaling Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Lucky the Leprechaun as the most exalted holiday VIP, the Great Turkey, the plucky Poobah of Poultry himself, undaunted by the park's ominous nickname, once again made a grand appearance.
November 22, 2015 -- Wine and pizza enthusiasts packed the Village Wine Merchant on Sea Cliff Avenue on Tuesday November 17 for the first ever Sea Cliff Pizza Taste-off. With bragging rights on the line, local pizzeria's Il Villagio, Taormina, Tre Sorelle, and Villa Meci each bravely entered their Grandma's style and plain Neopolitian pies into the contest in which nearly five dozen votes were cast. READ MORE
"PAY IT FORWARD" ENCOURAGES GUARDIAN ANGEL CRISIS CENTER AT ANNUAL BENEFIT
November 19, 2015 -- With nearly 150 supporters in attendance, the Guardian Angel Crisis Center of Sea Cliff held its third annual Benefit Dinner and Chinese Auction at the Brookville Country Club on Saturday, November 14. . . . This year’s Benefit Dinner’s theme,“Paying it Forward,” explained crisis center founder Barbara Costello, describes a central goal of the organization’s work - to instill in those who are helped the desire and ability to help others. READ MORE
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART THIS MARCH/APRIL
Sea Cliff, 8 PM
Fri 5/6 - Rolling Stoned
Sat 5/7 - Tequila Mayhem
Thurs 5/12 - Joe Loveheart
Fri 5/13 - Weiss Stock
Sat 5/14 - Circus Mind
Thurs 5/19 - Guest Bartender Night
THE OAK ROOM TAVERN, Sea Cliff,
Fri 4/22 - Kiera Scog
Fri 4/29 - Jazz with an Island Reggae Twist
Wed 5/8 - Matt Grabowski
Wed 5/11 - Wolf Cats
Fri 5/13 - Joe Pess and Ken Talve Trio
METROPOLITAN BISTRO, Sea Cliff
Thurs 4/2l - Chris Kinnear
Fri. 4/22 - Cuban Quartet "Cojunta Gringos"
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
PAST NEWS (For all past articles visit our "Weekly Archives" or if looking for something specific, use NWN search box at the top of the page)
November 11, 2015 -- In an effort to stop the Glen Cove Creek redevelopment project known as Garvies Point from moving forward, the Village of Sea Cliff filed an article 78 lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York (Nassau County) late last week against the City of Glen Cove, the City’s Planning Board, the City Council, and the project’s developer Rexcorp-Glen Isle Partners LLC. . . .Among other allegations, the suit alleges breach of contract by the City for its failure to abide by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it had agreed to with the Village 15 years ago that establishes procedures by which the Village would have a seat at the table in advising the City’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on Glen Cove Creek development proposals. READ MORE
November 8, 2015 -- “When firefighters are saving lives, we have try to make sure their lives are safe,” said Congressman Steve Israel during a ceremony in front of the Sea Cliff Firehouse this past Friday morning, at which he was joined by members of the Fire Department and local government officials to unveil 25 new life-saving breathing apparatuses known commonly as Scott Paks that were awarded to the Village through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. READ MORE . . .
SEA CLIFF CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN
This past Halloween Eve, Sea Cliff celebrated All Hallow's Eve as it has in past years with the Sea Cliff School Parade and a separate parade for younger children sponsored by the Sea Cliff Children's Library. On Friday Night, the Sea Cliff Makeshop and the Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted the "Spooky Pumpkin Walk" at Spooky Park.
NS GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY WINS 100th STRAIGHT LEAGUE MEET
The North Shore Schools is proud to announce that the NS Girls Cross-Country Team won their 100th consecutive league competition without a loss. READ MORE
SEA CLIFF MINI MART 2015
With the spectacular early autumn sunshine streaming, the politicians schmoozing, the bands strumming, and the pumpkin draught spouting, several thousand from near and far turned out for this year's Sea Cliff Mini Mart. The street fair, held annually for 47 years, featured live music in front of the Fire House, Sherlock Homes Realty, The Oak Room Tavern, G&H Auto, and even in backyards, while local restaurants and bars offered fine food as well as autumn-themed thirst quenchers and other drinks. More than 200 hundred vendors sold their wares - from hand-crafted jewelry, and Sea Cliff T-shirts, to jars of honey and Halloween costumes. Candidates for county and town offices, both Democrat and Republican, in the dash to election day, only a month a way, were out in full force working the crowds, as election workers distributed bags emblazoned with bumper stickers and held signs in proud support.
SC CIVIC ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEWCOMERS
September 22, 2015 -- The Sea Cliff Civic Association welcomed 54 new residents to the village at its annual Newcomers' Party this past Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Civic Association President Ann Dipietro and her husband Dan, the rookies were treated to a delectable array of hors d'oeuvres generously donated by Bill Long of the Metropolitan Bistro, a wide assortment of wines, and Sea Cliff Civic Association trivia - so challenging that even a Northwordnews reporter who covers SCCA events was stumped by a few. READ MORE
NS BOE TO OPEN DISTRICT AUDIT COMMITTEE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS
September 15, 2015 -- The North Shore Board of Education decided at its regularly scheduled meeting this past Thursday to revise its bylaws so as to open up the District’s Audit Committee to community members. At its July 7 Annual Organization meeting, Trustee Sara Jones proposed that the Board look into making the change in the Committee’s composition. Currently the audit committee, which assists the Board of Education with matters related to both internal and external audits, is made up exclusively of the seven board members with most of its meetings being open to public under the New York State Open Meetings law. READ MORE
ARCHITECT PRESENTS POSSIBLE PLANS FOR NEW GOLD COAST PUBLIC LIBRARY
September 14, 2015 -- This past Thursday, the Gold Coast Public Library hosted two public informational sessions that allowed community members to view and offer their thoughts regarding potential design concepts for a new library to be built at the Halms Industries site on Glen Head Road should the community, through a bond referendum to be held late this fall, direct the library board to obtain financing for the purchase of the property and construction of the new facility. Russell Davidson, president of KD&G Architects, the firm that has been hired by the library to develop the initial concepts, led the meeting presenting three designs that were based on feedback offered by dozens of residents who attended two community input sessions this past spring. Northwordnews attended this past Thursday's evening session. READ MORE
DO FACTS SUPPORT CLAIMS IN FLYER CIRCULATING COMMUNITY?
With six bullet points of claims, figures, and highlighted “power words,” a flyer, that for the past week has been circulated around the community and posted on social media groups and in public areas, charges that the “Gold Coast Library Budget is being mismanaged.” It encourages residents to reject the proposed 2016 budget, that represents a 0.74% increase over the current spending plan and a 27 cents a month increase in the average homeowner’s library taxes, that is being put up to a community vote on September 9, and to support two candidates seeking positions on the library’s board of trustees. . . . According to information obtained by Northwordnews this past week through interviews as well as through library records that are easily accessible through a visit to the library or on its website, the flyer contains significant inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and unsupported claims. READ MORE