WHAT'S GOING ON: FRIDAY DECEMBER 19: Music - North Shore Madrigals Concert at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Glen Head; David Berg and Friends at the Oak Room Tavern; Crash My Party at Still Partners; Andy Aledort at Metropolitan Bistro
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20: Music - Dave Diamond Band at Still Partners. Go to Northwordnews' Events Calendar for more upcoming happenings.
Friday, December 19, 2014
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.
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
Photographs by Lisa Aselmo
This week Glenwood Landing School held ceremonies over two days celebrating its designation as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, an honor bestowed on only three elementary schools island-wide this year and 341 nationally. The award said principal Bridget Finder, "is not based just on test scores." "Schools must prove," she explained, "that they are a place where children thrive and excel and have opportunities that are different from other schools." 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)
RESIDENT PETITIONS NYS EDUCATION COMMISSIONER TO INVALIDATE THIS PAST MAY'S BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
November 20, 2014 -- A Glenwood Landing resident has petitioned New York State Commissioner of Education John King to invalidate this past May’s North Shore Board of Education election - a vote in which more than 2,400 residents participated. The petition, obtained by Northwordnews through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the New York State Department of Education, was filed by Christine McDonough and received by State Ed on June 20. Alleging that “unfair” conduct kept candidate Robert Mazzella from winning one of the two open seats on the School Board, Ms. McDonough requests a re-vote, or that Trustee Joanna Commander, who finished first in the balloting, be removed from the Board and Mr. Mazzella awarded the position. . . According to the three School Board election voter poll lists FOILed by Northwordnews, Ms. McDonough was not among the more than 2400 residents who cast ballots in the election that she is challenging. . . . READ MORE
December 2, 2014 -- Those are not elves that tie the wreaths that bring cheer to Sea Cliff streets during the holiday season - it's the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee. More than a dozen residents turned out to contribute their time and energy to the effort at the group's annual wreath-tying party at the Department of Public Works garage this past Tuesday morning. READ MORE
November 25, 2014 --The Sea Cliff Library hosted an opening reception for the exhibition All Frozen Roads Lead North, a photographic journal by Sea Cliff resident Noah Barker of his January 2009 journey in a Ford F10 to Fairbanks Alaska. READ MORE
November 26, 2014 -- This past Friday evening, the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor held its opening reception for China: Then and Now. The exhibition explores three millennia of Chinese art - each through a different medium. The exhibition's curator, Amy G. Poster, who is Curator Emerita, Asian Art of the Brooklyn Museum, explained that the show is a sort of homecoming for many of the pieces which had been a part of the private collections of prominent Long Island collectors Childs and Frances Frick whose Roslyn Harbor property and mansion are now home to the Museum, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, who had lived in Searingtown before his death in 1987. READ MORE
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
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." It is that enjoyment of sharing new discoveries that has given rise to the boutique's eclectic mix of offerings. READ MORE
November 18, 2014 --Representatives of every level of government were on hand last Wednesday for a street re-naming ceremony in honor of a Glen Cove resident who earned his second Medal of Honor a century ago. READ MORE
November 8, 2014 -- A sure sign that the holiday shopping season has arrived, members of the Glen Head-Glenwood Business Association gathered this past Saturday at the Glen Head Community Center to repair and replace bulbs on dozens of snowflakes that will be hung from lamp-posts throughout the Glen Head-Glenwood business district through the start of the new year. The group hopes to have the ornaments brightening darkened skies and spreading holiday cheer by Thanksgiving. READ MORE
November 13, 2014 -- Nearly 200 residents participated in this year's Progressive Dinner organized by the Sea Cliff Civic Association. The gregarious gastronomes made three stops on their jaunt through the village with the group apportioned more or less equally among four homes for appetizers, and then further separated into groups of six to ten as they moved on to the dinner course that was prepared and served by 19 different hosts. READ MORE
November 5, 2014 -- Signaling the coming of the holiday season, St. Luke's Church in Sea Cliff hosted its annual fall bazaar this past Saturday afternoon. The centerpiece of the 38 year-old Sea Cliff tradition, is the "Country Kitchen," a booth manned by a fellowship of volunteers that begins preparations for the autumn fair in early summer, gathering each Wednesday for several months jamming and jarring in the church kitchen. READ MORE
October 29, 2014 -- State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who represents the North Shore areas of Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, and Glenwood Landing, is urging County Executive Edward Mangano to suspend the school zone speed camera program that has frustrated and infuriated drivers since its implementation this past September.
"The process of placing speed cameras in Nassau school zones has been a debacle," the Assemblyman wrote in a letter to Mr. Mangano . . . READ MORE
POETRY READING AT CEDARMERE THIS SUNDAY
To celebrate the birthday anniversary of William Cullen Bryant, the Friends of Cedarmere cordially invite the public to a free Poetry Reading, the second in their inaugural monthly series “Poetry at Cedarmere.” Following upon the success of their October reading, which featured four outstanding Long Island poets, the Bryant celebration on Sunday, November 2, welcomes a stellar quartet, hosted by poet Liz Axelrod, including: Star Black, photographer, poet, artist and professor in the MFA program at Stony Brook, Southampton; David Lehman, world-renowned poet and editor of The Best American Poetry, and professor at The New School in New York City; Laura Cronk, award-winning poet and poetry editor for The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food; and Stefanie Lipsey, poet, librarian, and founder of Writing Yoga workshops and blog. READ MORE
October 20, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Civic Association welcomed more than 50 new residents at its annual Newcomers' Party at Ann and Dan Dipietro's house this past Sunday where they were treated to wine, pastries, a very generous array of hors d'oeuvres from the Metropolitan Bistro, and Sea Cliff Trivia. READ MORE
For the second year in a row, the Metropolitan Bistro in Sea Cliff hosted the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee's annual luncheon -a gathering of civic minded residents whose volunteerism and financial support help maintain and enhance the public spaces in the village. . . Sea Cliff Beautification Committee member and local Landscape designer Sue Giordano was the keynote speaker. "Be that year-round gardener!" she declared, "Just as the Beautification Committee is the year-round gardener for the village." READ MORE
December 18 2014 -- A Prospect Avenue house undergoing extensive renovations was significantly damaged in a fire on Thursday afternoon. It appears to have been caused by heat guns used by men working on the structure, said Sea Cliff Fire Department Chief Ernie Longobucco. READ MORE
December 18, 2014 -- Sea Cliff residents from a variety of religious and spiritual persuasions turned out for Hanukkah Happening Tuesday evening at the Sea Cliff Fire Department to enjoy good company and celebrate the holiday's traditions. Children spun dreidels, worked on crafts, and decorated cookies while snacking on latkes and chocolate gelt. READ MORE
December 16, 2014 -- Children spun, sprung and swirled to the music of Tchaikovsky at the Sea Cliff Children's Library's annual "Introduction to the Nutcracker" workshop this past Saturday morning. Sea Cliff resident Dan DiPietro, and his wife Ann, the Children's Library director, have organized the event each December for more than two decades, introducing to hundreds of children who have participated over the years, the story, dance, and music of the Christmas-time classic, as well as to ballet as an art form. READ MORE
Hundreds of holiday season merrymakers packed the John Burns Village Green for Sea Cliff's annual Christmas Tree Lighting this past Sunday evening. Village emcee John Canning officially kicked the festivities off with an introduction and an a cappella version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year,” while local guitarist and songstress Kris Rice entertained the crowd with an assortment of holiday classics. READ MORE
December 9, 2014 (updated Dec. 12) -- In what is great news for both school districts and taxpayers, the New York State Teachers Retirement System announced in an administrative bulletin last month that the required contribution rate to the teacher pension system for school districts will be at least 23% less in 2015-16 than it is in the current school year. For the North Shore School District, "the projected decrease in the TRS liability," said Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi, "is just about 1.4 million dollars." READ MORE
by Karin Barnaby
Students of all three North Shore Elementary schools and the Middle School, will blend their voices with the North Shore Community Chorus (NSCC), under the direction of Stephen Goldstein, in a richly inspiring holiday concert onSaturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Glen Cove. Organist, Timothy Carl, and the Island Chamber Symphony, directed by Jeremy Kempton will accompany the combined choirs. READ MORE
By Elizabeth and Caroline Winchester
Almost every ballet school performs a Nutcracker. “This is a tradition for ballet, like the Super Bowl is for football,” says Irina Lebedeva, the artistic director of the Long Island Ballet Academy & Dance in Sea Cliff. Lebedeva’s dancers will preview “the Party Scene” from this year’s production at Sea Cliff’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 7 at 5 p.m. READ MORE
by Kathleen DiResta
Mark your calendars for the second annual "Day of Shopping in Sea Cliff" on Sunday, December 7th, 2014, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Instead of planning the Holiday Boutique that was in conjunction with the Holiday House Tour, the Sea Cliff Arts Council has decided to promote a day of shopping locally. READ MORE
December 4, 2013 -- The frigid drizzle did not dampen the holiday spirit as hundreds celebrated the arrival of "the most wonderful time of the year" at the Glen Head Rotary Club's annual Christmas Tree Lighting this past Tuesday evening. READ MORE
December 1, 2014 -- Nearly 250 runners of all ages competed in this year's North Shore Boys and Girls Club Turkey Trot and Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day morning. The five kilometer race began on Glen Head Road in front of Waldbaum's 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. READ MORE
November 25, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Children's Library will migrate north this winter to meeting room C on the second floor of Village Hall, as the Stenson Building undergoes renovations. . . .
The move has already begun and over the course of this and next week, DPW workers will be relocating shelving, books, tables and chairs into storage in the basement of the main library and the Piano to the DPW garage on Altamont. READ MORE
THE GREAT TURKEY HIMSELF APPEARS AT 2nd ANNUAL HEADLESS PARK HUNT
More than 30 families' worth of tots turned out to track turkeys at the Sea Cliff Civic Association's second annual Headless Park Turkey Hunt this past Sunday afternoon. For the first time, in what will hopefully become tradition, the Great Turkey, the plucky potentate of poultry himself, undaunted by the park's ominous nickname, made a grand appearance,
BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, GOING THROUGH GROWTH SPURT, CONTRIBUTES TO SEA CLIFF HOLIDAY BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS
November 20, 2014 -- Noting the organization's tremendous growth over the past year, Glen Head Glenwood Business Association President Tucker Tongue said at this past Wednesday's monthly meeting, "I think its time for a name change." The GHGWBA's umbrella now covers not only its namesake hamlets but also Greenvale and nearby areas of Glen Cove as well as Sea Cliff, which alone has 22 members. READ MORE
The North Shore Viking Masquers present "Rent" the Pulitzer-prize winning rock musical set in New York City's lower east side in the 1990s. An updated version of the opera "La Boheme," the musical tells the story of young artists struggling to survive at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.with a matinee at 2 on Saturday. READ MORE
November 13, 2014 -- In front of the Clifton Park memorial to Sea Cliff residents who served in World War I, a conflict ended by an armistice signed on November 11, 1918, community members gathered exactly 96 years later to honor those who have put their lives on the line in service to our country in the armed forces. Sea Cliff resident and Commander of James F. Brengel American Legion Post #456, Phil Como presided over the ceremony. READ MORE
The weather was appropriately cold and brisk for the second annual “Chill Out in Sea Cliff” held this past Friday evening. The celebration of the community’s local businesses, musicians, and artists, organized by Kathleen DiResta of the Sea Cliff Arts Council with support from Board Trustee Ed Lieberman, kicked off at 5:30 pm on the Village Green, with the opening act - local singer/guitarist Jason Liebman accompanied by percussionist Dan Roth - performing a half hour set of indie folk. READ MORE
November 5, 2014 -- Incumbents swept local legislative races this Tuesday, with Senator Carl Marcellino being re-elected to his 10th full 2-year term in the New York State Senate, and voters returning to the the Assembly the three incumbents representing the area - Charles Lavine (D - Glen Cove), Michael Montesano (R - Glen Head), and Edward Ra (R - Franklin Square). Jack Martins (R-Mineola), who represents Roslyn Harbor and areas of Glenwood Landing once again prevailed in a Senate district district that leans Democratic, while Congressman Steve Israel was elected to his 8th 2-year term in the House of Representatives. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS
By Will Winchester with Elizabeth Winchester
November 3 kicked off this year’s book fair at Sea Cliff Elementary School. The book fair, which raises money to pay for author visits at the school, will be open through Friday, November 7. This year’s theme, Sir Readalot’s Castle, focuses on the medieval times. Book fair co-chairs Heather Cullen and Katie Kenny were happy that the school principal, Chris Zublionis, volunteered to be the “secret reader” for the book fair family night. READ MORE
October 30, 2014 -- The three candidates for the 5th New York State Senate District seat - incumbent Republican Senator Carl Marcellino, Democrat Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, and Libertarian Party Candidate Gigi Bowman - debated local and state issues at a Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by the Huntington League of Women Voters at the Harborfields Public Library in Greenlawn this past Monday evening. READ MORE
SALUTING THE SCHOOL BOARD WITH SONG - The North Shore Madrigals under the direction of Ashley Hasset performed for the seven volunteers in salute to their service on Board Recognition night this past Thursday.
- NEW COURSE TO OFFER 8th GRADERS HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY UNDERSEA WORLD
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UPCOMING LOCAL MUSIC
THE OAK ROOM TAVERN
Fri 12/12 - Joe Ciampa
Wed 12/17 - Roger Friedman
Fri 12/19 - David Berg and Friends
Fri 12/26 - Matt Pinto Jazz Trio
Wed 12/31 - New Years Eve Party
STILL PARTNERS, Sea Cliff
Fri 12/12 - Joe Pess & Absalom
Sat 12/13 - Kerry Kearny
Mon 12/15 - Jason Crosby Band
Thurs 12/18 - Tiberius
Fri 12/19 - Crash My Party
Sat 12/20 - Dave Diamond Band
Tues 12/23 - The Other Shoe
METROPOLITAN BISTRO, Sea Cliff
Wed. 12/17 - Mercer's Classics
Thurs. 12/18 - Chris Kinnear
Friday. 12/19 - Andy Aledort
BETTER KNOW A BUSINESS
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
October 4 -- For the 11th consecutive year, the United Methodist Church of Sea Cliff is holding its Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser. On Thursday, volunteers unloaded 3,000 pumpkins and spread them about the church's lawn, creating a spectacular field of orange at the corner of Downing and Carpenter Avenues in Sea Cliff. The pumpkins were grown at the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, and proceeds from the sale will go back to the Navajo nation. READ MORE
October 6, 2014 -- Pursuing its mission to "serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding" the Sea Cliff-Glen Head Lions Club held its 14th annual Fall Classic this past Thursday, honoring those who serve and the many organizations and causes that the service organization supports. The event began with a round of golf at the Glen Cove Golf Course and then concluded with drinks, dinner and entertainment by the Lazy Dogs at Cedar Creek in Glen Cove. READ MORE
October 5, 3014 --With more than 200 residents and business owners from Glen Cove and nearby communities in attendance, the Glen Cove City Council and Planning Board held a joint meeting this past Tuesday evening at which stakeholders were given an opportunity to weigh in on The Villa Project - a 194 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
September 29, 2014 -- This past Sunday afternoon, the Sea Cliff Museum held an opening reception for its latest exhibit "Growing up in Sea Cliff" - a showcase of artifacts, letters, and pictures documenting more than a century's worth of childhood experiences of village residents. The event was both a celebration of youth and of the village, with residents spanning four generations presenting to an audience that filled the village hall second floor meeting room. They spoke of their own memories and read those of others, touching on the themes of childhood, community, and the centrality of the beach to village life. READ MORE
By Tristan Vitale, Northwordnews
Coming into Saturday, the North Shore Varsity Football team held a 1-1 record after a week one win against Roslyn and a tough loss the following week to the 2nd seeded Plainedge. In a 14 team conference where only the top 8 teams make the playoffs, this led the 10th seeded Vikings into a pivotal week three match-up against the 9th seeded Spartans of Valley Stream North, also a 1-1 team. Not only would a win put the Vikings on a much simpler path to the playoffs, but it would also avenge last season's homecoming loss. READ MORE
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor:
I'm writing concerning a situation that if passed will have an enormous impact on our Village of Sea Cliff. The City of Glen Cove will be voting to allow the building of SIX, four story high apartment buildings called The Villa, on this Tuesday September 30th. There will be 194 units that are expected to house 776 occupants. This proposed development will be on a narrow two block strip of land, on the east side of Glen Cove Avenue, on that very dangerous steep hill just south of the Boys club and a few blocks from the Village of Sea Cliff's border. READ MORE
"GROWING UP IN SEA CLIFF" EXHIBIT AT SEA CLIFF MUSEUM OPENING THIS SUNDAY
On Sunday September 28 at 2pm in room C at Village Hall the Sea Cliff Village Museum's new exhibit "Growing Up in Sea Cliff" will hold its opening reception. The opening will feature readings from Village Historians and others. The museum's extensive collection of children's clothing, toys, books and artifacts will be on display. Refreshments will be served. Please call 671-0090 for further information or visit the Library's website at http://www.seacliffmuseum.com
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES IN SEA CLIFF AND AT HIGH SCHOOL HONOR VICTIMS AND HEROES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
September 14, 2014 -- The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was observed locally this past Thursday with a remembrance service outside the Sea Cliff Children's Library in the morning and then later that afternoon at a ceremony to dedicate a 9/11 memorial at North Shore High School. READ MORE
September 13, 2014 -- About 40 residents turned out for a meeting at Glen Head School this past Wednesday evening to hear a proposal to build 56 townhouse units on the Halm Industries property in Glen Head. The owner of Halm and the 5.39 acre property at 180 Glen Head Road, Donald Lyon, was on hand as were two representatives of Goodman-Marks Associates, a real estate appraisal and consulting firm, and two representatives of the Garden City based developer Engel Burman, a prospective buyer of the property. READ MORE
The Glen Head Business Association along with the First National Bank of Long Island will sponsor a Farmers Market and Local Business Showcase that will take place on Sunday September 21, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm in the bank parking lot at the corner of Roosevelt Street and Glen Head Road in the center of Glen Head. Rottkamp's Farm of Old Brookville will be selling produce, and Business Association members will be offering their wares for sale as well as information about the services and goods they provide. READ MORE
9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES IN SEA CLIFF AND AT THE HIGH SCHOOL ON THURSDAY
In remembrance of the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a ceremony will be held at the clock in front of the Sea Cliff Children's Libary at 9:30 am on Thursday September 11th. Later in the day at 3 pm at North Shore High School, a recently installed 9/11 memorial will be formally unveiled and dedicated. All in the community are welcome to attend the ceremony.
September 7, 2014 -- A discussion over an easement application at this past Tuesday evening's Village Board Conference, raised important questions for the board and the community to consider regarding not only when is it appropriate for the Village to grant use of a village right of way for private purposes, but also of the proper process for obtaining such approval, as well as the extent to which the village ought to enforce all right-of- way violations, no matter how small or inconsequential in nature. READ MORE
GOOD OF THE VILLAGE ASSOCIATION'S ANTIQUE SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 6
On Saturday, September 6, the Sea Cliff Good of the Village Association will be holding its annual Art and Antiques Show at St. Boniface Field from 9am to 4pm. For sale will be a wide assortment of antique and collectible furniture, jewelry, paintings, prints, vintage porcelain, glass and sterling, as well as rugs and art. Admission $5 ...admit two @ $4 each. Children under 12 free. Inquiries.....Sheila 516 671 8399
By Elizabeth Winchester
Penelope’s Odyssey, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and money for pediatric cancer, is hosting an event at Sea Cliff’s Still Partners on September 5 at 8:30 p.m. The event will include live music by Kris Rice and Co., specialty drinks, Still Partners’ new selection of wines, prizes and a chance for people to join the national bone marrow registry. READ MORE
Article by Cindy Rogers
On Sunday, August 31, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival concludes its 55th year of free concerts in the park with a special tribute to the rock band Queen. Almost Queen successfully presents an authentic experience of the legendary rock group as the ensemble’s four seasoned musicians blend Queen’s signature vocal layering and studio precision with the energy and spectacle of live performance. READ MORE
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August 25, 2014 -- Knowing that it takes a village to make a village beautiful, members of the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee spent this past Friday morning weeding and trimming the beds at the northwest corner of Clifton Park and at the Sea Cliff Avenue entrance to Village Hall. READ MORE
UP TO THE CHALLENGE
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August 25, 2014 -- This past Wednesday, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy douses Village Trustee Ed Lieberman with a bucket full of ice water on the Sea Cliff Beach raft. The Mayor had endured a similar soaking the previous day and had then issued the challenge to Mr. Lieberman as a part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has "gone viral" since late July. So far, the events have not only raised greater awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often called Lou Gehrig's Disease, but also nearly $90 million for research. Click here for more information about ALS and to donate to the ALS Asssociation.
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
by Geri Reichgut
July 31, 2014 -- Tuesday, July 29th, television cowboy star Will Hutchings of the 1950's ABC Warner Brothers western Sugarfoot saddled up and made a guest appearance at The Glen Cove Senior Center. The audience was treated to one of his favorite episodes "The Canary Kid". It first aired in season 2, on November 11, 1958. READ MORE
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA AUTHOR KIMBERLY McCREIGHT TO VISIT GOLD COAST LIBRARY
Author Kimberly McCreight, whose debut novel, Reconstructing Amelia, received critical acclaim, will speak at the Gold Coast Public Library Annex Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7pm. McCreight’s fiction and freelance writing have appeared in the Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, Babble, and New York Magazine online, among others. READ MORE
THE PROCESSION OF SAINT ROCCO
August 3, 2014 -- This morning, an effigy of St. Rocco, the protector against plague and contagious diseases, is brought up 3rd Street in Glen Cove on the culminating day of this year's St. Rocco's Feast. As the three hour procession makes its way through the neighborhood, devotees sing songs, recite prayers, attach monetary offerings to the statue, and visit the sick and home-bound where blessings are offered with a relic of the Saint. The festival, which began Tuesday, resumes at 3 pm today and concludes at 10 pm.
Click here for more information about St. Rocco from St. Rocco Society of Potenza.
By Cindy Rogers
August 3, 2014 -- On Sunday, August 10, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will perform at Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. The Grammy award winning band has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films and major television shows and performed at important jazz venues. Film projects have included Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester and Revolutionary Road. READ MORE
ROSLYN FARMERS MARKET OPENS THIS SATURDAY
The Village of Roslyn is proud to announce the opening day of its brand new Farmers Market carrying local and organic goods from New York.
On August 2nd, 2014, from 10-2, and every Saturday thereafter, the weekly farmers market will be held at the location where Old Northern Blvd intersects with East Broadway (just south of the old firehouse).
Additional information and details will be listed at www.roslynvillagefarmersmarket.com
By Elizabeth Winchester
July 27, 2014 -- As a professional musician for 30 years and former public school orchestra teacher, Matthew Schneider loves the diversity of music styles that he gets to play, from rock to jazz to classical and country. Now the 26 elementary school kids enrolled in Schneider’s SummerStrings! Junior Orchestra will appreciate that variety too. READ MORE . .
On Sunday, August 3, The Sounds of Society will pay tribute to the band Chicago at Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. The concert, which is free to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Park. READ MORE . . .
August 4, 2014 -- On Sunday, the Sea Cliff Arts Council simultaneously held two separate opening receptions for exhibits at local venues - "Sea Cliff Landscapes" at the Library, and "A Glimpse at a Lifetime" at Daniel Gale/Sotheby's on Sea Cliff Avenue. Both showcase the artistic talent of local residents. READ MORE
The works in this memorial retrospective exhibition are examples of a much broader body of Hershenhart’s life’s work. She had an affinity with the European artists, particularly the French painters, Henri Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Marie Laurencin to name a few. READ MORE ...
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
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND NORTHEAST POPS ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT MORGAN PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, JULY 27
By Cindy Rogers
On Sunday, July 27, the United States Navy Band Northeast will perform at Morgan Park Summer Music Festival. The concert, which is free to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Park.
The United States Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble is a full 45-member concert band comprised of professional Navy musicians from across the county. 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."
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 15, 2014 -- In celebration of Bloomsday, the anniversary of the day the literary masterpiece Ulysses takes place, the James Joyce Society of Sea Cliff sponsored a tour of the village this Sunday morning, that mirrored parts of Joyce’s hero Leopold Bloom’s passage through Dublin on June 16, 1904. 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.
With the spectacular early autumn sunshine streaming, the politicians schmoozing, the bands performing, and the pumpkin draught flowing, several thousand from near and far turned out for this year's Sea Cliff Mini Mart. READ MORE
October 7, 2014 -- A divided North Shore Board of Education cast rare split votes this past Thursday evening over changing the bylaws of the district's Legislative Action Committee (LAC). . . . Dr. Berliner opened the discussion at Thursday's meeting proposing that the committee's bylaws be revised to expand LAC’s membership from nine to eleven and to create a Vice Chairperson position. READ MORE
October 1, 2014 -- On Tuesday, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Glenwood Landing School was one of only three schools on Long Island and 337 nationally to be designated a "Blue Ribbon School." Schools that demonstrate high performance on both Math and English Language Arts standardized tests for two straight years are nominated by their state's chief school officer for the award and invited to apply for the honor. READ MORE
GWL POWER PLANT RAMP-DOWN WILL HAVE "MINIMAL" IMPACT ON HOMEOWNERS' TAXES THIS YEAR, SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY
September 29, 2014 -- The decommissioning and demolition of the Glenwood Landing power plant will not come close to having the devastating impact on residential property owners' school tax bills this year that some had once feared. Last week, the Nassau County Assessors office provided final numbers to the North Shore School District on the amount of the school tax levy for which each of the four property classes would be responsible in 2014-15. 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
September 21, 2014 -- Despite threatening skies, the community turned out in full force throughout the day this past Sunday for the first annual Glen Head Farmers Market and Local Business Showcase. The shop local event, sponsored by the Glen Head Glenwood Business Association and the First National Bank of Long Island, featured Rottkamp Brothers' farm of Old Brookville selling their fresh produce and Business Association members offering their wares for sale as well as information about the services and goods they provide. READ MORE
Tragedy became comedy at Sea Cliff Beach this past Saturday evening when, playing on the theater superstition that it is bad luck to utter the name of the Avon Bard's Scottish Play, the Sea Cliff Silly Shakespeare Company performed its hilarious spoof MacNoooo! before an audience of hundreds. READ MORE
AFTER STUDENT STRUCK BY CAR, LOCAL OFFICIALS REAPPLY PRESSURE ON COUNTY TO ADDRESS GLEN COVE AVE. SAFETY CONCERNS
September 16, 2014 -- Local government and school district officials met at the corner of Kissam Lane and Glen Cove Avenue the past two mornings to discuss ways of improving pedestrian safety at the site where a North Shore Middle School student was struck by a car last Wednesday, and where, at the urging of the School District, a traffic study had only been conducted a few years ago. Fortunately, the student was not seriously hurt and is expected to make a full recovery. READ MORE
NORTH SHORE BOE MEETING, 9.11.14
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
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
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