Monday, July 24, 2017
REVERING REVOLUTION WITH REVELRY IN SEA CLIFF
July 5, 2017 -- As had been done at village greens, town squares and in public halls 241 years ago, residents of Sea Cliff and surrounding communities reveled in revolution this past Tuesday morning assembling at the John Burns Village Green for a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Sponsored by the Sea Cliff Civic Association, and presided over by its President Ann DiPietro, the celebration of the nation's birthday was truly a community affair with villagers of all ages, some in Revolutionary War era garb and almost all in red white or blue, getting into the act.
Mayor Ed Lieberman rang in Tuesday's proceedings with thirteen tolls of Sea Cliff's Liberty Bell harking back to Philadelphians being summoned by the ringing of their own bell of the same name to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then in a solemn procession led by 4th of July Committee member Carol Vogt and fifer Charlotte Marchioli and drummer Ruben Shonick, Sea Cliff Boy Scout Troop #43 presented the Colors, and the assemblage recited the pledge of allegiance before Cathy Virgilio's powerful and moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. READ MORE
CHILDREN'S LIBRARY HOSTS ANNUAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA AND BIKE DECORATING PARTIES
annual event, held for more than 20 years and organized by Ann and Dan DiPietro, attracted scores of children, their parents, and other residents, who, led by Sea Cliff's Celtic Crooner Joe Hughes, along with his brother-in-law David Abbenda and Sea Cliff musician Roger Street Friedman, sang and clapped to nationalistic numbers and American standards including You're a Grand Ol' Flag, Yankee Doodle, and This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land. READ MORE
Glen Cove, New York - June 23, 2017 – Led Zeppelin music and other rock and blues standards will be featured when the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District invites Kamellot and Misty Mountain to pay tribute to classic rock at the Glen Cove Village Square Plaza on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm. Formed in 2012, these bands are renowned for their powerful take on the hard-driving rock that defined the ‘70s.
Summer music in Sea Cliff is now in full swing this week with outdoor concerts being held on both Thursday and Friday nights. On Thursday, Livestock will perform at Memorial Park from 7 to 9 pm in a Sunset Serenade concert sponsored by the Civic Association, and on Friday from 7 to 10 pm, Roger Street Friedman with The Ramblin' Kind will kick off this season's Sea Cliff Beach Friday Night Music Series. This past Thursday, Larry Martone and friends (above) performed at Sunset Serenade.
Mark your calendars for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th, rain or shine! The Sea Cliff Civic Association invites you to attend a gala celebration of America’s Declaration of Independence on the John Burns Village Green, in front of the adult library. READ MORE
Children’s Bike Parade, Northwinds Symphonic Band Concert and Fireworks!
June 8, 2017…The City of Glen Cove announces its annual July 4th festivities will feature great music, fireworks and a children’s bike parade. “The July 4th celebration in Glen Cove is a favorite celebration of our residents,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello. “We’ve got fireworks, a classic children’s bike parade and people often enjoy spending the day at Morgan Memorial Park with swimming, picnics and playground fun.” READ MORE
STORYTIME AT SEA CLIFF BEACH EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING ALL SUMMER LONG
A Sea Cliff summertime tradition, dozens of children gather on the sands of Sea Cliff Beach each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am in late June and throughout July and August for the Childrens Library's Storytime hour with Librarian Ann DiPietro. Storytime at the Beach will run through August 30. Above, Ms. DiPietro reads and acts out the classic picture book Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola in 2015.
AT SEA CLIFF FUNDRAISER, DEMOCRATIC TOWN BOARD CANDIDATE FRAMES RACE AS GOOD GOVERNANCE VS. GOP POLITICAL MACHINE
June 28, 2017 -- Running on a message to clean up town government, Oyster Bay Town Council candidate and Sea Cliff resident James Versocki spoke to supporters at a fundraiser sponsored by the recently formed Hempstead Harbor Democratic Club and held at the Metropolitan Bistro this past Tuesday evening. Joining Mr. Versocki was the presumed slate of Democratic candidates for the town council that includes Marc Herman for supervisor and Ava Pearson and Bob Freier for the other two council seats on the ballot. READ MORE
The Sea Cliff Arts Council is seeking submissions for its annual summer art show -- 'The Beauty of the North Shore' which will be exhibited at the Sea cliff Village Library during July and August. All two dimensional art work is welcome! READ MORE
LEGENDS OF THE BILLY JOEL BAND: RICHIE CANNATA ANDTHE LORDS OF 52ND STREETAT MORGAN PARK DUNDAY JULY 16
On Sunday, July 16, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival presents Legends of the Billy Joel Band featuring Glen Cove’s own Richie Cannata and The Lords of 52nd Street. The show, which is sponsored by Wheatley Plaza, is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Park. Members of The Lords of 52nd Street—Russell Javors on guitar and vocals, Liberty DeVitto on drums, and Richie Cannata on saxophone and keyboard—have toured with Billy Joel and have backed him on recordings since 1976’s hit album Turnstiles. READ MORE
June 27, 2017 -- The cloudy skies and the forecast for unceremonious weather this past Friday June 23 did not dampen the spirits of North Shore High School's 238 seniors clad in traditional maroon or white gowns, as a last minute change of venue moved the 2017 commencement exercises indoors to the gymnasium. READ MORE
June 29, 2017 -- A Sea Cliff summer weekly ritual for many, about 200 people filled Memorial Park on Thursday evening for the first performance of the season in the Sea Cliff Civic Association's summer music series "Sunset Serenade," now in its sixteenth year. Sea Cliff Civic Association President Ann Depietro welcomed the concert goers and congratulated Larry Martone for opening the series just about each year since it began in 2001. Mr. Martone and his band played a wide mix of folk and light rock throughout the evening under a hazy Sea Cliff summer sunset. Concerts are held every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm at the park where Sea Cliff Avenue intersects with Prospect. Next week's concert will feature the band Livestock.
Articles by Shelly Newman, North Shore Schools Public Relations Director
The North Shore Board of Education will be having its organizational meeting for the 2017-18 School Year on Wednesday July 5. Trustee Joanna Commander will be sworn into her second three year term on the board and Richard Galati to his first. Additionally the board will choose its officers for the upcoming school year as well as appoint various individuals, firms, and other entities to help the school district carry out its operations. Residents are welcome to attend and there will be a period for public comment. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm in the North Shore Middle School cafeteria.
From its earliest years, New York City was the stage on which the transformation of America played out, reflecting economic and historic upheavals that led to the city’s place as both the financial and art capitals of the world. New York, New York presents the city’s grit and glamour, its excitement and bustle, and the heartbeat of a great metropolis through the work of John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Childe Hassam, Red Grooms, Robert Henri, Fairfield Porter, Berenice Abbott, Milton Avery, Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Leipzig and many others. Guest curated by Director Emerita Constance Schwartz and including more than 140 works of art, New York, New York opens at Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York on Saturday, July 22, 2017 and remains on view through Sunday, November 5, 2017. READ MORE
THE GREAT BOOK GURU
Dear Great Book Guru, With heavy rain ruining my plans last week ( I was so disappointed: The Lazy Dogs, Trilogy, and Kingfisher were all rained out), I am hoping for better weather this week. But if not, do you have a good book I can have on hand – something set far away and with maybe a moral dilemma or two thrown in? Summer Rain Ranter READ MORE
THE GARDEN'S EDGE
Winter’s Edge Micro Farm, Sea Cliff, N.Y.
“From cocoon forth a butterfly
As lady from her door
Emerged — a summer afternoon -- Repairing everywhere,”
Emily Dickenson: The Butterfly’s Day
Yes, we all love butterflies….they flutter and glide throughout our gardens. Butterflies are the jewels of the plantings. We plant specific plants and bushes just so they will stay for our personal pleasure. So what do butterflies like? READ MORE
June 21, 2017 --Incoming Superintendent Dr. Peter Giarrizzo will not be the only new administrator to the district this upcoming school year. Over the past month,the North Shore Board of Education has made appointments to fill four other key positions. Although not taking the reins in this district until late August, Dr. Giarrizzo played a significant role in making those personnel recommendations. At a brief board meeting at Central Office this past Monday night, the Board voted to accept the recommendation of Dr. Giarrizzo and Assistant Superintendent Rob Chlebecki to appoint Robert Dennis as the middle school prinicipal to replace Dr. Mark Ferris, who announced early last month that he had accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the Wantagh Schools. READ MORE
At a meeting of the North Shore Board of Education this past Thursday evening, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick laid out the general procedures for implementing Preventure, a program that is intended to identify students with personality and temperament traits that researchers say put them at a higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse. The Superintendent’s explanation took place during a board discussion over whether to give permission to board counsel to change some of the language and finalize a contract with the Australian developer of the program. READ MORE
Organizers of four local summer outdoor concert series have announced their line-ups for the upcoming season. In Sea Cliff, the curtain will rise for the 16th season of the Civic Association's Thursday night Sunset Serenade concerts on June 27 with Larry Martone and Friends, while Sea Cliff Beach Music will kick off on Friday July 7 with Roger Street Friedman and The Ramblin' Kind and continue each Friday night throughout the summer. READ MORE
By Carol Poll & Peggy Brucia President of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library June 4, 2017
Book reading is alive and well in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove as is evidenced by the great success of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library “Giant Gently Used Book Sales,” at “Garage Day Sale” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Sea Cliff Garage Day Sale.The book sale is a major fundraiser and community event where people come to share their love of the library, reading, and books and spend time with their friends. READ MORE
By Tab Hauser
Glen Cove has a new restaurant devoted to seafood called Captain Greek on 284 Glen Street.
A ribbon cutting took place to officially open the restaurant with the first guests being the Chamber of Commerce, city officials, friends, clerics and family. READ MORE
June 15, 2017 … It’s tee time to make your reservations to play in the 29th Annual John Maccarone Hall of Fame Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, July 17 with a shot gun start at 7:30 a.m. at the Glen Cove Golf Course. Not only will participants engage in a fun-filled day on the course, but all of the event proceeds go towards the John Maccarone Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, the scholarship fund has awarded over $100,000 to outstanding student-athletes. As a result of last year’s successful tournament, seven graduating seniors from Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2017 will be awarded $8,000 in scholarship money. READ MORE
By Tab Hauser
The year 2018 will mark a milestone moment in Glen Cove’s rich history – it’s the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Glen Cove and the 100th Anniversary of its incorporation as a City. To archive our history the Glen Cove 350 Committee needs your help. They are asking residents to send us their old photos of people or places from the city. READ MORE
June 20, 2017 -- This past Monday, more than a year and a half after negotiations had begun and a year since the last contract expired, the North Shore School District’s teachers union and the Board of Education voted to ratify a memorandum of agreement that provides teachers with modest pay raises over the next four years. In the deal agreed to this past Monday, all teachers, regardless of step, will receive a 1% salary increase for this school year retroactive to September 1st, . . . . READ MORE
AT ANNUAL WHITE CAPS CEREMONY, CIVIC ASSOCIATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE VILLAGE
June 20, 2016 -- At a ceremony held on June 12, Sea Cliff residents Barbara Sinenberg, Butch Grella, and Joe Roman were each presented with a White Cap Award, the Sea Cliff Civic Association’s most prestigious honor, bestowed each year upon individuals, groups or organizations that have demonstrated repeated outstanding volunteer service to the Sea Cliff community. Bill and Anita Long, owners of the Metropolitan Bistro, hosted the event and generously contributed an extensive and delicious assortment of hors d'oeurves for the occasion. READ MORE
June 20, 2017 -- In observance of Bloomsday, the anniversary of the day the literary masterpiece Ulysses takes place, more than two dozen local literati turned out for the Sea Cliff Civic Association's James Joyce Jaunt this past June 16. Adapted for the Sea Cliff “stage” by residents Fred Stroppel and Dan DiPietro, and directed by Mr. Stroppel, the performance provided the audience with a retelling of Leopold Bloom’s passage through the city of Dublin on June 16, 1904 that parallels that of Homer’s hero Odysseus (Ulysses in Latin) during his ten year journey home in the epic Greek poem. READ MORE
Join the Gold Coast Supper Club for an evening of fine dining at its next event on Thursday June 29th at the Heirloom Tavern. The Club has teamed up with one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants for this special six-course chef's tasting dinner event in Glen Head. The brainchild of Glen Cove resident Jack Villela, the Gold Coast Supper Club was formed earlier this year with a good deal of help from Glen Head residents Deb Gordon (who came up with the name) and Rob Field. READ MORE
Mark your calendars for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th, rain or shine! The Sea Cliff Civic Association invites you to attend a gala celebration of America’s Declaration of Independence on the John Burns Village Green, in front of the adult library. READ MORE
The Sea Cliff Farmers Market is back Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM at St. Luke’s Church (253 Glen Ave, Sea Cliff) through the end of October.
The Market offers organically grown produce from local farms - Old Westbury, Brookville, Old Bethpage, Huntington and Orient. They will also have fresh baked organic baked goods, local eggs and honey, flowers and more! For more information go to
By Tab Hauser
The 2017 Joseph M. Reilly Leadership Award was presented to Charles McQuair during a reception at the Glen Cove Mansion. The award, presented annually, is named for the late Joseph M. Reilly, a lifelong Glen Cove resident, assemblyman, mayor and Republican Party chairman. David Zatlin, chairman of the Glen Cove Republican Committee, hosted the event attended by approximately 200 including McQuair’s friends, co-workers, and family as well as elected officials and other guests. READ MORE
May 25, 2017… With rubber-gloved hands, shovels and sheer determination, a volunteer work force celebrated Great American Cleanup Day in Glen Cove by pulling weeds, cleaning debris and planting flowers to refresh a Glen Street parking lot. The group of over 40 adults and children included Mayor Reggie Spinello and his wife Coleen, Council members Pamela Panzenbeck and Roderick Watson and representatives of the Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Department, the Glen Cove Beautification Commission and Youth Bureau, the Girl Scouts, the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the Economic Opportunity Council. READ MORE
May 11, 2017 -- About 50 residents turned out for a public hearing at Sea Cliff Village Hall this past Tuesday evening to discuss the Village Board’s proposed purchase of an Altamont Avenue property adjacent to the Department of Public Works yard. The vast majority of those who spoke were skeptical of the proposal citing concerns about commercial and industrial creep as well as the overall cost. The property, which includes a single family home, sits just west of the DPW garage and east of another parcel of Village property, and has been appraised at $355,000. READ MORE
OTHER HEADLINES FROM 5.9.17 VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
May 13, 2017 -- A pathway that runs along the southwestern edge of the Sea Isle property on The Boulevard, and that by an 2008 easement agreement with the Village of Sea Cliff gives pedestrians access to the Sea Cliff waterfront during daylight hours, has been made virtually impassible by large pine trees that have been planted in the center of the 10 foot wide right-of-way. Efforts to resolve the problem have been stymied, said Village officials, by the disobliging response of the City of Glen Cove. READ MORE
May 13, 2017 -- The eight oak trees that line the southern edge of Clifton Park have been designated heritage trees, said Mayor Edward Lieberman at this past Tuesday evening's Village Board meeting. Each of the oaks was planted to pay tribute to one of the eight Sea Cliff residents who made the ultimate sacrifice during the United States involvement in the First World War. The large memorial rock situated in front of the trees is adorned with a bronze plaque that pays tribute to all Sea Cliffians, identifying them by name, who participated during the final year and a half of the war that "saved the world from Prussianism (1914-1918)." READ MORE
RESIDENTS RECOGNIZED AT SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
The Sea Cliff Village Board recognized several residents for their service to the Village at the Board's monthly public meeting this past Tuesday evening. Cecelia Wheeler was honored for her contributions to the Tree Commission, having been its first Chair. Mayor Edward Lieberman also swore into office the leadership of the Department - Mark Vitale (Chief), Michael Hallquest (1st Asst. Chief) and William Koopman (2nd Assistant Chief) and one new member - Jack O'Donnell who is following in the footsteps of his father Sean , grandfather James, Uncle Tim, and brother Brian. The familyis pcitured above.
April 29, 2017 -- In a strong but compassionate show of resolve against the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the area, about 75 residents turned out last Wednesday evening at the high school library for a meeting of the North Shore Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), an organization that has been recently formed with a mission to change the culture and environment that contribute to alcohol and drug abuse, and which represents a collective response to several alcohol and opioid related tragedies involving young people in the North Shore area in recent years. READ MORE
The Sea Glen Tennis Club will open for its 54th year of uninterrupted operation on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The not for profit club, which began play on three courts in Glen Head, moved to seven Har-Tru courts at the Cedar Brook Country Club off Chicken Valley Road in Old Brookville several years ago. READ MORE
SCHOOL BUDGET APPROVED BY WIDE MARGIN; GALATI WINS BOE SEAT AND COMMANDER RE-ELECTED; BUSING PROPOSITION PASSES EASILY
May 16, 2017 -- On Tuesday, residents approved by a wide margin the North Shore School District's $102,113,515 spending plan for the 2017-18 school year with 1762 or 78.4% of voters supporting the budget and 486 (21.6%) voting "no." In the Trustees election, Rich Galati, a recently retired teacher from the District, recieved 1438 votes, while incumbent Joanna Commander who was running for a second three year term kept her seat with 1243 votes. Cheryl Brown came up a bit short of a spot on the Board with 1039 votes. Residents also gave their approval to reduce the busing distance limits to the Middle School from 1.5 miles to 1 mile for 7th and 8th graders making the minimum mileage requirement equal to that for 6th graders. The vote was 1777 in favor and 449 against. READ MORE
On Tuesday May 16, residents of the North Shore School District will have the opportunity to vote on a $102,113,515 spending plan for the 2017-18 school year, representing a 2.63% increase over the current year's budget, and a tax levy of $84,488,578 - a $9,000 or 0.01% decline from this year's budget. A second proposition asks residents to consider granting permission to the District to reduce the busing distance limits to the Middle School from 1.5 miles to 1 mile for 7th and 8th graders making the minimum mileage requirement equal to that for 6th graders. Three candidates are seeking the two spots up for grabs on the Board of Education. CLICK HERE FOR BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION ARTICLES, ENDORSEMENT LETTERS AND OTHER INFORMATION
May 11, 2017 -- The North Shore School District may be the first public school district in the United States to pilot a program to identify students with personality and tempermant traits that researchers say put them at a higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse, said district officials at the North Shore Board of Education meeting on Thursday May 4. The announcement came during the Board’s discussion of the most recent North Shore Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) meeting held late last month. READ MORE
April 28, 2014 -- The three candidates vying for the two seats up for grabs on the North Shore School Board introduced themselves and responded to questions from community members at a Meet the Candidates Forum sponsored by the North Shore Coordinating Council and moderated by the Port Washington chapter of the League of Women Voters this past Tuesday April 25. Educational issues such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and Common Core learning standards dominated the discussion, but the candidates also addressed the opioid epidemic, and governance issues, as well as their respective visions for North Shore. READ MORE
May 12, 2017--
Just a smattering of residents filled some of the rear seats set up in the High School Library on Thursday May 4 for the North Shore Board of Education's "Town Meeting." Only two residents spoke during the single public comment period - one regarding the budget and a second community member concerning the Special Education program. READ MORE
May 3, 2017 -- At a public meeting hosted by the Glen Head Glenwood Civic Association Council at the North Shore High School Theater on Tuesday night, several dozen residents gathered to discuss water service issues that have rankled residents since New York American Water assumed control over the Sea Cliff Water district in 2013. The meeting was presided over by George Pombar, President of the collection of civic associations that cover most of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing. Oyster Bay Water District Chairman Robert McIvoy was on hand to offer his expertise on water service issues and to provide figures regarding costs if residents in the Sea Cliff Water District sought to purchase the infrastructure and assume control of the district.
May 5, 2017 -- Significantly fewer North Shore students opted out of the grades 3-7 Common Core Math exams than did last year, according to figures released by the school district. READ MORE
The Friends of the Sea Cliff Library would like to thank its supporters who came together and made the second annual Spring Fundraiser a huge success. More than 100 members of the community attended the social event at Still Partners on April 26. READ MORE
City & Glen Cove Dog Park Committee Plan Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Glen Cove Dog Park
April 23 “Off The Leash” Event to feature Canine Camaraderie, Giveaways & Raffles
April 10 2017, Glen Cove, NY… Canine residents and their owners will have the opportunity to help officially open Glen Cove’s new dog park at Dennis Brian Murray Park on Sunday, April 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. With gratitude to the work of a dedicated group of dog parents who created the Glen Cove Dog Park Committee, the ribbon cutting ceremony will offer an exciting array of paw-friendly activities including free doggy giveaways and bandanas, treats, pet portraits, free nail clipping, dog/owner lookalike contest and more. READ MORE
With a big bunny offering a warm welcome, Still Partners in Sea Cliff hosted an information session and fundraiser this past Saturday April 8 for Rabbit Rescue, an organization that seeks to raise awareness about responsible rabbit adoption. Noting that around Easter time, there is a spike in purchases of rabbits from pet stores, the group urges parents to adopt the animals from shelters, and even more important, to do their research and understand the committment in time, effort and love that is required to provide the animals with a good home. For more information about Rabbit Rescue, go to its website at LongIslandRabbitRescue.org
Newly installed officers of the Sea Cliff Fire Department were formally sworn into their positions by Mayor Ed Lieberman at a ceremony at the Sea Cliff Fire Department this past Thursday Night. They are, in the first image - Mark Vitale, Chief; Michael Hallquest, and 1st Assistant Chief; William Koopman 2nd Assistant Chief. And in the second image, Thomas Santous, Captain of Hose Company; Carmine Montesano, Captain of Ladder Company; Chris Henry, Captain of Engine Company; Rocco Bellidoro III, Captain of the Fire Medic Unit; Matthew Maderkis, 2nd Lieutenant of the Enterprise Hose Company; Jimmy Martin; Captain of the Fire Police; Mary Elizabeth Fiorenza, 1st Lieutenant of the Fire Medic Unit; and Kira Watkins, 2nd Lieutenant of the Fire Medic Unit.
April 18, 2017 -- With two seats up for grabs, three residents met Monday's 5 pm deadline for submitting petitions to run as candidates in the North Shore Schools Board of Education Trustees Election to be held on Tuesday, May 16. Incumbent Joanna Commander, of Glen Head, is seeking her second three-year term, while Cheryl Yodis Brown and Richard Galati, also of Glen Head, are running for the first time. It is an at-large election, with the top two vote getters each earning a spot on the Board. READ MORE
April 6, 2017 -- Residents filled the downstairs meeting room at Sea Cliff Village Hall on Monday, April 3 for the Sea Cliff Village Board’s annual organization meeting, at which newly elected Trustee Deborah McDermott along with incumbents Trustee Dina Epstein and Mayor Edward Lieberman were sworn into office. The Mayor also administered the oath to dozens of resident volunteers who had been appointed to various boards and commissions, and to salaried employees in the Sea Cliff Village Hall, proving that, as one former Trustee observed upon his retirement from the Board a few years ago, that it “takes a village to run a village.” READ MORE
OTHER STORIES FROM THE 4.3.17 VILLAGE BOARD MEETING AND 3.28 WORK SESSION
- MAYOR DECLARES THE STATE OF OUR VILLAGE "STRONG AND VIBRANT"
- MAYOR RECOGNIZES OUTGOING TRUSTEE
- TRASH TALK AT VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
- VILLAGE CONSIDERING PROPERTY PURCHASE
- NEW TRUSTEE REQUESTS COMPARISON TO OTHER MUNICIPALITIES
April 5, 2017 - According to school district officials, 502 of the 1221 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 over three days last week opted their children out of the exam. The test refusal rate was remarkably similar to what it had been during the previous two years. READ MORE
April 5, 2017 -- At its March 30th meeting, the Oyster Bay Planning Advisory Board issued its recommendation to the Town Board that the site plan for a new CVS pharmacy that will be located at the intersection of Glen Head Road and Glen Cove Road in Glen head, adjacent to the Bottle Buys liquor and wine store, be approved. The national pharmacy chain, which already has three locations in Glen Cove, must still get approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals for its proposed signage. READ MORE
April 8, 2017 -- After having reviewed the 50 page document at public meetings in February and March, the North Shore Board of Education adopted its 2017-18 school budget proposal this past Thursday night. The $102,113,514.86 spending plan for 2017-18 represents a 2.63% increase over the current year and will allow the district to maintain all current programs and teaching positions, while adding a high school guidance counselor, converting a part-time Social Worker into a full-time position, and creating a .4 teaching position for a music theory class. READ MORE
March 24, 2017 -- How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Just ask the North Shore Middle School Symphonic band. This past Wednesday evening, the ensemble of 12, 13, and 14 year olds performed before a nearly packed auditorium at Carnegie Hall, on a stage that has been graced by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and the New York Philharmonic. READ MORE
March 16, 2017 -- A meeting of the Sea Cliff Village Board of Trustees turned contentious this past Monday evening as a resident and members of the Board sparred over an e-mail and the Village’s response to the Garvies Point waterfront re-development project. . . . During his report, Mayor Ed Lieberman read a prepared statement challenging assertions made in a private email that had been sent to some residents the previous week in which the author was critical of the Village Board’s response to the Glen Cove Waterfront development. READ MORE
OTHER HEADLINES FROM 3.13.17 SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
- BOARD LIKELY TO CONSIDER LOCAL LAW REGARDING AIR BnB ISSUE
- RESIDENT RAISES ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION CONCERNS
- LONG ISLAND BAGEL CAFE AWARDED BEACH CONCESSION CONTRACT
- NEARLY THREE YEARS AFTER MUDSLIDE, NEIGHBORS CONTINUE TO WORRY
The Sea Cliff Board recognized four residents this past Monday night. Department of Public Works Employee John Telese received a certificate of appreciation for his 30 years of service to the Village, while Trustee Dina Epstein presented a Heritage Tree certificate to David Schierhorst, whose mother Laura Schierhorst, a 79 year resident of Sea Cliff, requested the designation for a white oak on her West Avenue property that has a diameter of 11 feet and is estimated to be between 200 and 500 years old. And lastly, Trustee Jeff Vitale swore in Andrew Lehman and Leszek Chabowski as members of the Hook and Ladder Company of the Sea Cliff Fire Department.
The North Shore High School Parent Teacher Organization held its 6th annual Taste of Spring fundraiser at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club this past March 11th . With a theme of "New York, New York," the fundraiser showcased delicacies from local restaurants and marketplaces and guests had the opportunity to sample some of the tastiest foods from the finest eateries on Long Island. Proceeds will go toward enriching our high school students through educational and social programs and grants.
More than 100 guests filled the American Legion Hall in Glen Head this past Saturday evening for an Easter Food Drive Cocktail Party. The event is a "pot luck" affair with each party goer offering a dish for all to share, and monetary and food donations for those in need. READ MORE
March 24, 2017 --The North Shore Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), an organization that is forming locally with a mission to change the culture and environment that contribute to alcohol and drug abuse, and which represents a collective response to several substance abuse related tragedies involving young people in the North Shore area in recent years, is reaching out to all segments of the community to get involved. "There is a problem here that needs to be addressed," Glen Head resident and school board Trustee Joanna Commander said to Northwordnews. There have been too many tragedies in this community." READ MORE
McDERMOTT WINS TRUSTEE ELECTION BY WIDE MARGIN AS TURNOUT TOPS 1,000; EPSTEIN KEEPS SEAT; LIEBERMAN ELECTED TO TWO YEAR TERM AS MAYOR
March 21, 2017 -- Deb McDermott won a seat on the Sea Cliff Village Board by a significant margin today as incumbent Trustee Dina Epstein garnered the second highest vote total to be re-elected to a second term. Incumbent Trustee Jeff Vitale, who had been appointed to his post this past December and who ran with Ms. Epstein on the Civic Progress Party line fell short by 44 votes in his bid to keep his seat. Mayor Ed Lieberman, also a Civic Progress nominee, was running unopposed, and won the office in his own right with 645 votes. In the contest for Trustee, Ms. McDermott received 725 votes; Ms. Epstein 466; and Mr. Vitale 422. READ MORE
March 25, 2017 -- The Glen Head Glenwood Business Association, representing more than 150 local businesses, presented $250 checks to both the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee and the Glen Garden Club of Glen Head at its monthly meeting this past Wednesday evening. “We support them because they volunteer and work to make our towns of Glen Head and Sea Cliff Beautiful, and we hope our donation can help with supplies to keep up the good work,” said GHGWBA President Deborah Orgel-Gordon to Northwordnews. READ MORE
The North Shore High School Parent Teacher Organization held its 6th annual Taste of Spring fundraiser at the Sea Cliff Yacht Club this past March 11th . With a theme of "New York, New York," the fundraiser showcased delicacies from local restaurants and marketplaces and guests had the opportunity to sample some of the tastiest foods from the finest eateries on Long Island. The PTO extends thanks to the nearly 80 local businesses that donated food, goods and services, as well as to the many people who contributed their time and energy (see right). Proceeds will go toward enriching high school students through educational and social programs and grants. CLICK HERE OR ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
March 18, 2017 -- The three candidates running for the two seats on the Sea Cliff Village Board and the lone candidate for Mayor offered their thoughts about issues facing Sea Cliff and how best to confront them at a Meet the Candidates forum this past Wednesday night. Despite the event having been postponed a day, the Parish Hall at St. Luke’s Church was full, with nearly 150 people in attendance. Mayor Ed Lieberman and Trustee candidates Dina Epstein, Deb McDermott and Jeff Vitale, responding to questions from about 15 different residents, addressed a variety of topics that included village governance, pocket book concerns, their respective visions for Sea Cliff, and, of course, the Garvies Point waterfront project. READ MORE
Above is an image of the ballot voters will have the opportunity to mark on Tuesday, March 21. Ed Lieberman, who was appointed Mayor this past November, is seeking the office in his own right and is running unopposed. Incumbent trustees, Jeff Vitale, who was appointed to the Board this past December, and Dina Epstein, who was first elected in 2015, are running on the Civic Progress line and Deb McDermott is seeking election to her first term on the Sea Cliff Open Government line. In the Trustee election, voters may vote for any combination of two candidates, including write-ins, or if they choose to do so, to cast a vote for only one candidate. Resident Joe Krupinsky has announced that he is seeking election to the board as a write-in candidate. Any resident who meets age, citizenship, and length of residency requirements, can be elected to office as a write-in candidate either as Mayor or as a Trustee, whether they declare themselves to be a candidate or not. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD ELECTION
March 10, 2017 -- At its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday evening, the North Shore Board of Education expressed support for reducing the distance requirements for students in 7th and 8th grade to receive busing to the Middle School beginning next school year. READ MORE
March 10, 2017 -- After having started its public study of the 50 page document at its last regularly scheduled meeting, the North Shore Board of Education completed its line by line review of the 2017-18 school budget proposal this past Thursday night. The $102,113,514.86 spending plan for 2017-18 represents a 2.63% increase over the current year and will allow the district to maintain all current programs and teaching positions, while adding a high school guidance counselor and a .4 teaching position for a music theory class. The tax levy will remain flat compared to the current year. READ MORE
At Thursday night's North Shore Board of Education meeting, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick announced that playgrounds at the Glen Head and Glenwood Schools were now in full use with the rubber mulch having been removed and replaced with fiber wood chips, but that at Sea Cliff School, the work has been delayed "due to weather and unforseen site conditions." READ MORE
Article provided by Sea Cliff Votes
March 6, 2017 -- Today a group of Village residents launched Sea Cliff Votes, a new nonpartisan campaign aimed at promoting civic participation in Sea Cliff for local, regional and national elections through voter registration and election information. The platform includes a Website and Facebook page and was announced just weeks before the Village of Sea Cliff Board of Trustees election on Tuesday, March 21. READ MORE
The death of a loved one may cause one to experience an intense variety of undesired feelings and emotions. These feelings may be difficult to cope with. They can disrupt a person’s life for a very long time. We may turn to family and friends for support, which may not be as helpful as we might need. Family members may also be experiencing their own grief, thus unable to offer much support. Often friends may find it difficult to listen to or understand the emotional pain a grieving person may experience. READ MORE
March 9, 2017 -- Last Saturday evening, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club hosted an Art Show and Auction fundraiser for the Ranger Sailing Foundation, a program with a mission to provide young people without the financial means the opportunity for a full sailing experience - from building the boat to putting it to sea and setting sail. . . . “The mission of the yacht club was to promote sailing and it appeared we were limiting that mission just to those who could afford to join a club,” explained the program's founder Harvey Bass. “What about other youth in the area whose parents couldn’t afford a club?” READ MORE
March 7, 2017 -- At the Oyster Bay Town Council Meeting this past Tuesday morning, newly appointed Republican Supervisor Joseph Saladino appointed perennial GOP and Conservative Party candidate Louis Imbroto to that legislative body after Councilman Joseph Pinto (R - Massapequa) resigned in order to accept an appointment to the position of Parks Commissioner, replacing Frank Nocerino who had resigned to take another job in the town’s public safety department. Mr. Saladino, also of Massapequa, had served in the New York State Assembly representing the ninth district which covers areas of the South Shore in eastern Nassau and western Suffolk counties, but resigned when he was appointed Town Supervisor after his predecessor John Venditto, also of Massapequa, under indictment on Federal corruption charges, resigned in January. READ MORE
As election day approaches this March 21 and voters look forward to the first contested Village Board election in five years, residents hosted "meet and greet" events at their homes this past week. On Sunday, Village Trustee Robyn Maynard hosted guests at her home where the Sea Cliff Civic Progress candidates, Mayor Ed Lieberman and incumbent Trustees Dina Epstein and Jeff Vitale addressed voters, speaking of their qualifications and plans for the Village. On Wednesday, residents gathered at the home of Lisa and Hal Cohen where Deb McDermott, running on the Sea Cliff Open Government line discussed why she is running and offered many of her thoughts on the most pressing issues facing the village. READ MORE
By Lou Giserman
With Lady Liberty in the background, the 2017 Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) sailboat race begins July 27 at 2 P.M.
To make the start visible to more spectators, the Sea Cliff Yacht Club has for the first time in the 41 year history of this celebrated race moved to New York Harbor. It can now be viewed from both lower Manhattan and Jersey City. READ MORE
For the first time since 2012, there will be a contested election for the Sea Cliff Village Board with two of the four Trustees seats and the office of Mayor on the ballot. Incumbents Dina Epstein, who was first elected in 2015, and Jeff Vitale, who was appointed to the Board by Mayor Ed Lieberman this past December, as well as Village resident Deb McDermott are seeking election to two year terms as Trustees. Mr. Lieberman, who was appointed this past November when Mayor Kennedy stepped down to take the Village Administrator position, is running unopposed to win that office in his own right. Long time resident Joe Krupinsky has announced that he will be running for trustee as a write in candidate. On Tuesday, March 14, the Sea Cliff Civic Association will be hosting a "Meet the Candidates" forum at St. Lukes Church on Glen Avenue in Sea Cliff that will begin a 8 pm. Voting will take place at Sea Cliff's Stenson Memorial (Children's) Library on March 21 from 12 noon until 9 pm. Below are statements submitted to Northwordnews by the candidates. (The last contested election? Click here.)
TRUSTEE CANDIDATES (at large election - two positions up for grabs)
Sea Cliff Civic Progress Party
I have had the honor of serving as Trustee for the past two years. However, I have been volunteering on behalf of Sea Cliff for the past sixteen years in roles that range from Zoning Board Chair to Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair. In that time I have learned a lot about how our Village is run, have worked with extraordinary people and, I believe, have accomplished much for Sea Cliff. I am running for a second term as Trustee because there is still more that I can do. READ MORE
Sea Cliff Open Government Party
My running for Trustee has made this a contest, an opportunity for all candidates to put in their best effort, and it also is serving as a tool for engaging our community in questions about how we want to move forward. I have a different background, experience and community ties from the other candidates. My expertise is in communications and would serve the community by helping to bring more openness and transparency to our government. I have two kids in Sea Cliff School and many of my friends are also parents of young children. READ MORE
Sea Cliff Civic Progress Party
A 32 year (lifelong) resident of Sea Cliff, I grew up on 8th Avenue with my parents Bill and Kathy as well as my older brother Mark (the current Fire Chief for the volunteer Sea Cliff Fire Department) and my younger sister Lynn. I am engaged to my girlfriend of 10 years, Hayley Hoffman who is also a lifelong resident. We met in kindergarten at Sea Cliff Elementary and remained good friends throughout the years. After college we began dating and I couldn’t be happier. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. READ MORE
EDWARD LIEBERMAN (running unopposed)
I am grateful to Northwordnews for the opportunity to present this statement to its readers on the occasion of our village's upcoming March 21 election. I am currently serving as your mayor and, most respectfully, seek your vote of support so that I may continue in this fiduciary role for the next 2 years. I seek your endorsement in order to further provide every resident a claim to the vision that is our mutual love of Sea Cliff.
I believe that being your mayor has placed me in a position where I am able to bring my professional experience and community service background to use for the betterment of our beloved Village. My professional education and experience as a criminal defense attorney has provided me a unique perspective in advocating on behalf of those whose rights and liberties are jeopardized. READ MORE
PAST ARTICLES ON THE 2017 SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD ELECTION
LONG TIME SEA CLIFF RESIDENT JOE KRUPINSKI THROWS HAT IN RING FOR VILLAGE BOARD SEAT (Dec. 30, 2016)
WITH ELECTION DAY APPROACHING, SLATE OF THREE INCUMBENTS SCHMOOZE WITH VOTERS AT SC MEET AND GREET (January 22, 2017)
NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART THIS JUNE AND JULY 2017