Glen Cove softball continued its torrid start Friday afternoon as it cruised to a 12-1 win against Manhasset at home.
Big Red got a gigantic lift from freshman Kayla Morrissey. The center fielder jumped out on Manhasset pitcher Kristen Leung early as she tore a three-run home run that scored Nicole Alexander and Hailey Langone.
“I haven’t been hitting so far this season,” Morrissey said. “I just wanted to get a hit.”
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A two-run home run off their opponents’ bat just wasn’t the way coach Carmine Rotolo wanted his Glen Cove team to start the game Friday afternoon.
Big Red fell behind to Clarke High School 3-0 after the first inning and couldn’t crawl back into the game, dropping the contest 5-0.
“We’re just not mentally there yet to compete with a team like that,” Rotolo said.
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Holocaust survivors and relatives of those who died by the hands of Adolf Hitler called on local citizens to quit the recent trend of cyber-bullying – as they said bullying of Jews in Germany and Poland was a precursor to the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II.
The survivors and the families met at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center Nassau County in Glen Cove this morning to commemorate the upcoming Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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The multi-million dollar Glen Cove Ferry Terminal is one step closer to reality after the City Council awarded a bid to start construction on the project at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Chesterfield Associates of Westhampton Beach received a contract for waterborne and site improvements – more or less to get the project off the ground.
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A trio of state grants have paved — and paid — the way for Town of North Hempstead projects to begin at two Port Washington beaches.
The town board unanimously approved two bond resolutions Tuesday evening to spend $530,000 to build a new boat ramp at Bar Beach, and $200,000 to rehabilitate wetlands and erosion issues in Bar Beach Cove.
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What usually is a space full of teenagers running around in gym clothes was turned into the center of the New York City boxing world on Thursday night, as Glen Cove High School hosted six quarterfinal round bouts in the 2010 Golden Gloves tournament.
Four men’s 165-pound weight class matches and two women’s 152-pound weight class bouts brought roughly 400 people to the school for more than 2 hours of competition.
“I like boxing, and my grandkids here are also interested, so I took I them to see the Golden Gloves,” said Glen Cove resident Tony Schettino.
“We may have a future champion here,” he said referring to one of his three grandchildren watching the bouts with him.
The fight of the night – and the one that created the most buzz – came in the second bout between James Clarke and Francisco Suero. The crowd booed as Clarke’s name was announced as the winner, and cheered as Suero exited the ring. Suero looked to be well in control in the third round after an even fight in the first two rounds, but in a 3-2 judges’ decision, Clarke came out on top.
“I took my time, and did what I had to do,” said Clarke on why he won the fight.
Schettino, a retired New York City police officer, said it was one of the better matches of the night.
“There was a lot of action in it,” he said.
The men fought for three rounds, which were three-minutes each, and the women fought for four two-minute rounds.
Frank Galarza, 24, of Brooklyn, earned a semifinal debut in one of the more physical bouts of the night. He defeated opponent Kevin Rooney with a 5-0 judges’ decision.
“I just tried to dig it out. Dig, dig, dig,” Galarza said afterward. “I was kind of expecting him to stay in there. He was a strong kid. But to the best man win.”
On the women’s side, a West Point senior earned the evening’s only knockout. Nargis Kabiri, 23, a Pipestone, Minn. native, won in convincing fashion just under 2 minutes into the second round. Kabiri, who received special permission from her superiors to get off campus for the fight, said she just went for the open shots.
“My coach told me just to pace myself,” Kabiri said after the fight. “It helped that she was shorter, it went straight to her head.”
Kabiri played two seasons for Army’s basketball team before trading in her jersey for a pair of gloves. Thursday marked the first boxing match of her career.
“I was actually anxious. I always wanted to fight,” she said. “I was just glad to have this opportunity.”
And the boxing semifinals in Nassau County will continue next week. On Tuesday, the Golden Gloves will go to Saint Catherine’s Church in Franklin Square, and the tournament will head to the Freeport Recreation Center on March 11.
The finals will take place at Madison Square Garden on March 25 and 26.
It’s budget season in Port Washington, and the age-old debate between taxes and school cuts reared its head at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
As the district continues to work on its $128 million budget — a 2.92 percent increase over last year’s budget — a handful of residents spoke out against any increase in the current economic climate.
Frank Russo, a Port Washington taxpayer, urged the board and the district’s superintendent, Geoffrey Gordon, to keep the budget where it is with a zero percent increase.
“It would be a major, major boost for morale across Long Island,” Russo said.
Russo recommended the board not pay teachers a “cost of living” raise, but maintain the step raises that are built into the current teacher contract.
Roughly five people agreed-by-applause, while the teacher-dominated crowd sat quietly with disapproving looks.
Gordon took a moment between public comments to address Russo’s statement, shutting down any notion that his administration would lay teachers off to help cut costs. “Our commitment is not to lose jobs for our staff,” he said.
Christine Vasilev, a teacher at Manorhaven Elementary School, and the president of the Port Washington Teacher’s Association, said the district didn’t “just become a district of excellence” and that it took investing lots of money to do so.
“We all benefit from an excellent education,” Vasilev said. “I ask the members of the board of education not to think in the shortsighted, limited way.”
Other residents, advocating a zero percent tax increase, made it a point several times to stress the importance of quality teachers, and that the district should look at increasing class sizes to reduce budgetary costs.
Residents will have the opportunity to contribute more to the school budget process on March 9 at Schreiber High School during the second budget work session. The third and final budget work session will then take place on March 23 at the high school which will include input from the Board of Education and community as well. The vote on the budget will be held on May 18.
As the meeting wrapped up with final public comments, everyone seemed in agreement on one issue.
“Quality of teachers is very important and that is the one thing I would love to see and put more money into,” Russo said.