Annual meeting PR

BID Puts Focus On Marketing



Glen Cove, NY- Last year was a good one for the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), which put a strong focus on marketing downtown businesses in 2018. The BID’s annual meeting was held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the North Shore Historical Museum, where executive director Patricia Holman presented the highlights of the past year to local business owners, board members, elected officials and members of the community.

“The Glen Cove BID put a large emphasis on marketing in 2018,” said Holman. “With careful planning, we were able to offer our members affordable cooperative advertisements in media such as the AMC pre-show and News Channel 12.”

She said this not only provided businesses with a cost efficient means of advertising on a large scale, but “kept downtown Glen Cove on the minds” of all the people who saw the commercials. She also promoted businesses through social media and email campaigns.

Over the holidays, the BID brought back its Small Business Saturday playbook promotion as a way to encourage shopping locally in the downtown area. Shoppers received stamps on their playbooks from participating businesses then returned completed playbooks to the BID office for a raffle. The lucky winner, Eileen Borer, received a check for $250 during the meeting.

In addition to marketing, the BID organizes special events every year, including the Holiday Festival, the Halloween Parade and Festival and Downtown Sounds. In 2018, nine concerts were held on Friday nights in July and August, with overflow crowds in attendance each week enjoying the free outdoor music. This year, Downtown Sounds lost its $25,000 annual contribution from the City of Glen Cove due to budget cuts, so the BID has been actively seeking alternative funding in addition to the $25,000 in sponsorships it needs to raise. One avenue Holman is exploring is grant money and she recently applied for a grant through Nassau County.

During the meeting, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton brought some positive news regarding this funding. She explained that Nassau County has a budget line for hotel/motel that is meant to support tourism and the arts.

“We did make a request of $25,000, the money is in the line and on for a vote,” said DeRiggi-Whitton. “It looks very good.”
Melanie Eitel from RXR Realty provided an update on the Village Square project.

“It’s going great and we are on track for completion in March 2020,” said Eitel.

The project will have 146 units, retail space and a public plaza. She said RXR will be tying the Garvies Point waterfront redevelopment into the Village Square project to help further revitalize downtown.

Cindy Rogers spoke on behalf of Congressman Tom Suozzi, discussing some of the committees and projects he’s currently involved in and noting his appreciation for the BID, which he formed during his term as mayor.

Mayor Tim Tenke expressed his gratitude for the work Holman and the board members do for the downtown and then swore in board members Alvin Batista (president), Lou-Ann Thompson (vice president), James O’Grady (secretary), Charles Parisi, Maureen Basdavanos, Mary Cooper, John Zozzaro, Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola, Melanie Eitel and auxiliary member Pam Panzenbeck. Treasurer Leonard Gleicher, board member Joe LaPadula and auxiliary member Lisa Dutra were not in attendance.

“I look forward to a new year filled with economic development, capital improvements, new marketing campaigns and grand special events,” said Holman.


Upcoming Events

Events at the Glen Cove Library

4 Glen Cove Avenue  676-2130

Free AARP Tax Assistance
Wednesdays through April 10
This service is available to all individuals of all ages. Patrons must make an appointment for tax help; please call (516) 676-2130 or stop by the information desk. Please be sure to bring your tax package, a copy of your 2017 tax return and all other information that might be helpful for tax preparation.
Yoga at the Glen Cove Library
Thursdays through April 25, 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $40  and is payable at the time of registration.  Please register in person at the Information desk and make check/money order payable to: Rebecca Scaramucci.  Bring your own mat and water.

Tuesday, March 12, 2pm
Carol Burnett: America’s Funny Lady

Marc Courtade will be at the Glen Cove Public Library discuss the life and career of one of the most beloved comediennes in television history - Carol Burnett. Learn how her remarkable humor has helped her though a life marred by tragedy. Be prepared to laugh.

Crazy Rich Asians
Friday, March 15, 2pm

120 min. (PG) 2018
When an American-born Chinese woman attends a wedding in Singapore with her boyfriend, she discovers that his family is very wealthy and other women in his social class are trying to date him.

Saturday, March 16, 10am
Glen Cove Library’s Seed Library Now Sowing:
Potatoes, Peas and Greens Galore

Sowing seeds in March? You bet! Learn about what seeds to sow now to get a jump start on your spring and early summer vegetable garden. Weather permitting, we’ll go out to the Demonstration Garden and do some hands-on planting. Please register.

Tuesday, March 19
Meet The Author
Rachel Lyon, author of Self-Portrait with Boy, will be at the Glen Cove Public Library at 2 p.m.

Self-Portrait with Boy is set in Brooklyn in the early 1990s and tells the story of a young photographer who unintentionally captures a tragedy during a self-portrait. The choice of what to do with this devastating image haunts her as she is forced to confront the limits of her own ambition. 
A book signing (copies will be available for purchase), Q & A and refreshments will follow the discussion.  Please register through the Adult Services tab at or call the information desk at (516) 676-2130.

Sunday, March 24
An Afternoon of Irish Music

The GRiD, featuring Tom Donovan and Paul Henry offer an afternoon of Irish/Celtic songs and ballads at the Glen Cove Public Library, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 30
Flowers and Vegetables For The Early Spring Garden

Horticulturist Paul Levine (Paul the Plant Man) will be at The Glen Cove Public Library to teach you about the flowers and vegetables that are best for the early spring garden. Paul will also raffle off plants at the end of his program. 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30
Budget Vote and Trustee Election

The Glen Cove Public Library will present its annual budget to the citizens of Glen Cove for a vote on Tuesday, April 30. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The public will also be asked to vote for one member of the five-member Library Board of Trustees for a five-year term. A hearing on the library budget and a chance to meet the trustee candidates will be held in the History Room on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Events at the Glen Cove Senior Center
130 Glen St., Glen Cove
(516) 759-9610

Tuesday, March 12
9:45 a.m. Indoor Pickleball at The Boys & Girls Club
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP Taxes
10:30 a.m. Brain Booster Club
1 p.m. Canasta, Bingo, Happy Hours Club
2 p.m. SNAP (Food Stamps) w/Yesenia
3 p.m. Sign Language w/Heide

Wednesday, March 13
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10:30 a.m. Exercise w/YMCA
12:30 p.m. "Damn Yankees" Broad Hollow Theatre Trip
1 p.m. Bridge
1:30 p.m. Mah Jong: Beginners & Intermediates, Cooking Demonstration with The Regency
2 p.m. Chair Yoga with Patty

Thursday, March 14
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10:15 a.m. Arthritis Exercise & Education Class, Bus to Glen Cove Hospital
11 a.m. Balloon Volleyball with Eric, French Class
1 p.m. Canasta
1:15 p.m. Food Shopping
1:30 p.m. Falun Dafa, Dagger Dog Vinci Workshop
3 p.m. Dancercise w/Carol

Friday, March 15
10 to 11:30 a.m. Painting & Drawing with Chuck
10:30 a.m. Current Events with Yvonne, Exercise with YMCA
11 a.m. Golden Voices Rehearsal
12:45 p.m. Birthday Celebrations w/Betty & The Golden Voices
1 p.m. Bingo
1:30 p.m. Trivia Gameshow w/Eric, Line Dancing, ADP Continentals
3 p.m. Tai Chi w/Spencer

Monday, March 18
9 a.m. Crocheting w/Friends
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Haircuts w/Rose
10:30 a.m. Exercise w/YMCA
11 a.m. Monday Fun-day
12 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
1 p.m. Bridge, Mah Jong, Scrabble Club
1 p.m. Tai Chi w/Spencer
1:15 p.m. Food Shopping

Tuesday, March 19
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. AARP Taxes
10:30 a.m. Brain Booster Club
11 a.m. Minute To Win It Competition
1 p.m. Canasta, Bingo
1 p.m. Movie: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
3 p.m. Sign Language w/Heide

Wednesday, March 20
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10:30 a.m. Exercise w/YMCA
1 p.m. Bridge
1:30 p.m. Lifelong Learning Music Series: "Frank Sinatra: Tone of Color" Lecture, Mah Jong: Beginners & Intermediates
2 p.m. Chair Yoga w/Patty

Thursday, March 21
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10:15 a.m. Arthritis Exercise & Education Class - Bus to Glen Cove Hospital
1 p.m. Canasta
1:15 p.m. Food Shopping
1:30 p.m. Centre Club Meeting
3 p.m. Dancercise w/Carol
5 to 8 p.m. Age of Love Screening

Friday, March 22
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
9:45 a.m. Museum of The City of New York Trip
10 a.m. Health Assessment
10 to 11:30 a.m. Painting & Drawing w/Chuck
10:30 a.m. Current Events w/Yvonne, Bereavement w/Sherri VCS, Exercise w/YMCA
11 a.m. Golden Voices Rehearsal
1 p.m. Bingo
1:30 p.m. Line Dancing, ADP Continentals
3 p.m. Tai Chi

Events At The North Shore Historical Museum 140 Glen St., Glen Cove

Wednesday, March 13

Long Island Women's History

Antonia Petrash will present a history of women on Long Island on Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m. Admission: $10, or $5 for members.

Sunday, March 24
Lecture on Marjorie Merriweather Post: Feminist

Celebrated Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was well documented for her glamorous lifestyle.  However, Post was an astute business woman and generous humanitarian. Historian Kenneth G. Mensing uses Post family private photos and archives to reveal a pioneering woman. Refreshments served. $10. At North Shore Historical Museum, 140 Glen St., 2 p.m.


BID Board Meeting

The Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District's monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 12 p.m. at La Famiglia. Cost for lunch (optional) is $12. RSVP required.