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

Tuesday, May 21, 2 p.m.
Meet The Author via Skype: Nicole Chung

Come meet the author and discuss her debut memoir, All You Can Ever Know. Nicole Chung challenges the traditional adoption narrative and sheds light on the complicated reality of being a transracial adoptee.  How do you find community in a town where no one looks like you?  What’s it like to embrace your birth culture years into adulthood?  What do you tell your children when they ask about their heritage? 
Refreshments will be served. Register through the Adult Services tab at or call the information desk at (516) 676-2130.

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Smarter Social Security

Daniel Mazzola, CFA, CPA, offers a broad overview of the Social Security program as it relates to retirees and their beneficiaries. Learn about special benefits and how married couples can optimize their collective payouts using simple strategies.

Wednesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
The Ten Secrets of Broadway

Attention Broadway aficionados: Longtime Playbill editor Robert Viagas will mix fun facts about backstage life on Broadway with consumer information on the best ways to see Broadway’s most coveted shows.  Don’t miss this informative and entertaining event.

Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.
Writers Group

If you are a serious writer, join the Writers Group for a lively exchange of ideas.

Tuesday, June 4, 2 p.m.
Brain Fitness Class

Victoria Lanza will teach ways to improve memory skills, build brain strength and learn about positive thinking and nutrition for the brain.

Wednesday, June 5, 7:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bus Trip to Sands Casino Resort In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Tickets are $35, which includes transportation and a $30 slot machine voucher. With a choice of nine restaurants, lunch is on your own. There are also over 30 indoor outlet stores. The bus boards at 7:45 a.m. and leaves promptly at 8 a.m. from the library parking lot. All patrons must be at least 21 to enter the casino and must provide photo ID. Register at the library’s information desk.

Friday, June 7, 1:30 p.m.
Movie & Discussion: Green Book

130 min. (PG-13) 2018
During the 1960s, a bouncer, whose nightclub closes for renovations, finds temporary employment as a driver for black pianist Don Shirley going on a tour into the Deep South states. Following the film, stay for the discussion led by Saul Schachter and Carol Stern.

Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m.
Glen Cove Library’s Seed Library Program:
Who Goes There? Friend or Foe?  Insect Identification for Gardening Success

Seed librarian Regina Dlugokencky offers an introduction to insect identification and organic control. Gain insight on the importance of scouting for insects, identifying common garden pests and the beneficial insects that could get caught in the crossfire.

Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon
Paper Shredding Event

Protecting yourself from identity theft and keeping your information private via shredding not only gives peace of mind, it also helps you to get rid of unnecessary paperwork in a safe and environmentally friendly way. A Shred Away will be in our parking lot to safely shred your documents.  They accept all paper (staples and paper clips don’t need to be removed) and CDs. Please note they will not accept plastic, cardboard, carbon paper, books, newspapers or magazines. Limit of 3 bags/boxes per person.

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


Tuesday, May 21
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10 to 11:30 a.m. Painting & Drawing with Chuck
10:30 a.m. Brain Booster Club
11 a.m. "Minute to Win It" Gameshow
1 p.m. Canasta, Bingo, Shirt Painting Workshop w/ Lucy
3 p.m. Sign Language w/Heide

Wednesday, May 22
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10:30 a.m. Exercise w/YMCA
12:15 p.m. Piano Performance by John Clancy
1 p.m. Bridge
1:30 p.m. Mah Jong: Beginners & Intermediates
1:30 p.m. Trivia Gameshow w/Eric
2 p.m. Chair Yoga w/Patti
Thursday, May 23
9:30 a.m. "Newsies" at Westchester Theater Trip
10 a.m. Project Beacon
10:15 a.m. Arthritis Exercise & Education Class-Bus to Glen Cove Hospital
11 a.m. French Class
1 p.m. Canasta
1:15 p.m. Food Shopping
3 p.m. Dancercise w/Carol

Friday, May 24
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10:30 a.m. Current Events, 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 w/Spencer

Tuesday, May 28
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10 to 11:30 a.m. Painting & Drawing with Chuck
10:30 a.m. Brain Booster Club
12:15 p.m. "Sleep Better and Wake Refreshed" Lecture
1 p.m. Canasta, Bingo, Happy Hour Club Luncheon (off site)
3 p.m. Sign Language w/Heide

Wednesday, May 29
8:45 a.m.Brooklyn Museum & Botanic Gardens Trip
9 a.m. Seniorobics w/Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10:30 a.m. Exercise w/YMCA
1 p.m. Bridge
1:30 p.m. Mah Jong: Beginners & Intermediates
2 p.m. VSC Chair Yoga w/Patty

Thursday, May 30
9:45 a.m. Walking Club at Morgan Park
10 a.m. Project Beacon w/Sherri, LMSW
10:15 a.m. Arthritis Exercise & Education Class-Bus to Glen Cove Hospital
11 a.m. French Class
1 p.m. Movie: "Maudie"
1 p.m. Canasta
1:15 p.m. Food Shopping
3 p.m. Dancercise w/Carol

Friday, May 31

9 a.m. Seniorobics w/ Fran, Crocheting w/Friends
10 a.m. Health Assessment
10:30 a.m. Current Events, Exercise w/YMCA
11 a.m. Golden Voices Rehearsal
1:15 p.m. Talent Show
1:30 p.m. ADP Continentals
3 p.m. Tai Chi w/Spencer

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


Current Exhibit:
Treasures from Glen Cove's Mansions

Visit the North Shore Historical Museum from now through May 29th to see some of the treasured items from local mansions.


BID Board Meeting

The Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District's monthly board of directors meeting will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 12 p.m. Location TBD. Cost for lunch (optional) is $12. RSVP required.