Glen Cove residents celebrated their religious diversity by enjoying two Village Square events as part of the city’s “Celebrate the Season” festivities. On Friday, Dec. 4, Father Daniel of St. Patrick’s and St. Rocco’s Catholic Churches provided the blessing of the city’s beautiful Crèche.
The event, hosted by parishioner and former Glen Cove Police Sergeant Jack McDougal, featured special prayers, remarks from Mayor Reggie Spinello along with singers from the All Saints Choir, hot cocoa provided by the Downtown Café and a visit from Santa on a Glen Cove fire truck. This marked the 10th anniversary of the blessing of Glen Cove’s Crèche.
On the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 6, members of the Jewish faith gathered in the Village Square to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the lighting of the city’s Grand Menorah. Rabbi Heber of the Chabad of Brookville and Glen Cove hosted the celebration marking the start of the Festival of Lights. Families gathered to enjoy Hanukkah music, activities and sweets while Spinello, Heber and State Assemblyman Charles Lavine lit the candles of the giant menorah from the bucket of a Glen Cove DPW truck.
Spinello and the Glen Cove B.I.D. encourage all residents to see the wonders of the holidays in Downtown Glen Cove. In addition to the crèche and the menorah, there is the 50-foot Glen Cove “Tree of Light” Christmas Tree and 30 individually decorated Christmas Trees that are part of the city’s Merry Tree Festival.