Shortly after I moved to Glen Cove eight years ago, I sent my résumé to the Glen Cove Record Pilot and was almost immediately hired as a reporter. I started covering board of education and city council meetings, as well as other events, seeing it as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the community I had recently decided to call home.
I soon learned about the school budget process and how important its passage is to the district, year after year; I found out that Glen Cove seems to have a parade for every occasion—and no holiday goes unrecognized. I learned that there are many talented people here and that the North Shore has a rich history.
When I was offered the position of editor in January 2012, I was thrilled to be able to have a more rooted role in the paper, one that has expanded and strengthened my connections and knowledge of the community. This area is filled with people who care about the community and are willing to step up and do what they think is best, whether it’s fighting against overdevelopment, protesting the closing of the hospital, devoting precious free time to becoming a school board member, PTA president or fundraising chair or simply helping to plant flowers or clean up the beaches. There are so many volunteer organizations, youth organizations, nonprofits, activities for families, local business advocates and programs that give back to the community.
I believe that the role of this paper is to both inform residents about what is happening locally and to give a voice to all aspects of the community. Without a weekly local paper, organizations that do charity work, such as the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs might not be recognized. People might not know about the important work done by SAFE, Inc. in attempting to combat substance abuse, or all of the happenings at the Senior Center that help keep the senior community active and vibrant. The children who go above and beyond to start a fundraiser, the writers, musicians and artists who are making strides in their endeavors and the people who care enough about an outlet for adult athletics to form kickball, soccer and pickleball leagues—their stories have been told in this paper. When new businesses open, we do our best to tell readers about them.
Looking through the archives while compiling this anniversary issue has been insightful and overwhelming because there has been so much news over the past century and so many interesting developments. But throughout the history of this paper, it’s been clear that residents care about many of the same things: who the candidates are for local elections and how those elections turn out; development within the downtown area; waterfront development; school budgets…these have been big headlines since the dawn of the paper.
I’m proud to be part of an institution that has kept readers informed about everything from what resolutions have passed at City Hall to what’s happening at the library, and that is what this paper will continue to do.