Joe LaPadula selected as the 2018 honoree
Glen Cove prides itself on being a “Community United Against Crime.” To honor that commitment to the safety of its residents, the Glen Cove Police Department (GCPD) is hosting its 12th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will take place in downtown Glen Cove on Bridge Street in front of the Glen Cove Police Department. Mayor Timothy Tenke and Police Chief William Whitton invite all residents to participate in a fun and educational event to support the safety of the community. This year’s National Night Out special honoree selected by the GCPD will be Joe LaPadula, an art connoisseur, car enthusiast and tireless fundraiser who commits his time, resources and leadership for the benefit of the community.
Since 2009, LaPadula has organized the Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock, an annual charity event, which has raised more than $615,000 for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). He also organizes numerous community outreach events supporting charities such as the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program; in turn his company received the prestigious 5 Star Diamond award in 2014 and 2015.
At the age of 23, LaPadula founded Martino Auto Concepts (MAC). Today, after 27 years, MAC has become synonymous with automotive excellence providing clients with an outstanding level of service, style and unparalleled dedication to the artistry of their craft. Being an authentic art connoisseur, LaPadula’s latest project is housed at the Coles House in Glen Cove. More than 200 world renowned street artists were invited to paint the walls of this 9,000-square-foot historic building turning individual collaborations into an art collective, called the First City Project. LaPadula enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children.
National Night Out will include free tours of the GCPD, TASER and police equipment demonstrations by officers, Operation Safe Child ID badges for kids, an appearance by Sparky the Dragon from the New York Islanders and many other exciting activities. In addition, there will be free refreshments, music, a game bus, and information booths to make for a great evening of family fun.
Local government officials, police officers, first responders and community leaders are all eager to participate in this event.
“National Night Out is an outstanding program that provides our residents with an opportunity to build relationships with Glen Cove’s law enforcement officers and learn about the many programs and services offered by the city and community groups,” said Tenke.
“This is the most important event the Glen Cove Police Department and Police Benevolent Association (PBA) support each year as it underscores the critical relationship of our police officers with the Glen Cove community,” said Whitton. “Safety and neighborhood unity all stem from the strength of a strong relationship between our department and the community we serve and protect.”
The event is sponsored by the GCPD, PBA, Youth Bureau, Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, the Housing Authority, Glen Cove Hospital Northwell Health and the Downtown Business Improvement District (B.I.D.), the Printery, local businesses and organizations with assistance from the mayor’s office. With strong community support, National Night Out is an outstanding way to build awareness for crime and drug prevention, support local anti-crime efforts, and further solidify the strong ties between the Glen Cove community and its hardworking police department.