National Night Out Brings Community Together


Despite the sticky heat, downtown Glen Cove was the place to be last Tuesday evening, especially for the kids. The Glen Cove Police Department once again hosted National Night Out, a block party-style event that brings the community together and helps build a bond between residents and the police department.
The ninth annual event drew families and local elected officials who have come to look forward to the activities, vendors and free refreshments offered. Activities included tours of the Glen Cove Police Department, a dunk tank, bounce house and karaoke, plus lessons on firearms safety, distribution of child ID kits and emergency vehicle demonstrations.

“National Night Out is an outstanding event 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 Mayor Reggie Spinello.

Mayor Spinello, Rev. Craig Wright, Chief Whitton, Deputy Ortiz and Sgt. Nardone

This year, the Reverend Craig Wright of the Calvary AME Church was chosen as the 2015 National Night Out honoree for his outstanding dedication to the youth of our community on behalf of Glen Cove’s law enforcement community.

“This is the most important event the Glen Cove Police Department and PBA supports each year as it underscores the critical relationship of our police officers with the Glen Cove community,” said Police Chief William Whitton. “Safety and neighborhood unity all stem from the strength of a strong relationship between our department and the community we serve and protect.”

Sponsored by the Glen Cove Police Department, PBA, Glen Cove Youth Bureau, Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Glen Cove Housing Authority and local businesses, the goal for hosting this event is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs as well as strengthen police-community partnerships.

Vendors included the Glen Cove Library, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, SAFE, Inc., the Glen Cove BID, the Glen Cove Senior Center

Jessica Bellomo handed out information about preventing pet cruelty for her Girl Scout project

Also at the event was Jessica Bellomo, a Girl Scout from Nassau County Troop 1243, who is partnering with the Animal Lovers League for her Gold Award project titled “Operation Pet Safety and Animal Cruelty Awareness” to address the lack of pet safety and the severity of animal cruelty. Bellomo collected pet items to be included in pet emergency kits that she will be preparing, which will be donated to local animal shelters. She also gave attendees pamphlets with information and tips about pet safety and presented fun games that folks could play, such as spinning a wheel for a prize upon answering a question correctly.

The Gold Award requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue or need in the community and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Bellomo said she chose to address this issue for her Gold Award project because animals cannot speak for themselves and they need someone to represent them. She believes that new pet owners should be properly informed to keep their pets safe. She said she believes the local community will benefit from more information about this global epidemic.

“I plan to impact not only my community, but also inspire others worldwide by providing pet owners with a better understanding of how to keep their pets healthy and increase their longevity, make people more aware of what to do in situations where someone is abusing an animal and to reduce animal cruelty,” said Bellomo.

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