Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013

The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on St. Patrick’s Day this year!! To learn all about the parade, please visit the parade website at www.glencoveirishparade.org.

Glen Cove, NY  February 25, 2013 – St.. Patrick’s Day in Glen Cove this year will be even more special than usual for two great reasons.  The first is that Glen Cove gets a rare chance to hold its St. Patrick’s Day Parade on St. Patrick’s Day itself, since the Manhattan parade is held on Saturday when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday.  The second is that this year’s Parade will be the 25th Annual parade since its inception in 1989.  During that time the Parade, always a dazzling event, has grown to be the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the North Shore and the largest annual parade in Glen Cove.

This year’s Grand Marshal is renowned Irish activist and Sea Cliff resident Daniel J. Lane.  He will be accompanied by Aides Robert and Pamela Panzenbeck, Lisa Forgione and Joseph McDonald.

The Parade begins to form up at 12 noon in the area of the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue.  It steps off at 1pm, following the usual route through downtown Glen Cove to St. Patrick’s Church.  There is very ample parking in the municipal garages and at the end of the parade route.

The backbone of the parade, as always, will be its exciting mix of marching groups, including many bands of Irish pipers and other marching bands..  Further color will be added to the festivities by vintage cars, costumed performers, face painters, fire and police units and much more.  The parade is a true community celebration of the coming of Spring with many of our areas ethnic organizations, often in costume, taking part.  Come, join the fun!

For more information about the parade, please visit www.glencoveirishparade.org or call 516-782-7494.

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Thousands Gather for the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Glen Cove, NY – March 20,2012 – Temperatures in the 70 degree range and a spirit of community drew a record crowd to the 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade  on Sunday March 18, 2012.

Crowds of five to six deep saw Grand Marshal Maureen Basdavanos and her Aides Sioban Rack and John J. Hanley lead the largest parade St. Patrick’s Day Parade ever in Glen Cove.

“It was the largest crowd and the remarkable aspect was the community involvement,” said parade chairman Robert Lynch. “All aspects of the Glen Cove community got involved.”

Almost all the community organizations were represented, while members of various youth groups also marched.

After the parade, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi awarded citations to the Grand Marshal and Aides.

About the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee: Founded in 1989 by the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the parade is in its 24th year, celebrating Irish culture on the North Shore. Over the years, the parade has had politicians, celebrities and Irish dignitaries serve as Grand Marshal. The committee comprises of members of the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

About the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians: Now in its seventh decade, the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open at all men age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information, please visit their website at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division President Joe McDonald at 516-522-0741 or by email at joe@hiberniandigest.com.

About the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians: Founded in 2002, the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open to women age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information please contact them online at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division President Lisa Forgione by email at lisaf22@optonline.net.

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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 18, 2012

parade_icon1The 24rd Annual Glen Cove St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 18th at 1 p.m.

The Parade has taken place annually since 1989.  It has grown to be the largest annual parade in Glen Cove and a civic celebration that is eagerly awaited each spring by all residents of the North Shore and the entire Irish community of Long Island.

 

Past and Present Grand Marshalls

It is our custom each year to honor a person as “Grand Marshal” of the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and one or more additional individuals as “Aides to the Grand Marshal:

1989 	 John F. Sweeney               Postmaster, City of Glen Cove
1990 	 P.O. Stephen McDonald         Hero Police Officer
1991 	 Hon. Denis Dillon             District Attorney, Nassau Co.
1992 	 Sr. Janet A. Fitzgerald       President, Molloy College
1993 	 Joseph V. Buckley             Restaurateur
1994 	 Rep. Peter King               Congressman
1995 	 Jack Ryan                     President, SEIU Local 74
1996 	 William V. Whelan             President, Emerald Society, FDNY
1997 	 Brian Fitzpatrick             Councilman, City of Glen Cove
1998 	 Michael McCormick             National Historian, AOH
1999 	 Jack Irwin                    Governor’s Assistant for Irish Affairs
2000 	 Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi         Mayor, City of Glen Cove; Nassau County Executive
2001 	 Patrick J. Lynch              President, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
2002 	 Mary Gilroy-Doohan, M.D.      Director, Emergency Services NSUH Glen Cove
2003 	 Tony Jackson                  Irish radio personality WRHU-FM Radio, Hofstra Univesity
2004 	 Mary Ann Holzkamp             Mayor, City of Glen Cove
2005 	 James McCabe                  Hibernian Activist
2006 	 The "Fighting 69th"
2007 	 Jack McDougal                 Police Sergeant
2008     John W.C. Canning             Attorney and Public Servant
2009     Robert P. Lynch               Attorney and Teacher
2010     Thomas J. Lilly               Attorney and Pro-Life Activist
2011     Andrew Stafford               Former Parade Chairman
2012     Maureen Basdavanos            Glen Cove Deputy Mayor
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Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Names Deputy Mayor Basdavanos Grand Marshal, Sioban Rack and John Hanley Aides

Glen Cove, NY (January 25, 2012) – The Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has named Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Maureen Basdavanos Grand Marshal of the 24th annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Sioban Rack and John J. Hanley Aides.

The Parade will take place on Sunday March 18, 2012 using the same route, starting at the Finley Middle School on Forrest Avenue and weaving through the streets of the city, ending at St. Patrick’s Church.

Basdavanos is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and also the daughter of AOH Division 8’s namesake Mike Moran.

“It is such an honor to be asked to lead this year’s parade as the Grand Marshall,” Basdavanos said. “There is no better St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Long Island thanks to the AOH Mike Moran Division 8.  I only wish my dad were here to march beside me.”

Basdavanos (nee Moran) is the Deputy Mayor of Glen Cove, appointed in 2008 by Mayor Ralph Suozzi. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. and a Board member for the Glen Cove Business Improvement District (BID), the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sounds Committee, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and is a long-time supporter of the Glen Cove Animal Lover’s League.  Basdavanos was an active member of the Glen Cove High School Booster Club volunteering with her husband Bill to photograph and report weekly on all JV and Varsity sports.  She was also a long-time volunteer Cheerleading Coach for Glen Cove Jr. Football and Cheerleading and a Cub Scout leader. She is married to former Glen Cove fire chief Bill Basdavanos and has two grown children.

Sioban Rack (nee Lane) is Associate Director of Special Events of SCO Family or Services and the immediate past president of St. Dymphna Division 8 of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. With corporate contacts, volunteers and donors she has provided Christmas for hundreds of children and adolescents every year, arranged trips and special outings, and recently, working with the Garden of Dreams foundation, she has even enabled some of our children to perform at Radio City Music Hall. She is married to Jim Rack and has a 16 year-old son James.

An active attorney in the community, John Hanley ran for Glen Cove City Council a number of time, most recently last year. He is also the immediate past president of Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and also served as Vice President and Marshal. He currently serves on the Glen Cove High School Community Scholarship Committee and is Past President of the Catholic Accountant’s Guild of Rockville Centre. He is married to the former Teresa Esposito and has three daughters.

About the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee: Founded in 1989 by the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the parade is in its 24th year, celebrating Irish culture on the North Shore. Over the years, the parade has had politicians, celebrities and Irish dignitaries serve as Grand Marshal. The committee comprises of members of the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

About the Mike Moran Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians: Now in its seventh decade, the Mike Moran Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open at all men age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information, please visit their website at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division President Joe McDonald at 516-522-0741 or by email at joe@hiberniandigest.com.

About the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians: Founded in 2002, the St. Dymphna Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians serves to promote Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Membership is open to women age 16 and over, who are of Irish birth or heritage, and are practicing Catholics. For more information please contact them online at www.glencoveirish.org or contact Division President Lisa Forgione at 516-759-9481 or by email at lisaf22@optonline.net.

 

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2012 Grand Marshal – Maureen Basdavanos

Maureen is the oldest daughter of Michael and Mary Moran.  She has served as Deputy Mayor for the City of Glen Cove, for the past four years, appointed by Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi in 2008.

Maureen was born and raised in Sea Cliff, NY.  She received her education at St. Boniface Martyr School, North Shore High School and The Katherine Gibbs School.  She became a member of the Ladies AOH in 2010.  It seemed like a natural progression since the AOH has been a major part of her life since she was a child.  She is a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, but also keeps her childhood parish of St. Boniface Martyr close at heart.

Maureen is a member of the Board of Directors for Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. and a Board member for the Glen Cove Business Improvement District (BID), the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Sounds Committee, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and is a long-time supporter of the Glen Cove Animal Lover’s League.  She was an active member of the Glen Cove High School Booster Club volunteering with her husband Bill to photograph and report weekly on all JV and Varsity sports.  She was also a long-time volunteer Cheerleading Coach for Glen Cove Jr. Football and Cheerleading and a Cub Scout leader.

Maureen is married to Bill Basdavanos, Ex-Chief of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Dept.  They have two children – Sean Michael who lives in Long Beach and owns a dessert café in Rockville Center and Kelly Anne who is a senior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy and is looking forward to college next year.

 

 

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2012 Aide To The Grand Marshal – Sioban Lane Rack

Sioban is the third child to Daniel and (the late) Sally Lane.  Her dad is from County Cork Ireland and her mom was from County Tyrone, Ireland.  She was raised to enjoy Irish step dancing, music, laughter and the sounds of the bagpipes.  Sioban was born in Roslyn, NY and raised in Sea Cliff with her three siblings, Dennis, Patricia and Daniel Joseph, where she attended St. Boniface Martyr School, North Shore High School and ITT Business School.  She has been an employee of SCO Family of Services for Thirty-three years.

In all her roles over the last 33 years, one thing has remained constant; year after year Sioban has brought happiness to thousands of children across the agency.  With corporate contacts, volunteers and donors she has provided Christmas for hundreds of children and adolescents every year, arranged trips and special outings, and recently, working with the Garden of Dreams foundation, she has even enabled some of our children to perform at Radio City Music Hall.

In addition to all of this Sioban has worked with volunteers, putting together highly successful events that have raised funds to support programs across the agency.  Her success in this area is a direct result of the passion she has for the children and families she services.

She has been a member of the LAOH since 2006 serving as Vice President and President.  She has been involved with the St. Patrick’s Day dance, Garage Sales and all LAOH fund raising activities.  She is also a member of the St. Boniface Martyr Ministries.

Sioban is married to the love of her life Jim Rack and they are enjoying raising their son – James Rack who is 16 years old and a junior at North Shore High School.

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2012 Aide To The Grand Marshal – John J. Hanley

John J. Hanley was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on August 15, 1965 in Franklin Square on Long Island. He was the only child of John Hanley and Catherine McDermott, both of whom trace their family trees to Roscommon. He attended grammar school and High School in Franklin Square at Willow Road and St. Catherine of Sienna elementary schools and Valley Stream North High School. He attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York where he majored in Accounting. His greatest memory of attending St. John’s was having the opportunity to attend an on-campus speech by President Ronald Reagan on March 28, 1985. Of note, is that John had actually won a drawing to attend St. John’s final four appearance in Lexington, Kentucky on the same day and decided to see The President’s speech instead.

He graduated St. John’s in 1987 and began an accounting career which landed him as an Internal Auditor for MetLife and received his designation as a Certified Public Accountant in 1993.

In 1991, at a High School friend’s wedding, he met Teresa Esposito. John and Teresa were married in 1993. They moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn where Teresa was completing her internship as a physician. When Teresa accepted an invitation to complete her residency at Glen Cove Hospital, they moved to an apartment in Glen Head, New York where they remained until the 1998 birth of their first daughter, Isabella. They then moved north to Glen Cove. Lara, their second daughter, was born in 2000 followed by their third, Victoria, in 2004.

While working for MetLife in New Jersey, Mr. Hanley attended Touro Law School at night. He graduated law school in 1997 and was admitted to the bar in the Spring of 1998.

In 2005, John was invited to join the team seeking election to the City Council of Glen Cove. While unsuccessful, his Irish stubroness led him to attempt two more times, the latest being in 2011.

Since becoming a member of Division 8 of the A.O.H. in 2005, Mr. Hanley has served as the President, Vice-President and Marshall, the latter being his current position with The Division. He currently serves on the Glen Cove High School Community Scholarship Committee and is Past President of the Catholic Accountant’s Guild of Rockville Centre.

John would like to thank the Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for inviting him to be an Aide to the Grand Marshall in the 2012 Glen Cove Parade and for the honor of marching next to fellow Aide to the Grand Marshall, Sioban Rack and Grand Marshall Maureen Basdavanos. John would also like to express the deepest love and gratitude to Teresa, Isabella, Lara and Victoria for their constant support, encouragement and sacrifice which allow him to fulfill his duties with the A.O.H.

 

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2011 Parade A Grand Success

The 2011 Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade had beautiful weather as the marchers went down Glen Street. The sidewalks were filled four to five deep in Downtown Glen Cove, cheering on Grand Marshal Andy Stafford and his Aides Jim Burke and Carol McTigue.

“I am so honored this day,” said Stafford. “I couldn’t imagine it any better.”

Three different counties and six different AOH divisions were represented, while the Nassau County Ladies were also out in full force.

After the parade Division 8 sponsored an after party at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall where Mayor Ralph Suozzi presented awards to the Grand Marshal and Aides.

 

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2011 Grand Marshal Andrew Stafford

Born on November 9th 1962 to Andrew and Anastasia Stafford Quitchery, Wellington Bridge, Co. Wexford, Andrew Gerard Stafford is the third youngest of nine siblings. He was educated at Ballymitty National School and Ramsgrange Community School. Leaving school at 15 years old, Andrew went to work for a local hotel, as a trainee barman, where he continued to work for three years.   In the early eighties, Andrew joined his two younger brothers at Letts Mussel Factory in Wexford town, where the three worked until the factory incurred substantial layoffs in the mid- eighties.  Being one of thousands of what was known as “the brain drain of Ireland’s 80s,” Andrew decided to emigrate.

On April 24th 1988, Andrew along with his then girlfriend Pauline Moran, set foot for the first time, on American soil, at JFK Airport.  With the help and generosity of their schoolmate and friend, they settled in Oyster Bay. Andrew started work in the landscaping field and 22 years later, he continues to do so, starting his own lawn care business in 2010. He is a parishioner of St. Domnic and has been involved with his church through the years, volunteering at such events as the St. Rocco’s Festival and Carnival.

Anyone who knows Andrew will tell you he is a sports fanatic. His interest in sports started at a very young age when he fondly remembers been allowed to stay up  with his dad, into the wee hours of the morning,  to listen on the transistor radio, to the World Heavy Weight Boxing Championships, broadcast from around the world.  Through his school years, Andrew participated in all the local sports and at the age of nineteen he joined his local handball club, at its inception in 1982. Handball quickly became his favorite sport and he soon started competing in novice grade tournaments at local and county level.  He had conquered the 60×30 County novices Doubles, County Team of Four and moved up a grade to capture the County Junior singles titles, prior to immigrating to the United States.  While back in Ireland in 1990, he started training again and before moving back to the U.S. he had captured the 60×30 County Intermediate doubles title.  Andrew was also very involved with his local club at committee level, carrying the offices of Treasurer and PRO respectively. He also spent a number of years as club trainer for the local boys and girls.

Andrew was a member of the St. Patrick’s Blood Drive Committee for many years. He is currently a member of the Matinecock Rod& Gun Club.

Andrew joined Mike Moran Division 8 of The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Glen Cove in 1996. He made his Major Degree in 1997 and through the years with division 8, he held the offices of Marshal, Vice President on three different occasions and President. He chaired several events over the years, most notably the Division’s Christmas party, Fox Navigation trip to the Irish Hunger Memorial in Manhattan and the division’s annual boat trip to the Statue of Liberty.  He also served as Treasurer of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and was the chairman from 2001 to 2010. At present he holds the office of Charities and Missions within the division.

Andrew currently lives in Locust Valley with his wife Pauline and daughters Aisling and Caoimhe.

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