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Last Updated: December 16, 2014   
 The following articles - and more - can be found in our print edition:

Sex Abuse Arrest
in Glen Cove 

•Christine Loring

Edward Ramirez, 43, of Glen Cove, was arrested on December 9th, following an investigation. Ramirez was arrested concerning an incident that occurred on November 24th at about 7:00 PM at the Stop & Shop Supermarket at 177 Forest Avenue, Glen Cove. Ramirez, an employee of the store exposed himself to two young sisters, age five and seven.

The girls’ mother was in an adjacent aisle at the store. Ramirez exposed himself to the seven-year-old while looking directly at her, police said. The girl then ran to the adjacent aisle to tell her mother what happened. Ramirez then exposed himself to the five-year-old sister, and forced her to touch him. The five-year-old then ran to find her mother.

Detectives ask that anyone who thinks their child may have been a victim of Edward Ramirez, to contact the Glen Cove Police Department at 516-676-1000 or the Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4022.
Ramirez was charged with first degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on December 10th.

Pedophilia is considered a mental disorder by mental health professionals. In the American legal system pedophilia is considered criminal, when acted upon, and is looked upon as very vile, within our society. Pedophilia is despicable, and intolerable. The disorder involves an abnormal interest in children, and is considered a paraphilia disorder that is characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies, generally involving pre-pubescent children, generally under the age of 13. The perpetrator also may have an abnormal interest sexually in nonhuman objects, and the suffering or humiliation of one’s self or one's partner, animals, and other non-consenting people. It may be directed toward children of the same sex or children of the opposite sex. Some pedophiles are attracted to both boys and girls. Some pedophiles are attracted only to children, while others are attracted to adults as well, as to children. Fifty percent of pedophile men arrested are married. The term ephebophilia , derived from the Greek word for “youth,” is used to describe sexual interest in young people.The range of the sexual behaviors and activities involved in pedophilia, may, or may not, involve the use of force.

Pedophiles may be male or female, old or young,(16 years of age or older), but are most often male.Pedophilia was first recognized and named in the mid 18th century. It is thought to be correlated with other neurological abnormalities, and co-exists with other personality disorders. Some medical experts regard pedophilia as resulting from psychosocial factors rather than biological characteristics. Others believe the disorder is an overabundance of the hormone testosterone. Some think that pedophilia is the result of having been sexually abused as a child. Some researchers attribute pedophilia to arrested emotional development, as pedophiles are interested in child-like activities. The worldwide market for child pornography suggests pedophilia is widespread.The rate of prosecution for pedophiles in the judicial system has increased in recent years.

Pedophiles, once in prison, are usually kept in isolation from other inmates. They are at high risk of being beaten or killed by other inmates. In avoiding pedophilia, children need to be educated that if they are in an uncomfortable situation with an adult that seems abnormal, they should yell, run or call for help if they feel endangered. Children should be educated to express to their parents or teachers any action of an adult that appears odd or out of the ordinary.


NSHM Seeks Volunteers
The North Shore Historical Museum is looking for volunteers. If you are a high school senior who needs community service credit or a retired teacher with a few hours a week to spare, or a person who loves history please call NSHM Director Lauren Brincat at (516) 801-1911. NSHM is open on Wednesday from 2pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm.


Animal Lovers League Terminated by GC

 • Chris Roberts
Many North Shore residents were shocked to learn that the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League (ALL) was served with a Notice to Quit, December 2, 2014. The Notice, signed by Mayor Spinello, advises that the ALL’s license will be terminated and demands that they are to vacate the premises on January 15, 2015. In addition, “…all fixtures, cages, cases, equipment, appliances, furniture, machinery appurtenant thereto shall remain the property of the City of Glen Cove.” The ALL has been the source for pet adoptions in our area since 1996, the year its president Joan Phillips was approached by the City to contract for its animal welfare needs. Since then, they have taken in pets of owners who lost their homes to various calamities and responded when hoarder houses were raided by the police. Great care was taken to ensure that adoptions were permanent. Problems were often avoided by the ALL arranging a “meet and greet” between family members and pets meeting the adoptee on neutral ground, and by avoiding the adoption of pets into homes already crowded with animals. Joan Phillips was interviewed and explained that the contract the ALL has had with Glen Cove was for 24/7 pick-up of stray animals. For this they received $7,785 monthly. In addition, the City provided the building which houses the ALL. “It was basically an empty shell which we then furnished and purchased equipment for with money received from donations.” The annual cost of running the ALL is $377,000. As it is a non-profit 501.c3, it is audited annually by an independent accounting firm with a copy of the audit report provided to the City. Phillips says that the City has demanded all organizational documents from them and that they have complied; however, a statement released by the Mayor’s Office reads, “Based on the total unwillingness of the ALL to define policy regarding adoption, care of animals, and to provide adequate information requested by the City, Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles made known the City’s intent to take the shelter in a new direction that ensures the welfare and care of the animals.” Joan Phillips said she has repeatedly asked the City to identify who will be running the shelter after the ALL leaves, but has not received an answer. “If we knew that the animals were going to receive care equal to what we have been providing, we would go and wish them well. But we don’t know who these people will be, what their qualifications are, or what their plan is for the shelter.” Another issue is that the new shelter management, to be known as Cove Animal Rescue (CAR), was hired without going through a competitive bidding process. According to Phillips, when she confronted Mayor Spinello about this issue, he told her that no fair bidding process is required during an emergency situation, and that he has the power to decide when an emergency condition exists. Phillips told The Leader, “One of my fears is that if the new shelter falls on its face, this land may be sold to developers.” With respect to the future of the ALL’s staff, she added, “We are going to continue, whether by financing other shelters or by creating a new facility of our own.” Meanwhile, a Glen Cove Police Department Auxiliary squad car sits in the ALL’s parking lot. Glen Cove Deputy Mayor Barbara Peebles was interviewed and stated that the patrol car was sent to the shelter’s property in response to community concerns that trucks were seen removing animal cages and supplies. She said, “We just wanted another pair of eyeballs out there in case emotions get the best of people.” According to Peebles, the shelter has done a good job over the years, but it is time for a change. “I was naïve to think it wouldn’t be so emotional, but there is no secret reason for the change. We are looking for a broader Board of Directors, with new members who are interested in increasing adoptions.” A Glen Cove press release makes reference to “…increasing concerns about the shelter animals’ safety raised by a growing number of community members….” The Deputy Mayor was asked to explain what the concerns were, and stated that there is no fear that the animals are currently in any danger. Another portion of the release reads, “…the ALL Board voted unanimously to withdraw from the shelter, abandon all the animals and take with them their donated funds estimated to be in excess of $450,000.” Peebles told The Leader that the donated funds belong to the ALL and that the City has no claim on them, and that the “abandonment” refers to leaving unadopted animals at the shelter. The new shelter management will be called the Cove Animal Rescue (CAR) and will have a 7-person Board of Directors. The Mayor’s Office deemed it too early to announce the identities of the new Board members; however Peebles advised that some have backgrounds in animal shelter volunteering, animal training, and animal rights work. One member is certified to train companion animals. One new Board member was already identified in the press. Stefan Geiringer of Lattingtown, a businessman and former ALL volunteer was interviewed. He explained that the most common complaint about the ALL was their refusal to allow individuals to adopt shelter animals. “It was turning into a storage facility instead of a shelter.” Although he said the time was not right to reveal his fellow Board members, he described them as follows: a retired veterinarian, a Petco manager, a manager at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, a lawyer, a volunteer at cat shelters, and a manager at the Federal Reserve. Geiringer stated, “Our goal is to create a shelter with a home atmosphere. It will be a cageless shelter with ten cats to a room. This will require the building to be doubled in size. The last dog walk of the day will be at 8pm. Potential adopters will be required to undergo home visits, and if they already have pets, they must be brought to the shelter for a ‘meet and greet’ to ensure they will get along with the new pet. We will continue with trapping, neutering and chipping services, and our main focus will be getting the animals adopted.”  When asked if there will be a limit to the number of animals a person can adopt from the shelter, Geiringer said, “They can have as many animals as they want as long as they have the financial ability to take care of them and their medical needs. By the time we get finished, we’ll have a shelter we can be proud of.”


GATHMAN, Margaret Clark, on December 8, age 87, of Oyster Bay, formerly of Northport, NY. Beloved wife of the late Edward. Loving mother of Edward (Christine), and Laurie Kowalsky (Keith). Cherished grandmother of Patrick, Kevin, Courtney, Sean, and Rachel. Also survived by loving relatives and friends. Interment Calverton National Cemetery. 

GOMEZ, Michael A., suddenly, on December 8, age 25, of Locust Valley. Beloved son of Michael and Julie. Loving brother of Joseph and Jonathan. Cherished grandson of Lydia and Julio Zavala, and Milagros and Manuel Gomez. Also survived by many loving relatives and friends. Funeral Service at Shelter Rock Church, 178 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, NY. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park.   From Covert Fitness. It is with a heavy heart that I am sorry to report that one from our Covert Family, Michael Gomez Jr. has passed away. he was a huge part of our team and he had a tremendous positive impact on our community. He was a dear friend and fine young man who will be greatly missed. Michael Gomez, Jr. was a true hometown hero whose dedication to the youth wrestling program inspired a whole new generation of wrestlers. Michael was an accomplished wrestler, a five time Nassau County Champion and All State Wrestler, who attended Drexel Universtiy on a Wrestling Scholarship. Michael returned to Locust Valley, where he volunteered countless hours training and mentoring young athletes at Locust Valley High School and at Covert Firness. Michael was always smiling and happy, his generous spirit inspired everyone he met. The great sadness and loss the community feels is a testament to what a wonderful young man he was. My heart goes out to his mother, father and brothers. He will be greatly missed. Angela Casalino.

JOHNSON, Jill Gretchen, of Locust Valley passed away on Wednesday, December 10th at the age of 59. Jill lived a colorful life - she began a long career in fashion modeling quite accidentally while studying abroad in Italy during her sophomore year in college in 1974, when she was discovered by Giorgio Armani. After returning to America she joined Zoli agency in New York - the only one who would take her, given her height of “5 foot 12 inches” - despite her great beauty. Eventually the premiere Ford Model Agency picked her up where she had a long and successful career that spanned over 30 years. After retiring from modeling, she returned to school to get her Masters degree in education from NYU - her alma mater, and taught a fourth grade class in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the Bronx. Jill later became a professional photographer, primarily covering social events in Manhattan, on Long Island and in Florida. Always a child at heart Jill doted on her nieces and nephews, with wonderful visits to Bayville, and lovely fancy dinners at Seawanhaka or the Piping Rock Club. Jill and her mother had neighboring homes in Locust Valley.
Jill is predeceased by her father Glenn Johnson. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Andersen Johnson of Locust Valley. Sister Kim Johnson Gross, nieces Glenna Gross Fix and Carolyn Gross, grand-nephew Maxwell Gross Fix all of Rye, New York. And sister Susan Johnson Banta and her children with husband Philip Banta - Adriana, Gabrielle, Maximilian and Sophia Banta of Stinson Beach, California. Jill had a previous marriage to Scott Richardson, an author and singer/songwriter of Los Angeles, that ended in divorce. She is also survived by former brother in laws - David Gross and Li Chung (Sandi) Pei. A graduate of Friends Academy in Locust Valley, Jill was an active member of the Colony Club in Manhattan and St. John's of Lattingtown Church. Jill will be most missed for her wonderful laughter, playfulness, huge hart, lively intellect and fabulous sense of humor. There will be a service held for her on Saturday, December 20th at 11 AM. Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Animal Lovers League of Glen Cove. Arrangements by Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home.

KEMMER, Rudolph, on December 13, age 75, of Oyster Bay. Beloved husband of the late Helen Marilyn. Loving father of Donald (Kristen) and Maryann Johanson (Roy). Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Colton, and Madison. Visiting Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY Wednesday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. Firematic Service, Wednesday 8 p.m. Funeral Mass St. Dominic RC Chapel, Oyster Bay, NY Thursday 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 would be greatly appreciated.

MARTINO, Incoronata Cipriano of Sturno, Provence of Avellino, Italy, formerly of Glen Cove, at the age of 95. Devoted wife of the late Giovanni Martino. Beloved sister of the late Maria Stella. Loving mother of, Angiolina Grella (Umberto), Michelina (the late Antonio), Michele Martino (Graziella). Cherished grandmother to Maria, Carmine, Romilda, Angelo, Nada, Gianni, Nadia and great grandmother of seven. Visitation at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Rocco. Interment in Italy.