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The top stories from around Long Island this past week.

Residents ask questions of the Board trustees in Thayer House Thursday night. (Credit: Micah Danney)
Residents ask questions of the Board trustees in Thayer House Thursday night. (Credit: Micah Danney)
This story was posted by Leah Bush. It was written by Patch Staff members.

Here are the top headlines from around Long Island this past week. To see the full story, click on the links:

Superintendent resigns in Glen Cove
The Glen Cove Board of Education accepted the sudden resignation of Superintendent Joseph Laria Thursday, seven weeks shy of his planned departure.

A group of 20 residents packed a meeting room in Thayer House and requested answers about the resignation. Some addressed reports of Laria allowing a student to drive his car in the parking lot outside on Wednesday, an allegation also noted by Newsday, but the Board didn't respond to any allegations.

Louis Zocchia, assistant superintendent for human resources, was appointed interim superintendent until Maria Rianna takes the post July 1. Board president Joel Sunshine said Zocchia would retain his current salary and receive a $5,000 stipend for assuming the superintendent's duties. The Board voted 6-0 to accept the resignation. Trustee Ida McQuair was unable to make it to the emergency session, said Sunshine.

Asked how the ongoing investigations of the district will be affected, Sunshine said, "We got notified of the resignation hours ago, today, so we haven't had a lot of opportunity to process anything, but we don't anticipate this changing any aspect of school district business."

Glitter, Gold and Gatsby at Sands Point
When Gold Gala guests walked past the Aston Martin parked under the portico at Hempstead House and entered its magnificent 80-foot-high foyer, they stopped in their tracks at the site of a gold-painted beauty strewn across a circular bed reminiscent of the shocking murder scene in the 1964 Bond film, Goldfinger. There could be no doubt that this was going to be an interesting night – a unique blend of ‘Bond, James Bond’ intrigue and sensuality – and Gold Coast opulence. 

Friends of the Sands Point Preserve’s Fifth Annual Preservers’ Celebration was filled with decadent treats – a tribute to the lavish Gatsby-era parties that defined the 1920s Gold Coast social scene. Hempstead House was dramatically lit and decorated for the night. The library was transformed into a casino, equipped with handsome croupiers under red lighting; DJ Afro played a great Latin jazz mix, interweaving all of the famous Bonds songs, including the Goldfinger theme song performed by a perfect Shirley Bassey impersonator.

Mystery Statue Left at Library
The head of a statue was left at the East Hampton Library recently and the community is puzzled. 

Dennis Fabiszak, the library director, said that sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning a statue of the head of a woman, attached to a piece of slate, was left inside the library construction site on top of an old fountain. The back of the statue has a piece broken out of it, where it appears birds made a nest inside of it at some point. Weighing about 50 pounds, it looks like it was made out of a thick red or orange clay that was then painted black.

The No. 1 girls lacrosse teams in the state clash
Two of the premier girls lacrosse teams in the nation -- each ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective class -- collided Wednesday. And it was a sudden impact. St. Anthony's scored the game's first three goals and never looked back in an 11-6 win over visiting Garden City in a non-league showdown.

Shinnecock Nation Opens Museum
Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum staff and volunteers have been hard at work on a new “living history” exhibition — a recreation of a late 17th/early 18th century Shinnecock village was revealed at a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. The village has been named Wikun, the Shinnecock word for “good.” Instead of historic re-enacters, Wikun Village will be staffed by modern Shinnecocks who will relate their tribe’s history and heritage.

Armor Museum Coming to Old Bethpage

Nassau County's premier historic site is creating a new era of living history in Old Bethpage. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced the creation of the Museum of American Armor to be built at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

“We are watching powerful tributes to our American military reduced or eliminated across the nation and its just plain wrong,” Mangano said. "Nassau County is moving in another direction."

Mangano said an armor museum to honor American G.I.s will be built on the county's property off Round Swamp Road. It will pay tribute to veterans and strengthen Nassau County's tourism industry.

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