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GreatNeckRecord.com Calendar

Jewish Film Series
Monday, March 5

Tuesdays with REAP
Tuesday, March 6

Women of Courage and Vision
Sunday, March 18


Friday, March 2

Great Neck Public Schools

South High School Music Night. 7:30 p.m. 341 Lakeville Rd. Info: 441-4851.


Saturday, March 3

Great Neck Park District

Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Course. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. GN House. To sign up or for more information all 482-0355.

Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Friends

The Lake Success Jewish Center, 354 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, is having its 2nd “Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Friends” Fundraiser at 8 p.m. Join in for a fun-filled evening that includes wine tasting, cheese and chocolate sampling and a silent and Chinese Auction with proceeds donated to the funding of our learning center. Admission is $10 per person and includes two raffles.


Sunday, March 4

Great Neck Park District

Sunday @ 3 Series. Concert: Gustavo Casenave. 3 p.m. GN House. Admission with park card.


Monday, March 5

Lulav Group of Great Neck Hadassah

Annual Health Program “A Holistic Approach to Illness, Pain and Phobias with Acupuncture and Nutrition.” Special guest: Norman Swed, Acupuncturist. Lulav Health Chair: Susan Freiman-Cwern, DC/CDN, 8 pm. at Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave., Great Neck. All are welcome.

Jewish Film Series

The Great Neck Arts Center is partnering with Great Neck Synagogue to expand their film offerings with the new Jewish Film Series. The series will highlight films with Jewish themes and/or featuring Jewish artists and filmmakers. All films will be followed by a discussion with a relevant speaker who will provide exciting insight into the film and its subject matter. Films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at Clearview Cinemas Great Neck Squire Theater, 115 Middle Neck Rd. Entry is 7 p.m. for subscribers and 7:15 p.m. for ticket holders. Call 829-2570 or visit www.greatneckarts.org/Film.htm. Today’s film: Pelotero, official selection of the Hamptons Film Festival directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, and Jonathan Paley and narrated by John Leguizamo. Baseball is a way of life in the Dominican Republic. Major League Baseball has wisely invested in recruiting Dominicans with a training program that has the world’s largest number of future major leaguers per capita. Each year, a handful of Dominican players, almost always from low-income families, are selected to begin their careers in the United States. That invitation comes with a signing bonus and the promise of a secure future for their families. The system, however, is flawed. A must-see for fans of baseball, Pelotero tells the story of two of the nation’s most talented hopefuls, and their long, rocky road towards achieving their dreams. There will be a post-screening discussion with the director and Pelotero producer Isaac Solotaroff.


Tuesday, March 6

Tuesdays with REAP

(Retired Energetic Active People) invites recent and long-time retirees to join a group of your peers for inspiring programs and stimulating discussions. REAP meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ( except when schools are closed) at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. Bring lunch if you wish. Beverages are provided. Call 441-4949. 11 a.m. program: “Democracy Demands Vigilance: The Political Thought of Alexander Hamilton” presented by Rhoda Plotkin.

Great Neck Park District

Board of Commissioners work session meeting. 9 a.m. at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Rd.

Shakespeare 101

With Tom Newby at 3:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck.


Wednesday, March 7

Celebrate Purim

With multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jonathan Kalb at 3:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck.

Family Law Workshop

The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C., 1010 Northern Blvd., Suite 300, Great Neck, is celebrating its 35th year in business on LI and offering several free community workshops for individuals with family law questions. People are invited to attend these meetings even if they don’t need an attorney or already have an attorney. People can come to one meeting or as many of these meetings as they would like to attend. In addition to legal information, many people find the camaraderie offered by a group to be helpful. Today’s workshop: Divorcing Dads are invited to a Fathers’ Rights workshop at 6 p.m. There are some dads that are not quite ready for a legal consultation, this is a way of discussing issues and hearing other’s experiences. Separation, divorce, custody, visitation, child support, relocation, domestic violence and false allegations of domestic violence are all discussed. Also on April 26. To RSVP or for more information, call 516-773-8300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, March 8

St. Aloysius Sociables

The monthly dinner, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables of Great Neck, will be held at 6 p.m. at Ethos Restaurant, 25 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. Price: Cost of your meal. Call Helen Sullivan ( 516) 487-7824 for reservations.

Great Neck Park District

Board of Commissioners business meeting. 8 p.m. at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Rd.


Friday, March 9

Great Neck Park District

Film: Contagion, 2011, rated PG-12, runs 105 minutes. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gweneth Paltrow. 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.


Saturday, March 10

Cooking Class

With Chef Tom - “What’s the Difference Between Sauce and Gravy?” 2:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck.

Great Neck Park District

•Film: Contagion, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 105 minutes. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gweneth Paltrow. 5 and 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.

•Parkwood Tennis Center: Tennis Party for adults (21+). 8 to 11 p.m. Singles $25; couples $40 ($5 additional for nonresidents). Price includes food, soft drinks and tennis. Save $5 if you register at the Tennis Center before Marc 3. Call 829-9050.


Sunday, March 11

Great Neck Park District

•Nature program: Instructional Bird Walk at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary, Oyster Bay. 1 p.m. Takes place outdoors. Children under 16 not permitted to attend. Register by March 5. Call 482-0355. Request directions.

•Sunday @ 3 Series. Concert: Stan Ziska and Edie Falcone. Stan is the original lead singer of the Del Satins. 3 p.m. GN House. Admission with park card.

•Film: Contagion, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 105 minutes. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gweneth Paltrow. 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.


Monday, March 12

Great Neck Public Schools

Board of Education Public Action meeting. 8 p.m. at North High School, 35 Polo Rd. Recognition of North High School students and first Informal Budget Hearing. Info: 441-4001.


Tuesday, March 13

Great Neck Park District

Board of Commissioners business meeting. 8 p.m. at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Rd.


Wednesday, March 14

Great Neck Public Schools

North Middle School, Grade 6 Choral and Instrumental Concert. 7:30 p.m. 77 Polo Rd. Info: 441-4551.


Thursday, March 15

NY Multicultural Expo

Business owners and corporate executives of different ethnic backgrounds connect, fostering cultural awareness and creating new business relationships. The expo provides an excellent opportunity to interact with the fastest growing segment of the business population – the multicultural market. Highlights include seminars given by noted experts throughout the day geared to minority owned businesses and other small to medium size businesses, a VIP Networking Dinner the night before with multi-ethnic food and entertainment, and VenturePitch 2012, a breakfast kickoff program. Daymond John, star panelist from the hit ABC-TV series Shark Tank will be joined by moderator Rob Basso of Basso on Business and a room full of regional business elite as they judge business concepts submitted by the area’s future business leaders. Participants will receive widespread media coverage in many multicultural media venues. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leonard’s of Great Neck, 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck. Visit www.exposyourbusiness.com for more information or email info@exposyour business.com. There are some exciting sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsors can call 516-813-6155 directly to discuss different packages tailored to their needs.


Friday, March 16

Great Neck Park District

Film: The Warrior, rated PG-13, runs 139 minutes. Starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.


Saturday, March 17

Great Neck Park District

Film: The Warrior, rated PG-13, runs 139 minutes. Starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. 5 and 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.


Sunday, March 18

Great Neck Public Schools

Children’s Entertainment Series presents Dirty Sock Funtime Band. 2 p.m. at North Middle School, 77 Polo Rd. Ticket info: 441-4045.

Great Neck Park District

•Sunday @ 3 Series. Concert: Spatz Donovan and Tony Grant. 3 p.m. GN House. Admission with park card.

•Film: The Warrior, rated PG-13, runs 139 minutes. Starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. 7:30 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.

Women of Courage and Vision

The League of Women Voters of NC invites the public to honor “Women of Courage and Vision.” The speaker will be Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (NY State Assembly, 16th District). The honorees will be: Dr. Marsha Darling, Director of the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies at Adelphi University, NC Legislator Denise Ford (4th District), Councilwoman Town of Hempstead Dorothy Goosby (1st District) and veteran Maria Ortiz, U.S. Armed Services. There will also be a special recognition in memory of Shirley Siegal, valued longtime valued league member and environmental activist. The event includes brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Verdi’s Restaurant, 680 Old Country Rd., Westbury. A check for $50 ( at the door $55) made out to the LWV of NC should be sent by March 9 to: LWV of NC, P.O. Box 539, Point Lookout, NY 11569. Donations are welcome.


Upcoming Events

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Performance

March is the month and actress Shirley Romaine is the performer with original programs for the occasion. “Bitter Herbs and Honey” - Yiddish, Israeli and American Jewish women writers and poets on love, longing and coping with change. March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Jericho Library, 1 Merry Ln., Jericho (953-6790). “Painter’s Wives: Lost and Found” - Women artists who emerged from the shadow of superstar husbands. Elaine deKooning is the artist. The program includes paintings, poetry and her remarkable story. March 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the Elmont library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont (354-5280). “Edna St. Vincent Millay: Voice of the Jazz Age” - The Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s fascinating life story scored with her sonnets, poems. and images. March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hillside library 155 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park (355-7850). “Painter’s Wives: Lost and Found.” March 20 at the Great Neck Library, 159 Bayview Ave., Great Neck (466-8055).


Weekly Events

•Free Weekly Stand-Up Comedy Show every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Simply Fondue of Great Neck, 24 Great Neck Rd., (across the street from the LIRR Great Neck station), second floor, The Gardens shopping plaza. No admission fees; no drink minimums - just free comedy. Featuring acts from top clubs of Manhattan and LI. Call 466-4900.

•The Rotary Club of Great Neck welcomes you to its breakfast meeting on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Inn of Great Neck for fellowship, interesting programs, and an opportunity to provide “Service Above Self.” Questions? Call the club line at 869-6860 during business hours.

News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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