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Reach Out America
Wednesday, April 11

All That’s Jazz
Wednesday, April 11

Jewish Film Series
Monday, April 16

Saturday, April 7

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 call 482-0355.

Monday, April 9

Great Neck Park District

Holiday Mini Camps: Junior Tennis Camps run from April 9 through April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m. at Parkwood Tennis Center. Call 829-9050.

Tuesday, April 10

Great Neck Park District

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

Wednesday, April 11

Reach Out America

Meets once a month at 12:30 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. The group will provide the opportunity to be involved in local, state and national issues. Welcome guest speaker Roy Klein, president of the Nassau Chapter of the ACLU. The topic will be “Is There a War on Women.” All are welcome.

All That’s Jazz

Chilly Willy performs “All That’s Jazz” at 3:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. RSVP to Shannon 829-4100, ext. 15.

Thursday, April 12

St. Aloysius Sociables

The monthly dinner, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables of Great Neck, will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park. Call John Hyland 516-482-3795 or Helen Sullivan 516-487-7824 for reservations. Cost: Price of your meal. Restaurants vary each month.

Saturday, April 14

Great Neck Park District

•Steppingstone Marina: 2012 season launch service hours begin today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 482-0355 for info.

•Nature program: Spring Seasonal Stroll. 1 p.m. at Kings Point Park, Steamboat Rd. entrance. No children under 16 years. No registration required. Call 516-482-0355 for more info.

Sunday, April 15

Great Neck Park District

Sunday @ 3 Series. Concert: Arlon Bennett. 3 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admission.

Monday, April 16

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 Today’s film: Joan Mickling Silver’s 1975 film Hester Street. The story of Jewish immigrants who come to the Lower East Side of New York City in 1896 from Europe, Hester Street stars Carol Kane in an Oscar-nominated role. The film is noteworthy for its detailed reconstruction of Jewish immigrant life, with much of the dialogue delivered in Yiddish with English subtitles. Director Joan Mickling Silver will join the audience for a Q&A after the film, to discuss the film that pioneered a wave of films that dealt with the complexities of American Jewish identity. She will be joined by producer Sarah Teale.

Brandeis National Committee

Nassau North Chapter open meeting at the Great Neck Library, Bayview Avenue Main Branch, at 10:30 a.m. The presentation is not to be missed. Speakers and their subject promise to be most fascinating. Two Brandeis members from the German Conversation Study Group will talk about their odysseys traveling from their European homes to the U.S. during the Naziera. Their experiences are almost unbelievable and deeply emotional and surely there will be many questions and explanations. Before the presentation at 11 a.m. there will be a brunch of bagels and cheese, coffee, cake and conversation. Husbands and friends are welcome.

Tuesday, April 17

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. 9 a.m. seminar: “Economics: China-U.S.A.” presented by Clara Woll. 11 a.m. program: “Native Americans Music and Culture” presented by Cliff Matias.

Great Neck Park District

Sports Squirts: Sports program at Memorial Field for 3-12 year olds beginning today through the end of May. 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. Fee: $125 and up (additional $35 non-resident fee applies). Call 516-482-0355 for more info.

Great Neck Public Schools

Board of Education Public Action meeting. 8 p.m. at North Middle School, 77 Polo Rd. Recognition of North Middle School students and official Budget Hearing and adoption of 2012–13 School Budget. Info: 441-4001.

Wednesday, April 18

GN Resident Leslie Dale Feldman To Lecture

Dr. Leslie Dale Feldman, who is now teaching a seminar on her latest book Spaceships and Politics: the Political Theory of Rod Serling, has been honored by being awarded the prestigious prize of Distinguished Lecturer by Hofstra University. Dr. Feldman will be speaking on her book at 11:15 a.m. in the Cultural Center Theater, South Campus of Hofstra University, Hempstead. Her lecture is entitled “Lessons from the Twilight Zone” and includes themes of morality, the conflict between the individual and the state, conformity and other political themes. The book explores these themes as presented in Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. Admission is free and the public is invited. Dr. Feldman also has a forthcoming book entitled Rustics and Politics: the Political Theory of the Beverly Hillbillies.

Hearing and the Aging Process

Dr. Meredith Moore speaks on hearing and the aging process at 1:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. RSVP to Shannon 829-4100, ext. 15.

Thursday, April 19

Great Neck Public Schools

South Middle School, Cocoa House. 4 p.m. 349 Lakeville Rd. Info: 441-4600.

Friday, April 20

Great Neck Park District

Film: One Day, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 108 minutes. Stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson. 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Great Neck Public Schools

South High School Instrumental and Vocal Concert. 7:30 p.m. 341 Lakeville Rd. Info: 441-4873.

Saturday, April 21

Great Neck Park District

Film: One Day, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 108 minutes. Stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson. 5 and 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Shellfish Favorites

Join Atria Great Neck and cook up some fun with a three part cooking series by our very own Chef Thomas Furnari. 2:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. RSVP to Shannon 829-4100, ext. 15.

Sunday, April 22

Great Neck Park District

Film: One Day, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 108 minutes. Stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson. 7:30 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Upcoming Events

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. Anyone who is worried about breast cancer should call the hotline for help. There is no cost for any group; however preregistration is required. For information, questions or to sign up, call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline 800-877-8077:

•Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer meets weekly for eight weeks on Mondays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., tentatively beginning on April 9.

•Women Post Treatment meets weekly on Mondays for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m., tentatively beginning of April 9.

•Young Women with Breast Cancer meets weekly on Mondays for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 pm, tentatively beginning on April 9.

•Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer meets weekly on Tuesdays for eight weeks from 1 to 2:30 p.m., tentatively beginning on April 17.

•New: A Telephone Support Group for Women with Breast Cancer held weekly on Mondays for eight weeks from noon to 1:30 pm, tentatively beginning on May 14.

Annual Spring Luncheon to Benefit CAPS

CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) will hold its 27th Annual Spring Luncheon on April 26 at The Carltun, East Meadow. Joseph and Jane Clementi, parents of Tyler Clementi and Perri Klass, MD, New York Times columnist, author, journalist and pediatrician, will be the speakers and receive the CAPS Community Leadership Award. In addition, Ilene S. Cooper, Esq., partner, Farrell Fritz PC will receive the CAPS Children’s Advocate Award. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, call CAPS at 516-621-0552, ext. 101 or register online at

Weekly Events

•Boy Scout Troop 10 meets every Monday (except school holidays) from 7:45 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of St. Paul’s Church, Grace Ave. at Gilchrest Rd. Boys at least 10 and one half years old or in the 6th grade are invited to join. Attend a meeting or call Scoutmaster Dwight Rosenstein 482-3603 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Visit No meetings during July and August.

•Israeli Folk Dance Night with renowned folk dance instructor Danny Uziel. Beginners welcome. For the first 30 minutes Danny will instruct, then move to some more intermediate dances for everyone to enjoy. Tuesdays from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. in the Youth House behind the main building of Temple Israel. Call 482-7800 for details. The group meets from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom. It is not a beginner’s group, but appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels; from 10 to 11 p.m., partner dances will be taught (partners are not needed).

•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.

•Great Neck Choral Society meets Wednesdays from 7:20 to 9:30 p.m. in the Choral Room at Great Neck South Middle School, 349 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success. David Close, conductor. Website: For information call 233-1460 or 536-0451. Rehearsals resume Sept. 15.

•Womanspace now in its 32nd year meets weekly to discuss issues of interest and concern to women. New members are welcome. Join us on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Ave.

•GN Water Pollution Control District Board of Commissioners meets every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the district offices, 236 E. Shore Rd. Open to the public. Call 482-0238.

•Manhasset-Lakeville Fire/Water District will meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m. to discuss the weekly business of the district. All meetings will be conducted in the Boardroom at the District Office, 170 East Shore Rd., Great Neck, unless otherwise publicly notified. The regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The board is available on a daily basis to respond to concerns, questions and issues of the district residents pertaining to fire/water district matters. Special arrangements or appointments can be made through Barbara Pisani at 466-4416, ext. 704.

•Peace Vigil. Become a “Presence for Peace.” Join the vigil to protest the loss of life and treasure in Iraq and Afghanistan and to bring our troops home. Every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m., corner of Northern Blvd. and Lakeville Rd. Sponsored by Great Neck SANE/Peace Action. Information: 487-3786.


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.


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.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,