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GreatNeckRecord.com Calendar

Great Neck Garden Club
Monday, April 16

Judi Bosworth to Speak
Tuesday, April 17

Project Independence
Thursday, April 19


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 www.greatneckarts.org/Film.htm. 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.

Great Neck Garden Club

Presents a program on Mechanics-The Inside of Flower Arranging by Alice Dawes at 1 p.m. at Great Neck House. She will discuss the various means used to display flowers to their best advantage. The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.


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.

Judi Bosworth to Speak

Judi Bosworth, a Great Neck resident for the past 28 years who has served the Great Neck community in various capacities for more than two decades, will speak on at 8 p.m. on some key issues currently facing Nassau County as part of the Temple Isaiah’s (1 Chelsea Pl., Great Neck) adult education program. The event is free of charge. Call 516-487-5373.


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.

Project Independence

Project Independence Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Supportive Services Program in New Hyde Park invites people, age 60 and over, to a weekly social discussion group on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parkville Branch of the Great Neck Library. Come for interesting conversation and the opportunity to make new friends. Group members will decide what topics of conversation to discuss. The group is free of charge and is moderated by Robin Tovell-Toubal. Call the Project Independence NNORC office at 869-7793 to register for this group. Meetings will continue through May. New group members are welcome at any meeting.


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.

Author Steve Wick To Appear

Newsday editor and author Steve Wick will be guest in the pulpit at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, 150 Hicks Ln., when he offers a talk on his book, The Long Night: William L. Shirer and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. All members of the community are invited to attend the service in commemoration of the Holocaust, which begins at 7:30 p.m. He is the author of two non-fiction books in addition to The Long Night: Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder and Heaven and Earth: The Last Farmers of the North Fork. Call 482-5701.

Great Neck Historical Society

Open meeting of the board of directors. 8:30 a.m. at Great Neck House. Everyone is welcome.


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.

The Art of Positive Thinking

An interactive workshop to discover the barriers in life and ways to overcome them using simple and positive goal setting. Learning how to enjoy oneself and life will be addressed. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Global Harmony House, 46 S. Middle Neck Rd. All welcome. Free admission. RSVP 773-0971. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sponsored by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization.


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.

New York Carcinoid/NET Support Group

Meeting will be held at The Monter Cancer Center, 450 Lakeville Rd., Lake Success, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Also on June 3, Sept. 9. Call CCAN’s office at 1-866-850-9555.


Monday, April 23

Shakespeare’s Birthday

With Tom Newby Monday. 3:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. RSVP to Shannon 829-4100, ext. 15.


Tuesday, April 24

Great Neck Park District

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

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday

Actress Shirley Romaine will present “Shakespeare for Everyone” at the Jericho Library, 1 Merry Ln., at 2 p.m. The program from her series “All the World’s a Stage” will focus on Shakespeare as a man of the theater. Ms. Romaine’s talk on the bard will be augmented by her performing scenes from the plays including: Julius Caesar, Richard III, Henry V, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra and Othello. For information call 516-953-3907 or 516-487-3786.

Free Reiki Workshop

A free workshop on Reiki for current and past breast cancer patients is offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and accelerated healing. Through gentle touch, Reiki moves energy through the body to promote balance and deep relaxation while enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Participants will experience a relaxing meditation followed by the opportunity to nourish body, mind and spirit through receiving Reiki yourself. The instructor is Kathie Lipinski, licensed Usui/Karuna Reiki master teacher, holistic nurse and a certified hypnotist. The workshop is held at University Center, Room 313, Adelphi University, Garden City. Preregistration is required. Call 516-877-4325.


Wednesday, April 25

Bud Livingston Baseball 1941

2:30 at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. RSVP to Shannon 829-4100, ext. 15.

St. Aloysius Sociables

The monthly luncheon, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables of 
Great Neck, will be held at noon at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Melville Hall, Kings Point, Great Neck. Price: $13 per person. This luncheon is usually held the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call John Hyland 516)-482-3795 or Helen Sullivan 516-487-7824 for reservations.

Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner

The GN Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Melville Hall, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 300 Steamboat Rd., Kings Point. The cost per ticket is $100 per person. Awards will be presented to those who have made major contributions of community service for the benefit of the Great Neck community. Honorees include: Frank Lalezarian, Jesse Markel Award; Joel Halpern, the Robert E. Freedman Retailer Award; Frank, Chris and Frank Jr. Marzano, the Robert E. Freedman Retailer Award; and Steven Kocoris, the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open bar, followed by the dinner at 7:30 p.m. with a cash bar. Entertainment provided by After Hours Music and Entertainment. Tickets may be purchased by calling Sue Glenn 574-3790 or online at www.greatneckchamber.org.


Thursday, April 26

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.

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



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