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Book Fair
Saturday, April 28

The Spring Air Calls For Music
Saturday, April 28

St. Aloysius Woman’s Auxiliary Luncheon
Thursday, May 3

Friday, April 27

Great Neck Public Schools

South High School, Coffee House. 7:30 p.m. 341 Lakeville Rd.

Great Neck Park District

Film: Rabbit Hole, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 91 minutes. Stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Diane Wiest. 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Saturday, April 28

Great Neck Park District

•Nature program: By the Bay, Marine Nature Center, Oceanside. 1 p.m. No children under 16 years. Register by April 23. Call 516-482-0355. Ask for directions. Binoculars recommended.

•Film: Rabbit Hole, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 91 minutes. Stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Diane Wiest. 5 and 8 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Book Fair

CLASP Children’s Center will be hosting a Book Fair and special reading by children’s author Nick Katsoris at Barnes & Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, at 11 a.m. Help support CLASP by shopping in-store with a Book Fair voucher, found on CLASP’s website (www.claspinc. org), or by shopping online at bookfairs (ID # 10717197) from April 28-May 2. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 516-482-8090.

The Spring Air Calls For Music

Celebrate life by learning (or relearning) an instrument. Great Neck Music Conservatory, 625 Middle Neck Rd., invites new students at any time throughout the year. Open registration for fall begins in April and popular times fill up fast. Open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Music, free mini sessons, wine and chocolates. There will be something fun for everyone.


Atria Cutter Mill, 96 Cutter Mill Rd., presents a concert by the renowned woodwind quintet, L’Amore Della Musica, from 2 to 3 p.m. Formed in 2004, L’Amore della Musica is an expressive voice in performing wind ensembles. Its five members, from greater New York orchestras and opera associations, came together to explore the intricacies and special challenges of the chamber repertoire with an emphasis on the excitement and colors of the woodwind quintet. The themes of harmony, vitality and musical imagery are hallmarks of L’Amore’s musical message. The concert is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended. RSVP to Susan Mucci 516-773-8730.

Sunday, April 29

Great Neck Park District

Film: Rabbit Hole, 2011, rated PG-13, runs 91 minutes. Stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Diane Wiest. 7:30 p.m. GN House. Park card required for admittance.

Memorial Chapel Dedication

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) of the dedication of the Mariners’ Memorial Chapel with a multi-denominational ceremony in the chapel. The chapel is built to commemorate the sacrifices of the officers and men of the United States Merchant Marine who gave their lives at sea in World Wars I and II. 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be preceded by a fireboat salute at 2 p.m. The public is invited.

Yard Sale/Bale Sale

All money raised will go to purchase school supplies, toiletries and art supplies for Girls Town Jerusalem orphanage in Israel. Both new and used items, books, children’s clothing, toys and much more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 26 Wooleys Ln., Great Neck.

GNMC Open House Gala Event

Don’t miss the Great Neck Music Conservatory’s (625 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck) popular Open House Gala Event from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no charge for a wonderful afternoon filled with musical inspiration for the whole family. Sample chocolates, a variety of desserts, and wine (for adults) while enjoying non-stop performances from current GNMC students, surprise guest or faculty performances and the Conservatory’s very popular free mini-lessons. In addition to informal performances from advanced students throughout the afternoon, at 2 p.m. there will be a very special mini concert and talk with pianist Sandro Russo. Call 516-466-3994.

Monday, April 30

Great Neck Park District

Parkwood Family Aquatics Center: Earlybird seasonal admission fee registration ends today. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Must be received at GN House by 6 p.m. Call 482-0355 fro more info.

Tuesday, May 1

Tuesdays with R.E.A.P.

(Retired Energetic Active People) invites recent and long-time retirees to join a group of your peers for inspiring programs and stimulating discussions. R.E.A.P 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.

Opera in the Afternoon

Happy Endings, a four week opera series by Ross Crolius. 3:30 p.m. at Atria Great Neck, 51 Great Neck Rd. Free admission. Call 516-829-4100, ext. 34. May 1: Mozart’s Magic Flute; May 8: Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia; May 15: Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment; May 22: Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein.

Great Neck Park District

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

Thursday, May 3

St. Aloysius Woman’s Auxiliary Luncheon

The Annual St. Aloysius Woman’s Auxiliary Luncheon will be held at noon at the Swan Club, Glenwood Landing. Chris DeLeo, a professional magician, will perform and the proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the St. Aloysius Outreach Ministry. Price: $45 per person. For reservations, call Kathy Santelli 718-428-3968 or Joyce Lam 516- 487-1920.

Great Neck Public Schools

North Middle School, Bye Bye Birdie. 7:30 p.m.,77 Polo Rd. Ticket info: 441-4551. Performance rescheduled from April 26. Also on May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4

Great Neck Park District

Film: Crazy, Stupid Love (2011), rated PG-13, runs 118 minutes. Starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. 8 p.m. GN House. Admission requires park card.

Great Neck Public Schools

South High School, One-Act Plays. 8 p.m. 341 Lakeville Rd. Ticket info: 441-4851. Also on May 5 and 11 at 8 p.m.; May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

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.

Free Cancer Screenings for Women

Offered by LIJ Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Unit, First Floor, Research Building, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park, for women without health insurance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Women eligible for the screenings must be between the ages of 40 and 64 and do not have health insurance. Mammograms must have been taken over a year ago and will be provided at little or no cost to women. To reserve an appointment for the free screenings, call the LIJ Ambulatory Care Unit 718-470-4165.

Great Neck Park District

•Film: Crazy, Stupid Love (2011), rated PG-13, runs 118 minutes. Starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. 5 and 8 p.m. GN House. Admission requires park card.

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

Dance Visions

Dance Visions of Great Neck announces the premiere of its unique dance/theater program: The Creative Spirit: Future Past Present. The program is a unique mix of dance and theater conceived and under the direction of Beth Jucovy. This timely and innovative work was developed collaboratively with the performers. Characters, from the future present a “history lesson” and embody seven present day women who span in age over seven decades. The work shares a deep and personal look at the views and attitudes of these women expressed through movement, music including live original piano works, media and text. Topics explored include spirituality, discipline, conformity, love, loss and creativity. In addition, Ms. Jucovy’s choreography is represented with her works Blurred Boundaries and Wind Sonnet. Yuki Ishiguro’s choreography is represented in his solo Another World. The programs are free. May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Elmont Library (354 -5280); May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Jericho Library (935-6790).

Sunday, May 6

Walk/Run-a-Thon For Stem Cell Research

Hadassah’s 6th Annual Walk/Run-a-Thon For Stem Cell Research at 9:45 a.m. (rain or shine). It is a 2 mile walk beginning at Temple Israel in Great Neck. The suggested minimum donation to participate is $20/individual or $36/family. To register or to make a donation, follow the link: Join Hadassah and play an important role in turning research into cures worldwide. With support from the public, Hadassah can remain in the forefront of stem cell research. Help make strides in stamping out many dreaded diseases such as Parkinson’s, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, ALS, Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain injury.

Great Neck Park District

•Sunday @3 Series. Concert: Patorale Duo. 3 p.m. GN House. Admission requires park card.

•Film: Crazy, Stupid Love (2011), rated PG-13, runs 118 minutes. Starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. 7:30 p.m. GN House. Admission requires park card.

Great Neck Choral Society

At St. Paul the Apostle Church, Route 107, Brookville, the Great Neck Choral Society will perform Bach’s BMV 12, “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen,” Gabriel Fauré “Requiem” and César Franck “Psalm 150” in a concert entitled From Leipzig to Paris II. The concert will be conducted by David Close and features chorus, orchestra and professional soloists. 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $25; students and seniors $20. For information call 516-536-0451 or 516-233-1460. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Monday, May 7

Great Neck Public Schools

Board of Education Public Action meeting 8 p.m. South Middle School, 349 Lakeville Rd. Recognition of South Middle School students and Annual Budget Hearing (discussion only). Info: 441-4001.

Tuesday, May 8

Great Neck Park District

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

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 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.

Ongoing Event

Prom Dress Drive

If you have some of these items that you no longer wear or need, please donate them to the Village of Great Neck Plaza which is partnering with Women of Integrity, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Hempstead, for their Second Annual Prom Dress Drive. Through donations, these dresses and accessories will be used to help young women attend their proms. Gently worn and dry-cleaned prom dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening gowns and accessories (jewelry, evening bags, clutches, etc.) are sought. Ken Bleck of Nu Clear Cleaners, 172 Middle Neck Rd., has offered to assist in the dry cleaning of dresses for this worthwhile cause. Dresses can be dropped off at Nu Clear Cleaners or Great Neck Plaza Village Hall, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through April 30. A receipt for donations can be provided for a charitable deduction. For further information or to get involved with Women of Integrity, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit


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,