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Poetry At The Library - May 23

Library Station Branch Film - May 23

Town Ceremony And Fireworks - May 25

Thursday, May 23

Poetry At The Library

“Simple Happiness: Eight Characteristics of Happy People” presented by author and motivational speaker, Jim Ryan at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library. Bring your Great Neck Library card, driver’s license or other ID containing your Great Neck School District address.

Library Station Branch Film 

A film will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Great Neck Library Station Branch at The Gardens at Great Neck at 26 Great Neck Road.

Great Neck Park District Board

 The Board of Commissioners of the Great Neck Park District will hold a business meeting at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Road, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

Town Ceremony And Fireworks

The Town of North Hempstead presents the Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Show at 6:30 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park (formerly Bar Beach Park) on West Shore Road in Port Washington. Live bands and fireworks; cost is $5 per car. Call 311 for details.

Parkwood Aquatic Center

The Parkwood Family Aquatic Center pool will be open Memorial Day Weekend from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 482-0355 for more information.

 

Park District Nature Program

At 11 a.m., the Great Neck Park District will feature a nature program: “Beginning Orienteering,” at the Village Green behind Great Neck House. Must register. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Sunday, May 26

Parkwood Aquatic Center

The Parkwood Family Aquatic Center pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Memorial Day Weekend. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Park District Farmers Market

The Great Neck Park District will sponsor a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Green. The farmers market takes place every Sunday from now through November in the Village Green. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Monday, May 27

Parkwood Aquatic Center

The Parkwood Family Aquatic Center pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Memorial Day Weekend. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Tuesday, May 28

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every 

Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Avenue. This week  the 10:30 business meeting kicks off with a discussion entitled “Gut Bugs:  A New Frontier,” led by Abner Sheffer, At  10:30 a.m.  followed by “My Opinion” with Florence Mosner, who also is leading a discussion about current events. Bring your lunch.  Refreshments are served.

Wednesday, May 29

South High Spring Concert

Great Neck South High School presents the school’s Spring Concert II, at 7:30 p.m., at the school at 341 Lakeville Road. Info: 441-4851.

Friday, May 31

Park District Film

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District will screen the film Mirror, Mirror (2012) at Great Neck House. Starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins. Rated PG , it runs 106 minutes. Park card required for admission.

Temple Emanuel Best Dance Party 

From 7 to 10 p.m., Temple Emanuel throws the best dance party on Long Island with everyone’s favorite DJ/dance instructor Louis Del Prete. You will dance to all of your favorite music in the Emanuel ballroom. Couples and single individuals are welcome. Admission is $15/person and includes a soft drink, snack and dance lesson at 7:00 p.m. Temple Emanuel is located at 150 Hicks Lane. Parking is free. For further information call 482-5701.

Sunday, June 2

Temple Emanuel Song Celebration

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck presents “The Envelope, Please,” featuring four exciting soloists, Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter, Natalie Douglas and Amanda Savan, accompanied by a live band, in a performance of songs that won coveted Oscars, Tonys and Grammys. Tickets are $15 with the Special “CAP” Discount. Temple Emanuel is located at 150 Hicks Lane. Call 482-5701 for further information.

Temple Beth-El Garage Sale

The Brotherhood of Temple Beth-El will be having a garage sale in the parking lot of the temple at 5 Old Mill Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hundreds of donated items including jewelry, housewares, toys, bikes and more. The event will be cancelled if it rains.

Seventeenth Annual Blessing Of The Fleet

Sponsors will be accepting greetings and benedictions from dignitaries and community representatives, in blessing the feast, at Steppingstone Marina on Sunday, June 9 at noon. It will take place rain or shine. A skipper’s meeting for all participating boats will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the dock. Sponsored by the Steppingstone Blessing of the Fleet Committee, Steppingstone Yacht Club and the Stepping Stone Sailing Club. A program of events is available at the marina. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, June 15

St. Aloysius Monthly Luncheon

The St. Aloysius monthly luncheon will be held on June 15, at 1 p.m., sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables, at the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main St. in Roslyn. Cost: Price of your meal. Call Ida at 482-1832 or John Hyland 482-3795 for reservations.

Sunday, June 23

St. Aloysius Church Celebrates 100 Years

On June 23, the Roman Catholic parish of St. Aloysius in Great Neck will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its beautiful church building. The celebrations will include a special 10:15 a.m. liturgy with Bishop Murphy and a gala dinner-dance at Leonard’s of Great Neck that evening from 6 to 11 p.m. The church invites members of the parish, past and present neighbors and well-wishers to celebrate together this great moment. For more information, please call 482-2770 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com