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Middle School Moving Up Ceremonies - June 21

Park District Nature Program - June 22

Park Board Meeting - June 24 

Friday, June 21

Middle School Moving Up Ceremonies

The Great Neck Public Schools middle schools (Great Neck North Middle School and Great Neck South Middle School), grade 8, will hold Moving Up Ceremonies.

GNPS: Last Day of School

The last day of school for the Great Neck Public Schools.

Saturday, June 22

Part District Nature Program

The Great Neck Park District will sponsor a nature program, Terrific Tiffany at Tiffany Creek Nassau County Preserve in Oyster Bay at 11 a.m. Children under 16 may not attend. To register, call 482-0355.    

GNPD: Parkwood Pool Open

The Great Neck Park District’s Parkwood Pool is now open 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, through Aug. 23. (Hours subject to change.) Call 482-0355 for more information.                                                                                   

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 .

Monday, June 24

Park Board Meeting

At 9 a.m. the Board of Commissioners of the Great Neck Park District will hold a work session meeting at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Road.  

GNPD: Great Neck House Classes

Varied class for the summer session begin for children and adults.  Senior discount and non-resident rates apply. Call 482-0355 to sign up.

GNPD: Camp Programs

Varied Great Neck Park District camp programs --- Camp Parkwood, Parkwood Tots, Parkwood Minis, Junior Intensive Tennis Summer Program, Sailing School Program --- begin.             

Library Station Branch Book Discussion

Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt will be discussed at 4 p.m. at the Great Neck Library’s sStation Branch, The Gardens at Great Neck, 26 Great Neck Road, 2nd level (near Waldbaum’s). Call 466-8055, ext. 234.

Tuesday, June 25

Great Neck Library Board Meeting

The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees will meet on at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30  Cumberland Avenue.  At 9 a.m. various members will present short talks.  A brief business meeting follows at 10:30 a.m. followed by “My Opinion” by Florence Mosner.  At about 10:45 a.m. Yvonne Dagger will discuss,”Canine Companions for Independence.” Feel free to bring your lunch.  After lunch, Current Events will be led by Aaron Reisfield.  Refreshmentsare served. 

Wednesday, June 26

Great Neck Historical Society Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Great Neck Historical Society is at Great Neck House at 7:30 p.m.  Come find out what we’ve accomplished in the past year, and what are hopes are for the next year.  Everyone is welcome.   

Great Neck Libray: Lakeville Branch Book Discussion

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett will be discussed at 7 p.m. at the Great Neck Library’s Lakeville Branch, 475 Great Neck Road. Call 466-8055, ext. 232.

Dance Party At Emanuel 

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Emanuel throws the best Dance Party on Long Island with everyone’s favorite DJ/dance instructor Louis Del Prete. Couples and single individuals are welcome. Admission is $15/person and includes a soft drink, snack and dance lesson at 7:30. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane. Parking is free. For further information and directions, call 516 482-5701.

Thursday, June 28

Park Board Meeting

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.                                                    

Upcoming Events

St. Aloysius Sociables Wednesday Monthly Luncheon July 10

The St. Aloysius Sociables Wednesday Monthly Luncheon for July will be Wednesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. at Ethos Restaurant, 25 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck. The cost is the price of your meal. Please call Ida at 516 482-1832 or John Hyland at 516 482-3795 for reservations.                                                                                

Ongoing Events

Tuesdays With R.E.A.P.

(Retired, Energetic, Active People) invites recent and longtime 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 Avenue, Great Neck. Bring lunch if you wish. Beverages are provided. Call 441-4949.

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire And Water Districts Board Of Commissioners  

The board meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. every month. All meetings are conducted in the boardroom at the district office, 170 East Shore Rd., unless otherwise publicly notified. 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. For special arrangements or appointments call 466-4416, ext. 704.


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,