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Great Neck Plaza Promenade - June 27

Socrates Salon - June 28

School Board Meeting - July 1

 

Thursday, June 27

Great Neck Plaza Promenade

Promenade night returns to Bond Street as the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) and the Village of Great Neck Plaza invite local residents and visitors to an evening of fine dining and live entertainment on Bond Street. Promenade Night will feature a variety of fine dining options Great Neck Plaza has to offer in a unique outdoor café environment. The promenade event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 10:30 p.m.  In addition to outdoor café style dining, a karaoke competition will take place from 8:30 until 10:30 p.m.  

Friday, June 28

Socrates Salon

Ron Gross hosts the next Socrates Salon to discuss whether we are over-confident or too self- critical, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Think about several provocative questions recently posed by New York Times columnist David Brooks (and review answers submitted by readers), including: “A generation after the feminist revolution, are women, on average, less confident than men?” Copies of Brooks’ column will be available at the Library Reference Information Desk.

Great Neck Park Board Meeting

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

Monday, July 1

School Board Meeting

The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education will hold a public action meeting at 8 p.m. at the Phipps Administration building at 345 Lakeville Road. This is the board’s organizational meeting. Info: 441-4001.

Tuesday, July 2

Plaza Concert

The Village of Great Neck Plaza presents Paul ‘Shilts’ Weimar performing at 8 p.m., at Firefighters’ Park (Jon’s Park) on Grace Avenue. In the case of inclement weather, the concert performance will be moved to the Great Neck Senior Center (80 Grace Avenue). Check with village staff or call voicemail after 5 p.m. at (516) 482-4500. There will also be an announcement on the village website, www.greatneckplaza.net, in the case of inclement weather. 

 

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Avenue. This week the board meeting is 9 to 10 a.m. Come socialize at 10 a.m. and attend the business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Estelle Reichman will discuss a timely matter during “My Opinion.” At 10:45 a.m. the main presentation will be “Pedestrian Safety” with Chari Biton from the North Hempstead Department of Services for the Aging.  Refreshments are served. At 12:30 p.m. Bernie Saper will lead the current events roundtable.

Wednesday, July 3

Matinee Film At Main Library

The next Great Neck Library matinee film will be shown at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library at 159 Bayview Avenue. Please refer to the library newsletter, film brochures and website for information on the films scheduled. Priority seating is given to Great Neck residents. Bring your Great Neck Library card, driver’s license or other ID containing your Great Neck School District address. Non-residents will be seated if space permits 10 minutes before the film begins. Please do not save seats.

Thursday, July 4

Park District Fun For Children

The Great Neck Park Diststrict’s Parkwood Family Aquatic Center.  Children (on Arrandale Avenue in the Village of Great Neck) will celebrate July 4th with Arts & Crafts and Tattoos. Call 487-2976 for more information.

Steppingstone Park July 4th Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District’s Steppingstone Park July 4th Concert will feature The Band of Long Island, with Michael Flamhaft conducting. The concert will include traditional and classical musical arrangements. The concert is free for all Great Neck Park District residents with a park card.

Upcoming Events

Defensive Driving Classes     

The Great Neck Park District continues to offer Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Classes at Great Neck House. There will be a class on Saturday, July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  To sign up for a class or for more information, call Great Neck House at 482-0355.         

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

Parkwood Family Aquatic Center   

The Great Neck Park Distric’s Parkwood Family Aquatic Center remains open for the summer through Friday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can get your pool membership at Great Neck House during regular registration hours or visit www.greatneckparks.com. 

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.


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
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