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Park District Nature Program - August 10

Park District Family Event - August 11

Library Discussion: Brooklyn - August 12

Saturday, Aug. 10

Park District Nature Program

The Great Neck Park District is offering a nature program, Late Summer Seasonal Stroll at 11 a.m. Meet in first lot at Steamboat Road entrance of Kings Point Park. No registration is required. No children under 16 years old permitted. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Park District Steppingstone Concert

The Great Neck Park District will present a Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts concert, featuring Beginnings: Chicago Tribute, at 8 p.m. at Steppingstone Park. Admission is with park card.

 

Sunday, Aug. 11

Park District Family Event

At 9 a.m. the Great Neck Park District will sponsor a Sunday Family Special Event, a fishing derby at Steppingstone Park. Admission is with park card. The rain date Aug. 18.

Park District Persian Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District will present a special Persian concert starring KamyR. The concert will be presented in partnership with the Town of North Hempstead at the North Hempstead Park , 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington. Kosher food will be available for purchase from Shiraz. No show bus is scheduled.

Monday, Aug. 12

Library Discussion: Brooklyn 

Marty Adler will speak about the Borough of Brooklyn, its history, etymology of the street names, of course the Golden Age of Baseball (photographs, anecdotes, insights including three of the New York teams) and the forces that made it one of the nations’ outstanding locales at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Door prize will be given. Marty Adler is considered a baseball expert by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and is included in its registry.

Park District Family Event

At 7 p.m. the Great Neck Park District will present a Monday Family Special Event, a  Campfire & Marshmallow Roast at Kings Point Park. The rain date Aug. 19. In case of rain, check the park district website: www.cancellations.com or call 482-0355.

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30  Cumberland Avenue in Lake Success. At 9 a.m. significant issues will be presented by a member. A business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Sara Pelles will discuss her opinion on a  topic of her choice of interest to everyone. The speaker is Bud Livingston who will discuss “The Brooklyn Dodgers1939-57.  Following lunch, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a current events roundtable led by Ron Ulmann. Feel free to join and bring your lunch. Refreshments are served.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Park District Rec Van

The Thursday Great Neck Park District Mobile Rec Van will be at Firefighters Park at Grace Avenue in Great Neck Plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. The van will also be at Cuttermill Park on Great Neck Road from 4 to 6 pm. Call p.m. For further information, call 82-0355.

GNWPCD Meeting

The board of commissioners of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the district office at 236 East Shore Road in Great Neck.

Upcoming Events

St. Aloysius Sociables 

The Wednesday monthly luncheon sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main Street in Roslyn. The cost is the price of your meal. Please call Ida  at 516 482-1832 or John Hyland at 516 482- 3795 for reservations.

Free Flu Shots

Free flu vaccinations will be provided at St. Aloysius Parish Center at 592 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. The flu shots are being offered in conjunction with Catholic Health Services and St. Francis Hospital. For more information, call 516 829-8343.

ASAP Summer Soccer Camps

ASAP Summer Soccer Camps come to Great Neck from Aug. 19 to 23. ASAP camps are delivered in a fun, logical and professional manner.  Spring Break camp features superior education and training in the technical and tactical aspects of the game, scrimmages, strategy sessions and physical conditioning sessions with ASAP specialists. For more information or to register for these summer camps please visit www.atlanticsportsandperformance or call Chris at 516 413-0571.

Board Of Education Meeting

The Great Neck Public Schools next public action meeting is Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. at the school district’s Phipps Administration Building at 345 Lakeville Road in Lake Success. For information, call  773-1407.

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.

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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