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County Senior Activity - August. 16

Park District Steppingstone Concert - August 17

Park Board Meeting - August 19

 Friday, Aug. 16

Nassau County Senior Activity

Nassau County will sponsor a movie matinee at 2 p.m. at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue in Great Neck. Senior Center phone number: 487-0025.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Park District Steppingstone Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District presents the Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts Concert Jim Curry: Take Me Home, The Music of John Denver.  The performance is at Steppingstone Park in Kings Point. Admission is with a park card.

Sunday, Aug. 18

Park District Steppingstone Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District presents the Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts Concert James Hunter Six.  The performance is at Steppingstone Park in Kings Point. Admission is with a park card. 

Monday, Aug. 19

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. 20

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30  Cumberland Avenue, Great Neck.  At 9 a.m. “More on Gut Bugs” will be presented by Abner Scheffer. A business meeting begins at 10:30 am. Peter Lubell will present  his opinion on a  topic of his choice of interest to everyone. The featured speaker is from the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Department Emergency Medical Services. Lunch, is at noon, followed by current events led by Marvin Silverman.  Join us for lunch, bring your own. Refreshments are served.  

  Wednesday, Aug. 21

Library Renovation Meeting

All community members are invited and encouraged to attend the Main Library Proposed Building Renovation meeting at 7 p.m. in the Parkville Branch Library, 10 Campbell Street (off Lakeville Road) in New Hyde Park. At this second of five scheduled information meetings, the architect will give a presentation of the approved building plan for the renovation of the Great Neck Main Library Building.

Refreshments will be served.

St. Aloysius Sociables 

The Wednesday monthly luncheon sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables will be at 1 p.m. 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 reservation

Outdoor Movie

The Great Neck Park District sponsors an outdoor movie, The Avengers (2012) at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green in the Village of Great Neck.  The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 143 minutes. The rain location is the Parkwood Sports Complex on Arrandale Avenue.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Park Board Meeting

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

GNWPCD Meeting

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

Upcoming Events

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

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.

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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