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Board Commends North Middle Students

The 46 students whose names follow are eighth grade students at the Richard S. Sherman–North Middle School and are recipients of Board of Education Certificates of Commendation for contributing to the quality of life at their school. The students, in alphabetical order, are: Andrew Abrudescu, Sherzod Bakhtiyarov, Spencer Berman, Jessica Bonheur, Nicholas Bornstein, Gabriella Burgos, Alejandra Depetris, Adriana Ghalandar, Julia Goldsamt, Lauren Goldsamt, Jordan Greiff, Charles Hakimi, Sidonya Hakimi, Daniel Hirsch, Weiyin Jiao, Sandra Kashani, Diana Kim, Gabriella Kokhabi, Samantha Kramer, Zachary Lee, Isabel Lesser, Julia Lesser, Camryn Lessing, Adam Manesh, Carly Menker, Alexandra Mirro, Ryan Motchkavitz, Maya Mualem, Jennifer Otruba, Daniel Petrikovsky, Julia Prager-Hessel, Samuel Ressler, Scott Rothbaum, Mickelle Roubeni, Ariella Rouhani, Jared Schwartz, Jacob Seidenberg, Ethan Shaktman, Aviva Shamian, Valerie Szuster, Joseph Taied, Jason Tanner, Tayler Tehrani, Katie Tropp-Levy, Matthew Weinstein, and Caitlin Yam.


The student honorees were joined by Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz and trustees Donald Ashkenase, Monique Bloom, and Susan Healy; (Vice President Lawrence Gross was not in attendance); and school administrators (Superintendent Thomas Dolan, Assistant Superintendant,Secondary Stephen Lando; Principal Anael Alston, assistant principals Jason Mach and Samantha Tarantola, and deans Jennifer Andersen and Nancy Gunning.


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


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