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June And July Workshops At GNPS Adult Program

Join the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program for informative and helpful workshops during June and July. Details are provided below. All classes meet in the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. To register, call the Adult Program at 516 441-4949 or visit www.greatneckadulted.org.

Defensive Driving

The Empire Safety Council, in cooperation with the NYS Dept of Motor Vehicles, offers a way for drivers to lower auto-insurance premiums, reduce driver-record violation points, and sharpen driving skills. This six-hour classroom course addresses accident-prevention skills. On completion, you will be eligible for a three-year, 10-percent discount on collision and liability premiums (including property damage, bodily injury, and personal-injury protection) on all vehicles for which you are listed as principal operator. Four points will also be deducted from the total on your driver record, if you have incurred them during the 18-month period prior to completing the course. Bring license and pen. Instructor Roger Chizever is a certified instructor for the NYS-approved accident-prevention course/point-reduction program. 

 

Class meets on two consecutive evenings, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18 and 19, 6 to 9 p.m. Fee: $40.

 

Medicare Explained

The fundamentals of Medicare will be explained and your questions will be answered. Many people confuse Medicare with Medicaid, but they are different. Medicare is a national health insurance program primarily for adults age 65 and older, while Medicaid is for people with low incomes. Review Medicare eligibility, enrollment, and penalties; costs and benefits of Part A (hospital), Part B (doctor visits), and Part D (prescription drug plan); Part C or Medicare Advantage Plans and more. Instructor Fay Mattana is an attorney who volunteers at the Medicare Rights Center, as she transitions to a career in Elder Law.

Class meets Wednesday, June 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Fee: $15.

 

Learn How To Protect Your Assets

Acquire tips for empowering individuals, families, and advocates on legal issues concerning payment for long-term care. Topics to be covered include Medicaid eligibility/planning, long-term care insurance, trusts, and asset-protection planning.  Designed for senior citizens and their families, this workshop will provide insightful and beneficial information. To be covered will be topics such as how to apply for Medicaid, the look-back period, asset transfer dos and don’ts, setting up a trust, the Living Will, nursing-home expenses, and the role of an elder-law attorney. Instructor Ron Fatoullah is an attorney who concentrates on elder law and estate planning, Medicaid planning, trusts, wills probate, and guardianships. 

 

Class meets on Tuesday, June 25, 7 to 8 p.m. Fee: $15. 

 

Wills And Living Trusts

This is a seminar on wills, trusts, and estates for everyone. Learn how to avoid probate and eliminate or reduce estate taxes. Is a will or living trust appropriate for you? Learn about the advantages of a properly drafted trust or will. 

This class, led by Ron Fatoullah, meets on Tuesday, July 16, 7 to 8 p.m. Fee: $15.

 

Investing In Today’s Economy

The market changes constantly, as do our needs. Therefore, our investments should take into account our circumstances and the economy in general. Learn how to combine today’s economy with ever-changing investment themes and techniques to stay on top of your investments and your finances. Carey-Cheng Ye is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Great Neck. She specializes in developing personalized strategies for families and businesses to help them meet their wealth-management needs.

Class meets Thursday, July 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Fee: $5.


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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