Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program Fall/Winter catalog will arrive in mailboxes shortly. This catalog has a new look as the Program is in the process of rebranding.
Photos on the front and back covers and throughout the catalog illustrate some of the hundreds of classes available. The Adult Education Advisory Committee has spent the past year working to expand interest for Generation X and Y (the 30–45-year-old age group). Several of the offerings for this group are mentioned below.
As always, the entire community is invited to take advantage of an extensive array of classes, special events, and trips. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend offerings accommodate varying schedules. Most classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue (half block south of Northern Boulevard, off Lakeville Road).
Online registration is available via the Adult Program website at www.greatneckadulted.org. View the course options and then simply follow the registration link. You will receive your registration confirmation by e-mail.
Our Early Bird Discount runs through Sept. 12: take $5 off courses over $99 (some exclusions apply). As an added incentive, register for both the Fall and Winter semesters of a course at the same time and take an additional $10 off your total registration fee.
If you are interested in reading and writing, take a look at three new offerings: The Art of Writing Fiction, Reading Like a Writer, and The Write Way To Murder. Established, popular classes include Poetry Writing, Write Your Heart Out, World Literature, Shakespeare, and the Adult Program Book Club.
Eight foreign languages are taught, the newest are Chinese for Travelers and Russian. We continue to offer Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, French, Yiddish, and Latin and Greek
Roots, as well as Chinese for Kids, grades one through five.
Play games with us: Bridge, Canasta, Chess (for adults, kids, and adults and kids together), and Mah Jongg. Classes are offered for first time players as well as for experienced enthusiasts.
Three new music-appreciation classes are on the roster: Legendary Opera Singers & Great Arias, Jewish Composers & the Hollywood Musical, and Major Composers of the Great American Songbook. For those with a song in their heart, Serious Singing, Singing for Fun, Cabaret Workshop, and piano instruction provide musical outlets in relaxed, informal settings.
Special events and day trips are our most popular offerings. Among them are: LI Beer Breweries, Vodka Distillery & Potato Chip Factory Tour/Tastings, Yale University–Newly Renovated Art Gallery, Bargemusic, A Day in Morocco in NYC, A Taste of Italy in Brooklyn and the Festive Bryant Park Holiday Shops & Dyker Heights Lights.
New Generation X and Y offerings include Sweet & Trendy Manhattan, Dine-Around Town in Great Neck, and Appreciating Craft Beer.
Culinary options feature Italian-style soups, vegetarian soups from the Silk Road, Southwest vegetarian brunch, healthy Middle Eastern (meat and vegetarian) and sauces with pasta and meatballs. What could be more comforting and delicious for Fall dinners and get-togethers with family and friends?
For those with creative endeavors in mind, there are more than 40 different courses in the popular fine arts and craft programs, including drawing, painting, pastels, watercolor, pottery, stone sculpture, clay sculpture, hand weaving, silversmithing, printmaking, jewelry design, metal clay, glass jewelry, collage, decoupage, pressed flowers, origami, and glass painting.
Keep fit now and for many years to come with more than 30 different fitness and dance courses: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Pilates, body workout, low-impact aerobics, hand-weight
training, cardio-fit, swimnastics, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, seated exercise, Hatha Yoga, ballroom dancing, and dance movement for those with Parkinson’s Disease.
Highlights of PC and Mac computer-and-software training include the latest in hand-held technology, and everything in between, including the iPad, Smart Phones, digital
cameras, website development, blogging, Excel, Word, Quickbooks, Photoshop, PowerPoint, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and more.
Focus on your health and well-being, hearing loss, CPR, Fly without Fear, conflict resolution, financial planning, and defensive driving,
Parent/Grandparent and Child together classes include Flowers in Watercolor, Painting on Glass, Origami and Say Yes to Chess.
Chess Coaching and Playing and Chinese language instruction are offered for elementary students. SAT/PSAT and ACT Preparation, Figure Drawing, and Driver Education are available for high school students.
There is truly something for everyone at the Adult Program. Join this Fall. It’s never too late to learn!
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.