Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
North High School senior Paula Tartell has been selected to perform at the eighth annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Piano Showcase, in Rochester, on Dec. 6. She is among the 11 talented young pianists chosen from 71 perfect-score applicants statewide. At the Showcase, Paula will perform Jardins sous la pluie, from “Estampes,” by Claude Debussy. She played oboe in the North High band and is a member of the Chorus and the school’s Tri-M
Music Honor Society. In addition, Paula was recently named a Newsday Scholar Artist for excellence in the arts and academics. Her faculty sponsor for the Showcase was Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher. Paula studies piano privately with Tatiana Goncharova.
Students who submit recordings to be considered for the Piano Showcase must have previously earned a perfect score of Level 6A+/100 at the NYSSMA Solo Piano Festival competition. Students not accepted to perform in the Showcase are named Piano Showcase Alternates. South High School has three Alternates this year. They are: Sean Na and Annabelle Ng, both sophomores, and Dominique Tricarico, a senior. Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head, is their instrumental music teacher.
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.