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Faculty Recital: An Evening Of Outstanding Music

The exceptional musical talents of the Great Neck Public Schools faculty will again entertain everyone at the twenty-second annual Faculty Recital on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., in South High School’s music suite, 341 Lakeville Road.

The Recital brings together concert-hall-caliber vocal and instrumental faculty and invited friends to perform poplar and classical music. Selections to be performed include songs from My Fair Lady and Newsies, pieces by Rachmaninoff and Verdi, and the Long Island premier of “Summer Reveries on a Mountainside,” for solo clarinet. The composer, Marga Richer, will be in the audience that evening to hear Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental teacher, perform her work. In addition two original music-faculty compositions will be performed. “Meditative,” by Juan Garcia, Lakeville orchestra/band teacher, will be premiered by oboist Jennifer Hood, Lakeville music teacher, and Yoon Bae, guest pianist. “A Suite of Children’s Songs” will be performed by composer Alan Schwartz, South Middle music department head.

Suggested ticket price, at the door, is $5. Proceeds will benefit the Music Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to continue musical studies.

In addition to the faculty mentioned above, music faculty who will be performing (with their school) include: Roger Ames (North High), Amy Kempton (Kennedy), Chad Lasky (Saddle Rock), Pamela Levy (South High), Dr. Janine Robinson (North High), Michael Schwartz (South High), Alexander Swerdlin (per diem), Jacquelyn Tomlet (North Middle), Matthew Trinkwald (North Middle), and Anthony Virgilio (South High).

Non-music faculty/administrative performers include: Jonathan Gellert (North High), Bernard Kaplan (North High), Jodi Kahn (North High), Stephen Lando (administration), Ronald Levine (North High), John Liotta, Jr. (Lakeville), Thomas Marr (South High), David Manuel (South High), Paul Pelech (South Middle), Blair Silver (North High), Dr. Steven Tringali (South High), Louis Vigliotti (North High), Robert Zahn (South Middle), and guest artists Michael Grillo and Raina Lasky.

Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact Pamela Levy, event coordinator, at 516 441-4851 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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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