Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
As part of National School Bus Safety Month, James Popkin, Great Neck Public Schools transportation supervisor, calls attention to the illegal and dangerous practice by motorists of passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing and Stop arm extended.
When a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing and Stop arm extended, this is a sign to motorists that children are about to get on or off the school bus. When motorists fail to stop for such school buses, they present a real-time danger to students who ride our school buses, and they are committing a serious crime.
Unfortunately, in New York State, motorists illegally pass school buses some 50,000 times each day, according to highway safety and school bus safety advocates. Perhaps more concerning is motorists illegally passing stopped school buses on the right (or passenger) side of the school bus. This presents an extreme danger for our children who are boarding and departing the bus from that side of the vehicle.
New York State Law (Sec. 1174/Vehicle and Traffic Law) requires that all motorists come to a full stop when approaching a school bus that has its red flashing lights engaged. This law applies to vehicles approaching from either direction and whether on a two-lane road (such as Baker Hill Road) or a multi-lane road (such as Community Drive). Fines for violating this law start at $250 for the first violation and rise to $1,000 for the third violation, plus points on licenses and possible imprisonment for each and every violation.
Mr. Popkin said that our school bus drivers are trained to the highest standards, our buses are inspected and maintained according to rigorous federal and state specifications, and bus routes are planned to be as efficient and safe as possible. The school district does its part to ensure the safety of all students transported on our buses, but it cannot make motorists stop for stopped school buses. “This is simply not acceptable,” said Mr. Popkin. “It’s time for those who drive motor vehicles to act responsibly, and legally, when approaching a stopped school bus.”
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.