Great Neck Tops LI Districts With 10 Intel Semifinalists
Ten of Great Neck's high school seniors were honored for their excellence in science and named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. This was the 61st Annual Contest of America's oldest and most prestigious science contest for high school seniors. The Great Neck Public School District, with its 10 semifinalists, has more winners than any other school district on Long Island! Congratulations to the six seniors from North High and the four from South High who are among 300 semifinalists (88 from Long Island) in this nationwide contest. This science competition is currently sponsored by Intel and is often considered the "Junior Nobel Prize" of science competitions. It was formerly known as the Westinghouse competition.
Park District Explores Peninsula Pool Property
Both a citizens' advisory committee and Great Neck Park Board Chair William Dobkin offered basically open space visions for the former Peninsula Pool property off Colonial Road in Thomaston. At the park district's Jan. 16 board of commissioners meeting, first the committee presented a report calling for an area left in a fairly natural state, open to residents. Then Mr. Dobkin, in his "State of the Parks 2002" address, offered a rendering and a plan, for a ''tranquil park,'' also a natural environment for residents to enjoy.
Mindy Alpert's Road to the Olympics
The torchbearers for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were chosen from more than 210,000 nominations: New York City's Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; Mary and Connor Geraghty, the widow and son of Deputy Fire Chief Edward Geraghty; heroes and survivors from September 11; and Great Neck's Mindy Alpert, were among those chosen for this very special honor.
The Endless Summer of Neighborhood Softball
January should be a time for tossing snowballs not softballs. But at Allenwood Park on Saturday mornings it's June in January. Although the leaves have long since vanished from the trees and the grass has lost its emerald brilliance, the hardy players of the Great Neck Saturday Morning Neighborhood Softball Game have kept the summer alive. Mild temperatures combined with a feverish passion for the game have extended the season into the forbidden months. Soon the players will have to decide whether the games are part of the post season or part of spring training. Most of the athletes are in their mid-40s to mid-50s, but the fire within makes these bold weekend warriors feel neither cold nor old. If you'd like to join us, contact Gary at GLLWSL@AOL.com or just come on down to sunny Allenwood at 9 a.m.
Time to Think About Our Community's Needs --- Time to Think About UCF
State of the Parks, 2002