Community Emergency Response Team Start-Up
The victim was conscious and moaning softly, her body trapped. Leslie Ostrover quickly knelt at the woman's head to comfort and reassure her that efforts were underway to free her from the building that had collapsed during a tornado pinning her underneath. Other team members positioned pieces of wood, a technique called box cribbing which if properly executed can bear 24,000 pounds, around the victim to protect her from further injuries if efforts to leverage the building failed. Meanwhile Bob Bernstein shone a flashlight underneath the rubble in an attempt to make sure that there were no nails sticking out that would further injure the victim when she was gently but firmly pulled from the debris. An instructor from the New York City Fire Department oversaw the operation coaching the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainees as they worked together in a life or death exercise where experience with the principles of the game of pick-up-sticks seemed to apply. "Remember, for every action, there is a reaction," said the instructor, "and it is important to size up a situation before taking action ... the goal is to save the greatest number of people in the shortest time ... so free the lightly trapped people first."
Celebrate the Vigilants' 100th Anniversary!
This beautiful, brand new emblem was designed by Bonnie D. Graham for the Vigilant Engine and Hook and Ladder Company's 100th anniversary celebration this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6. The anniversary parade is Sunday, 1 p.m., starting at Allenwood Road (and Middle Neck Road), going down Middle Neck Road to Cuttermill Road and ending at the Cuttermill Road reviewing stand (in front of the Vigilant firehouse). A carnival begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, on Grace Avenue from Bond Street to Park Place and opens again on Sunday, at 10 a.m. There will be a concert in Jon's Park, 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. Plaza stores will have super sales all weekend! Come celebrate with the Vigilants!
Central Park Challenge
A group of Great Neck residents will join thousands of people with disabilities, their friends, families, celebrities and community members for the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network's 19th annual Central Park Challenge on Saturday, June 5. This is the YAI/NIPD Network's largest event and is designed to raise public awareness regarding the rights and accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. Proceeds from this event support more than 400 community-based programs that provide services to people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Great Neck Thunder Does It Again!
For the third time in its three years as a team, the Great Neck Thunder boys U12 soccer team has advanced to the Waldbaum's Cup Finals. With the addition of this year's new players, Oscar Corado, Eric Judson, Brian Lee, and Brandon Thomas, to complete the roster of returning players Jacy Baron, Lance Gabbay, Tal Grinbaum, Daniel Joseph, Jonathan Marvisi, Ori Matalon, David Melnick, Brandon Shapiro, Jake Winn, Sam Zaretsky, and Jared Zelin, the team, led by the seasoned coaching of Craig Newman and the dedicated management of Kerry Baron, has shown its best stuff in the Waldbaum's Cup competition. The tournament is a five round, single elimination event played over the spring season, beginning with the first round in March and culminating with the finals in June. In their rookie season, the Thunder made it to the finals. Last season, in their second appearance, they went all the way and won the championship.
Altmann Fights Proposals to Section 8 Housing Funding