Great Neck Native Jeffrey Mandel
Now that Murderball has been released, has won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, is already being discussed as a Oscar nominee and is racking up accolades from major reviewers for the power of its story that makes reality TV seem wimpy and phony in comparison, it is easy to sit back and say, "A documentary about world class quadriplegic rugby players would make a great movie." But that was not the case from the get-go.
Gross Continues at School Board Helm
At the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education annual re-organizational meeting on July 5, newly re-elected board trustees Judi Bosworth and Lawrence Gross were each sworn in for another three-year term. Mr. Gross was then re-elected president and Ms. Bosworth was re-elected vice president. Amid much praise and appreciation for an extremely well done job, Superintendent of Schools Ron Friedman was sworn in for another year.
Greer Ferguson Named USMMA Officer
Midshipman Greer A. Ferguson, daughter of Captain Donald and Sandi Ferguson of Great Neck, was selected to serve as the regimental waterfront officer at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.
Great Neck Kids Star Ballboys at Wheelchair Tennis
Bradley, Erica and Josh Silverstein ages 13, 11 and 9 recently became unexpected star ballboys and ballgirl at a wheelchair tennis event at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. During the third week of June, the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park hosted the Jana Hunsuker Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, an international event for parapalegic athletes. Participants in the sport utilize the same equipment, facilities and rules as nonparapalegic athletes with one exception: the ball can bounce twice before they hit it. The Silverstein kids, all avid tennis players themselves, volunteered to serve as ballboys for the tournament.
Yet Another Honor for Our Schools