DEC Offers No Real Answers on Diversion
There were no real answers about the diversion issue for local officials when they questioned a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) representative at the April Great Neck Village Officials Association meeting. Alan Fuchs, chief of the DEC Wastewater Permits South Section, Bureau of Water Permits, offered an explanation of the state's permit system, but he was unable to satisfy a number of questions regarding whether or not the Village of Great Neck and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District should renovate, combine or divert sewage to the county facility on the South Shore.
Crack Down on Steamboat Road
To take a good, hard look at Steamboat Road is to see a cross-section of the process of slow, painful gentrification. Boarded up, ramshackle houses languish in the shadows of brand spanking new houses with freshly sprouting grass; a vacant, disputed lot contains litter, broken glass, whiskey bottles, old tires (all the better for breeding mosquitoes), and a potentially dangerous, crumbling retaining wall; parked vehicles with fading tickets on their windshields sit on side streets month after month; houses, listed as single family homes, by the assessor's office have unusually large numbers of people filtering inside as evening falls according to neighbors; garbage bags left outside at night are raided by raccoons adding rotting food to the mounds of litter; large temples with huge parking lots border neatly tended homes. The service station lot is jam packed with old, rusting cars and trucks and even a school bus. It is a real hodge-podge of a neighborhood in transition.
Suozzi Kicks Off LI2Day Breast Cancer Walk
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi met with representatives from various Nassau-based organizations that will benefit from the LI2 Day Breast Cancer Walk, scheduled for June 3 and 4. Pictured at the kick-off at Southwest Airlines Terminal at MacArthur Airport (l. to r.): Dr. Mary Curtis, deputy county executive for health and human services; Linda Hart of Sisters of Greater NY and LI; County Executive Tom Suozzi; Joanne Shigo of Adelphi University; Karen Loeffler of The Maurer Foundation; and Susan Thompson of the Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funding for the fight against breast cancer on Long Island. This will be a two day, 35 mile walk throughout Suffolk County. Please visit li2daywalk.org for more information on how you can help.
Special Olympics Spring Games in Great Neck
Make sure to mark off May 7 on your calendar as Geico presents Special Olympics New York-Long Island Region's 35th Annual Spring Games hosted this year by the Great Neck School District. This largest regional event will take place at Great Neck South High School where in the true meaning of sportsmanship, over 1,000 Special Olympics athletes will be showcasing their skills in events such as track and field, tennis, and young athlete skills for 5-to 7-year-olds. Everyone is welcome to attend and show their support for these wonderful athletes.
Come and Enjoy the Old Village Crafts Fair