2006 USMMA Graduates Honored by President Bush
The oppressively hot weather did not tamp the spirits of the graduating cadets of the United States Merchant Marine Academy who were the first class to ever be figuratively and literally patted on their collective backs by their Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush. The thrilled young men, 174 of them, and 28 women burst into cheers as President Bush acknowledged their hard work and the excellence and rigor of the Academy's training. It was their day to shine.
South High To Be Named for Bill Shine
Great Neck South High School will soon bear the name "William A. Shine Great Neck South High School," honoring the school district's immediate past superintendent, a man loved and revered throughout Great Neck. Dr. Shine headed the Great Neck Public Schools for 22 years, and although he has not wanted such recognition, at the June 20 board of education meeting, amidst many standing ovations, he said that if this was the wish of the board of education that he believed in, then he would "respect their vote."
Kayak Rentals at Steppingstone Marina
Kayaking is one of the fastest-growing leisure activities, perhaps because it's easy to learn, takes less skill than sailing, and isn't dependent on wind. In fact, the only time kayakers are becalmed is when they stop paddling. It takes just a few strokes to pick up the rhythm of paddling --- and then the adventure begins. Some will choose to spend a few serene, relaxed hours meandering along the shore, observing the natural beauty, wildlife and estates around the Great Neck peninsula. Gliding quietly on the water allows for a closer look at the osprey nest and inlets past Kings Point. And it's an excellent way to explore Udall's Cove without getting wet feet. Others, who seek an athletic sport, can take a kayak for the day or a week, going miles along Manhasset Bay.
Race for Spinal Victory a Success
"There are a lot of people living on Long Island who do not have insurance and need assistance to purchase adaptive equipment for their home," Joe Testaverde, assistant director of the Long Island Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center (LISCIRC) said, after participating in the second annual 5K race for spinal victory that was held at Jones Beach State Park on Sunday, April 30.