Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
Lake Success Mayor Ron Cooper told the Record that he has been involved in discussions with LIPA officials for quite some time and that they had met this past February to outline the project and assess the entire electrical system in the area. They discussed an assessment of the entire electric grid and certain much-needed upgrades. And, according to the mayor, LIPA would also check to see if enough power actually comes through the grid.
Mayor Cooper did add that many of the problems in his village are due to backyard shrubs and trees that become entangled in electric wires and pull down limbs and trees during stormy weather.
When the Record questioned LIPA’s Elizabeth Flagler about the relationship of the May “smoke and sparks” incident and the new upgrades in Lake Success, she offered only the following statement: “The reliability project referenced in the press release is to reinforce the electrical system in the Lake Success area. It is being completed at this time as a result of one of LIPA’s ongoing assessments of the electric system. It is only one of many infrastructure improvement projects planned across LIPA’s service territory. It is LIPA’s mission to provide safe, reliable service to all our customers.”
Ms. Flager is a media relations representative from LIPA Energy Efficiency and was available as a press representative in the absence of Mark Gross.
Discussing more specifics in the project, LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael D. Hervey stated: “As part of our continual assessment of the electric system, this project will reinforce the existing electrical facilities in the area to meet the increasing demand to serve customer needs.” He added that “By making these improvements, we will ensure that residents living and working in Lake Success have a safe and reliable supply of power long into the future.” Mr. Hervey also noted that this project will strengthen the circuit, which will also help reduce the frequency of outages and the duration of outages, “if they do occur.”
According to Mr. Hervey, there will be many improvements due to this project. He said that the project improves the facilities in the Lake Success area, including replacing insulators, transformers and lightning arresters. The majority of the improvements will take place along Lakeville Road, Hillside Avenue and Lowell Avenue.
As the Record has reported in the past few weeks, there are several other LIPA projects scheduled for Great Neck, with all work intended to improve service and reliability of electric power. This is part of many infrastructure improvement projects planned by LIPA to benefit customers throughout Long Island.
With these projects under sway, and work scheduled through August, LIPA asks that residents use caution and stay out of zone protection areas and drive slowly in such areas (giving the workers the right of way).
LIPA promises that customers will be notified in advance if any scheduled outages are required to safely upgrade the electric facilities.
At press time, at least one resident did tell the Record that they had been “suffering” power outages, but had been informed that these outages were entirely related to ongoing work to improve LIPA service.
And, so, while residents might have to suffer the trials and tribulations of power outages during the work period, Mayor Cooper is pleased that the work has begun. “This is a positive step and we look forward to much more reliable electric service,” the mayor stated.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Once again the Great Neck School District received a host of gifts and donations. All were recently approved and accepted by the Board of Education at school board public action meetings.
Eight donations were received for the Robotics Club, to help offset some of the many costs associated with running a successful robotics program. Donations were sent from: the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Cathy Sung, Stephen and Beth Wolf, Joel and Ellen Dressner, Jay and Judi Bosworth, Edith Novick and Dmitriy Tokar, Gary and Bianna Gal, Scott and Barbara Erlich and Jill A. Krieger.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Residents in the Great Neck School District vote on the proposed $209,442,904 2013-2014 school budget this coming Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget vote (Proposition No. 1), eligible voters also vote on the Great Neck Library budget (Proposition No. 2) and for one Board of Education trustee, Monique Bloom (who is running unopposed, having been appointed to the school board last year).
As always, by far the largest percentage of the budget is dedicated to instruction. This amounts to around 75 percent of each year’s budget.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, started the Therapeutic Skating program in February 2013. This program was extremely beneficial to students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools. The skaters met bi-monthly at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink through Tuesday, April 23. They ended the season with a skating session as usual and then enthusiastically were awarded their trophies.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Dodgers baseball team opened against Manhasset at the new Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27. Coaches Mat Rubin and Steve Menist cheered the boys through an exciting game on the brand new turf field. Pictured (l. to r.): Kevin Li, Brandon Walter, Kenny Li, Alec Rich, Noah Kniesly, Philip Menist, Brad Fritzhand, Jordan Seidenberg, Max Silverstein, Josh Rubin, James Kessler, Michael Jacobs, coaches Steven Menist and Mat Rubin.