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Old Village Crafts Fair On Sunday

Fun, food and shopping for everyone

The forecast is “sunny” for this Sunday, May 5, when the Village of Great Neck sponsors its 35th annual Crafts Fair. It is always a beautiful Sunday when the Old Village presents the crafts fair. This year, as always, the fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., all along Middle Neck Road from Fairview Avenue to Hicks Lane. 

And of course, admission is free.

 

Event coordinator Jennifer Wood touts this as the “number one best attended one-day event on Long Island.” A crowd of over 50,000 is expected, coming from near and far, to enjoy the food, the games, the entertainment and the amazing shopping experience. 

 

Village of Great Neck Deputy Mayor Mitchell Beckerman once again “runs the show.” Beckerman invites everyone to come and enjoy the day: “There will be artisans selling homemade products and food courts with a variety of ethnic foods as well as booths offering Kosher food. And of course there will be lots of entertainment for the children.” As a special treat once again this year, the village is providing the popular petting zoo and free pony rides to delight even the smallest little fair-goers.

 

More than 150 “quality exhibits” will be featured, including “the ultimate” in handcrafted pottery, stained glass, jewelry, and fiber, wood and metal art, along with leather goods and other unique gift items. Perfect gifts for the perfect time of year. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are right around the corner, graduation is coming up, and let’s not forget gifts for that special June bride and groom. A birthday party coming up? Great birthday gifts for the birthday girl or boy of any age. A new baby on the way? You will find a wonderful selection of handmade toys and baby clothes.

 

Beckerman promises: “There is really a treasure out there for everyone.” No wonder the Old Village always calls the Crafts Fair “the shopping experience of the year.” 

 

Come to the Crafts Fair in the Old Village. Bring the family! Remind friends. Shop, enjoy lunch, stroll through the village and enjoy the entertainment.

 

All of the village’s proceeds go towards upgrading the aesthetics of the business district (i.e. plantings, repairs and upgrades to center islands, banners). 


News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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