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What’s The Latest at Udalls Pond?

The good news at Udalls Pond, where Nassau County funded a major dredging project to promote good drainage and flood control, is that the plantings, chosen to attract wildlife and enhance the beauty of the setting, have been completed. According to Brian Schneider, a hydrogeologist with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works, all the plantings will be monitored to make sure that they survive and thrive.


The Beach Road staging area which is still blocked off will be seeded this fall when weather conditions permit. Contractor Ed Galvin said that the mixture of seeds will include those for grasses and wildflowers.


The only other major work to be done is to repair the weir which is in such poor condition that one chunk of concrete is missing. The weir is located just past the Saddle Rock

Grist Mill and runs along the mouth of the bay. Schneider says that in order to repair the weir, additional concrete work will be necessary in order to install capstones and the fish ladder. This has led to the need for more design work which is being prepared by deBruin Engineering and is being reviewed by the county.


Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth who was instrumental in securing the county’s funding for the project commented, “I am pleased that we are continuing to make progress with the Udalls Pond Remediation Project. Though there is still work to be done, I am encouraged that the plantings have been installed and that their viability is being evaluated.

 I know we all appreciate that the county is living up to it’s commitment to see this project through.” 


Once the weir is repaired properly, the water level in both the eastern and western ponds will rise by approximately four inches. Fish populations will increase after the fish ladder

is installed and greater varieties of birds should return to the ponds...perhaps in time for the fall migration.


Just last week, we spotted two large snapping turtles swimming near the 9/11 Bridge; they appeared to be enjoying their deeper swimming hole, but were not available for comment.


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.


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.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


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