Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00
With the dream of one day being crowned Miss Universe, Great Neck college senior Michelle Medoff has won the Miss Long Island 2014 contest, a preliminary contest for the Miss New York USA pageant. And this state pageant is a preliminary to the Miss USA system, which leads to the Miss Universe pageant.
“Winning was unlike anything I have ever felt before,” Medoff told the Great Neck Record. “It was one action packed day … I’ve worked
really hard this past year preparing for this pageant.”
Aside from the grand prize, her new title, Medoff was also named Miss Photogenic at the pageant held on Aug. 11 at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts.
Medoff, along with Sabrina Franza of Oceanside who won the Miss Long Island Teen 2014 title, will next compete in the Miss New York USA 2014 pageant in January.
Entering her senior year at Hofstra University, Medoff is majoring in broadcast journalism. After gradation, she plans to work as a reporter. Already, she has the job of a reporter’s assistant at News 12.
For her platform for the pageant she chose addiction, hoping to help increase public awareness of this disease. And spending time, too, volunteering. She volunteers for the American Cancer Society and for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Born and raised in Great Neck, Michelle Medoff first entered a pageant age 17 and “instantly fell in love with pageantry.” Taking a few years off to concentrate on school, she is
now very much back in the pageantry circuit.
For her first official appearance as Miss Long Island 2014, on Monday, Aug. 12, Medoff appeared at a Long Island golf club fundraiser to benefit the not-for-profit Hope for Youth.
For the coming few months, she will be busy making several special events and fundraisers.
And come the new year, Medoff will compete in the Miss New York USA contest, place Jan. 17 to 19, at SUNY Purchase.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.