Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District is set to include surveillance cameras for the Village Green in the upcoming 2014 park budget. Park District Commissioner Robert Lincoln told the Great Neck Record that “so far we have included funding (for these security cameras) in our 2014 budget.” Lincoln said that they already have such security cameras for the park district’s Parkwood Sports Complex on Arrandale Avenue.
Park District Superintendent Peter Renick said that the cameras at Parkwood are through-out the complex, including cameras at the Parkwood indoor tennis courts. These cameras have been in place for the past two years. Renick explained that the cameras at the Parkwood complex are “strategically placed” to help avoid “incidents” and to watch for possible thefts and misplaced property.
The Village Green currently has lights and motion detectors, particularly in the “darker areas” of the Village Green. If someone is detected, at night, in such areas, the lights automatically turn out. The Village Green, which is on Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck, but is operated by the park district, has recently been the scene of one criminal stabbing incident, as well as several other more minor, but no less possibly dangerous incidents. Neighbors in surrounding residential areas complain about the noise, the litter left from over-night (including beer cans, beer bottles and liquor bottles and the groups that congregate in the dark.
Following the stabbing incident a few months ago, park district officials, Old Village officials and the Nassau County Police became acutely aware of the Village Green issues and of the potential dangers there. The cameras are part of plans to alleviate possible future problems.
Although the park district is still working on the 2014 budget, it is anticipated that cameras in the Village Green will be a part of that budget.
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.