Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00
Recognizing the rising interest in, and prevention of bullying incidents among every segment of the population, young and old alike, the Village of Great Neck designated October 2012 as Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Mayor Ralph
Kreitzman signed the proclamation at a September board of trustees meeting, with the proviso that this was a part of the village’s commitment to stand up against bullying and end the year-round struggle among America’s youth.
“Our goal will always be to provide a safe and well-rounded community for all of our residents,” said Mayor Kreitzman. “Unfortunately, many students across the country are bullied every day. Our goal in the village is to eliminate bullying and to increase awareness among parents and students about this serious issue and the negative effects it can have on everybody.”
Mayor Kreitzman signed the proclamation as part of The Sage Colleges’ region-wide “Stand UP for Character – DOWN to Bullying!” program. According to the initiative, communities across New York State are encouraged to implement and promote bullying prevention initiatives in schools, businesses and local community organizations.
Mayor Kreitizman told the Great Neck Record that he first heard of this initiative from former New York Conference of Mayors President John Mc Donald. Mc Donald addressed the issue of bullying in a statement to other state mayors, asking for their assistance in “spreading awareness of the pressures every student feels when it comes to bullying and its impact on our children, our schools and our communities.” And he sent the villages a sample resolution.
For further information regarding bullying and the village’s response, contact the Village of Great Neck at 516 482-0019 or log onto www.greatneckvillage.org.
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.