Written by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Editorial@Antonnews.com Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00
When sisters Adeena Sussman and Sharon Wieder faced the death of their mom from ovarian cancer, they wanted to develop a charitable memorial that expressed who she was in life. Since she had been a great cook and baker, and because Thanksgiving was one of her favorite holidays, Pies for Prevention was born.
Adeena and Sharon began baking Thanksgiving pies, which they sold to friends and community residents. The pie sale proceeds went to the Stephanie Sussman and Ann Nadrich Memorial Fund at Sharsheret, in memory of their mother and grandmother. Sharsheret, which provides a lifeline of education and support for young Jewish women with breast cancer, was thereby able to develop educational materials and programming for Jewish women facing ovarian cancer and their families.
Each year the Pies for Prevention program spreads to new communities, from its beginning in Teaneck, to “franchises” in West Orange, Manhattan, Atlanta GA, Palo Alto CA, Sharon MA and the Five Towns. This year, for the second time, Great Neck will also have Pies for Prevention, with the co-sponsorship of Women’s Tefila and Sisterhoood of Great Neck Synagogue. The program is being co-chaired by Tovah Werber and Nechama Liss-Levinson. Tovah’s grandmother, Rosa Preis, and Nechama’s mother, Gertude Yagoda Liss, both died of ovarian cancer. The Pies for Prevention in Great Neck is to honor their memories, and the memories of many other women we all loved who suffered from ovarian or breast cancer.
Last year, the Pies for Prevention program was almost sidelined because of Superstorm Sandy, which arrived just as they were rolling out the program. Many families in Great Neck were severely affected by the storm, and it seemed impossible to be able to organize volunteers to bake the pies in time for Thanksgiving without access to heat, gas or electricity. It was also difficult to get the message out, since the Internet and phone service were down in most areas for long periods of time.
Despite these difficulties, they were able to raise over $1000.
You can be part of the project by purchasing pies online at: www.sharsheret.org/pies-for-prevention/greatneck . All pies are $36 and must be ordered by Nov. 17 . They are all homemade with Kosher ingredients (not under rabbinic supervision) and are pareve.
It’s a great way to feel good by doing good.
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.
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