Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, email@example.com Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00Town of North Hempstead archivist Jack Binder is set for his next town display. The displays change very couple of months, always on view at the Town Hall annex building at 200 Plandome Road and on the second floor of the main Town Hall building at 220 Plandome Road. Binder is proud that each display is of great interest to the general public.
In honor of Archives Month, there is a display of the 200th anniversary of the creation of school districts in North Hempstead, in October 1813. The next display will tell the history of the Indian on the town’s logo.
Binder was a practicing dentist in Howard Beach until 1997. After retiring, he became interested in local history after auditing courses on the subject at Adelphi University. “This led to my being appointed the historian of Lake Success by then Mayor Robert Bernstein,” he told the Great Neck Record.
From there, he interest grew and grew, and he then asked to speak before the North Hempstead board to preserve the Schumacher House. This house was originally in Lake Success but was moved to Clinton Martin Park in New Hyde Park. Today this building sits waiting for a benefactor to restore it. It was once used as a guesthouse for the Sperry Company and later as a nursery for the United Nations.
And at that meeting Michelle Schimel, then town clerk, approached Binder about become the next town archivist. “And here I am,” said Binder.
The first day on the job he was presented with over 100 boxes of papers, papers that were not wanted by other departments of the town. “From these boxes I condensed what was historically relevant into the 27 boxes I now have on the history of the area of North Hempstead,” Binder explained.
Today Binder works for Town Clerk Leslie Gross. “She has been a great help in what I do,” he said.
Jack Binder told the Record that his job as an archivist “is to aid people who have historical questions about North Hempstead, work with the town historian, attend meetings of historical societies and present my material to the general public in the form of displays at Town Hall which change every few months.”
Binder tries to include the town archives in his town displays. Future displays might be village halls of North Hempstead, The Mackay Estate, hospitals of the town, “old Plandome Road” and many town objects of interest.
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.