Written by Blaine Aronovitch and Michele Siegel Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00
The Great Neck Park District Bruins hockey season finished off with a bang. Three of the five teams advanced to the LIAHL Playoffs. The Bruins Peewee and Bantam teams competed in the championship playoff games on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. On Saturday at 12:15 p.m. the Peewees faced-off against the Freeport Arrows in their semi-final game. During the thrilling competition, the Arrows notched the first goal midway through the third period. That lead lasted only four minutes, as the Peewees came through and tied the game forcing a ten-minute “sudden death” overtime. It didn’t take the Peewees long; just over two minutes to score the winning goal, advancing them to Sunday’s championship game. On Sunday, the Peewees were challenged by L.I. Rebels. Both the Peewees and the Rebels remained tied in wins and points during the regular season. The Peewees succeeded in the final game, destroying the Rebels with a 9-3 win, gaining the championship victory. The Peewees include Kevin Becker, Conner Campbell, Justin Chavez, Colin Chindris, Matt Cirillo, Liam Donelan, Tyler Khani, Daniel Lopes, William Machado, Caleb Marks, Nick Mauriello, Brendon McNulty, Tzvi Meltzer, Patrick Muller, Christian Patten, Grace Pavlovich, Sheldon Plotkin, Corey Rutkin, Dylan Silverstein and Justin Utic.
At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, the Bantams hit the ice after finishing their regular hockey season in first place and were hoping to capture the second consecutive championship trophy. After the semi-final game they were halfway there, outscoring the Silver Knights 9 to 4. During the finals on Sunday, the Bantams and Rebels competed in what would be a goaltenders worst nightmare. The Bruin Bantams got their wish, as the game ended with a score of 8-7, achieving yet another season championship. The Bantams include Sean Chalker, Matt Cohen, Louis Demarco, Sean Donelan, Peter Dunn, Jake Epstein, Jamie Esperto, Chris Heyer, Matt Katz, Lucas Kranacher, Ben Levitan, Paul Majewski, Brandon Muller, Nick Nikas , Austin Plasker, Darren Patten, Justyn Tesoriero and Andrew Voigt. Congratulations to both teams! The weekend of Feb. 25 and 26, the Midget Minor Team will be competing in the playoffs at the Dix Hills Rink, 575 Vanderbilt Parkway. Everyone is welcome to cheer our Bruins on!
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Once again the Great Neck School District received a host of gifts and donations. All were recently approved and accepted by the Board of Education at school board public action meetings.
Eight donations were received for the Robotics Club, to help offset some of the many costs associated with running a successful robotics program. Donations were sent from: the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Cathy Sung, Stephen and Beth Wolf, Joel and Ellen Dressner, Jay and Judi Bosworth, Edith Novick and Dmitriy Tokar, Gary and Bianna Gal, Scott and Barbara Erlich and Jill A. Krieger.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Residents in the Great Neck School District vote on the proposed $209,442,904 2013-2014 school budget this coming Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget vote (Proposition No. 1), eligible voters also vote on the Great Neck Library budget (Proposition No. 2) and for one Board of Education trustee, Monique Bloom (who is running unopposed, having been appointed to the school board last year).
As always, by far the largest percentage of the budget is dedicated to instruction. This amounts to around 75 percent of each year’s budget.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, started the Therapeutic Skating program in February 2013. This program was extremely beneficial to students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools. The skaters met bi-monthly at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink through Tuesday, April 23. They ended the season with a skating session as usual and then enthusiastically were awarded their trophies.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Dodgers baseball team opened against Manhasset at the new Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27. Coaches Mat Rubin and Steve Menist cheered the boys through an exciting game on the brand new turf field. Pictured (l. to r.): Kevin Li, Brandon Walter, Kenny Li, Alec Rich, Noah Kniesly, Philip Menist, Brad Fritzhand, Jordan Seidenberg, Max Silverstein, Josh Rubin, James Kessler, Michael Jacobs, coaches Steven Menist and Mat Rubin.