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Park District Bruins Win Season Championships

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!

News

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.

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.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

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.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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