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Bruins Hockey Annual Award Celebration

The Great Neck Park District honored the Bruins hockey teams for their effort this past season, at the annual awards recognition dinner celebration. The event took place at the Exhibition Hall at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, beginning at 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony. Present were Great Neck Park District Commissioner Ruth Tamarin, Superintendent Leonard Celluro, Jr., Deputy Superintendent Peter M. Renick, facility supervisor Parkwood Sports Complex Chandev Perera; and coaches Blaine Aronovitch, Chris Byrnes, Joe Kelley, Chris Goodrich, Mark Teseriero, Zach Mercandate, Dino Pappous and hockey director Fred Ondris.

All of the teams worked hard throughout the season. The Peewee and Bantam teams won the Long Island league championships and the Midget Minors made it to the New York State Championships in Alexandria Bay, New York, only to be defeated in overtime during the semifinal game.

All of the players, on each of the five Bruins hockey teams, received an award for their hard work and dedication during the 2011-2012 season. In addition, a special award certificate was given to the Squirt team members by New York State Senator Jack M. Martins, who was impressed by the Squirts’ progress and team effort. A skater from each team was chosen by their coach to be the recipient of a special MVP award. Those skaters, considered to be the most valuable to their team include Squirts, Jordan Kahani; Peewees, Tyler Kahani; Bantams, Jamie Esperto; Midget Minors, Jack Schildkraut; and Midget Majors, Robert Campbell.

There will be tryouts for the 2012-2013 season beginning on April 17 and continuing through April 20. For more hockey information call Blaine at 487-2976, ext. 128.


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.


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.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


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