Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
Lifelong Great Neck resident Daniel Frankel boasts a new Maccabi win at The Maccabiah boys and girls Junior Golf teams during their 19th World Games in Israel. And his history is exciting and culminates in the current victory.
First, Frankle won the United States Maccabi Junior golf championship at the Mid Pine Golf Course in Pine Hurst, North Carolina during the summer of 2004. The victory earned
Daniel a position on The United States Junior Golf Team that competed in Israel at the World 2005 Maccabiah Games the following summer.
Daniel and his teammates enjoyed a memorable and rewarding time in Israel, but were a little disappointed because even with an admirable effort, the United States Jr. Golf team did not win any medals that year.
Frankel went on to play four years(eight seasons) of college golf at Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee where he majored in Music and Religion. During college summers
Daniel worked with The Met Professional Golf Association and The First tee Of America helping junior golfers from all walks of life to develop their skill, knowledg, and enjoyment of golf.
Daniel graduated Rhodes College and became a professional tournament administrator for Met P A specializing in Junior Golf.
Last winter Daniel was recruited by The Maccabiah Organization to coach the boys and girls Junior Golf teams during their 19th World Games in Israel. The Maccabiah games take place every four years and is the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Cup.
Over 55 countries competed this August in over 30 sporting events. Frankel’s 10-member junior team consisted of five boys and five girls coming from Maryland, New York, Arizona, New Jersey, California,
Louisiana and Florida. They competed at The Pete Dye designed Caesarea Golf Course, the only championship course in Israel. The girl’s team won a decisive three round 54-hole
Gold Medal. The boys won a well earned Silver Medal after their fourth round that started in a tie between America, Israel, and Canada. Daniel won a Gold and Silver Medal for his efforts as coach and team mentor during the three week experience which including a complete tour of Israel.
All 10 team members exclaimed that their Maccabiah Israel experience was the trip of a lifetime they would always value.
The United States Maccabiah Junior Golf Team’s journey ended in a joyfully emotional moment. The entire team stood on The Maccabiah Games Closing Ceremony Stage with Daniel, a former All New York State Tenor graduate of Great Neck North Senior High School and Temple Israel of Great Neck Hebrew High School, as he passionately sang Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem.
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.