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Editorial: No More ‘Pink Slime’ in the Great Neck Public Schools!

With a gracious nod to the Great Neck Record, Great Neck Public Schools Superintendent Tom Dolan announced that the school district no longer serves government issued, free USDA chopped beef containing “pink slime.” The latest flap over the beef filler, which reportedly contained a substance to help prevent e-coli, was reported at length in the March 22 issue of all Anton Newspapers. The Great Neck School District had been serving this free, reportedly safe beef, but immediately stopped serving it after reading the featured article in the Record.

At the March 26 board of education meeting, Dr. Dolan announced that, after reading the article in the Record, neither he nor anyone in the school district involved with food, felt “comfortable” with the “pink slime” additive. And so, they decided to “decline the offer” from the USDA, and have already found another source where they are now purchasing chopped beef, minus the “pink slime.”

Dr. Dolan also said that the school district is seeking a source that might need their leftover meat and would accept it, even knowing about the additive. And he added that when Great Neck told the USDA that they could no longer accept the beef, they also suggested that the government find a needy group or organization that would accept this donation. Dr. Dolan did point out that they felt the meat was “unsavory, but not unsafe.”

As for this beef served in the past. Dr. Dolan assured that there have been no problems in the district resulting from those meals. And he made note of the fact that very little beef is served and very few beef meals are purchased by students. He said that only about 120 hamburgers are purchased each day, out of 4,000 meals served.

“This was just a preventative measure on our part,” Dr. Dolan said. “It was just the ‘yuck’ factor!”

Dr. Dolan was most appreciative that the Record article brought this issue to his attention. He was more than pleased to then be able to use this information to correct the situation.

We are very proud that our newspaper (and our entire newspaper chain) brought such up-to-the-minute, valuable information to our community. And we are so proud that our school district, once again, did the right thing for our children.

Working together is wonderful!

-Wendy Karpel Kreitzman


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

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Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

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