Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00All across the county, communities will observe National Public Works Week during the third week of May. Thousands of men and women build and maintain the infrastructure and services that make our daily lives safer, more convenient and more beautiful.
This is a gentle reminder to our villages, special districts and town to make a special effort to recognize their efforts, sacrifices and contributions to everyone.
Some communities take the opportunity to teach school children and families about some of the things that public works employees do and the skills necessary to fulfill them. One municipality had an open house where they held tours of the sewage treatment plant while another demonstrated the mobile van that has a camera that “spots” blockages in sewer lines.
The City of Grants Pass, Oregon gave kids of all ages a chance to climb aboard the entire fleet of trucks, backhoes, and garbage trucks. Evidently, riding the street sweeper was a big hit.
Another had the city council members wear public works T-shirts and shadow their employees for a day in order to have a better idea of all their hard work.
Many of the events feature food. Some simply sponsor a picnic with food and games. One had a rib cook-off contest. There are plenty of ideas for creative, educational events. Evidently, municipalities start rather small and with success expand their activities over the years.
The American Public Works Association website has a guide for communities that are getting started in creating events to honor these men and women and highlights communities that participate.
As local governments strain to maintain services and keep budgets under control, it is probably fair to say, that our public works employees are doing more with less.
What can you do as a citizen? At the very least, you can drop an email or letter to your village, town or special district’s administration praising the good work you notice around you in our parks, streets and byways.
The Record would be pleased to print copies of these letters and would also run photographs of public works employees being honored by their employers.
Let’s take time to be grateful for the people who take care of the ins and outs of our community on a daily basis and who provide a safety net and support during times of crisis...hurricanes, microbursts, blizzards, oh my.
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.