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He’s A Good Guy

Wantagh Chamber of Commerce’s Good Guy Award acknowledges a resident or business owner who has generously contributed their resources and time to the community. This year’s ‘Good Guy’ is Joe Iavarone, president of one of Long Island’s most successful family businesses, IB Foods and Iavarone Brothers supermarkets. 

Iavarone, a third generation family member, operates the Wantagh location at Cherrywood Shopping Center. He and his family have been longstanding active supporters of the Wantagh community and the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce, where for several years he served as a trustee. He co-chaired “Taste of Wantagh” an event that showcased the community’s dining venues held at Mulcahy’s Pub. 

“It is an honor for the Chamber of Commerce to pay tribute to Joe Iavarone, the 2012 ‘Good Guy’ Award Recipient,” said Outgoing Wantagh Chamber President Chris Brown. “Personally and professionally he has been one of the greatest supporters of Wantagh; Iavarone Brothers is an institution that has been an anchor of our business community.” 

Some of Iavarone’s philanthropic efforts include co-founder of Syosset High School Booster Club, supporter of Town of Hempstead concert series, UCPN, March of Dimes, Autism Speaks, Juvenile Diabetes Research and Children International.

Wantagh Chamber President-elect, Denise Langweber said, “Joe has been a longstanding, consistent supporter of not just the Wantagh Chamber, but community programs, events, and fundraisers; his frequent philanthropic efforts have also benefited many schools, libraries, scholarship programs, civic and cultural organizations and houses of worship throughout Long Island.” 

This year the Iavarone family initiated an annual scholarship for high school seniors residing in Wantagh, in honor of their recently departed mother, Angelina. 

Iavarones operate four stores across Queens and Nassau counties, in Wantagh, Woodbury, Maspeth, and the newly expanded New Hyde Park location. Visit: for more information and a list of services. 


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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