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Letter: EOC

We would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to those of you who responded so quickly to our request for contributions for the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC’s 2013 summer program.  


As many of you are aware, the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC offers a six-week, full day summer program that includes a variety of activities that reinforce concepts learned during the school year while introducing new ideas, encouraging creativity, and giving approximately 75 children ages 5 to 13 opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.  Most of the counselors, group leaders and volunteers who supervise the children are community residents, many of them attended programs at the EOC as children themselves. Volunteers, many of whom are completing high school community service requirements, share their hobbies and talents with the children in the program.  In recent years they have taught swimming, tennis and karate and led groups of youngsters in cooking and arts and crafts activities.

While it costs approximately $600 per child to operate the program, parents (many of whom are low-income, working, single parents) are asked to pay only a nominal registration fee. Our fund raising efforts and the generosity of community residents, businesses, and community and civic organizations provide the funding needed to make the program a success. Your contributions allow us to provide training for the counselors, purchase supplies and materials, provide meals and snacks, and include enrichment programs and workshops as a part of each day’s activities. If you have already made a contribution we would like to take this opportunity to, once again, say thank you. If not, please consider a tax deductible donation payable to the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC. Contributions can be sent to my attention at 65 High Street, Manhasset, NY 11030.

Stephanie Chenault, executive/Head Start director



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

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