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Editorial: Vacation Time Again ... Protect Your Home!

So soon, the Fourth of July has come and gone and summer is officially underway. And now, with so many people about to head off to a favorite holiday spot, we feel that it is important to once again take the time to address the importance of protecting your home while you are away.

Each year, when we ask our Nassau County police officers and our local village police officers for some tips, the answer is pretty much the same --- use some common sense and take the time to take the precautions that can make all the difference.

First and foremost, when away always leave lights that will go on and off, on a timer. That includes outside lights too!

In order to further have it appear that someone is home, leave a car in the driveway --- and not hidden away in the garage as many people are most likely to do.

Another simple safety measure is letting your neighbors know that you will be away. First, they can check the house, making sure that it is secure at all times and that no strangers are about. Second, having these neighbors walk around and about the house a few times will make it appear to someone watching that the house is not empty.

Of course, an alarm system is a wonderful safety enhancement.

And police precincts offer their own vacation safety system. When you are about to leave for a vacation, call the police and let them know just when you will be gone, where you can be reached (in an emergency), who (if anyone) will be at your house at any time, and what cars will be parked in the driveway. The police will then check your house more often, and with an “educated eye” on how things should be there. Just call your precinct or your village police force.

In the midst of all of the excitement, all of the planning, and, at the last minute, all of the getaway work, don’t forget possibly the most important task --- protection for your home while you are away!

---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

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

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