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Letter: America The Hungry

As a schoolboy, I often thought of America, My Country Tis-of Thee, as the Land of the Free, as the Land of the Brave, and as America the Beautiful. Now-a-days, I also think of it as America, home of the hungry.

One out of six children in Nassau County doesn’t get enough food on a daily basis. One out of four seniors has to make a choice between buying medications they need and buying food. Sometimes the choice is between rent and food.

And least we forget those who served our country fighting on foreign shores, 10 percent of all homeless people in the New York Metro area are veterans. Chances are good that those homeless vets are also scrambling to find enough food to sustain themselves.

I see all of these people, the children, the seniors, the veterans, every time I visit one of the Interfaith Nutrition’s 19 soup kitchens.  I see children who aren’t getting free lunches or breakfast at school because school is out for the summer.  I see seniors who are trying to get by on one meal a day.  I see veterans who are grateful for our treating them with dignity and respect while we serve our trademark chicken noodle soup.

This year the INN will serve more than 400,000 meals to America the Hungry. More than 1,000 families will have access to our emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. But as you might imagine there’s a cost to all of this --- even though the INN never charges for any of the services it provides for our neighbors in need.

The price of all these meals is your generosity. Every $25 you send the INN, buys a hot, nutritious meal for 10 hungry men, women and children. So, ask yourself, how many hungry Americans do I want to feed today?  

Please make your check payable to: The Interfaith Nutrition Network. Donations may be mailed to: Dave Golbert, 7 Lee Court West, Great Neck, NY 11024

Maybe we can change America the Hungry into America the Generous.  Which country would you rather live in?

David Golbert

News

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.


Sports

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.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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