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Editorial: Nassau County “Takes Care” of Wood Road

A resident who often drives past the Wood Road and Arrandale Avenue corner parcel, owned but mostly abandoned by Nassau County, was so exasperated by the unsightly mess there that she sat down and wrote the county a letter asking them to come over and clean it up.


These photos show what “caring for the parcel” means in Nassau County-speak.


Evidently, a worker came over with a mower, gave the edge of the property a “hair-cut,” meanwhile mangling the litter and leaving the mess in full view for the enjoyment of the neighborhood.


Perhaps if Nassau County cleaned the lot properly, ridding it of debris, and coming on a regular basis, someone might recognize that it would be cheaper and better to accept the offer of the Great Neck Park District to purchase the land for $1000.  


From the park district’s track record, we can predict with certainty that the little forgotten lot would become an attractive natural setting instead of an eyesore. Their staff takes pride in the appeal of their parks. 


The presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature Norma Gonsalves wrote the park district this past April noting that the county “is not free to just give away valuable county assets.”


It’s a small lot, a small problem and it isn’t resolved after all these years. Multiply it by all the other small problems and the unresolved big problems...and what do you have?

At this point, Wood Road for us symbolizes a failure of county government to act thoughtfully, decisively, and effectively.


So now, take a look at how Nassau County values a “valuable asset.”


-Carol Frank


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.


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