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Letter: Great Neck Bites Back

To NBC and Bravo TV Re: Princesses: Long Island 

By now, you are well aware of the Great Neck community’s anger over the episode of Bravo TV’s Princesses: Long Island that was shot at the Firefighters’ Memorial at one of our local parks.


The Board of Commissioners and staff of the Great Neck Park District, owner and operator of that park, share the community’s anger.


Further, you failed to seek our permission for the shoot. As a commercial television network and cable provider, you should be well aware that obtaining a permit to use a public facility is a requirement. Rather than apply for a permit, you chose to trespass upon and use governmental property, without our knowledge, let alone the required permission. We suspect that you chose to avoid our permit process because you recognized the inappropriateness of your disrespectful undertaking.


However, your failure to pursue a permit pales in the light of your lack of respect and common decency evidenced by this incident. Not only have you caused pain for the family of Jonathan Ielpi, but you have offended the Great Neck community, its fire departments, and firefighters everywhere.


You have caused embarrassment to the undersigned, local officials elected by the community to manage and protect our parks.


While meaningful and effective legal action against you may or may not be practical, understand that, in the opinion of the Great Neck Park District and its officials, the Bravo

Network and its cast members involved in this incident acted dishonorably and are not trustworthy. You are not welcome to utilize any of our facilities.


A copy of this letter will be provided to entertainment media and news media organizations, as well as to Bravo’s sponsors, to ensure that they understand the indignation of our community as they consider the advisability of sponsoring irresponsible programming.


Board of Commissioners of the Great Neck Park District


Ruth J Tamrin, Chairperson


Daniel Nachmanoff, Treasurer


Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., Secretary 


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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