Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
As a friend and neighbor of Ellen Birnbaum for over 20 years, I have seen her grow and flourish into a wonderful representative of our community who has the best interest of us all at heart. For that reason, I am proud to support her as a candidate for Nassau County Legislature in the 10th District.
Ellen has lived in Nassau County her entire life and in Great Neck for 32 years. She has the pulse of the community at her fingertips and is fully immersed in all of the important issues in our neighborhood. I have always found Ellen to be someone who you can count on to “get the job done.”
Her ability to assess situations and the inner-workings of government make her outstandingly qualified for this position. This relates to her current position as director of the office of intermunicipal xoordination at the Town of North Hempstead. She has worked extremely hard to bring all layers of government to the table so they can work together and cut costs by sharing services. That is something that we desperately need on the xounty level, as the xounty is currently under the guise of a financial control board.
Ellen has also made it clear to me that she is strongly against the closure of the 6th Police Precinct. Public Safety is paramount to Ellen and she will work to re-open the precinct to restore proper safety and security for all of us.
Ellen is a true leader of the people and I encourage you to vote for her for Nassau County Legislator in the 10th district on Nov. 5.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.