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Editorial: Please Walk On The Sidewalks!

Just two weeks ago two women were injured (one seriously injured) walking in the road, on Arrandale Avenue, in the dark, around 6:30 p.m. It was dark, apparently the driver did not see them, the women were hit and the driver left the scene of this accident.

While this was apparently an accident, it surely could have been easily avoided if the women were walking on the sidewalk. One side of Arrandale Avenue does have a sidewalk and that is where all pedestrians should walk. Not every street in Great Neck has sidewalks and there, of course, all pedestrians should use extreme caution in those cases. But when a road does provide a safe sidewalk, why not be truly careful and use that sidewalk.

Some people mistakenly believe that roads such as Old Mill Road, with a yellow line painted down the side, means that spot is available for pedestrians. Not true! Those yellow lines on county roads are “fog lines,” required by the county. They are to help drivers determine the boundaries of the road; those yellow lines are most definitely not sheltering a pedestrian zone. If you walk behind those yellow fog lines, you are walking in the road and putting yourself, and your family, in real danger.

We urge all who enjoy walking Great Neck’s beautiful streets to please follow the simple, sensible rules and walk on sidewalks, when provided. If there is no sidewalk, on either side of the road, then please, please walk as close to the side of the road as possible. And do not mistake fog lines for walking lines.

Please, be a safe pedestrian.

Wendy Karpel Kreitzman

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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