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Obituary: Mark E. Fant

Mark E. Fant, a Great Neck North Class of ‘77 alumni died March 5, 2012 at the age of 52. After high school he attended New York University receiving a BA in sociology and thereafter enrolled in NYU School of Law. Upon completion he began a successful career as an attorney practicing in Manhattan. He started to build his practice initially associated with the law offices of Robert G. Heim. A member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York County Lawyers Association, he specialized in collection litigation.

Attorney Fant held several certifications as well as a diploma from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, upon completion of the Masters Advocates and Trial Advocacy programs. He was an active member of 100 Black Men, the Brooklyn National Guardsmen and upon his death he was Sire Archon of the Beta Zeta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (the oldest Black Fraternity; founded 1904).

Born May 29, 1959 in the Bronx, NY, Mark is survived by his mother Winnie L. Fant; sisters, Verenice Fant (Salvatore Sicuro) and Lisa Fant. His nephews, Mattia Sicuro and Ruben Fant-Allen, replicate in many ways his love of adventure and sports, especially basketball. He also leaves behind a host of relatives and friends to cherish his memory.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday April 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. at The Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Pl., New York, NY 10030.

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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