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Obituary: Minna (Sarrett) Panzer

Minna (Sarrett) Panzer, 97, died peacefully in her apartment on April 15, 2012, with loving family by her side. Minna was most recently of West Hartford, CT, but she lived nearly all of her adult life in Great Neck. Minna, the youngest of five children, was born in Brooklyn and she was the widow of Irving Panzer after 55 years of an exciting and loving marriage. Minna is survived by four children, Carol Mihal and her husband Bill of Glastonbury, CT, Jill of Fairfield, IA, Jonathan of Ithaca, NY, and Kenneth and his wife Susan of Roslyn; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her devoted niece Arlyne Valdes and family of Phoenix, AZ. Although Minna spent much of her life as a loving and attentive full time mom, she retired from full-time employment at the Great Neck Library at the age of 85 after over 20 years of service which she passionately enjoyed. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed travel, financial management, and time with family and friends, and was a lifelong member of Hadassah. Minna had an incredibly brilliant smile and terrific sense of humor up until her final days, and she will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the Hebrew Health Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford, CT 06117.


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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