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Obituary: Doris Weisbuch Soman

Doris Weisbuch Soman was born in 1940 in Great Neck to Shirley Jane Mayers and Manuel Weisbuch, stepdaughter of Edith Glodt Weisbuch.  She was a loving and devoted mother to Sophie Soman and the late Sylvie Soman. She was an animal lover and breeder of pedigree boxers, a supporter of liberal causes and a champion of local community projects. She was an avid reader, as well as an enthusiast of music and art. She died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the age of 73, in Boston, MA in the presence of her loving family. 


She was a retired psychotherapist, a graduate of Dana Hall School, Williams College and Antioch College. She was a skillful flutist who played at Tanglewood, as well as an accomplished gourmand who studied at the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school in France. 


She is survived by her daughter Sophie Soman of Charlestown, MA; her sister Betty W. Stone of Manchester and Cambridge, MA; her brothers, Paul D. Berman of Manhattan,

Jonathan B. Weisbuch of Phoenix, Arizona and Canaan, and many nephews and great nephews. 


A memorial service for Doris Soman was held July 17. 


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the MSPCA. 


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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