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Playhouse Theatre: Act Three

Written by Carol Frank Wednesday, 17 April 2013 07:57

Demolition and rebuilding?

Long-time residents of Great Neck fondly remember attending the Playhouse Theatre, built in the 1920s, because in its heyday, it attracted performers such as Eddie Cantor, the Marx Brothers and Irving Berlin, hosted a vibrant theatre scene and according to Great Neck Plaza’s historical website, 15 cents could pay for a whole afternoon of double-feature movies. 


And that is why the Village of Great Neck Estates had urged that the building be preserved, but totally gutted and remodeled for apartment dwellers. Local architect Tom Fitzsimmons had drawn up plans for a transformation, but unfortunately died in 2011.


Bruins 2013 Awards Celebration

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

The Great Neck Park District Bruins hockey season officially came to an end last Tuesday, March 26. Another successful season culminated in an awards dinner at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, April 2. Between 5 and 7 p.m., the attending Bruin hockey team players and parents (approximately 125), gathered in a comfortable restaurant-style room at the Coliseum to celebrate their hard work and dedication during the 2012-13 season. Hockey Director Fred Ondris, Assistant Director Blaine Aronovitch, hockey coaches, Superintendent Peter M. Renick, Commissioner Daniel M. Nachmanoff and Dr. George and Mrs. Angela Stergiopoulos  were on hand to offer their accolades for a spectacular season. Dr. and Mrs. Stergiopoulos presented the MVP awards in honor of their son Andrew. Andrew Stergiopoulos was a committed hockey player, whose memory lives on at the Parkwood Sports Complex’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, renamed in his honor after 9/11.


Recognition was given to all of the hockey players, managers, coaches and volunteers for their devotion to hockey and to the Park District rink. Team managers and coaches highlighted their teams with memories of the year. Tributes were also given to coaches for the endless hours they spent coaching and guiding the children in the game of hockey this past year.


The following MVP awards were given to individual hockey players exemplifying hockey excellence: Graham Turk, Midget Major; Steve Cacchiolli, Midget Minor; Nick Nikas, Bantam; Sam Levitan, PeeWee White and Dan Lopes, PeeWee Black. The dinner was followed by a hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Winnepeg Jets. 


Holocaust Remembrance And Testimony

Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00

Stanley L. Ronell, a Holocaust survivor born in Krakow, Poland, will speak on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, Community Room.


Stanley Ronell was saved with his mother by being hidden in Poland and Hungary by The Righteous Among The Nations, a brave network of individuals, that refers to non-Jews from many countries who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. It is a designation (by the state of Israel) for a group of people who refused to be bystanders. Tragically, Mr. Ronell’s father perished at Auschwitz. Most of his parents’ families also died in concentration camps. Mother and son came to the USA in 1951. 


We Have ‘Deer’ Neighbors

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Yes, occasionally white-tailed deer do wander in to Great Neck.

There are deer in Great Neck! White tailed deer, to be specific. No one seems to be certain if the deer actually live in the community, but, for sure, they do visit. About two week weeks ago a deer was captured on camera in Saddle Rock, the photo sent to the Great Neck Record thanks to Saddle Rock Mayor Dan Levy. This week a deer was spotted in Kensington. 


And two years ago, in May of 2010, a deer was discovered wandering along North Station Road in Great Neck Plaza, apparently attempting to enter a bank. An employee at the near-by Andrew Hotel was astonished to see the young buck and called the police, who were on the scene quickly.


Fixing Middle Neck Road

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

The persistent, very dangerous flooding at the corner of Middle Neck Road and Old Mill Road in the Old Village will soon come to an end. After years of planning, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth brought together Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and local public officials and a major road improvement plan is in place and funded. The project is scheduled to begin within the next two months and will improve road conditions and drainage.


Do Six Inches Matter?

Written by Carol Frank Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:19

Two major utility providers, the Water Authority of Great Neck North and the Water Pollution Control District, are wrestling with a strong difference of opinion about the placement and construction of a small portion of the new sewer line on East Shore Road.


As a part of the $60 million sewage treatment plant upgrade, the district is laying 600 feet of a new sewer line that in one section is closer to an Authority water main than the plans required. There was supposed to be a buffer of six inches in distance between the16-inch water main which is under the 30-inch sewer line. The contractor when installing it left a three-inch buffer instead. 


Her Latest Course

Written by Betsy Abraham Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

Lillian Dent retired in 2004 from a career in the business world. But Dent is as busy as ever.  

The entrepreneur and co-owner of LL Dent, a Southern-style restaurant  in Carle Place has dedicated much of her time to community service, and was the recent recipient of the Unispan Award at the annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship dinner. The community leader has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including being named one of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women in Business and a Nassau County Women of Distinction. 


The Fashion Prophet

Written by Betsy Abraham Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00

Shopping in Paris, London and Milan sounds like a shopaholic’s dream, but for Juanita Fields, it’s all in a day’s work.  As the Global Vice President of Merchandising and Fashion Director for Contempo Group, the Westbury resident has made a living of spotting the hottest new trends all over the world and getting them in stores near you. 

Fields always knew she wanted to be in the fashion industry. When the Florida native moved to New York City with her husband, she got a job on Wall Street as an assistant to a trader. However, she soon realized that wasn’t where her heart was.


Fighting Childhood Cancers

Sunday, 07 April 2013 00:00

Midshipmen from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) along with faculty, staff, family and friends shaved their heads in an effort to raise money to fight childhood cancers during the 2013 St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraising events recently. 

“We are thrilled that so many people have supported our event,” said Midshipman Chelsea Tapper, who organized the event at USMMA. “I am overwhelmed by the response of the midshipmen and their family and friends. We had around 200 shavees and, even though the money is still coming in, we are currently close to raising over $13,000! The original goal was 50 shavees and $1,500.”

The day was made a little sweeter through the efforts of the USMMA parents of Cookie Café, a non-profit group that provides weekly treats to midshipmen and service men and women who are far from home. “For this event we really wanted to do something special to support the cure for childhood cancer so we added pies and cakes to the home baked goodies made with lots of love for the midshipmen and alumni serving our country.  We hope it helped with the big turnout for the event,” said Martha McCann


After Sandy Hook School Tragedy

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00

All school security issues were again reviewed 

Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook last year, the Great Neck School District once again reviewed their security measures at all of their buildings. At the most recent Board of Education public action meeting, Supervisor of Security Chris Tevlin presented an update of these security measures. 


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