Due to the dedication and efforts of both the board of commissioners and park district staff, the Great Neck Park District has a plethora of beautiful first-rate parks and facilities where residents can play, learn, and enjoy. The professional park district staff’s daily operations are vital to what makes the parks run as efficiently as they do. Steppingstone Marina is a fine example of that. The staff managing the marina make sure it is a well-oiled machine, running as smoothly as possible no matter what the season.
Children with learning disabilities meet regularly at The Great Neck Arts Center for a unique class designed to introduce them to ceramics, painting, jewelry making, dance, film and other creative projects, while socializing with peers. But, when the class watched a screening of the 2007 movie Hairspray recently, they had an unexpected surprise.
Film star and Great Neck native Nikki Blonsky, who plays heroine Tracy Tumblad in the award-winning picture, paid them a surprise visit to discuss the movie with them. Following the film showing, she signed autographs and took pictures with the students.
A committee composed of library administration, board members, staff and residents to search for a new library director has been approved by the library trustees. Representing the public will be Linda Burghardt, Amy Levinson and Steven Walk. Staff members will share positions on the committee. They are: Janet Fine and Diedre Good, Nickolas Camastro, Margie Chodosch and Sandy Garrison. Interim director Laura Weir and business manager Neil Zitofsky will represent the administration and all library board members will participate. Vice-president Francine Ferrante Krupski will chair the search committee.
Linda Burghardt is an author and journalist who is an active library patron; Amy Levinson serves on the library’s building advisory committee and was chairperson of the Safety and Transportation Committee for the United Parent Teacher Council; Steven Walk, retired from a career of merchandising and marketing for large retail chains and manufacturers, has been active in leadership positions at Temple Beth El and also serves on the library nominating committee.
“When I once again met Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Executive Mansion, I told him that while I can’t agree with all of his proposals, I do agree with many,” Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman told the Great Neck Record.” The governor’s response? He thanked Mayor Kreitzman for his honestly.
Mayor Kreitzman and Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender traveled to Albany recently for the New York State Conference of Mayors’ winter legislative meeting. Both mayors serve on the Nassau County Village Officials Association executive board and Mayor Kreitzman is the board president. Mayor Kreitzman also serves on the NYCOM executive board.
The Great Neck school board revised its Policy on Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, Hazing and Sexting at its Feb. 11 public action meeting. New language was added to the policy based on guidance from the district’s legal counsel. This new language clarifies the role of a dignity act coordinator (DAC) in the district.
This revision was first proposed at the board’s December public action meeting when school board trustee Susan Healy, chair of the policy committee, explained that the revision addresses the enactment of the New York State Dignity for All students legislation that requires the establishment of a dignity act coordinator (DAC) in each school in the district. A second hearing, in January, further addressed the new language.
As the Great Neck School District’s technology program progresses, the most up-to-date equipment is reviewed and, if deemed useful, a sample is purchased. But a mass purchase is avoided.
School District Technology Director Marc Epstein presented a review of the district’s technology at the February board meeting, focusing on the iPad initiative. Seven hundred and fifty iPads were purchased, although the district waited for the second generation.
With true dedication and an amazing community spirit, Russell Garden’s Steve Kirschner is set to once again take the reins of his village. From 2003 until 2009, Kirschner served as mayor of the Village of Russell Gardens. After three terms he felt it was someone else’s turn even though there were no official term limits. And so Kirschner left office.
Nassau County mayors and trustees had the opportunity to learn more about the Nassau County Planning Commission at the Nassau County Village Officials Association’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 28. Planning Commission Chair Jeffrey Greenfield presented an overview of his commission and offered updates on certain crucial issues.
The Nassau County Planning Commission’s vision is to “oversee the orderly growth and development of the county, seeking to balance economic growth with environmental protection and historic preservation.”
(Editor’s Note: A full story on new Board of Education Trustee Monique Bloom will appear in a future summer issue of the Great Neck Record.)
As Barbara Berkowitz was once again sworn in as president of the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education, Monique Bloom was appointed as a new school board trustee and was sworn into office at the July 2 board reorganization meeting. Longtime school board member Lawrence Gross was sworn in as vice president, while both Ms. Berkowitz and another longtime board member Donald Ashkenase were sworn in to office for another term on the board. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan was sworn into office once again too.
Dr. Kumar, interim superintendent told the graduates, “Together we have navigated tempestuous waters, yet we have stayed the course and made it to the boat safe and sound...you have been an outstanding class, the best I have seen in my five years here...it is my honor to give you away to the nation, to the world as our proud ambassadors.”
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