U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced last Wednesday, Feb. 23, that he had secured a commitment from the Long Island Rail Road for a full study of noise mitigation for a proposed LIRR project in Thomaston. The Congressman told the Great Neck Record that LIRR President Helena Williams agreed to launch a “comprehensive study of all materials that could best mitigate noise for residents of the Village of Thomaston, whose homes would run alongside the proposed extension of the LIRR’s pocket track, just east of the Great Neck station.”
Udalls Mill Pond has not been dredged in over 40 years. During those years, Udalls Pond, which is the ultimate repository for every drop of water than runs through the drainage system for the northern portion of the peninsula, has been filled with silt, sand and contaminants. The depth of the pond has been reduced to 1.5 feet in many areas. It has been choked with runoff and in spite of that, has served various functions for our community, that of floodwater control, a wildlife habitat and an aesthetic oasis.
For several months now the generally quiet and peaceful Great Neck community has lived under a cloud of worry and concern, as a string of residential break-ins leave people unsettled and police continuing a full-time, all encompassing search. Several cases of a man breaking into occupied homes, mainly in the areas near where the Village of Great Neck and Kings Point lie adjacent to one another, led to intensive searches and the resulting discovery (through DNA samples) police said, that the suspect is a dangerous man who was responsible for a vicious attack on a woman in Hempstead and the rape of a 2-year-old girl in Texas.
Village of Thomaston Mayor Robert Stern is still in a quandary about proposed projects along the Long Island Rail Road track in Great Neck. While the mayor has spent the last 10 years (verified by Great Neck Record coverage) attempting to work with the MTA/LIRR to plan for a renovation of the well over-a-hundred-year-old Colonial Road bridge, he has had no success until late last year, when the railroad decided that this project could be incorporated into a project to build a second pocket track at the Great Neck station.
After the recent snow, rain and ice, fire hydrants may be unavailable for firefighters in the event of a fire. Please take a few minutes to shovel in front of and around the fire hydrant closest to your home or business. In the event of fire in your neighborhood, the time saved could be vital. In most cases in our area, hydrants are located within 500 feet of one another, either on your side of the street, or the opposite side.
Although the unsolved home invasions in Great Neck have slacked off in the last few weeks, residents remain vigilant and concerned. Everyone has turned into amateur sleuths with numerous theories about the waxing and waning of the break-ins, where the person is hiding out, and how he could be caught. Some attribute the drop-off to the bitter weather; others believe the attempts are more tuned to some inner workings of a disturbed individual and everyone is disappointed that the massive efforts of the police have led to a dead end. While police have speculated that he may move on to some other community, everyone would feel better if he were caught and off the streets.
The Village of Great Neck has taken a major step in once again considering a farmers’ market in the Village Green. At a recent board of trustees meeting, the mayor and board of trustees authorized the Great Neck Park District to begin the process of providing a once-a-week farmers’ market. The park district, having presented the proposal, is now charged with working out the details and developing an inter-municipal agreement between the village and the park district.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman delivered the State of the Town Address at Harbor Links on Jan. 26, noting the improvements that the town made in 2010. In particular, the focus was on recent initiatives to improve infrastructure and organization in order to make all of the town departments more efficient. Additionally, Kaiman noted the increase in use of 311 and Project Independence, which he referred to as “flagship programs” of the town.
On behalf of the Great Neck Public Schools, the Board of Education signed a “memorandum of agreement” with SAGES (the school district’s Association of Supervisors and Administrators of the Great Neck Educational Staff, Inc.) that will ensure a freeze in salary schedules for the second year in a row. The Board of Education also authorized a memorandum of agreement with SAGES, making available a retirement incentive.
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