In the Village of Great Neck, an old eyesore will be cleaned up as a small synagogue moves from a rented storefront across Piccadilly Road, south, to 429 Middle Neck Road.
Rabbi Joseph Alon, on behalf of Kol Israel Achim Inc., petitioned the village’s Board of Appeals for a conditional use permit to allow the small congregation to clean up the old Piccadilly Gas Station site and renovate the property to allow a synagogue.
The odds are great that every person reading this article has been touched, either by being a survivor or through kinship or friendship, by the scourge of breast cancer. And that is why con artists know that setting up a “charity” with vague aims to help women with breast cancer and using paid telemarketers to cold call potential donors with a fast pitch that trades on the good names and reputations of legitimate non-profits is a good bet and a way to beat the system for profits all around.
Recently, this reporter received such a call. The spiel was, “I’m calling on behalf of your local breast cancer coalition.” When asked whether she meant the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, she said, “Yes.” When asked specific questions, the caller hung up.
The League of Woman Voters has been hosting the Supervisor’s State of the Town address for over 20 years; the format is familiar—introduction, speech and questions from the audience. The league, especially Rita and John Tanski, Jane Thomas and Amy Bass, was thanked for its efforts in coordinating the event.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman launched his speech citing Barack Obama’s election by a nation yearning for leadership, bold decisions, change. The country faced the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression, he said, and the continuation of unsolvable problems involving health care; the environment; and education. The economy appears to be coming back, Kaiman noted, but the electorate is angry.
A rapprochement between the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees and the Mayor of Saddle Rock Leonard Samansky means that they will present a united front when the plans for a renovated and expanded library go before the Town of North Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals. The library board passed a motion at its Jan. 19 meeting that was a culmination of intense negotiations between the two parties after last week’s meeting when the mayor threatened to oppose any variances.
The items of agreement include a number of points. First, the board unanimously supports a parking plan that will leave the mature trees in the current lot protected. In fact, during the meeting, they arrived at a consensus to direct the architect to draw up a modified plan that might forfeit some parking slots in order to create a pedestrian walkway that would make the lot safer than it is now. In addition, the board will also explore the idea of carving out a curb cut on the east side of Bayview Avenue that would allow a bus to pull up in front of the building, discharge passengers and even wait there for pickup.
Following on the heels of a spate of recent burglaries in the Village of Great Neck, yet another home burglary was reported in the early morning hours of last Tuesday, Jan. 12. Nassau County Police report that a Berkshire Road home was burglarized, shortly after midnight, after a suspect entered the home while the homeowner was present. Cash was reportedly taken.
Det./Lt. Kevin Smith, from Nassau County Police Department headquarters in Mineola, told the Great Neck Record that an “undisclosed” amount of cash was taken. Det./Lt. Smith also told the Record that the victim, the homeowner, claimed to have had a “long fight with the attacker.”
The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees held one of its most significant votes in recent history at a special public meeting at the Main Branch on Wednesday, January 13. After much deliberation and consideration of the public’s input for a proposed library renovation/expansion, the board decided in favor of Plan D. Plan D is a variant on Plan C, which according to DattnerArchitects, the architect engaged by the board, represents a “workable compromise between the original programmatic requirements and the necessary adjustments to the budget.”
Also on the agenda for the evening was an update and discussion on the proposed relocation of the Station Branch to the upper level of the same shopping center in which it is currently housed in the Village of Great Neck Plaza.
Commanding Officer Inspector Steven Williams of the 6th Precinct met with concerned residents on New Year’s Eve regarding the recent burglaries in the northern end of the peninsula. The Record spoke with Inspector Williams who said that leaders of the Mashadi community had requested a meeting with him, as it appeared to them that they were being targeted in the spate of thefts.
He told the Record that he had shown the group visual aids indicating the locations of burglaries all over Nassau County. There has been a rise in burglaries throughout the county and Great Neck is no exception. It was his feeling that Persians were not solely targeted, as three of the break-ins had happened to Asian families. He felt it was “a productive meeting” and that lines of communication had been reinforced with the community.
Zoning board members in the Village of Great Neck are apparently split regarding whether or not to grant variances required in order for the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America to proceed with an auxiliary parking lot for overflow events. In the village court last year, the Mashadis’ attorney, Peter Mineo, entered a guilty plea in the case of the 2 Potters Lane lot where 51 trees were clear-cut without a permit. The applicants have since paid in full the fine of $40,000 and as a part of the settlement, are required to replant three trees for every one cut down, at various locations in the village. The applicants would clearly like to put the past behind them and get the 61-space parking lot approved. It is just as clear that many neighbors are still smarting from the loss of the wooded lot that provided a vista, shade, screening and habitat for songbirds and small mammals.
The applicant’s architect, Thomas Fitzsimmons, presented two alternative plans for a temporary gated gravel lot, with low shielded lighting, a 6-foot stockade fence and plantings along with the removal of more existing trees. The major difference in the two plans would be either keeping the house on the lot where a caretaker would live thereby keeping a residential look or demolishing the house. The applicant prefers to keep the house.
Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.
Mangano chose his alma mater, Bethpage High School, for his inauguration ceremony and the auditorium was filled past capacity into overflow areas, despite the harsh winter weather.
This past November, in an environment of persisting economic turmoil, voters voiced their frustration over taxes and job worries across the entire United States, resulting in many surprising political upsets. Amidst this emotional wave of regime changes, Mangano’s Tax Revolt platform roused disgruntled taxpayers and allowed him to narrowly oust two-term executive Thomas R. Suozzi.
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