Great Neck Park District Superintendent Neil Marrin will leave his post next year. Making the announcement at a recent park board meeting, Mr. Marrin said that he will remain as superintendent until Aug. 31, 2010 and will then pursue some personal dreams. Park District Board of Commissioners Chair Robert Lincoln told the Great Neck Record that the park board will advertise for a new superintendent, with their goal to have the new superintendent in place when Mr. Marrin leaves.
Even if the forecast is for warm, sunny fall days, the summer is really over the day school begins. And in Great Neck, this year, that day is Wednesday, Sept. 9. “Every religion has its own calendar and its own way to celebrate the arrival of a New Year,” says Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz. “And for those of us involved in the field of education, September marks the beginning of a new year filled with its own anticipation, pomp and circumstance and celebration.”
As the summer of 2009 winds down public officials and community leaders are looking to the immediate future and beginning to discuss “what’s next.” The Great Neck Village Officials Association, a major force in Great Neck and in Nassau County, had a full, busy year, discussing prominent issues and bringing them to the forefront, as well as actively advocating for the benefit of all residents. “If next year is anything like the past two years the GNVOA will continue to strive to improve the ability of our local governments to work for the mutual benefit of constituents and we will be inspired to take new approaches to both old and new challenges,” said GNVOA President J. Leonard Samansky, mayor of Saddle Rock.
Just as people return from vacations, school begins and community activities swing back into full gear, the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees have readied the options and cost estimates for a Main library renovation or expansion and will be discussing the choices at a special public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in the community room at Main.
The focus on the issue of the proposed parking lot in a residential zone on 2 Potters Lane shifted from the illegal clear-cutting of 51 trees to a basic issue of whether or not the parking lot is really essential, especially given the concerns about the safety and well-being of the synagogue members and the surrounding community. The Village of Great Neck’s Board of Zoning Appeals did not make a ruling on the case Thursday night and will continue the hearing on Thursday, Sept. 10 after Labor Day.
In the aftermath of the July 30 roof collapse at 221 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck, the village’s mayor and board of trustees are seeking to develop new legislation to prevent further safety hazards. During the Aug. 4 board meeting, there was preliminary discussion, with village attorney Steve Limmer directed to draft new legislation.
Great Neck Arts Center outreach programs, bringing the arts to underserved public schools in the region, will be greatly expanded to reach thousands of additional students this fall when ArtReach, the outreach program of Friends of the Arts, is incorporated into Arts Center programs.
Last Thursday afternoon, July 30, residents of a cooperative apartment building at 221 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck were disturbed by the sound of “something falling.” In fact, at about 3 p.m. the roof of the co-op building collapsed sending bricks and debris flying. With emergency services immediately on the scene, the building was evacuated and no one was injured. The building has six apartments and is in a complex of 10 buildings, six with the identical roof.
Years of training paid off when 17-year-old Joseph Oginski heard the call of a frantic gate attendant at the Fort Myers Airport as he and his parents waited to board their plane back to New York after a family holiday in Naples, Florida. He stepped forward and informed the attendant that he was a trained firefighter and first responder.
Great Neck Public Schools’ brand new superintendent, Thomas Dolan, is well on his way to making his mark on the school district and on the Great Neck community. Hired only months ago, and on the job only since July 1, Dr. Dolan already has a marvelous sense of the schools and the residents. Having spent much time in Great Neck during the several months before he began his new post, Dr. Dolan is now here full-time, already a strong part of the community, brimming with plans and ideas.
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