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Sal Lipari’s Death Mourned

Written by Ronna Telsey Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Long-time South Middle Principal

Salvatore (Sal) Lipari died on July 13, 2009, at age 79, after a long illness. A funeral service was held at the Manhasset Quaker Meeting House on July 16.

The longtime Great Neck resident and educator retired as an administrator in the Great Neck Public Schools in June 2004, after a career that spanned 45 years in the school district. He was a principal for 29 years, perhaps setting a record as the employee with the greatest number of years in that position.


Former Mayor Steve Tell Dies

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Led Village of Great Neck

Former Village of Great Neck Mayor Steven Tell died this past Sunday, July 19, 2009 following a long illness. He was 66 years old. Serving as mayor from 1997 until 2001, Mayor Tell held many other positions in the Old Village over the years and maintained a deep interest in Great Neck during the past several years since he moved. He was well-known for his great sense of humor and his sense of fair play, especially when it came to village decisions.


AG Sets Up Website for Government Consolidation, Dissolution

Written by Joe Rizza and Wendy K. Kreitzman Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
Now that the government consolidation bill has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has set up a website with instructions for citizens on how to go about dissolving or consolidating governments. The website,, includes the method by which citizens of a government can dissolve that government through a petition and referendum vote. The site even contains sample petitions that can be downloaded.

The spirit of the law is to relieve some of the tax burden on New Yorkers by eliminating some levels of government, although some would argue that eliminating some levels of government would not save money.


Feral Cat Meeting, Claws and All

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00

“Everyone wants something done about the feral cats,” said Park District Commissioner Robert Lincoln, “whether out of concern for the animals or whether they are regarded as a nuisance and that’s why we are discussing the situation tonight and looking for humane and effective solutions.” Approximately 40 people had turned out last Thursday to discuss the cat colony at one of the park district’s commuter lots. It was acknowledged at the meeting that the situation goes far beyond the colony of cats near the Long Island Rail Road and is a peninsula-wide problem. It is estimated that there are at least 11 feral cat colonies spread throughout town.


GNPS Installs New Schools’ Superintendent

Written by By Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

Dr. Tom Dolan Takes the Reins

The Great Neck Public Schools now officially have a new superintendent of schools, Thomas Dolan. Dr. Dolan was sworn in at the July 1, board of education organizational meeting for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year. Dr. Dolan thanked the school board for putting their trust in him.

Plaza’s Bond Street/ North Station Promenade Night

Friday, 10 July 2009 00:00

Thursday Evening, July 16

The Village of Great Neck Plaza welcomes residents, neighbors and friends to another evening of fine dining and entertainment under the stars. After the successful Promenade Night on June 25 on Middle Neck Road and Grace Avenue, this second Promenade Night of Summer 2009 will take place on Bond Street and North Station Plaza, reprising the two very successful Summer 2008 promenades on Bond Street, with this summer’s version being expanded to include the restaurants on North Station Plaza.


Settlement on 2 Potters Lane Tree Case

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Lawyers for the Village of Great Neck and the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America reached a settlement on the trees case on 2 Potters Lane, which was approved by village justice Jerome Reisman on June 24. With all three defendants pleading guilty, the court agreed to a fine of $40,000, nearly $1,000 per tree illegally removed, and also requires that three trees be planted for every one cut down. Although the village may fine up to $5,000 per tree under the ordinance, this was the highest fine ever imposed by the village court for such an offense.


Crucial Decisions Ahead: Library Renovation

Written by Carol Frank Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00

Library board members are at a crossroad in making vital decisions about the redesign of a renovated library building and it is time for members of the public to get more informed and involved in the process.
On Thursday, July 16, there will be a special meeting of the board of trustees to discuss design and cost options of the three plans that have been submitted by Dattner Architects. On Monday, July 20, the building committee will meet with the architect to further discuss design and cost options. Both meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Main library and the public is urged to attend both meetings.


Village of Kensington Celebrates a Centennial With a Day in the Park

Friday, 26 June 2009 09:27

On June 7, the weather cooperated and a lovely day unfolded as the Village of Kensington celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Almost 500 people joined in the festivities as both young and old, recent and long time residents came together to have a party. There were lots of exhibits including “Where in the world is your family from;” fingerprinting and safety demonstrations by the Kensington police force; an historical exhibit with over a dozen binders and photo albums to peruse; a community networking table; numerous raffle prizes and a centennial montage set to music created by one of the residents. 


The Class of 2009—Honors and Awards

Written by Jessica K. Vega Friday, 26 June 2009 09:11
An overview of the Great Neck Public Schools Class of 2009 reveals 544 graduates from our three high schools: 224 from North, 305 from South, and 15 from the Village School. Almost 98 percent of the graduates will pursue higher education in either four- or two-year colleges. The remainder historically seeks employment, vocational training, or enlistment in the Armed Services. Graduation ceremonies for North and South High Schools take place on Thursday, June 25, at Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, with North’s ceremony in the morning and South’s in the afternoon. The Village School graduation was held on Wednesday afternoon, June 24, at the school.

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