School will be closed again on Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day.
In November 2013, there is a superintendent’s conference day Tuesday, Nov. 5, when only teachers report to school. School will be closed on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11, and closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 28.
The DA’s office will appeal the decision.
Once again, it is time to focus on the opening of our schools. As I find myself bemoaning the rapidly approaching end to fleeting summer days, I realize that the older I get, the quicker time seems to be flying by. As I so often do, I think of my mother’s philosophy to look at the glass as half full, rather than half empty. Therefore I will not focus on the reality of the “end” of summer, but rather on the “beginning” of a new school year, and all the possibilities that it holds for our students and staff.
A Great Neck teenager was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man at the Village Green in the Old Village on Monday, Aug. 19. According to Nassau County Police Third Squad detectives, 19-year-old Gerzon Hernandez was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man who was sitting under a gazebo in the Great Neck Park District’s Village Green at 665 Middle Neck Road.
According to police, the victim was approached by Hernandez and the two men began to argue when Hernandez allegedly began to stab the victim, possibly with a screwdriver, several times all over his body. Following the alleged attack, police report that the subject fled the scene on foot, westbound Arrandale Avenue. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
With the dream of one day being crowned Miss Universe, Great Neck college senior Michelle Medoff has won the Miss Long Island 2014 contest, a preliminary contest for the Miss New York USA pageant. And this state pageant is a preliminary to the Miss USA system, which leads to the Miss Universe pageant.
“Winning was unlike anything I have ever felt before,” Medoff told the Great Neck Record. “It was one action packed day … I’ve worked
really hard this past year preparing for this pageant.”
Aside from the grand prize, her new title, Medoff was also named Miss Photogenic at the pageant held on Aug. 11 at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts.
Last week Sam Dillon received the news that he has been named as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2013 Saxophone Competition, but he was sworn to secrecy until all the other 13 young jazz semifinalists from around the world were reached. An exception was made so that he could tell his parents, Louise Sloane and Don Dillon. Sam knew that his friend, roommate and fellow saxophonist had also received a mysterious call that morning.
With a great decline in scores for New York State’s math and ELA (English Language) tests for grades three through eight, the Great Neck School District “held its own,” according to Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan. Great Neck’s raw scores are down by 30 percent, while usually 70 percent of Great Neck students achieved mastery.
Great Neck’s scores are much better than the rest of the region (Nassau County), as per information provided by BOCES. In general, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties out-performed New York State. Nassau County out-performed Suffolk and Westchester counties in 11 of 12 measures. Great Neck out-performed Nassau County in every measure.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman is running for her third four-year term on the town board. A long time resident of Great Neck and a very active member of the community, Seeman told the Great Neck Record: “I’ve been here with everybody since 1955 … I’ve done it … and I will keep on doing it … I’m ready to do even more.”
Once again the Democrat’s choice for the town board’s fifth council district, Seeman represents the Great Neck villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success and Great Neck’s unincorporated areas. As well she represents the communities of North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park and Floral Park.
The good news at Udalls Pond, where Nassau County funded a major dredging project to promote good drainage and flood control, is that the plantings, chosen to attract wildlife and enhance the beauty of the setting, have been completed. According to Brian Schneider, a hydrogeologist with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works, all the plantings will be monitored to make sure that they survive and thrive.
The Beach Road staging area which is still blocked off will be seeded this fall when weather conditions permit. Contractor Ed Galvin said that the mixture of seeds will include those for grasses and wildflowers.
A wonderful new book, Images of America: Great Neck by local authors Alice Kasten and Leila Mattson, will be on sale in just a few days. On Monday, Aug. 19, this delightful pictorial history of Great Neck, up until the 1950s, will be available for sale.
Great Neck’s own Alice Kasten, president of the Great Neck Historical Society, and Leila Mattson, Thomaston’s historian, wrote the book, which boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. Great Neck began as a farming community and then a vacation spot for New York City residents. Large estates sprang up all over the peninsula and many actors and writers began to call Great Neck home.
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