Recently, the directors of the Water Authority of Great Neck North met to take a tour of the water supply and treatment facility that is located in a bucolic setting off Community Drive.
A new well has successfully been added to the two other wells on the five-acre parcel that was acquired by eminent domain 15 years ago, in order to insure sufficient water for the demands of a growing community. The need for the acquisition was heightened by the closing of wells on the peninsula due to saltwater intrusion.
Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz and Vice President Lawrence Gross were once again elected to head the school board and were sworn in to office. At the school board’s July 1, reorganization meeting, newly reelected trustee Monique Bloom was also sworn in, as was Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan.
“This has been a good and eventful year,” Berkowitz said as she opened the meeting. “The accomplishments are impressive,” she added. And she emphasized that she has “loved” this past year and was very grateful for all of the votes that helped pass the budget, “so we can do the right thing for the children of Great Neck.”
All four of our local police departments, Kings Point, Lake Success, Great Neck Estates and Kensington police departments, in conjunction with the Nassau County Police Department will be taking part in the New York State “Stop DWI” enforcement initiative.
Police throughout Nassau County, including the four local police departments, will be enforcing the “STOP DWI” laws aimed at taking drunk and drugged drivers off the road. This weekend’s enforcement will be enhanced by funds provided by the Nassau County Traffic Safety STOP DWI Program, with a grant from the New York State STOP DWI Coordinators Association and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. This enforcement will be carried out both locally and throughout Nassau County.
The Great Neck Village Officials Association installed new officers last Wednesday evening, June 26, at a dinner at Bevanda Restaurant in the Old Village. One and all, the local public officials were delighted with the opportunity to relax and “network,” and everyone was happy to support a local restaurant.
Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, former GNVOA vice president, was installed as GNVOA president. Stepping down as president to become vice president was Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin; and Plaza Mayor Jean Celender remained treasurer.
As Saddle Rock Mayor Dan Levy testified at a recent trial where former village trustee candidate Sasha Masri was on trial for allegedly attacking the mayor, the trial suddenly turned to a village audit and allegations involving Mayor Levy. And while Masri was found guilty of one out of five charges, attempted assault in the third degree, the mayor is fighting off the financial attacks levied on him.
A Village of Saddle Rock spokesman issued the following statement to the Great Neck Record: “Administrative and accounting practices utilized by the Village of Saddle Rock for over the past 20 years have been modified to conform to sound current day practices, and to reflect the suggestions of an independent auditor’s report. Every department of village government, including but not limited to the village court, has changed its practices and protocols to be in compliance with suggested modifications. The citizens of Saddle Rock deserve the best, representative government possible, and village officials will settle for nothing less. As to recent events, it must be stressed that there is no basis of support for any allegations of illegality or malfeasance within village government occurring prior to implementation of these modifications.”
Although District Attorney Kathleen Rice on July 24 issued a report that upholds the 1988 conviction of Jesse Friedman in a child sexual abuse case, he is continuing the fight to clear his name and his life from the status of a violent sexual predator.
The charges of child abuse leveled against Arnold Friedman and his son, Jesse, who conducted popular computer classes in their Great Neck home rocked this community to its foundations over 25 years ago, but faded from public consciousness until the release of Capturing the Friedmans in 2003. Haunting questions were raised in the documentary about police and judicial conduct, public hysteria and a rush to judgement, and mental health professionals who warned that children in the classes who did not support the accusations might be in denial, repressing the memories.
St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church has graced the Great Neck community for 100 years. The magnificent, historic church is located at 592 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck. This past Sunday, June 23, the church celebrated its centennial with a special mass in the morning, followed by a formal evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing at Leonard’s of Great Neck.
Over 530 parishioners, friends and neighbors gathered for a warm and friendly party, a wonderful, diverse group celebrating the church’s rich centennial.
The new sign on the front of 43 Middle Neck Road last week read “Altman Sporting Goods, established in 1951,” but if you can’t remember ever shopping there, even if you’ve lived or worked in Great Neck for many years, your memory’s not playing tricks on you. You’re just the “victim” of some Hollywood movie “magic.”
A simmering stew of resentments about a range of issues, from the 7-Eleven approval to parking tickets given out during the Strawberry Festival to a perceived “tone of unfriendliness and arrogance,” brought out over 200 Village of Great Neck voters for a write-in “protest” campaign that took the incumbents by surprise.
At one point, a long line of voters snaked down Arrandale Avenue on the drizzly, chilly voting day.
Red fox sightings in Great Neck are not unknown, but usually encounters are fleeting. It appears that there is a healthy, viable family of foxes that has a territory in the area of Udalls Pond and Strathmore. Some Strathmore residents have been very worried about the foxes, afraid that they were responsible for killing off missing ducks on the pond and kittens born to a feral cat. A recent letter to the editor had blamed foxes for the death of some full-grown feral cats.
Karen Wolffe reported that her daughter, while walking their mid-sized dog, noticed that three foxes were following them at a distance. The foxes did not run away until the family dog had gone inside Ms. Wolffe’s house.
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