Udalls Pond was dredged over the past year to remove the silt and dirt that had settled in the pond over the past 20 years. The accumulated dirt was a threat to the wildlife there, and also to the pond’s important function as a rain water runoff site. The adjacent park land was used to store the dredged material in massive black tubes and the plan was to reconstruct the preserve at the end of the process. As neighbors we did not mind the disturbance, and the construction noise, as we knew it was all for a good cause.
The Great Neck peninsula will see six villages hold elections this month. None of these six villages —- Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston —- will see contested elections. However, as always, the Great Neck Record contacted each of these villages and asked that all candidates, even though they are not contested, send in a short bio and a photo.
(Editor’s Note: This statement was written by Great Neck resident Lois Schaffer and she recently presented it before the Hartford Legislature.)
Four years ago, December 16, 2008 to be exact, our daughter, Susan Schaffer whom we called “Susie” was murdered. Susie was a 48-year-old single working mother who was shot as she walked into her home with groceries, interrupting a burglary in progress by two 17-year-old thugs who had a stolen gun as the result of rampaging other homes in Susie’s neighborhood. It must also be noted that our daughter was cognizant of the consequences of guns and would not permit her children to even own a water gun.
Often we hear residents complain about a local issue but when you suggest they speak up at a public hearing the answer most likely is this: “Why bother, no one listens.” Wrong! Really wrong, especially when you speak up at a school board hearing. The board of education and the superintendent of schools at the Great Neck School District listen very carefully to each and every speaker. And, what’s more, they consider each word, each thought, each comment.
As soon as the last turkey leftovers are gone, we are all generally “out there” shopping for the latest holiday gifts. We’re busy and we’re rushed! And my advice is always to shop locally, shop in your own hometown. Make those hectic gift-shopping days easier and quicker and much more pleasant by shopping close to home. And, of course, when you shop right in Great Neck, you also boost the local economy and add great value to your own homes.
Well, Christmas and Hanukah 2013 are long gone and the 2014 holidays seem way off in the future. And indeed they are! So why am I “pushing” for local stores now, as we quietly approach Spring? Why? Well, we all do some shopping year-round, don’t we?
“Shop Great Neck” is one of my favorite editorials, one of my very favorite catch phrases. We are so fortunate to have healthy, thriving business districts that provide so many of our daily shopping, professional and service needs. Isn’t it wonderful when you need “something” and you do not have to travel far? Isn’t it great when you can just “run into town” to pick up a special gift for a birthday party that afternoon or find just the perfect shoes for dinner out that evening? And, if you like, that simple little shopping trip can easily include a stop for brunch or lunch or a delicious cold treat on a warm day.
(Editor’s Note: Both the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly have passed a bill requiring reimbursements for private school placements of certain students. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature. The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution and sent it to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The resolution, and a statement by Great Neck Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Dolan follows.)
What was the Town of North Hempstead thinking? Not one penny of my Social Security check will go towards the Roslyn Country Club fiasco. Eight million dollars in bonding, over $1.5 million to operate every year, over $10 million to buy easements and undisclosed millions to renovate. If I want to swim, I have it here in Great Neck’s Park District, which I pay taxes for. Kensington, Great Neck Estates, Kenilworth, Saddle Rock, Lake Success and Russell Gardens, all have their own pools, which their village homeowners pay for, in taxes and their upkeep. Let Roslyn do the same. Why should we buy over 600 home easements and then give them a newly renovated country club? Paid for by the residents of the Town of North Hempstead, who will never get to use it, unless on top of the forever tax increase, they pay $1,000 per year in membership. It might get a few extra votes come election, but it will lose a lot more from people like me. Nassau Coliseum created an outcry, the Great Neck Library was voted down. Mr. Kaiman, let Roslyn pay like our other villages do. Put it to a vote, so that we all can have a chance to say, yes or no, before you decide what you want to do with my money.
School is out and there are a lot more children and young people out and about all day long. Little children playing outside, older ones skate boarding and riding bikes, and young people of all ages walking to and from town —- they are very visible during summer days and summer evenings. And while Great Neck is often praised as a very nurturing, very safe, community, there are definitely dangers out there on the roads.
Recently some Nassau County political candidates and elected officials made statements about the way emergency medical services are delivered. Great Neck residents who live north of the LIRR receive ambulance services from volunteers of the Vigilant Fire Company on Cutter Mill Road. The costs for these services, which average $45 to $75 annually, based on assessed home values, are covered by taxes. Although residents indicated in a 2011 town hall meeting with the Vigilant Fire Company that they are satisfied with the delivery of these services, some village officials, seeking to remove this fee from their budgets, have asked the Vigilant Fire Company to bill for services provided.
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