A recent segment on the Charles Osgood show (Sunday morning CBS) explored leaf blowers and the people/communities from Connecticut to California who are finding their noise obnoxious and intrusive. I found the segment fascinating. It caused me to reflect back upon the time 14 years ago before Great Neck Estates had a leaf blower law in effect.
I have been a member of the Great Neck Estates Environmental Conservation Commission for 20 plus years. In 1996, we decided to tackle the leaf blower noise and pollution problem. In order to confront the Trustees and Board, we first collected our facts. We spent hours on the phone locating other communities across the United States that had leaf blower restrictions in effect (time consuming, pre computer days). We requested copies of their laws.
Many of us relished our participation in the school district when we had children in school, attending plays, concerts, sporting events and the like. But then “they” graduated and so did we... with less direct involvement in the activities of the schools.
How can lovers embrace
Starless skies in our parks?
Moonlight sprays the sky
Two sweet plums kissing
In summer dressed arms
From their nests.
Do come to the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program Open House for the Arts this Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to see lifelong learning in action. And, most importantly, this year the open house is a unique opportunity to honor someone very special, Ronna Telsey.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in the referendum on Oct. 25, 2011. Although we are disappointed with the results, our goal of renovating our Main Library remains constant. This 40-year-old building must be restored and the Library Board will meet as soon as possible to discuss the options open to them given the results of the vote.
Once again the new school year in Great Neck began with a smooth opening and the anticipation of a wonderfully productive school year. “The schools were alive with excitement and activity right from the start,” said Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz.
Yet much of the special magic of a new school year in Great Neck was quickly over-shadowed by the news of an alleged SAT cheating scam involving Great Neck students. The resulting, relentless publicity and the constant attempts to bring down our school district were totally uncalled for and completely off base.
We are used to reading stories about starving families in places like Bangladesh and Somalia. Hunger on that scale is something that happens “over there.” Wake up America! Hunger, homelessness, and poverty are in our country, in our state, on our county, in our town. It’s around the corner from your home and mine.
The recession has brought many families to their knees. The inability to find work—sometimes for as long as two years—has devastated thousands of average, middle class families. The needy are not just in places like Hempstead and Amityville. They are also in Port Washington, Manhasset, New Hyde Park, and right here in Great Neck.
We, the undersigned, are members of the Board of Directors of the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District, a 21-year old organization representing commercial property owners and office and retail tenants in the Village of Great Neck Plaza. Each of us currently or in the past have owned commercial property or a business in Great Neck Plaza, and several of us live in Great Neck. Over the past several years, all of us have voiced concerns about rising property taxes and the impact they have on business. Now, the Great Neck community is being asked to vote on a 20+ million bond for the expansion and renovation of the main library branch.
The library has been my “beat” for the last 12 years. It would be fair to say that I have attended more library board meetings than anyone currently on the board with the exception of Marietta Di Camillo. In those years, board members have come and gone and each one exiting has been a happy camper. Recently, a former board member told me that the four years he served were “the worst of my life.”
There is something about the dynamics of a seven-person board that is defeating for the most energetic, motivated and dedicated individual. It is a hard slug. It is a perfect size for factions to form and play out.
“I have been honored for the past 10 months to serve as the Great Neck Library’s Board president. I, along with my fellow trustees and past boards, have worked diligently toward a better future for the Library, its patrons, and the greater community.
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