Intelligent Long Island Rail Road riders are not waiting until 2019 for “East Side Access Late” (March 15). They take advantage of existing options already available. Transferring at Woodside for the #7 express subway will take you to Grand Central Terminal in under 15 minutes. This is 5 minutes more than staying on to Penn Station or change at Queens Boro Plaza from the # 7 subway for either the N or Q subway which will take you to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue in even less time. LIRR passengers disembarking at either Hunters Point or Long Island City can transfer to the #7 subway and arrive at Grand Central Terminal in under five minutes. There is also a ferry at Long Island City with connections to 34th Street, Wall Street and other destinations.
I am writing to open a discussion about the article of last week’s Great Neck Record entitled, ‘My Address is Unlucky.’ The article featured a photograph, front page and center, of a lovely home for sale in Great Neck. It seemed sensational and appeared to trivialize the issue, and stigmatize this home unfairly.
A recent sojourn to Southeast Asia was filled with bustling life, vivid colors, arresting scents and myriad tastes. The golden Buddahs and exquisite spirit houses that graced even the most humble homes or the lush terraced rice paddies or the magical vertical islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, were mind-expanding visions of very different environments and ways of living. And the people were welcoming, friendly and eager to share a glimpse into their cultures with us.
I am writing to you about the article that was on the front page of the Great Neck Record entitled ‘My Address is Unlucky.’ My name is Edna Mashaal and I am the broker listing this property for sale. I also have been a resident of Great Neck for over 45 years and have raised my family in this town. I am writing this letter because I believe that this article unfairly stigmatized this wonderful family and their beautiful home and unfairly portrays the issue under discussion.
With regards to the article published in March 13 edition of The Great Neck Record, the broker for the house on 4 Park Place is Edna Mashaal, and based on her recommendation and sales experience, we moved forward to request the Village of Great Neck Board to change the number of the house in order to facilitate a sale to Chinese buyers. The fact that her name was not mentioned in the article, and mine was, is disappointing. The editor should have been more forthcoming and provided this detail in her article.
This is that time of year when the board of education is in the midst of its succession of student recognition ceremonies at our high schools and middle schools. North High, South High, the Village School, North Middle, and South Middle, there is a special night for each school
Each year these five award presentations are held at board of education meetings. This award recognizes the student’s contribution to the quality of life at his or her school.
Begun in the ’80s by our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William Shine, the award honors students who use their time, their talents, and their skills to help out at their own school. The youngster does not have to be an honor student, nor does he or she have to be an extraordinary athlete nor a gifted writer—-just a youngster who wants to help make his or her school a better place for everyone, someone making a bit of a difference!
That is the premise on which this award was created. Sure, the “A” students, and the top athletes, receive lots of awards, plenty of attention. But what about the child who just wants to be involved, just wants to help out whenever and wherever possible! That’s what this award is meant for —-to honor any child who is “there” for his or her school. This award gives every student an opportunity “to do good” and to be honored.
Each year we see a great many students so honored. It is a tribute to our students, and to our schools, that so many youngsters deserve to be singled out for their contributions each year. We are proud of each student who has worked so hard and contributed so much.
Congratulations to all of this year’s commended students!
-Wendy K. Kreitzman
Even with “Fare Increase for Buses” (March 8), using Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses and subways are still one of the best bargains in town. Since the 1950s, the average cost of riding either the bus, subway or commuter rail has gone up at a lower rate than either the consumer price index or inflation. The Metro Card introduced in 1996 affords a free transfer between bus and subway. Prior to this, riders had to pay two full fares. Purchasing either a weekly or monthly pass further reduces the cost per ride. Many employers offer transit checks, which pay even more of your costs.
Like it or not, fare hikes in 2013 and 2015 are probably justified if the MTA is to provide the services millions of New Yorkers on a daily basis count on. Fare hikes are inevitable due to inflation along with increasing costs of labor, power, fuel, supplies, materials, routine safety, state of good repair, replacement of worn out rolling stock, upgrades to stations, yards and shops along with system expansion projects necessary to run any transit system.
In the end, quality and frequency of service is dependent upon secure revenue streams. We all will have to contribute—be it at the fare box or tax revenues generated by different levels of government redistributed back to the MTA.
This coming Tuesday, March 19, six of our nine Great Neck villages will hold elections. The villages of Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston will all hold elections. Some contests are for mayor, some for trustee or judge, but this time all are uncontested except the Saddle Rock trustees election.
(To date, the Saddle Rock trustee elections were reported as uncontested, with two trustees running for two trustee spots. At deadline we discovered these elections are contested. So if you want a say in Saddle Rock government, your vote will doubly count.)
I think you should make your readers aware of a danger that has surfaced in the vicinity of Birchwood Lane and West Shore Road in Kings Point.
For the last five months there have been sightings of a red fox in the Birchwood Lane area. About three months ago a cat was severely ripped apart and partially eaten by something ferocious at the end of the lane.
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.
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