(Editor’s Note: This article, written by Karen Weisberg, appeared in the July 26, 1984 issue of the Great Neck Record in an article entitled “Grandes Dames” Evelyn Weinstein. This was one of a series of profiles on the extraordinary women of Great Neck, who, over the years, with style and dedication, helped shape this community. The Record is reprinting the article as a tribute to Evelyn Weinstein, who died earlier this month.)
The waters are calm on Little Neck Bay and Evelyn Weinstein appears equally calm and serene as she gazes out upon the scene from the vantage point of her living room, a room designed to take full advantage of the view.
The end of June, the time when all of our graduate students and college students have graduated, our high school seniors are just about to graduate, and all of our younger students have enjoyed their ‘‘moving up’’ days too. It is a time to celebrate, to look back and to look ahead.
Be it a move to a new school or an additional degree or the prospect of an exciting job, all of our graduates have much reason to look forward. For sure, the future looks bright for these eager young people!
Certainly in the case of a contested election, voting is extremely important. As a matter of fact, with our relatively small villages and special districts, one or two votes really can make a difference. But even in uncontested elections, your vote is important. Voting for the public servants who give so much to the community is the one way we can show support and say “thank you” to those who “do” for all of us.
I thought about selling it, but that didn’t make financial sense either. Then I decided to donate it to help an organization that has been helping Long Islanders in need for over 25 years: the INN. They arranged to have it towed away and a few weeks later sent me a donation letter with the official “donation” value stated as per official IRS regulations. I’m getting a nice deduction on my next year’s tax return and my car is helping someone else get their life turned around.
Over and over again, wherever we go, we hear the same cry: “Why can’t we have a book store in Great Neck?” Although quite a few book stores have come and gone on the peninsula, it is almost impossible to believe that, where once we supported several book stores, now there are none. Why?
Everybody loves a good story. And the reason we love them is that we see ourselves in them. Sometimes we hear someone else’s story and say, “Boy, is he lucky—I wish that was me.” And sometimes we hear someone’s story and we say, “I’m glad that’s not me.”
Sometimes we feel envy, sometimes pride, sometimes we feel happy. “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” Sometimes we feel sad. “What a shame. Did you hear what happened to …?” Sometimes we feel relief. “I don’t know if I could cope with that…”
You would think it would be a no-brainer, driving slowly and carefully through the parking garages and parking lots in town. But no, it’s not. Far from it. Driving through the carefully planned parking spaces in Great Neck should be a pleasant experience; we should all feel so fortunate to have more spots than most realize available throughout the peninsula. But navigating our vehicles through municipal lots and garages can be a tricky feat. And walking in those garages and lots can too often be a particularly harrowing experience.
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It is the nature of the human experience that we tend to take things for granted. What has always been part of our lives we expect to always remain part of our lives. We usually don’t value things until we lose them.
Up until a few weeks ago, the act of walking (for me) was as commonplace and unremarkable as breathing. I did it and didn’t think much about it. Then I injured my right hip. How I injured it I still don’t know, but every step I took included a stabbing pain. My right leg felt like it might buckle at any moment when I put weight on it.
We have made this point several times before in many editorials, but we just can’t say this enough. We support our local governments and work hard to bring all elections and all candidates to the forefront. We respect all candidates’ decisions to run for office. The Great Neck Record does not endorse any candidates, but we do endorse honest, fair elections, and we urge all prospective candidates to think hard, and work hard, before they announce their intentions to run.
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