Salesmen who sell lumber and plywood (like me) get few chances to inject whimsy into the ordinary course of commerce. But holiday time is the season of miracles and if not miracles, then tiny surprises.
So it was when I put a phone call into one of my customers in Long Island City last week. I was nearby, but there being few legal places to park in that area, I decided to call and ask if they needed any material. I was disappointed when the customer’s answering machine went on, but in a flash realized this was a golden opportunity.
Retailers say that the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the season. But this year, with Hanukah and Christmas so close together, it should be a pretty long and busy holiday shopping season all month. And, once again, we want to remind everyone that when you think shopping, think Great Neck.
Every few days, Great Neck is mentioned on the evening newscasts of the major television networks in connection with the widening SAT cheating scandal. More and more schools (and communities) are being implicated. It is cold comfort to know that Great Neck isn’t the only place this went on.
When I mentioned the scandal to my son Josh, who attended high school in Great Neck in the late ’90s, he told me that “kids try to take shortcuts and cheating is easier than studying.”
During the early months of the open case, then board member and congregation member Nick Nabavian was insistent that he would be able to participate objectively in the hearing. By custom at least, board members in the Village of Great Neck had always stepped aside if an application of any kind came before a board from a religious organization where they held membership.
We attended the Saturday evening performance of Les Miserables at Great Neck North High School.
It was an excellent production from beginning to end. The Junior Players were entertaining and enthusiastic actors, singers and dancers. The quality of the orchestra was Broadway worthy.
When others seem fixated on the negative news from North High it is important for those of us who see another facet to remind them that there is still a good deal to be proud of around here.
Jeri and Alan Golus
On Nov. 16, I was privileged to attend a meeting of the Great Neck Historical Society at the Main Library. A film was shown that gave the history of the African/American community in the Spinney Hill and the Steamboat Road areas of our North Hempstead Town. Lloyd Means, who grew up in Great Neck, and Dedrick Johnson, Spinney Hill resident, interviewed and filmed people of the area who know its history, and who presented that history with love and passion for their home territory and all that has transpired politically, economically and educationally. The Spinney Hill area, and the High Street Community Center have produced leaders in the arts and I remember it as a thriving and nurturing place for the youth of the area. I worked at the Head Start on High Street and met many wonderful mentors for the older students who played ball at High Street, wrote and acted in plays, were tutored and had a place to gather after school. Many would love to see the programs offered restored.
The Great Neck Record encourages the public to submit press releases and photos from local events and local people. We love to hear from you; we love to share your news with the community. And we are most appreciative of all of the local municipalities and agencies (the school district, the library, the park district, local television programming, etc.) that regularly send us wonderful columns and stories of their events.
No one wants to eat at a soup kitchen. Yet for many who have run out of other choices, it is a lifeline that keeps them going through rough times. I see their faces every week: the homeless veterans, the senior citizens living on fixed incomes, mothers with small children, fathers who have lost their jobs in this recession.
An incumbent commissioner at the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire and Water District will be facing three challengers for the commissioner position.
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