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GreatNeckRecord.com Calendar

Author Talk And Book Signing
Monday, July 9

Tuesdays With R.E.A.P.
Tuesday, July 10

Bosworth Narrates Tubby The Tuba
Wednesday, July 18


Saturday, July 7

Great Neck Park District

•Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Course. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. GN House. To sign up or for more information call 482-0355.

•Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts. Concert: Jon Secada. 8 p.m. Steppingstone Park. Admission with park card.


Sunday, July 8

Great Neck Park District

•Nature program: Early summer seasonal stroll at Kings Point Park. 11 a.m. Meet in the first lot at Redbrook Rd. entrance. No registration required. No children under 16 years old. Call 482-0355 for more info.

•Sunday family special events: Scavenger Hunt. Firefighters Park. Sign in at 11 a.m. Event begins at 11:30 a.m. Rain date July 15. Call 482-0355 for more information.

•Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts. Concert: Jaimee Paul and Leif Shires. 8 p.m. Steppingstone Park. Admission with park card.


Monday, July 9

Author Talk And Book Signing

The library welcomes multi-talented singer/songwriter/author Suzzy Roche when she talks about her debut book, Wayward Saints at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Community Room, 159 Bayview Ave. From a folk-rock legend comes a tender story of family, music, and second chances. Suzzy Roche, best known as the youngest member of the three-sister band The Roches, serves up an endearing story in her first book, Wayward Saints. Wayward Saints will be on sale and one book will be raffled off at the event. Join us for an exciting evening with multi-talented Suzzy Roche and have her sign your book following the program. For more information, call 466-8055, ext. 202 or visit the library website at www.greatnecklibrary.org. Great Neck residents will be seated first.

Great Neck Public Schools

Adult program summer semester begins. Register/Info: 441-4949.

Great Neck Park District

•Board of commissioners work session meeting. 9 a.m. at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Rd.

•Parkwood Recreation Center: Box Ball Tournament. 5 p.m.


Tuesday, July 10

Tuesdays With R.E.A.P.

(Retired Energetic Active People) invites recent and longtime retirees to join a group of your peers for inspiring programs and stimulating discussions. R.E.A.P meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ( except when schools are closed) at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. Bring lunch if you wish. Beverages are provided. Call 441-4949.

Great Neck Park District

Tuesday Mobile Rec Van activities begin and continue every Tuesday through the summer. 1 to 3 p.m. at Wyngate Park, Shorewood Dr. 4 to 6 p.m. at Allenwood Park, Allenwood Rd. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Watercolor Studio

International artist Kim Ng Yeo will offer her 11th Water Color Studio at Temple Isaiah on four Tuesday evenings beginning July 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. This is a studio rather than a class and participants all work at their own pace with Kim Eng’s guidance. The fee is $130 and enrollment is limited to 15 people. For more information, and to enroll, call the temple office at 487-5373.

Mary Lamont Band

The Village of Great Neck Plaza announces the country act, The Mary Lamont Band, will perform in Jon’s Park at 8 p.m. Mary Lamont has been three times voted Band of the Year by the New York Metro Country Music Association, and was twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association. In the case of inclement weather, the concert performance will be moved to the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Ave. Check with village hall on the day of the concert, or call voicemail after 5 p.m. at 516-482-4500. Village website www.greatneckplaza.net


Wednesday, July 11

Reach Out America

Meets once a month at 12:30 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation, 48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset. The group will provide the opportunity to be involved in local, state and national issues. Guest speaker: North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaimon, who will discuss the state of the town as well as what is at stake this fall. All are welcome.

Great Neck Park District

•Parkwood Recreation Center. Hoop Wizard.

•Mobile Rec Van activities continue every Wednesday through the summer. 1 to 3 p.m. at Thomaston Park, Susquehanna Ave. 4 to 6 p.m. at Manor Park, Cumberland Ave. Call 482-0355 for more information.

•Free Rotary Band concert, conductor Michael Flamhaft. 7:30 p.m. in the village green. Bring a chair or blanket. Moved to Parkewood Complex if weather is inclement. Call 482-0355 for more information.

•Wednesday outdoor movie: Puss and Boots. 8:30 p.m. at the village green. Rain location Parkwood Complex. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Special Education Mediation Services

The Long Island Dispute and Resolution Center will hold an informational meeting at the Port Washington Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hegedorn Room of the library. This meeting will address the concerns of special education parents in meeting the needs of their special education children through the non-adversarial process of mediation. The meeting is open to all parents of special education who are looking for resolution to disputes in a non-adversarial process. Mediation and the agreement it produces is free, fast, binding on both parties and mutually agreed upon. Come for additional information and all questions you may have concerning mediation will be answered. For parents and district representatives from Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck and Roslyn Public Schools.


Thursday, July 12

The Board Of Commissioners Of The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire And Water Districts

Summer schedule: The board will meet Thursdays, July 12, 26, Aug. 9, 23 at 4 p.m. to discuss the weekly business of the district. All meetings will be conducted in the boardroom at the District Office, 170 East Shore Rd., Great Neck, unless otherwise publicly notified. The regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The board is available on a daily basis to respond to concerns, questions and issues of the district residents pertaining to fire/water district matters. Special arrangements or appointments can be made through Barbara Pisani at 466-4416, ext. 704. The regular meeting schedule will resume Sept. 11. The board will meet all other Thursdays at 5 p.m. through Sept. 6.

St. Aloysius Sociables

Monthly dinner, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables, at 6 p.m. at The Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main St., Roslyn. Call John Hyland 516-482-3795 or Helen Sullivan 516- 487-7824 for reservations. Cost: Price of the meal.

Great Neck Park District

•Parkwood Recreation Center. 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. 3 p.m.

•Mobile Rec Van activities continue every Thursday through the summer. 1 to 3 p.m. at Firefighters Park, Grace Ave. 4 to 6p.m. at Cuttermill Park, Great Neck Rd. Call 482-0355 for more information.

•Board of commissioners business meeting. 8 p.m. at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Rd.

Anti-Nazi Film Series

Temple Isaiah presents the first of a five-night series of anti-Nazi films at 7:30 p.m. Each film in the series will include commentary and a post-film discussion led by David Aubrey, Temple Isaiah member, lecturer and film historian. The series will include films from the 1930s and 1940s. They represent a variety of genres, including drama, comedy and even Westerns, but all with an underlying anti-Nazi theme in common. Featured performers in the films include Hollywood’s finest: Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Peter Lorre, John Wayne and Edward G. Robinson, along with many actors who were refugees from the Nazis. The series will be presented on four Thursday evenings – July 12, July 19, August 2 and August 9 and on Monday, July 23. There is a $10 adult education program fee per session, which includes refreshments. Temple Isaiah is located at One Chelsea Pl. For further information, call the temple office at 487-5373.


Saturday, July 14

Great Neck Park District

Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts. Concert: The Stylistics. 8 p.m. Steppingstone Park. Admission with park card.


Sunday, July 15

Great Neck Park District

•Parkwood Recreation Center: Remote-control car racing. 2 p.m.

•Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts. Concert: Tony B’s Big Band. 8 p.m. Steppingstone Park. Admission with park card.


Wednesday, July 18

Bosworth Narrates Tubby The Tuba

The Honorable Judi Bosworth will narrate Tubby the Tuba in the second concert of the Rotary Club of Great Neck’s Summer Community Band’s 13th season at 7:30 p.m. on the Old Village Green. Josh Turek-Herman, who just graduated from North High School, where he was a student of Joe Rutkowski, will perform the solo tuba part. Cosponsored by the Great Neck Park District. The four-concert series starts on Wednesday evening, July 11 with a program of patriotic music. In the event of rain concerts are moved indoors to the Parkwood Sports Complex. Bring chairs or a blanket. For questions about the club or the concert series, call 516-829-8709.


Wednesday, July 25

St. Aloysius Sociables

Monthly luncheon, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables, at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Melville Hall, Kings Point, Great Neck. Price: $13. Call John Hyland 516-482-3795 or Helen Sullivan 516-487-7824 for reservations.


Upcoming Events

Free Neurological Support Groups

Meet other people living with benign essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm, face pain and trigeminal neuralgia, and brain aneurysms and AVMs. Meet their families, share feelings, concerns, experiences, positive ways to cope and more. All support groups will be held in the conference room at Neurological Surgery, P.C., 1991 Marcus Ave, Suite 108, Lake Success. Registration is required no later than 5 p.m. the day before. Call Jovanna Little at 631-473-1800 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and any guest name(s).

• July 10: Benign Essential Blepharospsam and Hemifacial Spasm Support Group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• July 17: Brain AVM and Aneurysm Support Group from 7 to 8 p.m.

• July 24: Face Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Insight Sessions

Thursdays. Meditation/reflection 7 to 7:30 p.m. Interactive session 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Global Harmony House, 46 S. Middle Neck Rd. All welcome. Free admission. RSVP 773-0971 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sponsored by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization:

•July 12: The Practice and Benefits of Silence

•July 19: Applying Spirituality

•July 26: Coping with Loss


Weekly Events

•Boy Scout Troop 10 meets every Monday (except school holidays) from 7:45 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of St. Paul’s Church, Grace Ave. at Gilchrest Rd. Boys at least 10 and one half years old or in the 6th grade are invited to join. Attend a meeting or call Scoutmaster Dwight Rosenstein 482-3603 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Visit www.troop10greatneck.com. No meetings during July and August.

•Israeli Folk Dance Night with renowned folk dance instructor Danny Uziel. Beginners welcome. For the first 30 minutes Danny will instruct, then move to some more intermediate dances for everyone to enjoy. Tuesdays from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. in the Youth House behind the main building of Temple Israel. Call 482-7800 for details. The group meets from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom. It is not a beginner’s group, but appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels; from 10 to 11 p.m., partner dances will be taught (partners are not needed).

•Free Weekly Stand-Up Comedy Show every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Simply Fondue of Great Neck, 24 Great Neck Rd., (across the street from the LIRR Great Neck station), second floor, The Gardens shopping plaza. No admission fees; no drink minimums - just free comedy. Featuring acts from top clubs of Manhattan and LI. Call 466-4900.

News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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