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Thursday, April 25

Tickets Available For Levels Musical

Tickets are available for Levels’ Spring 2013 Theatre Production, Bat Boy: The Musical, for performances Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. at Levels at the Great Neck Library, 59 Bayview Avenue. Tickets are available free of charge at the circulation desk of all Great Neck Library locations.  For more information, call Levels at 466-8055, ext. 216.

Sunday, April 28

Sakura Chorus 30th Year Anniversary Concert

All are invited to enjoy the music of the Sakura Chorus in celebration of 30 years of performances, at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Monday, April 29

Café Rustica’s April Fund Raiser

Café Rustica’s April monthly fund raiser dinner will benefit WONMANSPACE. The dinner will be from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and reservations are suggested. Café Rustica will donate 50 percent of the customers’ entire dinner check (excluding tax and gratuity). Valid for prix fixe dinner menu 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., a la carte menu 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and take-out. Enjoy a great meal and help benefit Womanspace.

Free Hearing Screenings

Have a free basic hearing screening courtesy of the Adelphi University Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Library. First come, first served.

Tuesday, April 30

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic and active professionals, meets every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Avenue. Meetings start at 9 a.m. This week Clara Woll will discuss “The Federal Reserve Bank. Business Meeting will follow and Peter Lubel will discuss “My Opinion” at 10:20 a.m. Lillian Zamora will talk about “The Middle Ages.” Lunch is at noon. Seymour Rumelt will lead current events discussion. Refreshments are provided.

Library Author Talk/Book Signing

Join Great Neck resident Andrew Kane, critically acclaimed novelist and psychologist, for a discussion of his new novel, JOSHUA: A Brooklyn Tale, on at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library.

Wednesday, May 1

South Middle School Poetry Cocoa House

Great Neck South Middle School, Poetry Cocoa House, 4 p.m., 349 Lakeville Road. For further information: 441-4600.

JFK Elementary School Concert

At the J.F. Kennedy School, there will be a grade 5 Band/Orchestra/Choral Concert at 7 p.m., at 1A Grassfield Road. For info: 441-4200.

Thursday, May 2

St. Aloysius Woman’s Auxiliary Luncheon

The annual St. Aloysius Woman’s Auxiliary luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 2, at noon at the Swan Club, Glenwood Landing. A singer and keyboard player will perform and the proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the St. Aloysius Outreach Ministry. Price is $45 per person. For reservations, please call Joyce Lam at 487-1920.

Library Station Branch Film Series: Spring Flings

A spring fling film will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Station Branch of the Great Neck Library at The Gardens at Great Neck, 26 Great Neck Road. Please refer to the library newsletter, film brochures and website for information on the films scheduled. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Please arrive early as seating is limited.

Lakeville School Concert

At the Lakeville Elementary School, there will be an orchestra concert, at 7:30 p.m., at the school at 7-27 Jayson Avenue. For info: 441-4300.

Queens Quiet Skies 

Queens Quiet Skies invites the public to learn how and why the recent airspace redesign programs at LaGuardia Airport have created unprecedented noise and pollution problems.  Event is 7 to 9 p.m. at Bayside High School auditorium (enter at 32nd Avenue entrance between Corporal Kennedy St and 208th Street in Bayside). Speakers will include experts on aviation, environmental law and community action. Learn about the Northeast Airspace Redesign, the NextGen program, community aviation roundtables, environmental protection laws and the roles of the FAA and the Port Authority.

Friday, May 3

Park District Film

The Great Neck Park District sponsors at film at 8 p.m. at Great Neck House. The film is The Woman In Black (2012). Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer. Rated PG-13 and runs 95 minutes. Great Neck House. Park card required for admission.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 5

Ice Classic Competition

The Great Neck Park District will host the Ninth Annual Ice Classic on Sunday, May 5 at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink. Public sessions are cancelled due to this event. The competition is endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute. Call 487-2975, ext. 114, for more information.

Wednesday, May 8

St. Aloysius Sociables

St. Aloysius Sociables, the Wednesday monthly luncheon. Will meet at 1 p.m., at Cafe Rustica, 200 Middle Neck Road. Cost is the price of your meal. Please call Ida at 482-1832 or John Hyland at 482-3795 for reservations.

Monday, May 20

Stroke Awareness Day

Stroke Awareness Day will be recognized by North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Monti Room 1 in Manhasset from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Blood pressure screenings will be offered and clinical professionals will be available to answer questions and provide education on a variety of topics. For more information, contact Michele Gribko, MS, RN at 562-1194 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com