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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.

South High One-Act Plays

Great Neck Public Schools Great Neck South High School will present One-Act Plays at 8 p.m., at the school, 341 Lakeville Road in Lake Success. Ticket info: 441-4851.

Park District Film

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park Districts presents a film, The Woman In Black (2012). Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer. Rated PG-13 and runs 95 minutes. Screening at Great Neck House. Park card required for admission.

Saturday, May 4

South High One-Act Plays

Great Neck Public Schools Great Neck South High School will present One-Act Plays at p.m., at the school, 341 Lakeville Road in Lake Success. Ticket info: 441-4851.

Defensive Driving Course

From 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p. m Defensive Driving: Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Course will be held at Great Neck House. To sign up or for more information call 482-0355.

Park District Film

At 5 and 8 p.m. the film The Woman In Black (2012). Will be shown at Great Neck House. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer. Rated PG-13 and runs 95 minutes. sPark card required for admission.

Sunday, May 5

Park District Film

At 7:30 p.m. the film The Woman In Black (2012) will be shown at Great Neck House. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Janet McTeer. Rated PG-13 and runs 95 minutes. Park card required for admission.

SUNDAY @ 3 SERIES 

At 3 p.m., at Great Neck House, the Great Neck Park District presents SUNDAY @ 3 SERIES: Concert: Maya Nova. Park card required for admission.

Mozart In May

The Great Neck Choral Society finally returns to Great Neck to perform a glorious All-Mozart program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy chapel, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The USMMA Memorial Chapel is at 300 Steamboat Road. Tickets are available at the door from 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; $20 for senior citizens and students; Great Neck students, gratis.

Tuesday, May 7

Saddle Rock School Spring Concert

Great Neck Public Schools Saddle Rock School Elementary School’s  Spring Concert is 7:30 p.m., at 10 Hawthorne Lane. Info: 441-4400.

Park Board Meeting

At 9 a.m. the board of commissioners of the Great Neck Park District will hold a work session at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Road. 

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic and active professionals, meets every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Avenue. Come for an

informative and stimulating morning. This week at 10:30 a.m. we begin our business meeting to be followed by “My Opinion” with Norman Tanner at about 10:40 a.m. Speaker is police Detective Lieutenant Gary Shapiro who will discuss “Hate Crimes.” Lunch is at noon so bring your lunch if you like. Peter Lubell will lead Current Events discussion. Refreshments are provided. 

Wednesday, May 8

Baker Musical

Great Neck Public Schools E.M. Baker Elementary School, grade five presents Seussical, the Musical at 7 p.m., 69 Baker Hill Road. Info: 441-4100.

Kennedy School Concert

The Great Neck Public Schools John F. Kennedy Elementary School presents the fourth grade Band/Orchestra/Choral Concert at 7 p.m., at the school at 1A Grassfield Road in Kings Point. Info: 441-4200.

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.

Matinee Film at Main Library

The next film will be shown at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Priority seating is given to Great Neck residents. Bring your Great Neck Library card, driver’s license or other ID containing your Great Neck School District address. Non-residents will be seated if space permits 10 minutes before the film begins. 

Library Station Sunset Book Club

Discuss Chang-Rae Lee’s The Surrendered at 4 p.m. at the Station Branch, The Gardens at Great Neck, 26 Great Neck Road. This haunting story explores themes of identity and belonging, love, war and memory beginning with an orphan girl in the Korean War, and goes both backward and forward in time, from Korea to New Jersey to Manchuria and Italy. Call 466-8055, ext. 233 to register.

Thursday, May 9

Baker School Musical

Great Neck Public Schools E.M. Baker Elementary School presents the fifth grade musical Seussical, the Musical, 7 p.m., at the school at 69 Baker Hill Road. Info: 441-4100.

North High Concert

Great Neck Public Schools North High School presents the Freshman Ensembles Concert at 7 p.m., at North High, 35 Polo Road. Info: 441-4743.

Park Board Meeting

At 8 p.m. the board of commissioners of the Great Neck Park District will hold a business meeting at the Park District Office, 5 Beach Road.

Children’s Library Program Registration

Reader’s Theater (for children in grades 2 - 6 with parent/caregiver) will be held on Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Main Library, Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. at Lakeville, and Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Parkville. (60 minutes) Limited registration begins Monday, May 6. Perfectly Pinkalicious (for children in grades K - 6) will be held on Thursday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. at Parkville. (60 minutes) Limited registration begins Thursday, May 9. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. online, continuing at 10:01 a.m. in person or by phone at 466-8055. Adult library card is not valid for registration. Participating child’s library card is required for registration.

Friday, May 10

South High One-Act Plays

The Great Neck Public Schools South High School presents One-Act Plays, at 8 p.m., at the school at 341 Lakeville Road. Ticket info: 441-4851.

Park District Film

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District presents the film Young Adult (2011) at Great Neck House. Starring Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson. Rated R and runs 94 minutes. Park card required for admission.

Library Station Branch Film 

A film will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Library Station Branch. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Arrive early as seating is limited.


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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