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GreatNeckRecord.com Calendar

Park District Summer Stroll

Saturday, July 13

Sunday Family Special Event

Sunday, July 14

Park Board Meeting

Monday, July 15


Saturday, July 13

Park District Summer Stroll

At 11 a.m. the Great Neck Park District will sponsor a Nature Program, an early summer seasonal stroll at Kings Point Park. Meet in first paved lot at Steamboat Road entrance. No registration required. No children under 16-years-old will be permitted. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Steppingstone Summer Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District’s Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts Concert will feature Joan Osborne. Admission is with a park card.


Sunday, July 14

Sunday Family Special Event

The Great Neck Park District will host a Sunday Family Special Event, a scavenger hunt, at Firefighters Park, at 11 a.m. Sign in at 11 a.m.; event begins at 11:30 a.m. Rain date is July 15. Call 482-0355 for more information.

Steppingstone Summer Concert

At 8 p.m. the Great Neck Park District will host a Steppingstone Summer Performing Arts concert with Maureen McGovern & Jimmy Webb. Steppingstone Park. Admission with park card.


Monday, July 15

Park Board Meeting

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

Library Video Game Design

The Great Neck Library will present a program, Video Game Design Workshop for Teens, presented by Sharper Training Solutions. The workshop is an introduction to the basics of video game creation, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Learn to construct rooms and doorways, how to add players, objects, textures, colors, lighting and much more laptops will be provided. Register online or call 466-8055, ext. 218.

City Island Dinner Cruise

The Great Neck Park District will host a City Island dinner cruise from 4 to 7 p.m. or from 6 to 9 p.m. The round trip from Steppingstone to Lobster House restaurant in City Island is $25 per person. Cost of dinner not included. Reservations for dinner recommended. All cruises subject to change. Call 482-0355 to register.

Park District Family Event

At 7 p.m. the Great Neck Park District will host a Monday Fabulous Family Event featuring Magical Songwriter. The event will take place at. Memorial Field. Rain location is Parkwood Recreation Center. Call 482-0355 for more information.    


Tuesday, July 16

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30  Cumberland Avenue.  At 9 a.m.  Jerry Peretsman will present “Overbearing Government.”  This will be followed by a brief business meeting at 10:30 a.m.  “My Opinion” will be led by Stan Goldfarb at 10:45 am, who will discuss a short subject of  importance to us all.  Bernie Saper is going to teach us about “Evaluation of a Photograph.” Please come and join us and feel free to bring your lunch as we eat together at noon. Refreshments are served.


Wednesday, July 17

Rotary Band Concert

For the fourteenth summer, The Rotary Club of Great Neck’s Summer Community Band offers free Wednesday evening concerts on the Village Green, at 7:30 p.m., co-sponsored by the Great Neck Park District. Patrons must provide their own chairs or blankets. July 17 is officially Children’s Night. The four soloists are: Omar Mira, baritone horn from J.F.K. School; Shalin Madan, cello from E.M. Baker School; Thomas Chang, trumpet from Saddle Rock School; and Maya Pfeiffer, violin from Lakeville School.  


Upcoming Events

ASAP Summer Soccer Camps

ASAP Summer Soccer Camps come to Great Neck from July 22 to 26 and Aug. 19 to 23. ASAP camps are delivered in a fun, logical and professional manner. Spring Break camp features superior education and training in the technical and tactical aspects of the game, scrimmages, strategy sessions and physical conditioning sessions with ASAP specialists. For more information or to register for these summer camps please visit www.atlanticsportsandperformance or call Chris at 516 413-0571.


Ongoing Events

Parkwood Family Aquatic Center   

The Great Neck Park Distric’s Parkwood Family Aquatic Center remains open for the summer through Friday, Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can get your pool membership at Great Neck House during regular registration hours or visit www.greatneckparks.com.

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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