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Library Workshop - July 29

Library Comedy Show - July 30

Tuesdays With REAP - July 30

 

Monday, July 29

Library Workshop For Teens

The Great Neck Library will feature Stranger Than Fiction: Art of Storytelling Creative Workshop 2 for Teens with Josh Farrar, a young adult author/musician at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library at 159 Bayview Avenue in Great Neck. Farrar will get deeper into the storytelling process and the decisions writers make when crafting a story, and lead a fun writing activity where you get to plot a story of your own. Call 466-8055, ext. 218.

Tuesday, July 30

Library Comedy Show

Comedian Mark Brier will make you laugh at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Great Neck Library, Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active, professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30  Cumberland Avenue, Great Neck. At 9 a.m. various members will discuss significant issues.  A business meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.  Jerry Peretsman, president, will discuss a

timely short topic in My Opinion.  Our speaker for the day is Det. Lt. Gary Shapiro who will present, “Hate Crimes.” Lunch takes place about noon, so feel free to join us and bring your lunch. Current events roundtable follows lunch, led by Lori Reich.  Refreshments are served.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Project Hope: Hurricane Season

Project Hope: Be Empowered, Get Prepared: Helping Your Family Prepare for Hurricane Season will see Project Hope counselors will talk about how to prepare for this year’s hurricane season at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Project Hope is a confidential crisis counseling service with linkage to free community resources. If you are unavailable during this time frame, call 516 870-1605 to schedule a private, confidential and free appointment with a crisis counselor, who can meet with you at your home, temporary residence, or a public meeting spot that is comfortable for you at a time that works for you.

Park District Mobile Rec Van

The Great Neck Park District’s mobile rec van activities begin today and continue through Aug. 16 at Firefighter’s Park at Grace Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. and at Cuttermill Park on Great Neck Road from 4 to 6 p.m. Call 482-0355 for more information. 

GNWPD Meeting

The board of commissioners of the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the district office at 236 East Shore Road in Great Neck.

Upcoming Events

St. Aloysius Sociables 

The Wednesday monthly luncheon sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main Street in Roslyn. The cost is the price of your meal. Please call Ida  at 516 482-1832 or John Hyland at 516 482- 3795 for reservations.

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.

Board Of Education Meeting

The Great Neck Public Schools next public action meeting is Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. at the school district’s Phipps Administration Building at 345 Lakeville Road in Lake Success. For information, call  773-1407.

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. 

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 Avenue, Great Neck. Bring lunch if you wish. Beverages are provided. Call 441-4949.

Manhasset-Lakeville Fire And Water Districts Board Of Commissioners  

The board meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. every month. All meetings are conducted in the boardroom at the district office, 170 East Shore Rd., unless otherwise publicly notified. 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. For special arrangements or appointments call 466-4416, ext. 704.

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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