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Great Neck Plaza AutoFest - September 29

Library Talk - September 29

Park Board Meeting - October 1


Sunday, Sept. 29

Great Neck Plaza AutoFest

The Village of Great Neck Plaza and the Business Improvement District (the BID) will hold its 29th annual AutoFest and Street Festival all day, in the downtown Plaza. The custom built 1926 Stutz “Speedster” will be featured. There will be a large display of special automobiles and antique automobiles, as well as games and rides for children, lots of delicious food displays and firefighter demonstrations.

Library Talk With Holocaust Survivor

At the Great Neck Library there will be an author talk and book signing by Marion Blumenthal Lazan about her award-winning memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, co-authored by Lila Perl at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. A moving first-hand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany from the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945. Mrs. Lazan was 11 years old when the family finally gained its freedom. Marion Blumenthal Lazan presents a message of perseverance, determination, faith, and hope for the entire family.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Lit Chat & Chit Chat Adult Reading Group

Lit Chat & Chit Chat is a book club designed for adults with special needs that allows participants to share in the joys of reading, to listen, and to socialize with peers in a relaxed and supportive environment at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. To register by phone or for more information call 466-8055, ext. 208 or 246. For specific information call Kim Warga, special education teacher, at 516 669-1095 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesdays With REAP

REAP, retired, energetic, active professionals meet every Tuesday at the Cumberland School, 30 Cumberland Avenue,Great Neck.   At 9 a.m. the first of the month is the board meeting.  At 10:30 a.m. everyone is invited to the regular program, to open with “My Opinion” offered by Ron Ullmann. The feature presentation is the Civil War Symposium. Break for lunch at 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The roundtable on current events following lunch is to be lead by Bernard Finkel. Coffee, tea and refreshments are served. Bring your lunch if you like.  

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.

Thursday, Oct. 3

GNWPCD Meeting

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

Friday, Oct. 4

Park District Teen Rec Night

From 8 to10 p.m. there is Teen Recreation Night at the Parkwood Ice Rink, sponsored by the Great Neck Park District. This is every Friday evening. Adult supervision will be provided plus music, lighting, snack bar and more! Call 487-2975 for more information.

Great Neck House Movie

At 8 p.m., at Great Neck House, the Great Neck Park District will screen the film The Guilt Trip (2012). The film starsBarbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. Rated PG-13; runs 95 minutes. A park card card is required for admission.

Upcoming Events

North High Class Of 1953 Reunion

Great Neck High School’s graduating class of 1953 will hold its 60th reunion at the Inn at Great Neck on the weekend of Oct.4 through 6, 2013. The Class of 1953 has been regularly holding such events over the past six decades. Classmates interested in attending any of these events should notify Ann Zaner Finkelstein at 516 487-0227.

Free Flu Shots

Free flu vaccinations will be provided at St. Aloysius Parish Center at 592 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. The flu shots are being offered in conjunction with Catholic Health Services and St. Francis Hospital. For more information, call 516 829-8343.

 St. Aloysius Sociables

The St. Aloysius Sociables Wednesday Monthly Luncheon is 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables of

Great Neck, at the Jolly Fisherman, 25 Main Street in Roslyn. Please call Ida at 516 482-1832 or John Hyland at 516 482-3795 for reservations. 


On Monday, Oct.14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate at the Great Neck Park District’s HarvestFest in the Village Green with activities such as arts & crafts, musical entertainment, hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides, our new monkey motion and more. Admission is free for Park District residents with a valid park card. This event is co-sponsored by the Village of Great Neck.

Ongoing Events

Great Neck Choral Society

The Great Neck Choral Society meets Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Choral Room at Great Neck South Middle School, 349 Lakeville Road, Lake Success.  David Close is the conductor. Website: For information call 233-1460 or 536-0451. New members welcome.

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.


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.


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.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,