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Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10

Friday, Dec. 6

Library Socrqates Salon With Ron Gross

Join Ron Gross for this Socrates Salon to discuss How Cosmopolitan Are You? at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Great Neck Library, the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue. Ponder what it means to be a Citizen of the World...Morally, Economically, Politically, Culturally, and Ecologically.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Park District Swim

The Great Neck Park District’s winter swim program, session 2, begins. Sign up at Parkwood Complex for group or stroke clinic classes. Call 516 487-2975, Ext. 118 for more information.

Park District: Defensive Driving

From 9:30 3:30 p.m. the Great Neck Park District offers Defensive Driving: Empire Safety Council Defensive Driving Course at Great Neck House. To sign up or for more information call 482-0355.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Park District Sunday @ 3 Series

At 3 p.m. the Great Neck Park Distsrict’s Sunday @ 3 Series concert will feature Cross Island Trio. Suzanne Mueller and her group play classical music. The performance is at eat Neck House. Park card required for admission

Monday, Dec. 9

Board of Education Meeting

The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education public action meeting is at 8:30 p.m., at the E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd. Info: 441-4001.

Tuesday, December 10

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

A docent will present this art lecture/slide presentation of the Nassau County Museum of Art Peter Max Exhibit, taking an in-depth look at the original drawings of Pop artist Peter Max at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

South Middle School Winter Concert 1

The Great Neck Sough Middle School will presents its Winter Concert 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the school at 349 Lakeville R0ad. Info: 441-4651.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

North Middle Concert

The Great Neck North Middle School presents its grade 7 and 8 Winter Instrumental Concert at 7:30 p.m., at the school at 77 Polo Road. Info: 441-4551.

South Middle Concert

The Great Neck South Middle School Winter Concert 2 will be held at 7:30 p.m., at the school at 349 Lakeville Road. Info: 441

Great Neck Park District Election

The Great Neck Park District election for commissioner is from 3 to 6 p.m. Call 482-0181 for absentee ballot information.

Lit Chat & Chit Chat at the Library

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 .

St. Aloysius Sociables Luncheon

The next St. Aloysius Sociables luncheon will be held at 1 p.m., sponsored by the St. Aloysius Sociables, at the Milleridge Inn, 585 North Broadway, Jericho. The cost is the price of your meal. Please call Ida at 516 482-1832 or John Hyland at 516 482-3795 for reservations.

Author Talk at the Library

Mark Cohen, author of Overweight Sensation: the Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, returns to further discuss the Allan Sherman phenomenon at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue.

Thursday, Dec. 12

At the Library: Great Neck Historical Society

Great Neck Historical Society presents Understanding Landmarks at the Great Neck Library at i7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library at 5i9 Bayview Avenue in Great Neck.To help clarify the mysteries of landmarking, Leslie Gross, Clerk of the Town of North Hempstead, will describe the North Hempstead Landmarks Commission’s projects, past and present. in the Community Room of the Main Great Neck attorney Joseph Aufenanger will outline the differences in landmark legislation: national, state, and local.

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.

North High School Winter Concert

At 7:30 p.m. the Great Neck North High School presents its Winter Concert at the school at 35 Polo Road. Info: 441-4751.

South High School Winter Concert

South High school will present its Winter Concert I at 7:30 p.m., at the school at 341 Lakeville Road. Info: 441-4851.

Friday, Dec. 13

Parkwood Tennis Center

All day today, at the Great Neck Park District’s Parkwood Tennis Center. It’s the last day for current students to renew their tennis day /time slot for Session 2. Applications must accompany full payment. Call 516 829-9050 for more information.

Great Neck Park District Film

At 8 p.m.the film The Baxter (2005) will be screened at Great Neck House. Rated PG-13; runs 91 minutes. Park card required for admission.

Speakerat Temple Emanuel

Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, veteran and combat reservist in the Israel Defense Forces, will be guest in the pulpit at Temple Emanuel, when he offers the talk: “From The Front Line: A Soldier Speaks.” All members of the community are invited to attend the service, which begins at 7:30 p.Temple Emanuel at 150 Hicks Lane. For further information, please call 516 482-5701.

Upcoming Event

Emanuel Series

Temple Emanuel’s The Emanuel Series continues when Chicago City Limits, New York City’s legendary “improv” theater company, brings its unique style of comedy and audience-inspired improvisations to Temple Emanuel on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane. Admission is $15/person. Call 516 482-5701 to purchase tickets.

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. Call 441-4949.


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,