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Adult Program Classes: Parents/Grandparents/Kids

The Adult Program, the continuing education division of the Great Neck Public Schools, offers wonderful bonding opportunities for parents/grandparents and their children/grandchildren while enjoying a learning experience together. There are also several courses just for students. All meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue, Lake Success.

For more information or to register, call 516 441-4949 or visit



Maureen Miller-Calamo is extraordinary when it comes to making beautiful objects by folding paper. In her two-session course (Saturday, Oct. 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon) for parent/grandparent and child, you will make a magnet for your fridge, a French fries holder filled with “fries,” and other simple and fun projects. You will receive a starter supply of paper for $6 payable to the teacher at the first session. Fee: $25 for one adult and one child, age five and up; each additional child $5.



Bond with your child or grandchild while learning chess from a master teacher and chess player, Garrett Christian. This day of chess, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is appropriate for both the beginner and the more experienced player. It will lead to many enjoyable hours together at the chessboard. Bring a bag lunch. Fee: $45 for one adult and one child, grades K–6; each additional child $10.

(Christian also teaches Chess for K–12 students on Fridays after school. Call 441-4949 for more information.)


Glass Painting

Children, along with their parents/grandparents, will spend playful time together making colorful sun-catchers. On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cristina Cipriani will provide the materials that are needed to make these decorative and reflective objects. Fee: $55 for one adult and one child, ages 6 to 12; each additional child $5.


Flowers In Watercolor

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m., children and adults will learn to paint beautiful flowers of the season with a watercolor artist and teacher, Diane Lieberman. Paint sets (to use in class and to take home) will be provided and are included in the fee. Please bring sponge, old toothbrush, scissors, and pencils. Fee: $44 for one adult and one child, ages 6 to 12; each additional child $20.


Chinese, Grades K to 6

A native Chinese speaker and educator, Karen Jia, teaches this well-received, 10-session course on Saturdays, Oct. 5 to Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30), from 9 to 11 a.m. This course is appropriate for all levels, beginner through advanced. Fee: $185.


Life Drawing For High School Students

Amy Orange, a retired art teacher from South High School, teaches a figure-drawing class for high school students on six Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to Dec. 18 (no class Nov. 27), from 7 to 10 p.m. Life drawings are an important addition to all art portfolios, as well as a crucial part of the Advanced Placement Studio in Art program. Weekly models are included in the fee: $96 for Great Neck School District resident high school students; $106 for nonresident students.


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,