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Pomerance 100 Years Young

Eric Pomerance had a wonderful day celebrating his 100th birthday at Ethos Restaurant in Great Neck last Saturday afternoon, March 2. This long-time Great Neck resident and his wife, Diane, celebrated their love of life and the joy of a great party with special family and friends. 

And how does it feel to be 100? “Well, to tell you the truth, it’s very reassuring that the square root of 100 is still 10,” Mr. Pomerance told the Great Neck Record. “I haven’t changed and I guess I never will,” he jokingly added. 

Family and friends, neighbors of all ages and backgrounds, spoke of the interesting, engaging Eric Pomerance, a man with a rich history. And at the party Mr. Pomerance was also honored by the mayor from his home, the Old Village. Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman presented an impressive certificate honoring Mr. Pomerance’s more than five decades in the village: “The Great Neck peninsula is a better place because of you … you are a kind and caring person.”

The village also honored Mr. Pomerance helping found the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy so many years ago. And for Eric Pomerance, this was a very moving moment. His wife, Diane, told the Record that this award meant so much to her husband, as he helped start SANE during the McCarthy years when he had to work quietly. Now he was “moved and honored” to have this effort recognized in public, by a government official.

Mr. Pomerance has been involved and active all his years in Great Neck. He was  recently instrumental in having leaf blower usage banned during the summer in several of the local villages. At one point he fought for and won his right to ride his bicycle to the Great Neck train station and leave it there while he was in Manhattan. Today bike racks are available at the train station. 

It has been a full life for Eric Pomerance since he first hopped a on ship to Argentina when he was 16. He worked as a baker on shipboard and then went on to work as a maintenance manager in Queens, an architectural assistant in Manhattan and a cameraman in an animation studio in Holland. Since retirement, he has worked as a volunteer at the Sands Point Preserve restoration shop, carving two of the horses on their carousel. Over the years he has also had watercolor displays.

Eric Pomerance married his wife, Diane, in October of 2011. At the time the groom was almost 99 and the bride was 59. They had been together six-and-a-half years, having met “by accident” at a garden party/film opening. 

It’s clear to all that Eric and Diane are true “soul mates.”

“We are proud to have such a long-time and very involved resident in the community,” Mayor Kreizman told the Record. 

With yet another family birthday party the day after the formal 100th birthday party, after all the celebrating wound down, Mr. Pomerance spoke of how “wonderful it is to have such friends, such concerned people.”

And he is filled with plans for the future.

Happy 100 years to Eric Pomerance! And here’s to future joy! 

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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