Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Wednesday, June 6, may have been the only dry day that week and fortunately it was the day that the championship game was played in the Great Neck Little League Minors “B” division for the 8/9 age group. This season’s final game featured the rubber match of a three-game season long series between the Dodgers and the Marlins. In the first two games, played during the regular season, these two teams played to a tie. And so it seemed that fate would have the same two teams meet in the final game of the season for the championship trophy.
The first three innings saw a pitcher’s duel unfold as Alex Schwartz and Garrett Roth kept things in check for the Marlins while the Dodgers countered with Jack Kosinski and Harrison Rich. Rich was particularly effective striking out seven of the 11 batters he faced. The Dodgers were able to scratch out one run on hits by Michael Bornstein and Jack Kosinski but the Marlins also scored a run on a hit by Alex Schwartz making the score 1-1 as the game entered the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Dodgers strung together a walk to Zachary Israel and hits by Michael Bornstein and Leo Korman to score two runs and take a 3-1 lead. They handed the ball to Michael Bornstein for the fifth hoping that he could close out the game. But the Marlins would not go easily. Jaden Weisser singled to start a rally and the Marlins loaded the bases with two outs. The next batter put the ball in play on a check swing and Dodgers catcher Leo Korman acted instinctively in picking up the ball and stepping on home plate to preserve the lead.
In the final inning the Dodgers tacked on three insurance runs on hits by Leo Korman and Rachael Rosenberg. And Michael Bornstein appreciated that cushion as the Marlins threatened one last time in the final inning scoring a run on a Matt Hymowitz hit and having a runner on third base before Bornstein was able to strike out the final batter to preserve the win.
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.