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Editorial: A Renovated Library At Last!

It has been many more years than I like to think about, a long time since Great Neck first realized we need a more modern, updated library. Library renovations have been presented, discussed, debated and rejected for close to 20 years. And now, finally, the public has voted “yes,” for the newest proposal presented by the Great Neck Library. Hooray!

This past Tuesday, Nov. 19, the referendum for the $10.4 million library renovation passed in a public vote.

Congratulations to the members of the library board, library employees and volunteer citizens who worked hard and long on a plan that would suit the public’s needs and garner broad approval.

So now, in about a year or so, we will once again have a library that we can call our “crowning jewel.” From what we have garnered from the plans and the proposals as outlined in the media and at public meetings, we foresee a sleek, modern library—updated and attractive, suited to today’s needs and to this generation. We look forward to an inviting, relaxing “home” where we can satisfy our intellectual curiosity, enjoy a wide variety of media offerings and be certain that every member of our family will find their place in just the right sort of library for the 21st century.

Thank you to all the very dedicated library board members who worked out this plan and determinedly saw it through to success. And thank you, too, to the hard-working library staff and the volunteers who gave so much of themselves to see a new library come to life in Great Neck.

—Wendy Karpel Kreitzman

 

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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