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Obituary: Gertrude L. Alper

Long-time former Great Neck resident Gertrude L. Alper, 102, passed away peacefully at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Bell Trace Health and Living Center. 

Born in New York City on Jan. 3, 1911, she was the daughter of Robert and Anna (Diamond) Landman.  

Gertrude was a New Yorker for 100 years before moving to Bloomington to be close to her daughter. She was a wonderful homemaker, an avid reader, a longtime volunteer at North Shore Hospital, a canasta and bridge player, an accomplished knitter and a pianist who could play most tunes by ear.


Her greatest gift was as a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, beloved by her family and numerous friends. Gertrude was remarkably independent well into her 90s.

 She was preceded in death by her husband George (1975), brothers Lee and David Landman and daughter-in-law Bryna C. Alper.


She is survived by her daughter Wendy A. Rubin (Richard), son Peter Alper (Margie), granddaughter Elizabeth R. Walter (Hank), grandson Peter Rubin (Kelli), granddaughter Mara A. Hochberg (Ben), grandson David Alper (Celine), seven great-grandchildren (including two sets of twins), Aliya, Ben and Maya Walter, Jonah, Matthew and Eli Hochberg, and Eliana Alper, sister-in-law Joan Landman, and nephews Wayne and Bruce Landman and their wives and children.

The family wishes to thank Bell Trace Health and Living Center for their extraordinary and compassionate care. Gertrude adored the staff in nursing, recreation therapy, housekeeping, dining services and administration. The Bell Trace Family were her darlings.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Allen Funeral Home. There will be no service. 
A private family celebration of Gertrude's life will take place at a later date.

 The family wishes any donations be made to the North Shore University Hospital Stroke Club."


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

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