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Obituary: Mary Bondarin

Educator Mary Bondarin, a Great Neck resident for almost 30 years, died recently in Los Angeles. Mary lived in Great Neck, on Allenwood Road, from 1963 to 1992. 

 

A dedicated advocate and resource for early childhood education and child development for over 50 years, Mary served as teacher, administrator, staff developer and professor. She was a sought-after workshop presenter and inspiring keynote speaker. An active participant on state and national boards, Mary always lent her strong voice and vision for quality educational services for young children and families across New York State and on national forums and agendas.

 

Mary’s career began as a second grade teacher in Garden City. At its inception, she was a Project Head Start regional training officer, supervising four counties. She served on the faculties of N.Y.U., Hofstra University and S.U.N.Y. College at Old Westbury. Creator and director of the Early Childhood Center in Freeport for 15 years, Mary was promoted in 1986 to Bureau Chief of Child Development and Parent Education for the New York State Education Dept. in Albany.

 

Mary was married to Avrum Bondarin for 46 years, until his passing in 1999. Her daughter Lisa, son-in-law Jon, and three grandchildren survive her.


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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