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Judi Bosworth Looks To The Future

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:56

Newly elected North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth is set to lead the town come Jan.1, 2014. Already she is planning some very innovative moves, including providing for easier access to public meetings and an equally simple route to public input.


NCCC Honors Dennis Grossman

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 09 November 2013 00:00

Great Neck’s own Dennis Grossman was just honored by the Nassau Council Chambers of Commerce at its 29th annual Small Businessperson of the Year Legislative Breakfast.


Each of the 37 participating chambers of commerce recognized their small businessperson of the year with an awarded citation signed by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. The Great Neck Chamber of Commerce honored Grossman, the president and chief operating officer of DMI Business Consulting Group, which he founded in 1981. 


Revising Student Records Policy

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

In order to expedite the ability of school-related parent organizations to communicate electronically during this 2013-2014 school year, the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education revised its Policy on Student Records. The one-reading policy revision is in accordance with the school district Policy on Board Policy Development and was approved at the Oct. 21 public action meeting.


This revision addresses the identification of directory information that the school district will release to school related parent organizations and other organizations approved by the superintendent of schools to conform with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It also describes the parameters by which such organizations can use this information.


Academy Gardens: No Longer A Choice

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Tenants offered cash to vacate the building

The long-running plan for Kings Point Gate Association to tear down the rent-stabilized apartment complex at Academy Gardens at 794 Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck and rebuild has now taken yet a new turn. The original plan’s height variance was turned down in 2007, but the concept resurfaced this past fall when yet another plan was put forward, one that needed no variances. And now, according to Fred Pollack, the pro bono attorney representing the working class families living at Academy Gardens, the residents are no longer being offered options, but are being told to accept a specific stipend and move out.


Library Presents Plan To Mayors

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00


Library referendum vote Tuesday, Nov. 19

As the Nov. 19 date for voting for the Great Neck Library (main building) renovation referendum approaches, library board officers, building committee members and involved members of the public have “taken the show on the road,” presenting the layout of the renovated building and the rationale for certain changes to various community groups. On Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, a presentation was heard by local officials at the Great Neck Village Officials Association meeting.


Explaining the plans and the financials were Library Board President Marietta DiCamillo, trustees Josie Pizer and Varda Solomon, Assistant Library Director Chris Johnson, Circulation Director Janet Fine, and building advisory committee members Amy Levinson and Marianna Wohlgemuth.


Jack Binder: North Hempstead Archivist

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00
Town of North Hempstead archivist Jack Binder is set for his next town display. The displays change very couple of months, always on view at the Town Hall annex building at 200 Plandome Road and on the second floor of the main Town Hall building at 220 Plandome Road. Binder is proud that each display is of great interest to the general public.

In honor of Archives Month, there is a display of the 200th anniversary of the creation of school districts in North Hempstead, in October 1813. The next display will tell the history of the Indian on the town’s logo.


You Can Have Your Pie And Eat It Too!

Written by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

When sisters Adeena Sussman and Sharon Wieder faced the death of their mom from ovarian cancer, they wanted to develop a charitable memorial that expressed who she was in life.  Since she had been a great cook and baker, and because Thanksgiving was one of her favorite holidays, Pies for Prevention was born.

Adeena and Sharon began baking Thanksgiving pies, which they sold to friends and community residents. The pie sale proceeds went to the Stephanie Sussman and Ann Nadrich Memorial Fund at Sharsheret, in memory of their mother and grandmother. Sharsheret, which provides a lifeline of education and support for young Jewish women with breast cancer, was thereby able to develop educational materials and programming  for Jewish women facing ovarian cancer and their families.  


School Board Sets 2013-2014 Goals

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education set five goals for this school year, the 2013-2014 school year. School Board President Barbara Berkowitz reviewed these goals at the Oct. 21 public action meeting. Berkowitz said that the board “sets goals every year for ourselves.” Some of these goals are new and some are ongoing through several years, she added.

Goal number one for this school year is to review the school district’s ever-changing curriculum, programs and common core standards, including the degree to which these goals relate to the emotional well-being of the students. As well, this includes conducting school board meetings to inform the public about such programs.


Hot Election For Park Commissioner

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 15:22

This year’s Great Neck Park District election for one of the three commissioners is contested. Incumbent commissioner and park board chair Ruth Tamarin is being challenged by Frank Cilluffo and Neil Leiberman. One challenger, Neil Leiberman, has previously run for this post. The election is Tuesday, Dec. 10.

All residents 18 years of age or older, who have lived in the Park District for a period of 30 days prior to the election and who are registered with the Nassau County Board of Elections from their Great Neck Park District address for at least 23 days prior to the election, are eligible to vote.

Park District residents vote on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 3 to 9 p.m.


Michael Balboni: Still Working For Us

Written by Wendy Kreitzman Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:00

Former New York State Senator Michael Balboni, a security/emergency management consultant in the private sector, now works directly with the Town of North Hempstead. Balboni’s firm, Redland Strategies, is, as the former senator explained, “at the intersection between government relations, security, media management and business development.” And, today, among his clients is the Town of North Hempstead, where he consults on the town’s emergency management plans. “Jon Kaiman gave me my first municipal client … and I’ll never forget that,” Balboni said. 


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