For 29 years, the Open Door Parent-Child Center, a non-profit agency serving Great Neck and its surrounding communities, has offered programs designed for the healthy development of very young children (infants, toddlers, 2-and-3-year-olds), who learn and play in a safe environment while their parents attend social worker-led support groups where they forge new friendships, gain confidence in their new role, and build the skills necessary to foster the all-important parent-child bond.
During previous years, Open Door was able to rely on the sponsors that had loyally supported them, supplementing that income with donations from board members and their friends, along with annual fundraisers such as an annual spring luncheon, a winter “chill chaser,” parent-run bake sales and the like.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Democratic Minority has rejected County Executive Ed Mangano’s proposed 2011 budget. At an Oct. 4 press conference Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) led the Democratic Caucus in terming the proposed budget “irresponsible, reckless and the roadmap to bankrupting Nassau County.”
The Democratic Minority called the press conference following the issuance of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) report criticizing the budget and stating that “extraordinary levels of unacceptable borrowing for operating expenses, ….and labor concessions that have not been secured must be viewed as having a high degree of risk.”
The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel are taking the first steps to add a potential lifesaving traffic pre-emption system on Northern Boulevard. The system will improve public and firefighter safety, as well as traffic flow, as responding emergency vehicles transition through intersections controlled by traffic signals. Assemblywoman Schimel has secured a $125,000 grant to apply the pre-emption system to 19 intersections on Northern Boulevard, stretching from Great Neck Road to Port Washington Boulevard.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” ~ Chinese Proverb
The wild storms with microbursts and twisters that swept through Great Neck in June and September wrought their destruction in minutes. It took weeks to clear the debris and restore order and it will take even more time to properly plan for reforesting our landscape. While volunteer groups are raising money and advocating for restoration of the beauteous canopies that graced our streets and government entities are budgeting for additional plantings, it is important to avoid mistakes made in the past and to strive for tree selections that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but viable as well.
Although Jesse Friedman never gave up hope that someday he would be cleared of the child molestation charges brought against him in 1987, he told the Great Neck Record in a recent interview that the Second Circuit’s powerful ruling and recommendation that the case be re-examined has also given him hope that families who were swept up and hurt by his case would “find healing as well.”
Noting that this was the 196th anniversary of the opening of a Great Neck public school, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan told how the first school, the Wooley’s Brook School, opened in 1814. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, the Great Neck Public Schools opened with 6,383 students. And with this year’s “unusual calendar” (working around early religious holidays), Dr. Dolan reported that the schools, as always, enjoyed smooth openings, with students quickly adjusting and moving into the educational mode.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Ratings Services assigned its highest ‘AAA’ rating and stable outlook to bonds that the Village of Great Neck is issuing to fund continuing road rebuilding and resurfacing. In making the announcement, Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman added that S&P also “reaffirmed” its assigned ‘AAA’ long-term bond and stable outlook to the village’s existing bonds.
The 1909 Alco-6 Racer, the famed car also known as “la Bete Noir” or the “Black Beast,” will be featured, for the second consecutive year, at the 26th Annual Great Neck Plaza Annual AutoFest and Street Festival to be held on Sunday, Sept. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The Alco-6 Racer gained prominence for its consecutive victories in the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races held on the Long Island Motor Parkway and for participating in the first Indy 500 Race held in 1911.
Most Great Neck residents know Bob Lincoln from his position of leadership as a commissioner in the Great Neck Park District and his strong ideals of promoting citizens participation in decision-making, transparency in operating the many and varied recreational programs and caring for the great physical assets of our parks. He has also served the community as a volunteer with the Vigilant Fire Company in many roles, including that of chief.
Last week many people took note of the fact that activity has begun on the site of the Exxon Mobil service station at the corner of Steamboat and Middle Neck Road. Kleinfelder, an engineering consulting firm with offices around the country, was hired by Exxon Mobil to do the actual work of de-commissioning the site and preparing it for sale. The project manager provided the Record with a fact sheet about the steps involved to assure that there is no contamination left on the property.
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