The Nassau County Police Arson Bomb Squad reports that a Great Neck woman was arrested on arson charges last Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8. Police report that Inger McCaskill, 46, a resident of the Old Village, was arrested at 2:47 p.m., for allegedly setting fire to a local restaurant, located along Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck.
According to detectives, McCaskill used a lighter to set fire to a bush next to Safa Restuarnt at 451 Middle Neck Road. Detectives say that the fire spread to the exterior front wall of the restaurant, causing fire to the building. The restaurant was unoccupied at the time.
In the weeks following the Village of Great Neck’s approval for a hookah lounge with outdoor seating, neighbors who were unaware of the proposed business, have bombarded the village hall with phone calls and letters protesting the board’s decision.
Mayor Ralph Kreitzman has held two meetings with residents and even more attended a regular village meeting, to impress upon the board their concerns.
The concerns are twofold: First, the health consequences of outdoor smoking, the potential for dangerous traffic snarls and late-night noise... all resulting in quality of life issues. The second concern goes toward a broader issue, the flow and quality of communication between village government and residents.
Lifelong Great Neck resident John Pothlanski died on Thursday, July 25 at the age of 82. John was born on Lee Avenue off Northern Boulevard on July 26, 1930 to Joseph and Anna Pothlanski.
He joined the Alert Fire Company in October of 1948. He would have celebrated 65 years in the company this fall. John served as chief of the department from December 1972 to
December 1975. He was the chief in charge of perhaps the worst commercial structure fire in the Great Neck Village history, when Gristedes Supermarket burned down in the early
70s during horrible freezing winter temperatures. It took days to extinguish the blaze, with many neighboring departments helping out the brave Alert firefighters. The building stood where HSBC and Middle Neck Pharmacy currently stand on Middle Neck Road.
A persistent rumor has been circulating in the Village of Great Neck. People were upset after hearing that the village had begun requiring $100 building permits for painting the exterior of houses and was also setting limits on exterior colors.
As the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Education Advisory Committee presented its annual report at an end-of-the-year Board of Education public action meeting, the opening emphasis was on the school board’s charge: “ … to ensure the continuous involvement of school district residents in the education programs” provided by the school district. These programs include the Adult Program at Cumberland, the Adult Learning Center at Clover Drive and the Great Neck Senior Center.
A lifelong Nassau County resident and a 32-year Great Neck resident, Ellen Birnbaum has “always” been interested in government and now seeks the position of legislator for the county’s 10th Legislative District. “I saw the opportunity to become the candidate and to continue to serve the community I live in,” she told the Great Neck Record.
Birnbaum is the Democrats’ choice and in November she will run against the Republican candidate Jane Centrella. Birnbaum is also running under the Independent Party and the Working Families Party.
Great Neck was the scene of its second Hollywood movie production of the summer last week as Kelly and Cal, a small-budget independent film, used the Village Green for its first day of shooting.
The film, which stars Oscar-nominated Juliette Lewis and Josh Hopkins, the male lead on televisons’ Cougar Town, spent only a day in town, filming an additional scene near Arrandale Avenue and Maple Street.
Last week, the Village of Great Neck Board of Trustees approved a hookah lounge to open in the Old Village, based on the promise that the concoction to be smoked would be “tobacco free.” But, from a health standpoint does that really matter?
Researchers just beginning to study the differences in the products being smoked are saying, “No.”
In a study conducted by Shihadeh, Salman, Eissenberg et. al. at the American University of Beirut and the Virginia Commonwealth University published in Food and Chemical
Toxicology, they found that the only significant difference in the toxins in the smoke analyzed from the tobacco filled pipes and the tobacco free pipes was nicotine, the addictive additive.
When Great Neck residents received a letter from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on July 6, many were confused and upset. The letter stated that the “long-awaited Middle Neck Road drainage project is slated to begin this month” and that traffic delays along Middle Neck Road were anticipated beginning July 15. Residents and local mayors were taken by surprise. Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin and Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman were promised meetings with county officials prior to the start of the actual work, yet the county’s response was that this was just preliminary work and the mayors will be consulted before the main work begins.
Five community meetings slated
“We think this conceptual plan for a renovated Main will be a very efficient and versatile use of space ... It will be light and airy ... user friendly ... and will emphasize the beautiful views of Udalls Pond,” said architect Russell Davidson of KG&D last week at a board meeting.
After the presentation and comments from the public at the meeting, which was lightly attended, the library board unanimously voted to adopt the plan.
A public referendum on the bond issue will be held on Nov. 19 with absentee ballots available. The estimated cost of the project is $10.4 million.
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