With growing concerns about the sustainability of Long Island’s highly valuable aquifers, two proposals are vying for public support. The approach of a bi-county commission was discussed in last week’s paper. This week, we examine the second proposal, a Long Island Aquifer Management Compact.
The idea of a water management compact is not new. There are close to 200 compacts nationwide with three currently operating in New York State. Most compacts govern the management of surface water: water that flows through brooks, rivers and lakes that sometimes span states.
An unusual use of radar technology last week confirmed the existence of the remains of six members of the historic Allen family in a small area just behind two homes on Pearce Place and backing the Great Neck Plaza municipal parking garage at Gussack Plaza.
The confirmation will allow the plan to restore, renovate and maintain the neglected cemetery to move forward as a joint project involving the Plaza and the Town of North Hempstead. In its current condition, the cemetery’s right-of-way between 15 and 17 Pearce is difficult to access but the site is clearly visible from the back wall on several levels of the garage. The cemetery itself is approximately 20 feet by 10 feet.
With a promise from the landlord, Mike Yeroush, that “no tobacco whatsoever” will be contained in the smoking material to be served, the Board of Trustees in the Village of Great Neck approved the establishment of a hookah lounge on the corner of Middle Neck Road and Piccadilly.
For those unfamiliar with hookahs, they are basically elaborate water pipes of Middle Eastern origin that are usually used for smoking a blend of tobacco, molasses and fruit, a concoction known as shisha. It is possible, however, to blend an herbal shisha without tobacco. Hookah lounges have sprung up around the country and are quite popular with the college set.
As North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman leaves his post, he will no longer seek election as judge in the Nassau County District Court, but will instead step up as
special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly formed Long Island Storm Recovery, a part of the governor’s new New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
The governor made the announcement at an Albany press conference last Thursday, July 18. Cuomo said that that the program “will empower communities hit hard by the storms to create and implement locally created and federally funded strategies for rebuilding and strengthening their communities against future extreme weather.”
At 11:56 a.m. last Thursday, July 11, the Great Neck Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Company received a call reporting a possible gas leak. Immediately, the Vigilants swung into action.
Second Assistant Chief Josh Charry, upon arriving at the scene and determining that it was an actual ruptured natural gas line, upgraded the response from a single engine investigation to a general alarm response at 12:07 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part write-up on two different plans both geared toward protecting water resources for Long Island.)
Everyone, water experts, elected officials, environmental groups and an informed public, agrees that aquifers on Long Island that generously provide the lifeblood of water, is an irreplaceable resource, one that must be jealously safeguarded. The big question is, “How?”
Great Neck/North Shore Cable Commission Chair Alice Fishman died on July 6. A long-time Great Neck resident (almost 50 years), she was 81. Ms. Fishman died following a brief illness. A true trailblazer, she was the first female mayor of Russell Gardens, as well as that village’s first female trustee and first civic association female president. She served on the Cable Commission since 1991, where, since the commission’s inception, she headed a coalition of 15 North Shore villages that grant cable television franchise licenses.
With 20 years of experience as an elected official, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth ((10th Legislative District) is running for Town of North Hempstead supervisor. Bosworth is confident that her long background in “responding to people, to constituents and concerns” provides her with the vital tools necessary to lead this large town that provides such a wealth of services.
Her opponent is Republican Dina De Giorgio, of Port Washington.
Bosworth’s years in office began with 16 years on the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education, with five years serving as president. She noted that as school board president she dealt with a budget the size of the town’s budget and at this position she also dealt with labor negotiations. And, today, she is in her sixth year as a county legislator. In addition, during her years on the school board, Bosworth also served as special projects coordinator for then assemblyman Tom Di Napoli, a position where she brought vital government services “right here to the backyards of our residents,” as she coordinated state grants to benefit the town and villages in the 16th Assembly District.
Now that 17-year-old senior Emi Schaufeld has completed her 13-year long attendance “project” at Great Neck South High School, she’s ready to begin her next important project at NYU’s Tisch School in the fall.
Schaufeld will graduate on June 20 with perfect attendance, an unbroken record that began when she was a kindergartner at E.M. Baker in September of 2000, and continued when she entered South Middle School. She will pursue a career in writing and directing film at NYU after spending the summer making a film version of her original screenplay, Frolic: The Musical.
The Battle of Gettysburg isn’t just history. It’s local history. After all, Great Neck sent four men into the killing grounds of southern Pennsylvania a century and a half ago this month. Today, we are reminded of these men thanks to Matthew Moshen. Fighting the Civil War from Great Neck were Daniel A. Cornell, Augustus Finkmann, George Messemer and Louis Wanson/Wansor.
Two years ago, the Great Neck resident begin searching on the Internet to see how far back he could trace his family tree. He had no idea that the project would be so revealing and rewarding, and that it would spark in him an intense interest in the Civil War and those from the North Hempstead area who participated.
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