One of the best perks of this job is to be invited to an elementary school event and it is especially heart-warming to visit Saddle Rock School where my two children attended many years ago. While the school building itself has had some renovations in the intervening years, it’s halls are still festooned with the children’s bright, splashy art work and its classrooms filled with eager, bubbly learners.
The Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) and the Village of Great Neck Plaza invite local residents and visitors to an evening of fine dining and live entertainment on Thursday, June 27 on Bond Street. Promenade Night will feature a variety of fine dining options Great Neck Plaza has to offer in a unique outdoor café environment. Participating restaurants include ERA Asian Cuisine, La Rotonda, Elaine’s Bistro & Grill, Bee-Organic and the Great Neck Diner. In addition, the BID’s 2nd Annual Karaoke Competition will take place with participants competing for “Plaza Bucks” prizes.
Marietta DiCamillo, library board president and chairp of the building advisory committee, emphasizes that this time around the process for preparing and presenting a plan for a renovated library is “totally different” from previous failed attempts. A target date of July 23 has been set to present a conceptual plan to the entire board of trustees at a public meeting. A November referendum is also targeted.
In October of 2011, the community resoundingly defeated a proposed $20.8 million referendum to renovate and expand the Main building of the Great Neck Library system.
North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio is running for town supervisor, something she never envisioned for herself, but now, having served on the town board for close to a year and a half, she believes that her work at bringing consensus to difficult issues has brought out her leadership qualities. A lawyer by profession, De Giorgio is a 17-year Port Washington resident who is proud that she has fought for local improvements.
Beginning a dialogue with the Great Neck community
On Nov. 25, 1987 Jesse Friedman, along with his father Arnold, was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse.
The genesis of the case began with a postal sting operation in which Arnold Friedman was found to have child pornography magazines, none of which were self-produced. A Nassau County police investigation was quickly launched with five two-member teams of detectives who conducted interviews with 30 children, students in after school computer classes in the Friedman home.
Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman and the village board of trustees have announced that the 2013 Roadway Program already has been completed and well under budget. The village was able to utilize the Town of North Hempstead’s bid contract to significantly save costs. In addition to saving the costs of preparing a bid package and engineering work, the cost of work was significantly less than the village’s engineers estimate. The program is part of the village’s multi-year initiative to rebuild or repave its over 24 miles of roads. Importantly, because of the significant cost savings, the Village has added the roads it planned to pave in 2014 and 2015 and even more, and much of that work also already has been completed.
Camp & Campus, one of Great Neck’s oldest, established family run businesses, is in its 58th year of operation and looking to change the perception that its fashions are only for the younger woman.
“We’ve grown up,” says Mark Wolf, echoing the store’s new emphasis on serving the contemporary fashion needs of women of all ages. “Most of our fashions go across the age spectrum. The “we’ve grown up” theme conveys this meaning to the person who thinks of us differently: she may have shopped with us as a teen, she may have shopped with us for her daughters or she may never have shopped with us because she perceived us as too young for her taste.”
Plans for a 7-Eleven on the corner of Steamboat Road and Middle Neck Road are moving forward after it was conditionally approved by the Village of Great Neck Board of Zoning Appeals in February. The decision for a convenient store open 24-7 was contingent upon the presence of a uniformed security guard after midnight until 5 a.m.
An Article 78 proceeding, filed by Jesse Friedman’s attorney, Ron Kuby, that seeks to compel the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to release pertinent documents in his case including grand jury minutes under the Freedom of Information Law was heard in the Nassau County Supreme Court on June 4. Although considered a routine preamble to scheduling the presentation of arguments, it resulted in a surprise announcement by Assistant District Attorney Robert Schwartz that the DA’s office will issue a report generated from the re-investigation of the child sex abuse case by June 28, unless “unforeseeable circumstances” prevent doing so.
New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel received the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce Jesse Markel Community Service Award at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner, last Thursday evening, May 30. Schimel, a longtime Great Neck resident, represents the state’s 16th Assembly District.
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