It has been many more years than I like to think about, a long time since Great Neck first realized we need a more modern, updated library. Library renovations have been presented, discussed, debated and rejected for close to 20 years. And now, finally, the public has voted “yes,” for the newest proposal presented by the Great Neck Library. Hooray!
This past Tuesday, Nov. 19, the referendum for the $10.4 million library renovation passed in a public vote.
Numerous letters in this paper have endorsed Ruth Tamarin for reelection as Park District commissioner, which will enable her to continue making our parks and playgrounds a vibrant part of life in Great Neck. I would like to add that I serve on two boards with Ruth (Friends of the Parks Foundation and the Great Neck Historical Society), and I have seen how she is quick to volunteer her time and energy to work on projects that require leadership, hard work, follow-through and forward thinking. As a Parks commissioner for many years, she now has valuable experience and a thorough understanding of how the park system works. She is ready, willing and able to serving park-goers of all ages for the next four years.
Ruth has served as Park Commissioner since 1998 and, throughout her tenure, worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the park district. The evidence is clear; just look at the outstanding condition of our parks and facilities, the range of programs and activities for all ages and abilities, and the strong financial position of the district. Ruth has been involved in upgrading, restoring and beautifying our parks and facilities to an enviable level. And we must not forget how Ruth spearheaded the efforts to obtain a portion of the former Cohan estate, thereby expanding Steppingstone Park and preserving that extraordinary waterfront space for public use.
Many times we have used this editorial space to highlight the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education. Many, many times we have offered sincere thanks and well-deserved praise. And, yes, now we have to say it again.
In this progressive new high-tech world, there are many benefits and quite a few issues too. Of course Internet security is a general concern and especially where children are concerned, Internet safety is a major concern. Not only must the school district educate our youngsters, but they must protect them too — and protect them in a variety of ways. While students do need to make good use of the Internet, for research and for studying, these youngsters must also be kept safe from much “out there” that is undesirable and yes, even dangerous.
Who was that young man who raced past my husband to get to the door of Subway first and then proceeded to hold the door for him? Who was that young man who my husband insisted get on line in front of him and then proceeded to pay for both his lunch and that of my husband? Unfortunately, he was gone before my husband realized that he had paid and he didn’t have an opportunity to thank him. And who says Great Neck isn’t a great place to live.
For the last 14 years, I covered the struggles of various library boards as they attempted to develop a plan to renovate the Main library. The plan that will come before the public for a vote on Nov. 19 reflects a synergy of ideas, creativity and innovation that sprang from a board that has been energized by the hard work of a diverse building advisory committee. Never before have I witnessed such a hands-on approach.
After a stinging defeat two years ago, when the plan to renovate and expand the library at a cost of $20.8 million was defeated, the board of trustees could have been paralyzed. Instead, to their credit, they held a well-attended public meeting in which patrons aired their views and the board listened. From that meeting, a determination was made to more fully involve the public in the process of coming up with an acceptable plan.
On Nov. 19, residents will have the opportunity to support their excellent library system by voting “yes” to renovate and restore the Main library. The renovation plan includes: an enlarged community room on the main floor, expanded reading areas, new mezzanine space, additional study rooms, AV services, automatic front doors, new windows, new lighting, upgrades in the elevator, plumbing, electrical and HVAC, a new roof and upgraded data/communications wiring. Children’s Service will be relocated to the lower level and have its own entrance. The redesigned library space will display rotating art works and literary exhibits.
Not far from where we live, many families know hunger as part of their daily life and are powerless to change their circumstances. The American tradition of helping our neighbors reminds us to reach out to those in need, especially as we approach Thanksgiving.
Members of our community are joining together to make sure that every family has something to be thankful for this holiday season. A donation of $25 (or more) makes it possible for the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) to give out more than 1,000 turkeys to local families and to serve hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners in our 15 soup kitchens in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
It is never too early to join the annual Nassau County Chamber of Commerce “Spend It, Buy It, Keep It Local” neighborhood shopping campaign.
In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses along Middle Neck Road, and in various villages from Great Neck Plaza to Kings
Point. Don’t forget our other businesses on Great Neck Road, Cutter Mill Road and Northern Boulevard.
Thank you! Thank you! For the longest time we have been using this space to ask our readers to send in their exciting sports stories and photographs, as we consider our sports pages a vital part of the Great Neck Record. And, wow, have you responded big time! Today the sports pages of the Record are chock full of excitement and glory. We are proud of our local teams and athletes and we are just thrilled to present them in the pages of the Great Neck Record! And if you turn to the back of the paper first, we understand; go for it!
---Wendy Karpel Kreitzman
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