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Editorial: Nassau County “Takes Care” of Wood Road

Written by Carol Frank Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

A resident who often drives past the Wood Road and Arrandale Avenue corner parcel, owned but mostly abandoned by Nassau County, was so exasperated by the unsightly mess there that she sat down and wrote the county a letter asking them to come over and clean it up.


These photos show what “caring for the parcel” means in Nassau County-speak.


Letter: Pick Up After Your Pet

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Many dog owners are completely unaware of the impact of not picking up after their pet. Some common misconceptions from pet owners are: It’s completely natural and leaving it on the ground to decompose is fine if it’s left where someone can’t step in it. 


According to the EPA, pet waste is 57% more toxic than human waste, and in 1991 it was placed in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals. The EPA also estimates that in two or three days, 100 dogs can produce enough bacteria to close a small bay with a 20 square mile watershed to swimming and fishing. Dog feces contain high concentrations of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus), and pathogens (bacteria, viruses, worms and parasites) that can cause serious illness in humans and pets. Dog feces can take up to a year to break down in the environment. Some fecal bacteria can even become airborne. The deposit site can become toxic to both dogs and people. Some pathogens can survive for years; for instance, roundworms and Giardia survive up to four years, E. coli can live up to four months, and salmonella up to six months.


Letter: MTA And LIRR

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) provision of extra weekend service on Sunday, July 14 to support the Major League Baseball All Star Game festivities was great news for customers. Imagine if the MTA LIRR did the same on a regular basis on Saturdays and Sundays for other Met games, Citi Field events, U.S.

Open, Madison Square Garden activities and Broadway shows on a regular basis. Special super express service which was also provided on the Flushing #7 subway line running between Main Street Flushing to Times Square, Manhattan was also a plus.  his subway line connects with Nassau Inter County Express (NICE) Bus route N20 originating just off the corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing, Queens.  The N20 runs to Hicksville including multiple stops along Northern Blvd. and Middle Neck Road also benefits Great Neck and other nearby residents.  Using your Metro Card, you can transfer for free from the bus to the subway for only one fare.  


Editorial: School Is Out … Please Drive Carefully

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00


School is out and there are a lot more children and young people out and about all day long. Little children playing outside, older ones skateboarding and riding bikes, and young people of all ages walking to and from town --- they are very visible during summer days and summer evenings. And while Great Neck is often praised as a very nurturing, very safe community, there are definitely dangers out there on the roads.


Letters To The Editor

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The Great Neck Record welcomes letters from members of the community, which can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Submissions should not run longer than 500 words and we reserve the right to edit for clarity or space. Letters must be submitted no later than 9 a.m. on the Monday preceding publication.  


Letter: LIRR Various Ticket Benefits

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The Long Island Rail Road recently celebrated the 38th anniversary of Mail&Ride ticketing.  Many of us appreciate the benefits of using this when riding the LIRR on a daily basis to commute from home to work.  Those of us commuting from Great Neck or Little Neck don’t have to change at Jamaica.  Here are a number of trains originating at our respective stations resulting in first choice of seats.  Other trains still stopping at either station usually have available seating.  This is also true for return trips in the afternoon. Our trip averages about 30 minutes each way to and from Penn Station.  Few remember a brief period later in the 1980’s when the LIRR offered a one-year ticket which arrived monthly.  By prepaying for your monthly pass one year in advance, you received a four percent discount. Sadly, there were only several hundred of us, including myself, who took advantage of this amazing bargain so it was quickly discontinued. Fast-forward to today and you can also purchase an unlimited Metro Card. This affords incredible savings for those who use the subway to and from Penn Station. The savings are multiplied with local trips at lunchtime or after work.  The card also provides you with unlimited free transfers to both NYCT and Nassau Inter County Express NICE (formerly Long Island Bus).


Larry Penner


Editorial: To Our Firefighters, A Moment of Gratitude

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Fire. When it is contained in a fireplace, it is a thing of beauty, comfort and warmth. Fire. Rampaging through a home, a landscape, it is a thing of terror, loss and heartache.


The story of the 19 young firefighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots who, surrounded by blazing conditions with no way out, hunkered down into little heat reflecting tents, was heartbreaking to contemplate.


Editorial: Vacation Time Again ... Protect Your Home!

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

So soon, the Fourth of July has come and gone and summer is officially underway. And now, with so many people about to head off to a favorite holiday spot, we feel that it is important to once again take the time to address the importance of protecting your home while you are away.

Each year, when we ask our Nassau County police officers and our local village police officers for some tips, the answer is pretty much the same --- use some common sense and take the time to take the precautions that can make all the difference.


Letter: America The Hungry

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

As a schoolboy, I often thought of America, My Country Tis-of Thee, as the Land of the Free, as the Land of the Brave, and as America the Beautiful. Now-a-days, I also think of it as America, home of the hungry.

One out of six children in Nassau County doesn’t get enough food on a daily basis. One out of four seniors has to make a choice between buying medications they need and buying food. Sometimes the choice is between rent and food.


Letter: Bravo Show Disrespects Great Neck Monument

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

We write today representing the Vigilant Fire Company in Great Neck, New York where Jonathan Ielpi was a member for nearly two decades and served as chief. We are disappointed that the Bravo Network chose to air a segment recently on Princesses of Long Island where Amanda Bertoncini clearly disrespects a community memorial and the memory of a man who gave his life in trying to help others on September 11, 2001, one of the most tragic days in our country’s history. Jonathan died as a member of FDNY Squad 288.

We recognize that the Bravo Network will remove this segment from future airings of the show and ask that the network make a formal apology to the Ielpi Family. Also, in the future we hope that Bravo will exercise better judgment and greater editorial control to avoid causing unnecessary pain to others.


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