Memorial Day is this coming Monday, May 27. This is a long-standing holiday, so it does seem that too often we tend to overlook its significance. It’s important to remember all those who have fought for our freedom and our way of life, be it 60 years ago or just yesterday. We must honor not just the men and women of our armed forces, but all Americans who put their lives on the line for all of us, every day. This Memorial Day please take time to remember, to pay tribute, to the members of our armed forces, our police officers, our firefighters, our emergency workers --- all of those caring, courageous men and women who defend and safeguard all that we hold dear.
I am a resident of Great Neck, and, like most New Yorkers, I am dismayed by the continuing corruption in Albany. We will never see a change in state government until we begin to address the continuing problem of money in politics. As long as politicians are accountable to the corporations and lobbyists who finance their campaigns; they’re never going to be accountable to the people who elected them.
Bravo, Wendy! But so many of us who follow the rules, don’t violate simple, sensible required traffic regulations that contribute to all our safety and good traffic flow. I have been saying this for decades, but you said it better. So how come it still goes on? Because there is no penalty for violation; I bet half the tickets go unpaid. How about serious fines, booting, names in the paper of repeat offenders? What does it take to motivate selfish arrogant “I’m-the-only-one-on-the road-and-it is-mine” mentality? We don’t seem to impress upon them civility and fines go unpaid for years. Hit them in the pocketbook (or since that appears not to matter to many in town), embarrass them with their names in the paper. Let’s find a solution now that you have said it best.
Bonnie Lyons Salkind
This coming Tuesday, May 21, is the day to vote “yes” for our children and for our school budget, for our school board trustee Monique Bloom (running unopposed) and for our library budget as well.
The Great Neck Public Schools do an exemplary job of educating our children and we can show our support, and say thank you, by voting for our school district’s budget and to re-elect our board of education trustee.
Both Great Neck and Long Island Restaurant Week should be celebrated every week during the year. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood restaurant. There are so many great restaurants within the heart of our main commercial artery along Middle Neck Road, in various villages from Great Neck Plaza to Kings Point, and along Northern Boulevard.
We do not know why, but it seems that lately, more than ever, drivers are completing ignoring “no parking” signs and regularly double-parking on Great Neck’s already crowded roads. Why? The big issue is that illegal parking, especially double-parking, puts lives at risk — drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
The late Alan Gussack, former mayor of Great Neck Plaza, always admonished illegal parkers with the words ‘‘You park illegally, you could kill someone.’’ And he was right. Among a whole list of problems, an illegally parked car often blocks the view of the road and can thus be the direct cause of a deadly accident. There is never ever an excuse for blocking a fire hydrant. And it is just plain rude and inconsiderate to encroach on or block driveways.
To the Great Neck Community
For over 30 years, the rabbis of Temple Beth-El, Temple Israel and Great Neck Synagogue have gathered in the Spring for a Rabbinic Dialogue. This year was no exception. It was a special day. For the last few years, after the Dialogue, we have expressed our desire to do something more, to take this effort someplace new, higher, to a new level of support and collaboration, to a new level of challenging each other. This year, I believe, we should feel an even greater responsibility to follow through.
We, the rabbis of Old Mill Road and of Great Neck at large, should feel deeply concerned about the divisiveness that has come about in the community since the announcement of a highly controversial speaker, Pam Geller, at the Great Neck Synagogue.
Let us all rejoice in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, which first opened on Feb. 2, 1913. “Grand Central Terminal: Centennial Celebration” (Around Our Schools -- April 26). Contrast this with the late, great Penn Station Terminal which was destroyed in the name of progress in 1962. Fast forward, 51 years later. Penn Station is still a shell of its former glory. There is no natural lighting, decent food court, gourmet food shops, upscale stores or quality restaurants. Most Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit commuters rush in and out each day. Grand Central Terminal has high ceilings, natural light, a food court, gourmet food shops, upscale stores and great restaurants such as the Oyster Bar.
Community spirit! We hear about it! We talk about it! But what do we do about it? This Sunday, May 6, there’s a wonderful opportunity to be a real participant in Great Neck and have a wonderful family day as well. Come to the Old Village Crafts Fair on Sunday, all day, on Middle Neck Road in the heart of the village.
Aren’t there enough vacant and decaying stores and structures in our town(s) that we have to nit-pick over issues for so long that they lay in disrepair and as eyesores for decades. Everyone and every approval board should just ‘lighten up and find a way to make it (and other like issues and development) happen. It sounds like all the do-nothing arguers and rivals in Congress. Let’s re-do that theater.
Bonnie Lyons Salkind
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