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Special Teen Friday Night Recreation

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink is the “coolest” place in town for teens, every Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. Along with skating, there will be special music, exceptional lighting, fun activities (on and off the ice), giveaways, tasty food at the snack bar and adult supervision. The Park District is the safest place for a teen to spend Friday nights, while parents enjoy a night out on their own with peace of mind. Admission fee applies whether or not you go on the ice.


USMMA Football Edged Out Maritime

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

From the USMMA Athletics Department

The USMMA football team edged out Maritime (NY), 7-6, recently to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1997. The Mariners lone score of the game came on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Berglund (North Kingstown, RI) with just 1:03 remaining in the first half.  USMMA forced four turnovers while Jonathan Leone (Whitman, MA) paced the defense with eight tackles and a forced fumble.

Maritime (NY) (0-2) went 93 yards on its first drive of the game and quickly posted the afternoon’s first touchdown.  Ryan Heizman found Greg Caneparo for a 47-yard completion that resulted in a 6-0 advantage for the Privateers.  However, the extra point attempt was unsuccessful and limited the home team’s advantage to just six points.


NFL Great Dan Marino Tries To Help

Written by Andy Newman Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Give Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino, one of the most accomplished National Football League quarterbacks of all time, some credit for trying to help both of Great Neck’s football teams.


In a meeting last Friday, arranged by the Great Neck  Record, Marino spoke with all three varsity quarterbacks from Great Neck North and Great Neck South and gave them some personal tips and encouragement. Unfortunately, Marino’s expertise, advice and inspiration weren’t quite enough to help either team win the next day on the field in their Nassau V games. 


Top Gun Basketball Champs

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

The Top Gun Great Neck fifth grade basketball team recently won the summer Island Garden league. They are pictured with the winning trophy. Great Neck residents are Dillon Hod, David Kogan , Ben Kashipour and Yousef Vilinsky. Coach is Ayal Hod .


Another Tennis Win For Bob Litwin

Written by Andy Newman Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

“The great thing about age and tennis is that you always feel young,” said Bob Litwin, well known North Shore senior player, about his latest accomplishment, winning the United States Tennis Association’s National Men’s 65 Grass Court

Championships in both singles and doubles earlier this month. “Tennis keeps you young,” added the age and injury-defying Litwin, who grew up in Great Neck, played for many years in Port Washington and now lives in Glenwood Landing. 


“When I was playing in my 35’s and 40’s, I never really thought I’d be playing in the 65s and over,” he added, referring to his latest victories, achieved at the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club in New Jersey.  Despite a three-year layoff due to two hip surgeries, Litwin has compiled a 35-1 record this year and won the Grand Masters gold medal singles title at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July. 


Teen Tennis Titan

Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Daniel Grunberger recognized for performance by USTA

Daniel Grunberger was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) at the site of this year’s US Open recognized for his achievements on the court this year. The Great Neck resident finished third in the Boys 18 bracket of Eastern Award winners. It was the second consecutive year that he finished in the top three of his age group. 


“It’s really very special to get,” said Grunberger. “You have to finish in the top three in the east, which is very tough. It’s now two years in a row for me. It shows that hard work is paying off,” he added.


Great Neck Park District: A Residents’ Gem

Written by Michele Bernstein Siegel Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

The Great Neck Park District takes enormous pride in servicing its residents with a variety of delightful activities and first-rate facilities.  Great Neck House, which serves as a hub for the Park District community’s cultural activity, has programs and classes for adults and children, movies, art exhibits and live performances. Movies are shown every weekend from September through June and classes are offered year round. Recitals, concerts and lectures, as well as family entertainment, are offered at the weekly “Sundays @ 3” performances. Free, interesting nature programs take place in Great Neck or in and around Long Island. Registration for both children and adult classes is now taking place at

Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Avenue. Non-resident registration is available beginning Sept. 9; non-resident fees apply. Tennis stickers, guest coupons, daily and monthly parking tickets and parking permits, mooring and ramp permits can all be obtained at Great Neck House.


Victorious Maccabi Golfers

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Lifelong Great Neck resident Daniel Frankel boasts a new Maccabi win at The Maccabiah boys and girls Junior Golf teams during their 19th World Games in Israel. And his history is exciting and culminates in the current victory.


First, Frankle won the United States Maccabi Junior golf championship at the Mid Pine Golf Course in Pine Hurst, North Carolina during the summer of 2004. The victory earned

Daniel a position on The United States Junior Golf Team that competed in Israel at the World 2005 Maccabiah Games the following summer. 


A Tennis Star From Port

Written by Andy Newman Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Bob Litwin’s return to Israel last month for the first time since 1985 was not only an athletic triumph for the No. 1 ranked over 65 years old tennis player in the United States, but also a life changing event.


Litwin, well known in the Port Washington and Great Neck tennis community, traveled to the Middle East as player/coach for the Grand Masters (over 65) tennis team that participated in the just completed 19th World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv.  He combined with the 22 players on his team to win 17 medals, 15 more than the team won four years ago.


Parkwood Froggies Do It Again =

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Great Neck Park District’s Parkwood Froggies swim team finished in second place overall in the championships this season. What a wonderful way to cap off another great summer at Parkwood Pool. Beginning in June, they practiced Monday through Friday and competed with other teams on Saturday mornings. Of all the sixty swimmers on the team, thirty competed at the final meet, which took place Friday, Aug. 9 at Eisenhower Aquatics Center in Eisenhower Park. Ranging in age from six to 16, the dedicated teammates practiced hard every day and swam their absolute best when it counted most. Head Coach Bethany Porras and her Assistant Coaches Jennifer Lobodzic and Ileana D’Aloisio, spent hours working with all of the swimmers this summer, teaching the technical aspects of swimming as well as building confidence and self-assurance that carries over into day-to-day life.


Many swimmers on the team continue their practice throughout the year as part of the Great Neck Park District’s Winter Swim Program. The program meets at either North or South High School and there are competitions on the weekends beginning in October that run through May. Bethany Porras is also aquatics director for the winter program. If interested, you can contact her at 516 487-2976 or visit the Park District website at for more information.


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