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Righteous Food In Great Neck

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Chef Reinhard Stihl

Lamed Vav, 20 South Station Plaza, recently opened in Great Neck. Its name derives from the Talmud, in which it was stated that at all times there are at least 36 righteous people in the world. In the Hebrew alphabet, “Lamed” is the 13th letter and “Vav” is the sixth letter. After dining there, you could easily come to the conclusion that Lamed Vav is one of the 36 righteous restaurants on Long Island.

Lamed Vav is the concept derived from owner Alex Levine and manager Reed Goldstein. Levine is also the owner of Brasserie Halevi, in Cedarhurst. Astute foodies will recognize Goldstein as the former owner and manager of the legendary Angelo and Maxie’s Steak House, in Manhattan. Both have teamed together to bring this fine Kosher restaurant to fruition. The cuisine, according to Goldstein, can be described as “Continental,” with a definite French influence. The chef is the gregarious Reinhard Stihl, a native of Austria. He studied six years at the Bad Leonfelden Hotel and Restaurant School. His first job, after graduating, was serving three years with the royal family of Saudi Arabia. He then worked, for two years, at the Ritz-Carlton, in St. Moritz, Switzerland.  Chef’s last place, before arriving in the U.S., was at the Hotel Sacher, in Vienna. Stihl is also a classically-trained tenor and delights in entertaining his customers for special occasions. [Read more...]

Great Neck Doctor Inspired By Author

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Phoebe Lazarus

When Great Neck’s Dr. Phoebe Lazarus, who will be a very active 94 years old in February, read prominent American author Pearl Buck’s The Child Who Never Grew when it was published in 1950, little did Dr. Lazarus know that the inspiration she found from the book would lead her to a correspondence and meeting with the famed Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Peace Prize writer that would develop into a lifelong career in special education. [Read more...]

Great Neck Election Contested

The upcoming Dec. 9 Great Neck Park District commissioner election has two seats available. Commissioner Dan Nachmanoff is seeking re-election to a three-year term, opposed by Neil Lieberman. Frank Cilluffo and Sharon Epstein are seeking election to the remaining two years of former commissioner Ruth Tamarin’s term. Nachmanoff announced his candidacy earlier this summer, with an article in the Great Neck Record. This week, Cilluffo and Epstein make their announcements. Leiberman will announce his candidacy in a future issue. [Read more...]

Great Neck Cemetery Renovation

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The Allen Family Cemetery, as seen from the rear of the Gussack Plaza parking deck, in its current state. The gravestones (some hidden) can be seen leaning against the white picket fence.

With a seven-page document clearly listing the responsibilities for both the Town of North Hempstead and Great Neck Plaza for the restoration of and access to the Allen Family Cemetery, which sits on a small lot behind the houses at 15 and 17 Pearce Pl., now in place, there’s still a matter of a $500 mystery that needs to be solved.

In 1861, Daniel K. Allen willed the farm that contained the approximately 20-foot by 10-foot burial grounds to two of his nephews but stated that the cemetery, where six family members who died between 1810 and 1861 were interred (including Daniel), must remain in the family. The agreement between the Town and the Plaza, signed recently by both Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Mayor Jean Celender, specifically refers to a $500 deposit that “may have been deposited with the Nassau County Treasurer for the upkeep of the cemetery.” [Read more...]

Gold Coast Film Fest Coming

From Nov. 3 to Nov. 19 the Gold Coast Arts Center, in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, will present the fourth annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF). Everyone is invited to this special week of films, parties, panels, and glamour.

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GCIFF is proud to offer an exciting slate of films and events in Great Neck, at the Bow Tie Squire Cinemas and at the Gold Coast Arts Center. [Read more...]

Great Neck School Board Sets Goals

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The GNPS Board of Education (from left): trustees Donald Ashkenase and Monique Bloom; Vice President Lawrence Gross; trustee Susan Healy; President Barbara Berkowitz

With all of their goals, as always, centered around meeting the needs of every student, Great Neck School District Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz presented the 2014-2015 board goals. Berkowitz discussed each of the six goals at the October public action meeting.

Goal number one addresses communications, communicating “effectively” with constituents (parents, faculty and administrators) as well as the “larger community.” The board plans to reach out to share ideas; communicating with the district and the community by conducting an electronic survey. Berkowitz also said that they will also look for ways to increase participation in the budget vote. All of this will be accomplished by offering full support, with translations to Chinese, Mandarin, Spanish and Farci. [Read more...]

Great Neck Teacher Dies

Deborah Arkus, beloved community member and retired Great Neck teacher, died peacefully at home on Oct. 8, 2014 at age 85.  ArkusDies_102414A

Born on April 26, 1929 in Astoria, Debbie graduated from Julia Richman High School in Manhattan and received her BA and MS degrees in Early Childhood Education from Queens College.  On July 20, 1950, she married Albert Arkus, who predeceased her in 2001.  A resident of Great Neck for over 50 years, she retired from the Great Neck School District after 25 years as a highly esteemed and influential Kindergarten teacher.   [Read more...]

Great Neck Restaurant Week

No need to think “What’s for dinner?” The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s annual Restaurant Week, from Sunday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 9, provides a simple, delicious answer. Eat out! This Fall 2014 event, sponsored by the Plaza and the Business Improvement District (BID) offers delicious prix fixe Dinners for $26.95 at an enticing group of local restaurants.Restaurant_101414A copy

This season’s Restaurant Week (the eighth season) features 15 of the village’s finest restaurants including ERA Asian Cuisine, Colbeh, Bareburger, Ethos Authentic Greek Cuisine, LOLA, Mykonos Greek Cuisine, Elaine’s Asian Bistro, Sake 68 & Sushi, Chatanooga, Wild Ginger, Great Neck Diner, Burger Village, Laverne’s of Great Neck, Brasserie Americana and Daruma of Tokyo. All participating restaurants will offer a variety of these prix fixe dinners, making for an affordable and expansive culinary week of dining out for everyone. Everyone is invited, from Great Neck peninsula residents to neighbors from far and near. [Read more...]

Great Neck Monitors The Other Virus

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.Entero_102414B

“It’s [enterovirus] typically mild and parents should treat it like they would any other cold or viral infection in their child,” said Schleien. [Read more...]

Great Neck Library Branch Closes

Next week will be an unusually busy one for the Great Neck Library, from its Monday election for two seats on the Board of Trustees, to its closing down of the main branch for an estimated year to the beginning of new operating hours for the remaining three library branches that should minimize the lack of main branch access.

Voters living north of Northern Boulevard can cast their ballots at the main branch while residents south of Northern can vote at the Parkville branch. The polls will be open from 10:00 AM to 10 PM. Ralene Adler is opposing Robert Schaufeld for one four year trustee position and trustee Joel Marcus is running unopposed for re-election for four years. Two positions for the nominating committee, also unopposed, are also up for election.

But the main branch shutdown on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on the 28th is a somewhat historic event. It has been surrounded by community concern in regard to its upcoming multimillion-dollar renovation, continuation of full services for patrons and the discovery of the existence of two Library corporations registered with the state, which has delayed issuance of the bonds (not to exceed $10.4 millions dollars).

The Board has already taken steps to dissolve the second corporation and the state was set to meet earlier this week to accept the Library’s position that the original charter, first registered in 1889, is the correct one.  With that clarification, it is expected that the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) will proceed to issue the bonds.

“We believe the bonds will be sold in early December, ” Board President Marietta DiCamillo said. “The GNL has enough cash flow for the project to begin as originally indicated. The ‘move out’ period is scheduled to be completed on November 13. The construction bids are scheduled to be received no later than November 18. We are on track.”

Asked how long she felt the main branch would be out of service, she answered “No longer than a year, hopefully sooner.”

To make up for the lack of a main branch, the Library staff is shifting several services and materials to the other branches. The hours of operation of the Station, Parkville and Lakeville Branches have been increased.  The new schedule has been posted on the library website (www.greatnecklibrary.org)

The Levels program, restarting Oct. 31, will run from 4 to 10 p,m at Saddle Rock School, Mondays through Thursdays, and switch to the Station branch on Fridays and Saturdays (6 p.m. to midnight).

“Children’s programs normally held at the Main Library are already being presented at the Station and Parkville Branches,” Interim Director Laura Weir said. “Adult programming will begin at Station in January.  Three musical concerts will be held at Temple Emanuel.  The Children’s Department has planned three holiday programs at Temple Emanuel. These programs are being co-sponsored by the NOAR Nursery School. We have also added additional computers at Station and Lakeville.”

“Many special collections have been moved into one of the three branches,” added Weir. “Station Branch will house a complete AV collection and an enhanced children’s collection.”

While Parkville and Station will be open Sunday afternoons, no branch will be open after 6 p.m. on Fridays.  But that could change.  “Closing Friday night is a trial effort that we will evaluate and revisit as needed,” Weir said. “We increased the hours of operation at Parkville on Monday night to 9pm…. Monday night always attracts a much greater number of patron visits than Friday night.”

The actual main branch closing date wasn’t firm until a committee meeting decision on Oct. 13  as it was first feared that the controversy regarding the “two” corporations and the state’s hesitancy to issue the bonds because of it, would cause delays to the entire project.

“The closing of the Great Neck Library was anticipated…to provide ample time for the movers to move everything out of the Main branch, explained DiCamillo. “We are not laying any workers off until after the packing up and moving of the Main branch and actually will cost us slightly more as we are retaining staff longer.

As to those layoffs, Weir said that 28 part time workers were being laid off. “Every one of them is welcome to apply for a position when the main library reopens,” she said. It was not clear how many positions would then be open.

Kris Bauman, president of the Great Neck Library Staff Association, said that the layoffs were in line with what the existing contract called for.  The staff has been without a new contract and without raises for almost three years, but negotiations are under way.  “We’re meeting later this month,” he said. “We’re really hoping that we can come to an agreement..”

“The way our contract is currently worked out,” he explained, “part timers have very little protection. There really wasn’t very much fighting we could do. No full timers are being laid off although I think a few have taken early retirement.”  The laid off workers are eligible for unemployment insurance.