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Great Neck Ice Dancer

Great Neck’s, 23-year-old Jesse Berman grew up figure skating at the Great Neck Park District’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink at the Parkwwod Sports Complex.  He was fortunate enough to have a rink in “his own backyard” to practice on. He figure skated so well, he was able to compete and win medals on the national level. He now has taken up ice dancing with his partner, Erin Flood. Erin studied skating throughout her childhood, started ice dancing at the age of 16 and now at 21 found herself without a partner. Jesse and Erin met at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink and although Jesse no longer skates competitively, he is enjoying this new sport of dancing on ice. When they are skating, they look like poetry in motion!danceWEB

Skating Program Kicks Off

The Great Neck Park District’s Synchronized Skating Program got off to a fantastic start the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7. The three teams collectively earned three medals at the Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Competition in Stamford, Connecticut.Sync_121914B

The newly formed Ice Pops, the youngest team in attendance, delighted the crowd earning a pewter medal. The Icicles came home with a bronze medal at their season opener and the veteran Icettes Team was awarded the gold medal for their division. [Read more...]

Great Neck Ranks In Contest

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board, and the Office of Sustainability invited local students and their friends and family to the North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center on December 8th to the awards presentation for the sixth Annual Recycled Artwork Contest.TownEnviron_121914CAPB

As part of this program, students use recyclable materials made of metals, paper, rubber, plastic or cloth and create their own unique artwork.  Over 1,200 students from the nine school districts that participate in the North Hempstead School Recycling Program took part in this year’s competition.  [Read more...]

Great Neck Woman Honors Daughter

While the holiday season is a joyous time for most families, it’s just not that way for Great Neck Estates anti-gun violence advocate Lois Schaffer and her family, and it never will be.

It’s a somber time for the Schaffers, as Dec. 16 will always mark the anniversary of the shooting death of their daughter Susan in St. Louis in 2008 by two teenagers who invaded her home. But it also coincides with the one-year anniversary of the publication of Lois’ book about her daughter, The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and A Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns (Brown Books, $16.95).LoisSchaeffer_121914B

While Lois has been an activist for a long time and spoken out against gun violence even before her daughter’s death, the past year has been an interesting experience for her as she’s made numerous appearances in the metropolitan area on behalf of the book.  Her emotions have run the gamut from shock to frustration to hope, optimism and encouragement that gun violence can be substantially reduced.

Her most unnerving experience came last December in the Saddle Rock School auditorium in a conversation with a member of The Oath Keepers, a pro-gun organization that claims 30,000 members across the country. It came at the end of the evening’s raucous anti-gun violence forum sponsored by Reach Out America. [Read more...]

Great Neck Library Bond Sale

The Great Neck Library closed on the sale of its first tax exempt bonds. The $10.4 million Dormitory of the State of New York (DASNY), Great Neck Library Revenue Bonds, Series 2014 produced net proceeds of $10.76 million which are committed to be used for the library’s complete gut and renovation of its 42,000 square foot Main facility which dates to 1970.

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Moving day at the start of the library renovation.

The entire issue of the bonds was sold within three hours of the offering by Roosevelt and Cross on Nov. 19, and generated an original issue premium of nearly $660,000.  The success of the sale had much to do with the library garnering a Aaa rating from Moody’s.

In its review, Moody’s looked at the last six years of summary General Fund revenues and expenditures, as well as six years of Balance Sheets.  They also had the audit reports for 2013 and 2014.  The Library’s Finance Committee and the Business Manager, led by Treasurer Josie Pizer and President Marietta DiCamillo, have been very conscientious in monitoring and containing expenditures, while the Business Manager, Neil Zitofsky, has also been managing the balance sheet in anticipation of this event. [Read more...]

Gold Coast Furman Film Series

The Furman Film Series at the Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly the Great Neck Arts Center) previews the best new independent films and studio releases, followed by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals. And winter is the time to catch all of these great films right here in your own hometown.

Right now, in the midst of the film festival (two movies have already been screened, some with series tickets purchased), there are still more wonderful screenings coming up. On Jan. 8, come and enjoy Ballet 42. The film The Mafia Only Kills in Summer is set for Jan. 22 and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem will be screened Feb. 5.FurmanFilm_121914B

Ballet 42 is directed by documentarian  Jody Lee Lipes for USA, 2014. It runs 72 minutes. Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Peck’s creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. [Read more...]

Great Neck Siemens Finalist

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Jay Zussman, national finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Jay Zussman, a senior at South High School, copped a top national award in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the most prestigious student competitions in the science community. He was named a national finalist in the Individual Category, one of six Individual winners and the only one from New York State. Jay earned a $20,000 scholarship. He had been named a Siemens Semifinalist in mid-October, advanced to become a regional finalist, and now a national finalist. This is the first time a South High student has won a top prize in the Siemens competition.

Jay’s project is “Zip1 C-terminal phosphorylation promotes Zip1-Sgs1 interaction in meiotic cells.” His study characterizes the importance and detailed chemistry of the interaction of two proteins involved in meiosis, a type of cell division in sexual reproduction that is essential to the maintenance of genetic diversity and may help scientists understand the beginnings of incapacitating diseases. [Read more...]

New Police Booth In Great Neck

Nassau County’s first new police booth in 16 years was opened last Thursday, Dec. 11, at the corner of Middle Neck Road and Steamboat Road in the Village of Great Neck. The new booth was dedicated by the Nassau County Police Department Foundation in honor of former Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Francis B. Looney.

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Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, speaking before a crowd at the recent dedication of the new police booth in Great Neck. Krumpter was surrounded by police and village official, including Sixth Precinct Inspector Sean McCarthy, developer Kris Torkan, Village Mayor Ralph Kreitzman, village trustees, Village Justice Mark Birnbaum and County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was not able to attend the dedication, stated: “This new police booth is a wonderful addition to the Great Neck community as it provides a safe and secure place for police officers to conduct business while protecting our neighborhoods.” Mangano added: “Nassau County is the safest large suburban county in the United States of America and our crime rate is now at the lowest level in history.”

Mangano explained that “It was Commissioner Looney who originally ordered the building of police booths in Nassau CouNCPD Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and Sixth Precinct Inspector Sean McCarthy were present and praised Looney and thanked Looney’s son, Dan, and wife, Mary, who were both present. [Read more...]

Opposing Shop Delight’s New Market

If Shop Delight is to succeed in gaining approval from Great Neck Estates of its proposed new supermarket on Middle Neck Road, it’s clear that it will take awhile and it will have to overcome heavy opposition from both Estates residents and Kensington residents.

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Exit Approach: The view from the municipal parking lot in back of the building where Shop Delight is seeking to open a new supermarket in Great Neck Estates. The lot would have to be partially reconfigured to facilitate truck deliveries and increased customer usage if a permit is approved.

Not only are the Estates residents, particularly those that live in the 69 unit co-op at 160 Middle Neck, resistant to the idea of a 14,500 square foot market opening in the present Rite Aid location across from the entrance to Kensington, but so are the residents of that village, especially those who live in the 96 apartments at One Kensington Gate (155 Middle Neck).

Adding to the complexity of the situation is the fact that the mayors of both neighboring Kensington and Great Neck Plaza also spoke at the meeting of their concerns over the project’s impact on their own villages. [Read more...]

Building A New Park Office

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A rendering of the newly-proposed Great Neck Park District office on Beach Road.

With the main public concerns focusing on the loss of Japanese cherry trees and neighbors’ questioning the positioning of the proposed new Great Neck Park District office on Beach Road, the public meeting on Thursday evening, Dec. 11 was productive. The Town of North Hempstead had already approved the bond to replace the 79-year-old building in order to address current code violations (including not being ADA compliant nor meeting building and fire safety codes) and to eliminate termite infestation, years of decay, flooding and the fact that the offices are overly-cramped.

The proposed building is slated to be a simple one-story structure with an entrance facing the Village Green and Middle Neck Road. Park commissioners and architect Vincent Cangelosi explained that it will be constructed “to blend unobtrusively with its surroundings, including the neighboring residential area.” The building is also to be constructed to be “ecologically green.” Further, they are looking into roof solar panels. [Read more...]