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Chamber Celebrates 100th

ChamberGala_050615AWith cheers and awards, the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce celebrated its centennial last Thursday evening [Read more…]

Ethan Mann Library Protests Go On


Protesters gather in front of the Station Branch entrance last week asking for the return of Levels’ director Ethan Mann

The mystery only deepens and the protests continue to grow over the apparent dismissal [Read more…]

GoFundMe in Great Neck

GoFundMe_042915A (1)The practice of funding a project, cause or event by raising money from donors on the Internet is called crowdfunding.

GoFundMe was launched online nearly five years ago and has become one of the top crowdfunding or fundraising sites for personal causes and life events. Hundreds of thousands of people have raised more than $900 million collectively from more than 10 million donors through the GoFundMe website.

Two Great Neck cases were posted on GoFundMe. Both of these fundraising events are over and neither of these cases are still active, but all posted successful campaigns.

Rohan posted that he was trying to raise money “to help save elephants and rhinos from poachers.” The young boy and his mother were going to walk in a March protest to save his favorite animals from extinction. The walk was scheduled for Oct. 4, 2014. Rohan said that all funds donated would go to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. Last year, at the last posting, Rohan said that he had raised $1,601 of $2,000 expected in six months.

OneFamily Fund Charity Ride, also posted last year from Great Neck, said it raised $1,033 of $1,500 sought in one year; raised by 20 people in six months. OneFamily is listed as an organization that provides comprehensive support to victims of terror and bereaved families throughout Israel, from the moment a terror attack takes place for as long as the family is in need, OneFamily is there to help. At the time of last year’s posting, OneFamily was working to provide support for the then newly injured and bereaved families of Operation Protective Edge.

To learn more about GoFundMe and crowdfunding turn to page 4A.

Optimism In The Plaza

Mayor Jean Celender is encouraged by the recent surge of new businesses [Read more…]

Gold Coast Memberships Offered

GNACMember_042915BBecome a member of the Gold Coast Arts Center (GCAC, formerly the Great Neck Arts Center) and help keep the arts alive in this exciting, thriving community! GCAC members enjoy privileged access to so many great events and organizations, in addition to discounted tuition at the Arts Center’s School for the Arts. And joining the GCAC not only supports and boosts cultural arts in the Great Neck community (and in the Town of North Hempstead, as well), but also grants Arts Center members unique access to each and every facet of an art-filled lifestyle.

GCAC members will receive many valuable and enriching benefits, including the following: Museum of Arts & Design in New York City (save $5 on admission); Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale (save $3 on theater tickets); Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens (two-for-one admission); and the joy of a special one-year complimentary subscription to Time Out New York Kids for art, culture, activities and food for youngsters and for the people who love them.

Members just need to present their GCAC membership card for the great offered discounts.

GCAC members should note that the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts has specific discount terms. There is a limit of four tickets to all Tilles Center Presents performances. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts and this offer is not applicable on previously purchased tickets. There are no refunds or exchanges and all programs, artists and dates are subject to change.
This offer is available at the Tilles Center box office only, with proof of GCAC membership.

Call 516-829-2570 to become a member of the GCAC today and immediately enjoy all of the GCAC benefits, including many varied live performances, classes (and arts camp), special discounts at many cultural arts venues. fantastic cultural events (including the now-famous Acoustic Cafe), arts contests with performances, other cultural arts performances, a well-known and well-respected arts gallery with notable changing exhibits and areas for personal parties (room available and assistance from the Arts Center staff available).

GCAC founder and continuing executive director is Regina Gil.

Family membership is just $100 and is valid for one year from the sign-up date.

The GCAC is located at 113 Middle Neck Rd. in bustling, downtown Great Neck Plaza. The entrance is in the back of the building, via the municipal parking lot.

About The Gold Coast Arts Center

The GCAC is an independent nonprofit organization serving the community for more than 20 years, dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Since the Arts Center’s founding in 1995, more than 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have taken advantage of its many, many classes, amazing live performances, exciting programs, numerous workshops, wonderful films and truly great art exhibits. Every day, the GCAC provides students, teachers, parents, senior citizens and community members with opportunities to learn about, discuss, view, enjoy, share and make art!

The GCAC is proud to be an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The GCAC is also active partners with several universities and school districts throughout Long Island and Queens.

Was The Sun A Factor?

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Two pedestrians lie on their sides waiting for help as a bystander looks over them.                                                     (photo courtesy of Jim Lahren)


The blinding glare of the late afternoon sun may have been a factor in this accident [Read more…]

Old Village Crafts Fair This Sunday

The forecast is sunny for this Sunday, May 3, when the Village of Great Neck sponsors its 37th annual Crafts Fair. [Read more…]

North Hempstead’s EcoFest This Weekend

EcoFest_042215ATown of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board announced the town’s 10th Annual EcoFest, to be held on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.

EcoFest is a yearly favorite for members of the North Hempstead community. It offers activities for the whole family, including crafts, lawn games, musical performances and other engaging family events. Over the past decade, thousands of North Hempstead residents have participated in this program, which culminates with the town’s month-long focus on environmental education.

“Clark Botanic Garden is a gem in North Hempstead’s beautiful park system. Every year the town has celebrated EcoFest as a way to highlight our efforts to make North Hempstead safer, cleaner and more beautiful, while also giving residents the opportunity to enjoy family fun and entertainment,” said Bosworth on the decennial of EcoFest.

This year, the Hip Pickles will entertain the crowd with their dramatic drum beats. Erik’s Reptiles will return again to teach kids about wildlife, as the kids engage with live animals. The whole family can also interact with the Central Park Zoo education department, which will also be on hand.

All attendees can enjoy the 12 beautifully manicured acres of Clark Botanic Garden which includes labeled gardens, trees, ponds and streams, and provides an oasis of peace and aesthetic enjoyment for all. Clark Botanic Garden is located at
193 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson.

For more information about EcoFest, call 311 from within the town, or 516-869-6311 from outside the town.

Schools Celebrate 200th

School200_042915BAmazing is the only word to describe this past Sunday’s 200th anniversary celebration for the Great Neck School District.

The large crowd gathered at Great Neck South High School was much like a reunion, with a large group of current and former superintendents, administrators, teachers, students and parents. The afternoon was really a joy, as old friends caught sight of one another and embraced as the memories floated through the air.

The excitement was palpable as one after the other, old friends discovered Bill Shine,
the beloved former superintendent who led the district for well over 20 years. Suddenly, the years melted away and “yesterday” did not seem so long ago.

As guests arrived, they were treated to an informal reception in the lobby in addition to a continuous showing of The First 200 Years video. The video, produced by GNPS/TV in conjunction with the 200th Anniversary of the Great Neck Public Schools, offers an entertaining and informative look at the school district, from its beginnings 200 years ago to the many current programs that truly make Great Neck a “lighthouse” district.

School200_042915AThe afternoon included the wonderful opportunity to mingle and rediscover old friendships, as well as “reflections” on the past, awards of achievement and some welcome words from school district leaders, Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan and Board of Education members (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross and trustees Donald Ashkenase and Susan Healy).

Three alumni (one from each of the district’s high schools, North High School, South High School and the Village School), representing all alumni, were then presented with 200th Anniversary Alumni Awards. The honored alumni, Dr. Mary L. Cleave, North High School Class of 1965 (second female astronaut); Roy G. Niederhoffer, South High School Class of 1982 (hedge fund manager and philanthropist); and Ilan D. Hall, Village School Class of 2000 (chef and winner of the television series Top Chef), all spoke to the audience, offering enthusiastic memories of their growing up years in the Great Neck community and almost magical tales of their experiences attending the Great Neck Public Schools. Each one emphasized how their educational experience in Great Neck helped shape them to become leaders in their chosen fields. School200_041529C

The Showcase of Achievement was a special presentation, with displays from over two dozen school district programs and organizations. Guests walked from station to station to view and learn about a whole host of school district programs, including: Adult Basic Education, athletics, Community Education, Community School, DECA, ESL, facilities and structures, GNPS/TV, GNTA, Guide Post (North High newspaper), a historical perspective of former buildings, internships, math, music, opera, outdoor education, public service learning, responsive classrooms, Robotics, SEAL, school lunch program, science research, Shared Decision Making/Goal Setting, Stages, summer recreation, Teachers College Reading & Writing, UPTC and the visual arts.

For all who are or have been involved with the Great Neck School District, in any one of dozens of ways, this was an afternoon to remember, As everyone said, this was just the first 200 years.

Library Computer System Shutdown

The Great Neck Library computer system will go offline Friday morning for several days to allow the library to move the servers out of the main branch so that renovation of the building can continue.

For more information as to which services will be curtailed and which services will be available, go to