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Schneiderman Challenges Stein


Great Neck Plaza Trustee Gerry Schneiderman has apparently lost patience with the man who is challenging both him and colleague Lawrence Katz for one of two Board of Trustees Plaza seats on March 18th.


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Furman Film Series in March

Furman_022515AThe Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly the Great Neck Arts Center) proudly presents the Spring 2015 Film Series, the Furman Film Series. The Furman Film Series previews the best new independent films and studio releases, each followed by a question and answer period, with filmmakers and industry professionals. And the time to subscribe to this exciting series is now!

A regular subscription is $75 and a senior citizen subscription is $65.

Subscriber benefits include priority seating and the following movie night deals and discounts at these local Great Neck Plaza restaurants (upon presentation of your subscriber card): Burger Village, 66 Middle Neck Rd. (15 percent off the check); Ethos, 25 Middle Neck Rd. (15 percent off  the check); Great Neck Diner, 14 Grace Ave. (15 percent off  the entire check, plus one complimentary glass of wine per person); Lola, 113A Middle Neck Rd. (a complimentary glass of wine with dinner); and Shish Kebab, 132 Middle Neck Rd. (20 percent off the entire check). When available, individual tickets are $15 ($10 students) when purchased in advance; tickets $20 at the door. Call 516-829-2570 for tickets or purchase tickets online.

Screenings take place at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, at 115 Middle Neck Rd., in downtown Great Neck Plaza, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for subscribers and at 7:15 p.m. for individual ticket holders.

Marie’s Story

The next film for the Furman Film Series is Marie’s Story, on March 12. This 2014 film was directed by Jean-Pierre Améris in France and runs for 95 minutes.

Marie’s Story is based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century. Marie’s Story follows the story of a deaf and blind 14-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb,” Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers, where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to help her to open up to her surroundings.

Marie’s Story is an award-winning film. This film has won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival and also won for Audience Favorite, World Cinema Silver at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

About The Gold Coast Arts Center

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization serving the community for more than 20 years and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Since their founding in 1995, over 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have taken advantage of their many classes, live performances, programs, workshops, films and art exhibits. Every day they provide students, teachers, parents, senior citizens and community members with opportunities to learn about, discuss, view, enjoy, share and make art!

The Gold Coast Arts Center 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. They are also active partners with several universities and school districts throughout Long Island and Queens.

Project Puppy is This Sunday


 Veterinarian Keith Niesenbaum and the Great Neck Dog and Cat Hospital are on a mission, Project Puppy, to find good homes for 23 young puppies, rescued from a mid island pet shop that has gone out of business.

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School TV Programs Available


Current program viewing over Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) includes: District Spotlight, The Pioneers and South High Winter Concert II. Program details and view times follow.

District Spotlight

Spotlight programs feature school news, sports and events from our district in a lively, magazine-format. This edition of Spotlight includes stories on South Middle School’s “Dancing Classrooms” (a ballroom dancing curriculum that integrates physical education, music, and character education), highlights from North Middle’s One Acts showcase, highlights from North High Junior Players’ production of Rent and from North High’s Winter Concert, US Armed Forces Veterans visiting with South Middle students and more.

Spotlight show times are: 10 a.m. and 2, 6 and 10 p.m.

The Pioneers

During the school year, South Middle’s TV/film department along with students and staff produce and star in an original film that is shown on the school’s closed-circuit TV news program in all homeroom classes (HTV). This year’s film is The Pioneers, made in collaboration with the school’s mathematics department. It is a comedy about four math teachers and their students who share a love of filmmaking, much to the chagrin of the math department head. He would rather they promote the upcoming Pi Day. Watch a short piece on the making of The Pioneers following the film.

The Pioneers show times are: 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m.

South High Winter Concert II

Watch the South High Winter Concert II, featuring Chamber Choir, Mixed Choir, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. The Concert was under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher.

South High Winter Concert II times are: 12, 4, and 8 p.m.

GNPS/TV Programming

GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. For information about GNPS/TV and its programs, please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at 516-441-4676, or by email at


School Budget News


On Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., qualified residents of the Great Neck Public School District may vote on the proposed 2015–’16 school budget. Voting will take place at the E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd., in the multi-purpose room (for voters who reside north of the LIRR), and at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd., in the west gym (for voters residing south of the LIRR). Additional budget information follows.


Preliminary Budget


Copies of the 2015-’16 preliminary budget for the Great Neck Public Schools will be available as of Friday, Feb. 27, at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be on the district website ( and available at Budget Meetings (listed below). Reference copies may be perused in each public school and in the Great Neck Library, all open branches.


Budget Meetings and Adoption


Budget meetings are scheduled during March, April and May. Weekday meetings follow student recognitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Meeting dates, times,and school locations follow:


Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., North High, 35 Polo Rd. (informal budget hearing).


Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (budget discussion with administrative staff).


Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (informal budget hearing).


Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., North Middle, 77 Polo Rd. (official budget hearing and adoption of proposed 2015-’16 budget).


Monday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., South Middle, 349 Lakeville Rd. (budget discussion only).


Residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings and to respond to the preliminary budget. Firm decisions on the budget will not be made until the board listens to the community’s concerns.


Voter Registration


Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2011 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 19. Residents who have not voted since 2011, or are not registered, may register at the office of the district clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and have lived in the district for at least 30 days. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 14.


Absentee Ballot Applications


Qualified, registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district website (—click on Budget, then choose Absentee Ballot) or from the office of the district clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked “permanently disabled” by the Board of Elections will automatically receive absentee ballots. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.


For Further Information


For additional information about the 2015-’16 school budget, voter registration, and/or absentee ballots, please call the assistant superintendent for business, at 516-441-4020, on school days.



Elections Coming Up


Six Great Neck villages (Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston) hold elections on Wednesday, March 18. [Read more...]

Icettes Skaters Are First

Icettes_022515AThe Great Neck Park District Synchronized Skating Team, The Icettes, came in first place at the 21st Annual Connecticut Synchronized Skating Classic this season. [Read more...]

Black History Event This Saturday

KingWeather forced the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC to postpone their seventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Brunch but they are now determined to celebrate Black History Month and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy with a program of great music, good food and wonderful raffle prizes. Come on Saturday, Feb. 28. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock at 48 Shelter Rock Rd. in Manhasset. Proceeds from this event will be used to support the year-round educational and recreational programs operated for children and youth at the Hagedorn Community Center on High Street in Manhasset.

The Community Center is home to a full year Head Start program, the Adventures in Learning after school homework assistance and enrichment program (a separate not-for-profit organization), a six-week full day summer program for approximately 90 youngsters ages five to 13 and a Career Guidance and Counseling Program for “at risk” youth ages 14 to 21. Additional information about the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC and the Black History Celebration can be found on the agency’s website at

In the tradition of previous events celebrating Dr. King, entertainment will be provided by a variety of local choirs, soloists, musicians, and dancers including the Children’s Choir, Praise Team and Royal Priesthood from First Baptist Church of Great Neck and the interfaith choir of Temple Beth-El also of Great Neck.

Tax deductible tickets for the Black History celebration are $50 for adults and $25 for youths under 18 years of age. Since the Social Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation has been filled every year, advance purchase is advised. For ticket information contact Stephanie Chenault at 516-627-6385 or by email at

Turf Is Still A Controversy

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Please See our March 4th edition for a report on the meeting

The Great Neck Park District commissioners held a special work session at Great Neck House this past Wednesday on the controversial topic of whether or not to install synthetic turf fields at playing fields in the park district. [Read more...]

Our Worst Winter?

snowThink that recent record-breaking temperatures and accompanying snowfalls make this the worst winter ever for Great Neck and the North Shore? [Read more...]