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Steppingstone Shows Begin Saturday

StepConcert_062415AThe Great Neck Park District’s Steppingstone Park concert series kicks off the summer on Saturday, July 4th, [Read more…]

Spotlight on George Amitrano

Aquatic_061715AGeorge Amitrano is no ordinary guy. When he first started working for the Park District in July 2013 as recreation supervisor, [Read more…]

He’ll Run in Suffolk Race

Marathon_062415A (1)When the inaugural Suffolk Marathon in support of veterans sets off on Sept. 13, Great Neck’s Stuart Burkhoff will be ready to go, among the runners. Along with the marathon, the event also boasts a half marathon. The races will raise funds to expand and enhance veterans’ services in Suffolk County. It also is a last-chance qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Burkhoff, a Lake Success resident, along with his wife and young daughter, has already run three marathons. But, running has not already been a lifelong experience. “I was not a runner growing up, quite far from it,” Burkhoff explained. As a youngster he was asthmatic and out of shape. “I started running as a challenge to myself and three marathons later, I now run to inspire my daughter and educate her on the importance of exercise. Burkhoff says that he believes running is a “great activity” that he can do together with his daughter. And now he looks forward to having her cheer him on at the Suffolk Half Marathon.

The Suffolk Marathon has a distinctly planned route that was designed to showcase and drive tourism toward downtowns along the Great South Bay. The race will begin and end at Heckscher State Park in East Islip with a Taste of Long Island Festival, featuring local craft breweries, award-winning wines and local food. Suffolk County has partnered with New York State to host this inaugural event. The festival will also feature live musical entertainment.

“The Suffolk County Marathon is a mechanism to highlight the incredible communities, natural resources and businesses we have here in Suffolk County,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who is also running the marathon.

For some race participants, the Suffolk Marathon is their first full marathon, while other registrants have been competing in marathons, tough races and triathlons for years. Runners from around Long Island and beyond are participating, including wheelchair and hand cycle competitors, veterans and supporters of veterans, as well as many others eager to enjoy Suffolk’s natural beauty and participate in the inaugural race.

North Shore-LIJ Health System has been named as a presenting sponsor.

The Suffolk Marathon is part of the veterans series of races that began May 23.

Veterans and residents who run or volunteer in all of the six races of the 2015 Suffolk County Veterans Running Series will receive a special commemorative challenge coin. Those who run or volunteer in a majority of the races in the running series will receive a commemorative participation medal.

The marathon is managed by the Greater Long Island Running Club at: www.glirc.org

To learn more about the Suffolk Marathon or to register, visit www.suffolkmarathon.com.

Maple Dr. Parking Meeting

maplestreetparkingThe Village of Great Neck Plaza Board of Trustees will hold a public information meeting [Read more…]

Russell Gardens Fire

Fire_062415AAt 7:08 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, all five Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Companies and the ambulance unit were dispatched for a reported house fire on Clent Road [Read more…]

Piece of The Rock This Tuesday

PlazaConcert_062415AThe Village of Great Neck Plaza has Piece of the Rock performing this Tuesday, June 30, at 8 p.m., at the gazebo in Firefighters’ Park. Playing the Plaza for their second year in a row, Piece of the Rock will pick up right where they left off, playing a variety,  from the hits of Elvis Presley to today’s hits, and everything in between. Stated Mayor Jean Celender: “Piece of the Rock’s music appeals to people of all ages. Whether they are singing some of the biggest hits from the 1950s or today’s chart toppers, concert-goers will no doubt be singing along to the music that has been a part of generations of families.”

Piece of the Rock is a six-member group featuring a dynamic singing trio and three superb musicians. Anthony Ventiera and Tom Scotti, the male singers, will sing familiar songs by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart. The female half of the duet, Cathy Santonello, does songs made popular by Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and some of music’s other top female singers from years past and today. Together Anthony and Cathy do songs from Sonny & Cher, Nat “King” and Natalie Cole, and even The Righteous Brothers routines. With their set list of yesterday’s hits and today’s chart toppers, Piece of the Rock will take you on a musical journey that will have every member of your family, young and old, singing along.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Great Neck Social Center (80 Grace Ave.). Check with village staff at Village Hall on the day of the concert or call voicemail after 5 p.m. at 516-482-4500. There will be a recorded message if the day’s scheduled concert has been moved. The village will also post an announcement on the village website, www.greatneckplaza.net, if the concert is moved indoors.

Kings Point Park Controversy

KPLawsui_062415AEven though the courts ruled unanimously in his favor over a year ago, Great Neck resident Dan Capruso, [Read more…]

A Record Breaking Election

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Voters wait to vote, just 30 minutes prior to the official poll closing at 9 P.M.

The extraordinary scene at Great Neck House on Election Day in the Old Village last week will long be remembered [Read more…]

Levy New GN Officials’ Head

Village of Saddle Rock Mayor Dan Levy now heads the Great Neck Village Officials Association (GNVOA). [Read more…]

Fire Award for Great Neck Teacher

FASNYAward_061715APaul E. Ziring has served in many roles since he began teaching in Great Neck in 1992 and his selection by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York as “Teacher of the Year” is the latest in a long line of satisfying moments for the school district’s special education outdoor education program coordinator.

Ziring, who lives in Mineola, was nominated by the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center in Garden City and is just the 11th recipient of the award given by the 92,000-member state organization that was founded in 1872.

“I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said Ziring. “I’m honored and humbled by it.”

“I love what I do,” he volunteered. “I can’t put it any other way. I love looking at what the kids need and the experiences that they need and what they don’t always necessarily get or get the opportunity to have. If I can provide a new experience, a learning experience (fire safety) that can save their lives, that’s great,” Ziring added. He especially enjoys staying in touch with many of his former students, one of whom is a New York City firefighter.

Referring to his state award, presented last week in a ceremony at the Firefighters’ Museum, Ziring added, “Bottom line is, all I really intended to do was take a fantastic program that they’re already doing and modify it so that my students know how to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Ziring first began working in Great Neck as a health education teacher after obtaining degrees in psychology, education and administration. He actually started the district’s girls soccer program in 1992 and coached the South Middle girls volleyball team for 13 years. He’s been running the outdoor education program for about 10 years but his work involves a large number of activities that take place indoors, too.

Looking for ways to expand opportunities for his students when the weather wasn’t so cooperative actually led him to his association with fire safety education. “In the winter months we do a lot of museum stuff,” he explained. “I started going to the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City and I looked in there and saw the Firefighters Museum and I was impressed. I brought the kids in there and found that the people at the museum are the most amazing human beings,“ he continued. “They were just taken with our kids. They were so good with the kids.”

Ziring started working with the museum to modify and customize the programs. “They told me that they wanted to form a partnership with the Great Neck School District,” he recalled. “They asked me to create and modify the curriculum to meet the needs of our students.” Great Neck officials quickly agreed to the partnership.

Fire safety educational trips for the 17 groups of youngsters he works with only account for a small portion of the 150 or so trips he arranges yearly for the district’s special needs students. Ziering says that he draws from among 50 or so programs in the metropolitan area including indoor rock climbing, archery, camping, fishing and having the students work with dogs and horses. In fact, district students have started working with DogAbility in Hicksville. “It’s about working and connecting with dogs and their handlers,” Ziring explained. “Most of the dogs are therapy and service dogs.”

The museum’s executive director, Alana Petrocelli, nominated Ziring for state recognition. Petrocelli’s organization has also given Ziering its Badge of Courage Humanitarian Award.

In her letter to the state association she wrote, “Paul created, honed, retooled and virtually perfected the fire safety curriculum to provide students with the training to stay safe in the event of a home or other fire.”