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Colonial Rd, Middle Neck repairs

Expect traffic problems Monday in two places:

Nassau County Department of Public Works will begin work to repair Middle Neck Road on Monday and is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to complete, according to the Village of Great Neck

Colonial Road Bridge closes for a year also on Monday.

 

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Village Offers Steamboat Lot

villageWEBThe Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck determined that its municipal parking lot on Steamboat Road is surplus property, based on the new Steamboat Road Townhome Redevelopment Incentive Overlay zoning. That zoning is contained in the village code, available on the village’s website: www.greatneckvillage.org.

April 14, 2015, 4 p.m., has been set as the deadline for receipt of offers for the purchase of the property.

Although the prime concern of the board of trustees will be the sales price, the board will also be considering the other terms of the sale and the purchaser’s proposed project, in order to determine which of the offers will be in the best interests of the residents of the village. Therefore, any offer should include a plan and description of the proposed development of the property, whether or not any incentives will be sought under the proposed new zoning, and what amenities, physical or cash in lieu thereof, would be provided to the village as consideration for those incentives. After the village selects an offeree, it plans to require that site plan and other necessary reviews and approvals for construction on the site be completed before the sale is committed to that offeree by the village.

Anyone interested in making an offer may contact the mayor at 516-482-0019 or send an email to mayor@greatneckvillage.org.

The final decision as to the acceptance of any offer must be made by the board of trustees. Deadlines may be subject to change, and any or all offers may be rejected and are subject to modification with the consent of the village.

Summer Jobs Open

lifeguardThe Great Neck Public Schools Summer Recreation Programs have openings for lifeguard, camp nurse/health designees, dance instructor and tennis instructor. Positions will be for the six-week, Monday through Friday programs, from July 6 to Aug. 14.

Lifeguard candidates must be 17 years old or older, and have Nassau County Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid current certifications. Hours with the Elementary Summer Recreation Camp are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Salary is $15 per hour.

Camp nurse/health designee candidates must be currently licensed as a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse or practical nurse. Positions are available with the Sports Camp Recreation Program, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Salary is $4,314.

Tennis instructor candidates are strongly requested to have NYS certification in physical education or a NYS Coaching License in tennis. Instructor will conduct five 40-minute daily classes for children in first grade through eighth grade. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elementary Summer Recreation Camp and the Sports Camp Recreation Program. Salary is $4,314.

Dance instructor candidates are strongly requested to have group instruction experience and college education. Instructor will conduct five, 40-minute daily classes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Elementary Summer Recreation Camp. Salary is $4,314.

Qualified applicants should contact Joseph Loria, recreation supervisor, Great Neck Public Schools, as soon as possible, by mail at 345 Lakeville Rd., Great Neck, NY 11020; by phone at 516-441-4045; or by email at jloria@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

Birnbaum Honors Laura Weinberg

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Laura Weinberg (left) receives honors from Legislator Ellen Birnbaum

Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) announced that honors go to Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition President Laura Weinberg on Monday, March 16, at the 17th Annual Trailblazers Awards Ceremony at the Nassau County Legislative Chamber in Mineola. As part of Women’s History Month, the county legislators honor outstanding women in their legislative districts who have “blazed trails” through the wonderful work they do in their communities.

For over 20 years, Laura Weinberg has been working on local, state and national projects pertaining to the connection between breast cancer and the environment. She has served as president of the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition (GNBCC) since 2001 and has conducted hundreds of presentations in New York State and nationally concerning the reduction of toxins in our environment. The GNBCC also plays an important role in assisting newly diagnosed women with the Lend a Helping Hand Program. As a board member of the New York State Breast Cancer Network, Weinberg has advocated for the passage of legislation on breast cancer and environmental issues. In 2005, through GNBCC, Erinberg founded the Students and Scientists Breast Cancer/Environmental Research Internship Program which has sponsored 46 high school students from Nassau County at nine research centers in the Northeast. For the past five years, Weinberg has been a Community Partner with Mount Sinai researchers for the federally funded Breast Cancer & Environment Research Program (BCERP). Through a BCERP grant, Laura has been collaborating on an educational outreach project on “Breast Cancer and the Environment” with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, the Witness Project of Harlem and the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition.

Weinberg was joined at the awards ceremony by her husband and two daughters. She lives in Great Neck with her husband, Amos, who is an attorney. Her daughter, Ali, is also an attorney and her daughter, Kirby, is a doctoral student of psychology at Adelphi University. Laura graduated from Syracuse University in 1975 with a bachelor of science in journalism from the Newhouse School.

North Musicians at Carnegie

SchoolCarnegie_032515ASome 76 North High School musicians have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, April 4, at 8:30 p.m., as part of the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs at Carnegie Hall. Steven Keim, Carnegie Hall program coordinator, again extended the invitation for North High musicians to perform. This will be the ninth time since 1997 that the school has been afforded this honor.

North students were chosen for the specially created 2015 Carnegie Hall Symphony Orchestra from John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School after an audition process conducted at the school. This was followed by an arduous rehearsal schedule. Selected students also had to have demonstrated their commitment to North’s music program by a history of excellent attendance (including at after-school rehearsals), punctuality, and performance, combined with attitude and behavior in class.

Pieces to be performed at Carnegie Hall include: Holst’s Jupiter, from “The Planets,” and Franck’s Symphony in D minor. Students will perform under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, North High music instructor. Assistant conductors will be North Middle Instrumental Teachers Matthew Trinkwald (department head), Jacquelyn Tomlet and North High Student Teacher Patrick Kennedy.Rutkowski_031115A

Concert open-seating tickets, at $85 each, are available through Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800. For additional information, please contact Rutkowski at jrutkowski@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

New Book From Andrew Kane

Author_032515CAPAThere is much excitement in the air as Great Neck author Andrew Kane is set to publish another book, his latest book The Day, The Night, to be released by Berwick Court Publishing Co. on March 31. This will be Kane’s third novel.

Kane, a clinical psychologist, practices in Lawrence and lives in Great Neck with his wife Debbie and their two children. This brand new novel is the story of a psychologist who discovers that a patient he is treating is a Nazi war criminal. And, all the while, the woman he has fallen in love with is really a Mossad agent on the Nazi’s trail. Much of the story actually takes place in Great Neck.

And how did this writing career begin? Kane said, “I was heavily into creative writing as a kid. Both my parents had serious physical illnesses and it was an outlet for me.”

Encouragement was a large part, added Kane: “My father really appreciated my stuff and used to always tell me I should be a writer, and I always dreamed of doing that as a career.” As Kane grew older “and more pragmatic,” he began to realize that “being able to make a living from fiction writing was highly unlikely…it’s a feast or famine market out there.” And so, Kane became a psychologist, which he felt was a “pretty good fit for me,” and he wrote on the side.

“My first book, Rabbi, Rabbi, did well,” according to Kane and his second book, Joshua, just took off and continues with strong sales to date.

As for this newest book, The Day, The Night, the story came to the author while working with a patient who had actually fought in the Polish resistance against the Nazis in World War II.

“He was an interesting and impressive individual, successful and proud,” said Kane, adding, “Something happened that drove him into a sudden depression and into my office…I can’t go into that, or divulge any potentially identifying information, but one night as I was contemplating his case, the idea for this story was born in my mind.” Thinking it over, Kane said, “What if he had actually been a Nazi who had been hiding behind a facade for many years? What if I learned this over time? How would I, as both a psychologist and a committed Jew, deal with this?” From there, Kane explained that his “fertile imagination” took hold,
“…and voilá, The Night, the Day.”

A book launch is now scheduled on April 16, at 7 p.m., at the Manhasset Barnes and Noble store, on Northern Boulevard.

Kane’s last novel, Joshua, A Brooklyn Tale, has had much critical acclaim and great commercial success. This book was recently re-released by Berwick Court Publishing Co. Kane’s first book, Rabbi, Rabbi, is also scheduled to be republished within the next few months.

Kane holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University and is a clinical psychologist in

 

GNPS to Announce New Chief

homelessWEBAt the Monday, March 30, school board meeting, the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education will introduce and appoint the new superintendent of the Great Neck School District. Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz told the Great Neck Record that the new superintendent’s start date will be July 15. As announced earlier in this school year, the current school superintendent, Dr. Thomas P. Dolan, is retiring at the end of this school year. Dolan’s last day will be July 31.

At the upcoming March 30 school board meeting there will also be a special viewing of The First 200 Years, a GNPS/TV-produced video made in conjunction with the school district’s 200th anniversary.

The board of education meeting will take place at Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd., on the South+ Campus in Lake Success. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the Board of Education recognition of South High School students, and the public action meeting will follow immediately thereafter and include the second informal hearing on the preliminary 2015-16 school budget.

For more information, call 516-441-4001.

Jumper Delays LIRR

LIRRJump_032515ALong Island Rail Road service on the Port Washington branch (servicing Great Neck) was disrupted last Wednesday morning, March 18, after a man “apparently” jumped onto the railroad tracks at 7:05 a.m. LIRR spokesperson Meredith Daniels told the Great Neck Record that, following the incident, the man was found “alive and conscious.” Daniels added that the motive for the jumping was not known. The subject, in his 40s, was immediately transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

The LIRR train involved in the accident was an eastbound train and was not a passenger train, but a LIRR work train.

Port Washington branch trains were stopped from 7:05 a.m., the time of this incident, until 7:45 a.m. However, Daniels also reported “huge delays” until 11 a.m., due to electrical problems in the railroad’s eastbound tunnel.

The Long Island Rail Road released no other details immediately following the incident.

New School Budget Proposed

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education called for a $216,441,071 budget for the coming 2015-16 school. [Read more…]

An Interesting Election Night

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Re-Elected: (Left to Right) Trustees Gerry Schneiderman, Lawrence Katz and Village Justice Neil Finkston

It was an unusual scene on an unusual night at Great Neck Plaza Village Hall last Wednesday as about 30 people gathered to find out the results of an unusual election.

Friends and family of trustees Lawrence Katz, Gerry Schneiderman and challenger Jonathan Stein watched intently in anticipation as election officials quickly tabulated the votes that returned both Katz (331 votes) and Schneiderman (286 votes) to office for another two-year term.

There was a definite air of anxiety and tension in the room as the polls closed at 9 p.m. and the count began for the first contested Plaza election in five years and the only one of the six Wednesday Great Neck elections that was contested. Mayor Jean Celender and the other trustees, Deputy Mayor Ted Rosen and trustee Pam Marksheid, were also among the spectators.

After the results were made clear, there was a palpable sigh of relief and relaxation in the room as congratulations, handshakes and consolations were exchanged.

Stein received 229 votes. Throughout the campaign, he was extremely critical of Schneiderman and traded bitter exchanges with the incumbent, who has served on the board since April of 2000. Katz, who was not as much of a target of Stein’s criticisms, has served since December 2012.

Village Justice Neil Finkston, running unopposed, received 370 votes and will continue in the post he has held since April 2010.

The voting results were curious in that despite the largest turnout for a Plaza election in years, the absentee ballots made the difference. Those who could not make it to the polls gave Katz 100 of his votes and gave Schneiderman 114. But Stein, who lost in the “best two-out-of-three” process by 57 votes to Schneiderman and by 102 to Katz, received just 31 absentee votes.

According to the village, there were 4,316 eligible voters for last week’s election. Combined votes in Plaza elections have not numbered more than 186 in recent years, when Mayor Celender, Rosen and Marksheid ran in 2012. Katz and Schneiderman’s election in 2013 had no more than 83 votes cast. Last year’s uncontested election had less than 130 voters.

“I feel great,” said Katz, after the room began to empty. “I feel that the whole process worked very well. I’m glad that it’s over. I look forward to the next two years. The experience of speaking with some of the voters over the last few weeks was very useful to me. So now I know some of the things to focus on going forward.”

“I feel this is great and that ‘right’ always wins,” Schneiderman said, as he received congratulations from his supporters. “I want to thank all of the supporters and voters that came out and saw what the correct way for an election to be run is.“

“Of course, I would have loved to have won, but it was heartening to see in the numbers that the people really came out,” said a disappointed Stein. “I had expressed concerns about apathy in the village.”

“I’m definitely going to stay in the process,” the Plaza attorney added. “And I’m definitely going to start showing up at meetings on a more regular basis.”

“Definitely,” answered Stein when he was asked if he would run again. “It was a good experience. What the residents should come away with [is] that contested elections are good.”