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Ervin Drake Dies At 95

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Irvin Drake

Truly a legend in his own time, well known songwriter and long time Great Neck resident Ervin Drake died l wtwp weeks ago at this Great Neck home. He was 95 years old. For years he was married to Edith Bermaine, the owner of the legendary, long gone Middle Neck Road beauty and nail salon, Bermaine’s. [Read more...]

Great Neck Winter Dance Set

There is much excitement in the air as Children Dancing (from Dance Visions NY) is about to present its 27th annual Winter Showcase, including “Excerpts from A Nutcracker Tale and other Winter Dances” on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m., at Huske Hall in All Saint’s Church at 855 Middle Neck Rd., in the Village of Great Neck. The public is welcome to enjoy this beautiful and joyful program, free of charge. Contact Beth Jucovy at 516-482-2621, or children.dancing@gmail.com for information. The website www.childrendancing.net can also be visited.Dance_011615B

“A Nutcracker Tale 2015″ begins with a magical snowstorm and a holiday party. At the party, odd Uncle Drosselmeyer presents Marie and her friends with a magical nutcracker, which they break. [Read more...]

Great Neck HS New Courses

Innovative and exciting new courses are slated to be added to the programs offered at Great Neck North High School and Great Neck South High School. The Board of Education approved four very diverse courses, two for North High and two for South High, pending any possible financial, staffing or scheduling constraints. [Read more...]

Park Commissioners’ Inauguration

Great Neck Park District commissioners Dan Nachmanoff and Frank Ciluffo were sworn into office by park district attorney Chris Prior on Thursday evening, Jan. 8, at a park district board meeting. Nachmanoff was sworn in for his second three-year term. Ciluffo was sworn in for a two-year term, his first, filling the two years left of the term vacated several months ago when longtime park commissioner Ruth Tamarin retired. Nachmanoff and Ciluffo won hotly contested elections.ParkInaug_011615A

Nachmanoff told the Great Neck Record that he “looks forward to implementing” the bond issue and repairing and refurbishing the park district’s infrastructure. [Read more...]

Great Neck Discusses Homelessness

Although dealing with a homeless student is a rare issue in Great Neck, the school district has long had guidelines in place and now the district has adopted a new policy. The Policy on Homeless Students was introduced by the board of education this past fall, read for a second time in November and approved at the last public action meeting on Dec. 15. This new policy follows the new guidelines set by both federal and state law.HomelessStudents_011615A

Following a review by the New York State Department of Education, as per laws set forth by the state’s commissioner of education, an audit found ways in which the school district could better comply with the federal law in addressing the educational needs of homeless students. [Read more...]

Plaza Critic Addresses Parking

While attorney Jonathan M. Stein is clearly concerned with the parking situation in the business district, as are so many other residents, merchants and officials, he’s taken his concerns a few steps further than most.PlazaSmoke_011615A

Stein, in addition to being granted speaking time in front of the board of trustees at its meeting last week, has created a Facebook page critical of the way the board operates and claiming that the board has already made a decision to double meter rates and cut allowable parking time in half. [Read more...]

Old Village Choose New Architect

The Village of Great Neck’s plan to build a new village hall and adjacent Department of Public Works facility on East Shore Road took an important step forward last week with its selection of an architectural firm to supervise the project.VillageHall_011615A

The plan, utilizing the land where the sewer plant formerly operated, has a direct connection to the recent rezoning of Middle Neck Road to allow multifamily residences and make the business district more walkable. The village anticipates selling the current DPW facility on 765 Middle Neck Rd. [Read more...]

Great Neck Crime Rate Down

Good news for Great Neck! For the past six months the crime rate for the Great Neck peninsula has been way down. Home burglaries and car thefts show relatively low numbers, especially compared to last year. Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct Deputy Inspector Thomas Corona told the Great Neck Record that the past six months have shown “a very, very different pattern.” [Read more...]

North Hempstead Promotes Arts

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From left, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Gold Coast Arts Center Executive Director Regina Gil.

The Town of North Hempstead recently received a $75,000 grant through the Market NY program that will be targeted to promote the Gold Coast International Film Festival, a joint venture between the Town of North Hempstead and the Gold Coast Arts Center.

“The film festival underscores the town’s commitment to using film and art as a vehicle to boost the local economy,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “By increasing our marketing and promotion of the festival we can build our outreach even further and increase the number of visitors.” [Read more...]

Town Of Hempstead Yearly Review

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Supervisor Bosworth with Senator Schumer at a press conference with Senator Schumer in April at Town Dock in Port Washington.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board are have wrapped up 2014 and looking are forward to a productive 2015 for town residents, but not without looking back at some of the accomplishments of the past year.

Bosworth was sworn in as town supervisor on Jan. 1, 2014, and immediately faced the challenge of more than a dozen snowstorms that tested the town’s highway department as well as many other townn departments. [Read more...]