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School Fitness Spring Programs

SchoolFit_031815A-300x300Spring is almost here and it’s time to get moving! Join Great Neck Public Schools Community Education for sports and fitness offerings taught by GNPS certified teachers. These include Boot Camp & Kettlebells, Fitness Program, Golf, Tennis and Community Volleyball League. Descriptions are provided below. Classes meet at 30 Cumberland Ave., unless otherwise noted. To register, call 516-441-4949, or visit and click on the Cumberland icon for online registration.

Boot Camp & Kettlebells

A group exercise class that incorporates stretching and body-weight exercises along with interval and strength training. Basic kettlebell movements will also be included, focusing on proper technique and form. Bring a yoga mat and towel. Cara McCormack will teach this class for 10 Thursdays, April 16 to June 18,
7 to 8 p.m. Fee: $91.

Fitness Program

Make some time for yourself, your heart, your muscles, and your mind while learning fitness tips, workout plans, exercises, and stretches. Begin with a group warm up, continue with individual stations, and culminate with a group cool down. Heart rate zones and fitness plans will be individualized for each participant. Alyson Lamonte will lead this biweekly class, for 12 Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 19 to June 25, 4 to 5 p.m. Fee: $108.

Golf: Beginner

This course introduces the basic fundamentals of golf: grip, stance, and swing. It will cover various shots, including putting, chipping, and driving. You will also learn the basic rules of the game, the right clubs to use, and acceptable golf etiquette. All sessions are held in the North Middle School gymnasium, 77 Polo Rd., and a driving range (location TBA). Sessions meet Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Eight Tuesdays, April 14 to June 2, 5 to 6 p.m. John Schneidmuller, instructor. Eight Wednesdays, May 20 to July 8, 5 to 6 p.m. Alyson Lamonte, instructor. Fee for either session: $157.

Tennis: Beginner

This class is for those with little or no knowledge of the game of tennis. Learn the mechanics of the basic strokes; forehand, backhand, volley, serve, scoring and tennis etiquette. Court movement, footwork, and proper conditioning will also be developed. All sessions are held at South High School tennis courts, 341 Lakeville Rd. Sessions meet Saturdays or Thursdays. Eight Saturdays, April 18 to June 6, 10 to 11 a.m. Bradley Krauz, instructor. Eight Thursdays, May 21 to July 9, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Michael Kazin, instructor. Fee for either session: $97.

Volleyball League Play

The Adult Volleyball League is available to men and women ages 18 and older. All skill levels are welcome. You may sign up as a team or individually. Individual registrants will be grouped into teams. All sessions are held in the North Middle School gymnasium, 77 Polo Rd. Kristin Randazzo leads this group for eight Thursdays, April 30 to June 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fee: $97.


Holiday Sports

HolidaySports_022515F HolidaySports_022515D HolidaySports_022515EThe weather may have been frigid in Great Neck over the February holiday school break, but the Great Neck Park District’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink was on fire with skaters registered for Skate Camp, Hockey Clinics and lots of public sessions. Beginning Monday, Feb. 16, and running through Friday, Feb. 20, children up to age 17 had the option of registering for Skate or Tennis Camp. Skaters were able to enjoy on- and off-ice instruction, crafts, games and lots of fun. The tennis camp, at the Parkwood Indoor Tennis Center, offered a morning or afternoon session and included instruction, games and match play. Over the April 2015 holiday week, the park district will, once again, be offering these camps. If you are interested you can call 516-487-2976, ext. 114, for Skate Camp or 516-829-9050 for Tennis Camp.

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…]

Rare Double for North Fencers



Double Champs: Members of the Men’s and Women’s Nassau High School fencing championship teams pose with their awards. Standing, from left: coach Michael Calderaro, Chris Angelidis, Alec Li, Griffen Healy, Adam Parket, Patrick Gao and coach Dylan Healy. Kneeling, from left, are Cordelia Ding, Cuilee Sha and Yulia Yeung

The story behind the success of Great Neck North High School’s men’s and women’s fencing teams in both winning the Nassau County Championships is one in which egos and personal achievement were pushed far into the background. [Read more…]

Park District Turf Update

parkThe Great Neck Park District will discuss the advisability of installing synthetic turf fields at parks in the park district. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., the park district board of commissioners is set to hold a special work session meeting at Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave., in the Old Village. [Read more…]

Great Neck’s ‘Iron Mom’ Wins

Great Neck’s own IronMan Sharon Levy was just recently awarded first place in her division at the MightyMan Half Ironman in Montauk.  She won her award with a time of 5:49:10 for the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and hilly 13.1 mile run.Sharon_101014A

Vaughan Named To Honors Court

Great Neck native and SUNY Old Westbury guard Nat Vaughan was recently named to the 2013-2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for his performance both on and off the court.

DSC_1749Vaughan, a senior Marketing major, played 24 games for the Panthers during the 2013-2014 season. As a junior, Vaughan averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists per game, playing a total of 299 minutes for an average 12.5 minutes per game. He also recorded 12 rebounds and 11 steals. Vaughan poured in a career-high of 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field during Old Westbury’s 91-49 victory over NYU-Poly last January, and later recorded a career-best with six assists in conference victories against NYU-Poly and Sage in February.

Vaughan joins Joe Henain of Mount Saint Mary as the lone Skyline Conference student-athlete to achieve NABC Honors Court laurels.

Each season the NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts of student-athletes both on the court and in the classroom. A record 895 student-athletes form 335 colleges earned NABC Honors Court distinction this year.

Vote For Alex Schneider

GN_AlexAlex Schneider of Great Neck will participate in the Runners World Cover Contest. The participant with the most votes will be featured on the front cover of the December edition of Runners World.
The twenty-four year old with autism has competed in more than 120 races including two Boston Marathons, two Hamptons Marathons, one Marine Corp Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon. Alex ran his personal best of 3:14:36 in the 2013 NYC Marathon.
At 15-years-old, Alex along with his twin brother Jamie fell in love with running and haven’t stopped.
Alex is the faster of the brothers. He runs a 5:25 minute mile and consistently finishes in the top tier of his running group. No one is quite sure how fast Alex can truly run. His trainers strain to keep up with Alex’s seemingly endless endurance.
His family hopes that his accomplishments will provide the inspiration for others to celebrate their challenges – and to prove to them that their triumphs can be far greater than their disabilities.
The deadline to vote is Friday, Aug. 15. To vote for Alex Schneider, visit Or for more on the contest visit

Planet Fitness Finally Opens Its Doors

After a series of delays and some controversy, the Planet Fitness facility in the basement of The Gardens at Great Neck shopping mall on Great Neck Road has opened for business.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marking its official opening was held on June 17 with Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender in attendance. Nassau County Fire Marshal requirements had postponed the original opening from earlier in the month because of needed adjustments to a basement egress in a back hallway.
PlanetFitness_062714AThe gym, built at a cost of over $2 million, had faced some heated opposition in the fall from area residents who complained that the Planet Fitness had no plans to continue offering swimming, baby sitting, classes and other services that the previous tenant, New York Health & Racquet Club, had provided before it closed in September.
Additionally, the nationwide chain had to scale back its plans to offer ultra violet tanning services (prohibited by Plaza code) and operate 24 hours a day, unprecedented in the village. Its hours are 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends, basically mirroring the hours of the previous tenants.
There were also concerns that the gym would increase parking, traffic and pedestrian problems at the mall due to its inexpensive membership fees (which start at $10 a month) and expected popularity.
Mayor Celender took a quick tour of the 26,000-square-foot facility underneath Waldbaums, and was impressed with the rows of treadmills, ellipticals, other types of cardio machines and strength equipment and numerous flat screen TVs. There are also large locker rooms for men and women with day lockers and showers.
“It looks beautiful,” Celender said after the brief ribbon-cutting. “It’s very comfortable and it’s very clean. We’re happy to see the gym open here again. It’s been a fitness facility here for well over 20 years. We welcome Planet Fitness and wish them all the best success. I hope that lots of people will come here to get healthy.”
The site manager is Melissa Garcia, who worked at the Levittown location for three years.
“I hope to get a lot of members in and make everybody happy,” said an optimistic Garcia. “I want them to feel comfortable. We’ll make sure that everything is clean. We have staff that will be cleaning every day and staying on top of it.”
“Our customer service is great,” Craig Ouellette, regional manager for seven of the chain’s Long Island locations, added. “Those are our strengths ­— customer service and cleanliness.”
Ouellette says that peak usage usually occurs from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays but tends to fall off as the weekend approaches.
“But since this is a new location, it may take some time to find out what our peak times will be,” he said.
Planet Fitness also offers spray tanning, using lotions for the prohibited ultra-violet ray services and hydro massage beds to customers willing to pay a higher monthly fee. The gym’s “Angel Beauty” booths, a 12-minute process that is said to stimulate muscles and provide therapeutic massage, are also available.
The machine recently came under close scrutiny by the Village’s Board of Trustees over concern that it might violate the intent of its anti-tanning machine ordinance. Planet’s attorney stated that no tanning was involved in the unit at all.
Fitness is anticipating donating $2,560 to The Great Neck Community Fund from enrollment fees from its pre-sale that ran from April 1 through June 11. A check for that amount was presented to GNCF’s Michael Larkin earlier this week.

Pool Precautions

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board remind residents with school coming to a close and summer vacation quickly approaching, pool safety precautions should be taken when using a pool at a Town facility or your own at home.
“It is so important for individuals and families to be aware of pool and water safety tips this summer,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “We want to make sure that all our residents are safe and follow the necessary rules and guidelines when they install and maintain their pools.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
Supervisor Bosworth also is encouraging parents to teach their children to swim. “Children are never too young to be taught safety rules, or to receive swimming lessons. Teaching children to swim at a young age gives them the foundation for becoming skilled swimmers.”Pool_061314APool Safety Tips from the Town of North Hempstead
Never leave a child unsupervised or unattended while near a pool.
Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren’t tempted to reach for them.
You must put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. The Town requires the installation of a fence at least 6 feet high around all sides of the pool, as well as the use of self-closing and self-latching gates that secure from the inside.
Practice touch supervision with children younger than 5 years. This means that the adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times.
After use, securely close the pool.
Keep rescue equipment and a phone near the pool.
Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, since children may become entrapped under it. Remove the cover completely.
Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Town of North Hempstead offers CPR training and certification courses to all residents multiple times per year. The town sponsors the training courses with the National Safety Council Adult and Pediatric CPR and AED. Training and certification courses are held at Town Hall.
For more information call 311 or visit or visit the direct link 2014 Pool and Summer Programs.