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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 http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/654/. Or for more on the contest visit covercontest.runnersworld.com.

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 www.northhempsteadny.gov or visit the direct link 2014 Pool and Summer Programs.

Skating Award Winner

SchoolSkate_062014AArielle Farhi, a senior at South High School, is the recipient of a 2014 Graduating Seniors Program Silver Level Award given by the US Figure Skating Program. The Award is based on skating proficiency and academic achievement. Arielle qualified for this award by competing in regional synchronized skating championships at the novice level and passed the Juvenile Free Skate Test and the Junior Moves-in-the Field test.
Brenda Glidewell, director of Skating Programs, US Figure Skating, said of the Graduating Seniors Program: “It recognizes student-athletes who have worked hard to pursue figure skating while maintaining their academics. Figure skating requires the same dedication, perseverance, and time management as any varsity sport.”
Arielle regularly gets up around 6 a.m. to train before school, a schedule she has followed for years, skating some 15 hours a week. She plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall on an academic scholarship and skate for the university’s collegiate Spartan Synchronized Skating Team, ranked third in the nation.

Kayak Clinic For Newbies

kayak-cliniThe North Shore Kayak Club will hold its annual kayaking clinic, targeted to novice recreational kayakers and those interested in learning more about the sport, on Tuesday, June 17. It will begin promptly at 7 p.m., at the Town Dock in Port Washington (specifically at the bottom of the ramp, to the left of the fishing pier when facing the water).

Among the items to be covered are: the different types of basic equipment, including kayak and paddle options; the proper way to enter and exit a kayak; basic paddling strokes; and, necessary safety gear and precautions. This will be a demonstration and lecture, so it is not necessary to bring any equipment. There is no charge for this event.

Instruction, given on land and in water, will be provided by North Shore Kayak Club officer Seth Ehrlich. Ehrlich stated that one of the Club’s goals is to get more people out on the water, experiencing the ever-growing sport of recreational kayaking. [Read more...]

Rec Center Summer Of Fun

recThe Recreation Center at the Parkwood Sports Complex certainly has an exciting summer in store for you. This year the varied activities are abundant and there is undoubtedly something for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

New this year: the “sports court,” an area sectioned off for daily activities such as volleyball, indoor soccer, Frisbee and scooter racing.

There is a highlighted sports tournament each week in which teams or individuals are welcome; prior sign-up is mandatory. Some of the upcoming tournaments include street hockey, homerun derby, volleyball and basketball.

In addition to such classic sports, there are arts & crafts, ping pong and other table games. The ever-popular rock wall is back and ready for business. To participate in the rock wall you must first obtain an Extreme Pass at Great Neck House which requires a parent’s signature. [Read more...]

Dance Visions NY Performance

danceGreat Neck based Dance Visions NY, Long Island’s Isadora Duncan based dance company, will perform excerpts from their award-winning program “Zeus’ Garden” outdoors on the lawn of the Universalist Unitarian Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Rd. , Manhasset on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event.

“Zeus’ Garden” features Isadora Duncan’s dances celebrating Myth and Nature. This exciting, life-affirming body of work is based on Greek mythology and the fullness and beauty of nature. The program and company, under the direction of Beth Jucovy, consists of a full company of Duncan dancers. Dancer Visions NY is well known for their glorious programs which bring Isadora Duncan’s visions and works to life, rejuvenated and contemporary. [Read more...]

Therapeutic Skating Celebration 2014

TheraSkate_041814CThe Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, completed the second season of the Therapeutic Skating program on Tuesday, April 8. Great Neck’s own Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic gold medalist, joined the festivities to honor the participants and encourage them to continue their efforts for success through skating. Sarah laced up, skated with the students, then, together with Park District Commissioners Ruth J. Tamarin and Robert A. Lincoln, Jr., helped award their trophies.

Commissioner Tamarin stated, “The Park District is extremely appreciative for Sarah’s participation and the inspiration she offers to everyone involved.” Also present were Great Neck Park District Superintendent Peter M. Renick, Great Neck School District’s Dr. Joseph Hickey, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education & Pupil Services, as well as Great Neck Figure Skating Club President, Cindy Zubli. [Read more...]

Colors Of The Rainbow Team Festival

Dance_041814AColors of the Rainbow Team Match & Festival, as documented in the Paramount Classics hit, Mad Hot Ballroom, is coming to over 100 elementary and middle schools all over Long Island, including both Great Neck North Middle School and Great Neck South Middle School.

This team-based ballroom dance competition is set for Sunday, April 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), at the Sachem North High School, 212 Smith Road, Lake Ronkonkoma.  [Read more...]