Three Cheers For “Chronicles Of A Persian Mom”

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Three cheers to Ilana Kalati, for bringing this subject to bear in “Chronicles of a Persian Mom” in the July 27–Aug. 2 Great Neck Record.

No! I am not a Persian, and I do not blame you for the traffic on Middle Neck Road.

But, yes! We do suffer from the traffic in Great Neck—however, it does not have to do anything with the population density or the width of the streets. It has to do with jaywalking on Middle Neck Road, disregarding the Red Palm, which causes a hazard both to the drivers and the pedestrians. It also has to do with parents unloading or strapping children on the driver’s side of the car, a dangerous hazard to the parents and the traffic, as well as double-parking, speeding to catch a train, talking on the phone and not moving at a green light, disregarding the “STOP SIGN” at the exit from Everfresh, causing the traffic to stop from both sides of the street, crossing a double line, making illegal U-turns, and, needless to add, leaving a car door open towards traffic.

All of the above ought to be blamed on demographic, cultural, educational and behavioral attitudes, which can be summed up as: total disregard and disrespect to fellow neighbors if they happen to have a different culture or, for that matter, different religion or cast.

In my opinion, a traffic light is urgently needed at the exit of Everfresh as well as an installation of a DO NOT ENTER sign. There also ought to be ONE entrance at Marine Fisheries, and a law should be passed that children ought to enter or exit through the car curbside door. Additionally, double-parking laws ought to be enforced and traffic cameras should be installed at stop signs and traffic lights.

Everfresh serves a large population, not only from Great Neck Village, but also Kings Point,
Saddle Rock and Kensington, a total population of more than 20,000 people, out of which, I would assume, 75 percent of the heads of households shop at Everfresh weekly between Thursday and Friday.

David Alouf

Read “Chronicles Of A Persian Mom.”

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