Effin Beauty looks to fill a niche in Bellmore

Bellmore’s Effin Gruven was known for straying away from typical South Shore bar culture and transforming the way Long Islanders drink beer, according to its new owners, Michael Cassano and Maria Pallotta. But on Dec. 8, 2017, it shuttered after nearly two decades. Effin Beauty, a new creation in the same location, hopes to fill that void.

Bellmore-Merrick students speak on racial equity

Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, wants to end racial injustice and inequity on Long Island. To tackle the problem in schools, the activist group enlisted a panel of nine concerned students — including two from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

Disabled Merrick student finds freedom in dance

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Penny loves to dance, but spina bifida — a disease that impairs mobility — prevents her legs from moving to the beat. Luckily, Dancing Dreams gives her the outlet she needs to pursue her passion.

Letter to the Editor

Report on opioid monitoring misleads

New York, along with the rest of the nation, is in the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average life expectancy of Americans continued a three-year decline driven by deaths from overdoses. The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids other than methadone increased by 45 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Editorial

Challenges ahead for Democratic Senate

As New York Democrats look ahead to two years of majority control of the State Senate — and the Assembly and the governor’s mansion — they should also remember the past and learn from their predecessors’ mistakes.

Randi Kreiss

How well do you think you know your kids?

The operative word above is “think,” because no parent can ever know his or her child, especially during the firestorm known as adolescence.

Randi Kreiss

Shut the door on 2018. Nail that sucker shut.

We aren’t so much leaping into the New Year as we are fleeing the old one.

Editorial

Stamping out vaping among teens

Vaping gets its name from the cloud of water vapor that e-cigarettes produce, and it has become wildly popular among teenagers who believe it’s harmless. It’s not. In fact . . .