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At first glance, The Art Academy of Long Island, on Merrick Avenue in downtown Merrick, appears dark, even cavern-like. The ceiling and floor are black, the walls are charcoal gray, and the lighting is muted. more
Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) held a press conference at the Theodore Roosevelt Nassau County Legislative & Executive Building in Mineola on Aug. 23 in hopes of putting an end to … more
A medical doctor with offices in Franklin Square pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to conspiring to distribute oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, officials said. Noel Blackman, 68, of Valley … more
A Franklin Square restaurant will compete at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in the upstate city of that name on Saturday. Brews Brothers Grille owners Michael Weinberg and Brian Clermont will … more
The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, along with State Sen. Todd Kaminsky and the City of Long Beach, celebrated the addition of two new chamber members on Aug. 26: Sean Sullivan, owner of Beach Local Café, and his wife, Kelly Sullivan, a financial adviser at Edward Jones Investments. more
School District 12 residents will be asked to vote on a $19.7 million bond proposition that would fund new facilities to accommodate its growing arts program and provide new resources for its expanding science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curriculum. An official presentation will be made to the community at the district’s Sept. 13 board meeting, and a community vote is scheduled for Nov. 16. more
June A. Loesch, a former Radio City Rockette and the founder of the June Claire School of Dance in West Hempstead and three other locations, who taught thousands of people to dance, died last week. She was 94. more
The city prohibited swimming along its beaches on Tuesday due to strong rip currents generated by Hurricane Gaston. Though forecasters say that the storm will not impact Long Island and is losing … more
Sandra Ingraffia, a talented bowler and a co-owner of Malverne’s San-Dee Lanes bowling center, died August 23 of liver cancer. She was 79. more
As a first-generation Italian-American child, a tomato milling machine was as ordinary to me as a skate key. At the same time, the very sight of it triggered my flight instinct: I knew the minute that machine appeared on my kitchen table that hours upon hours of stewing tomatoes, running them through the mill, pouring the sauce into Mason jars and then boiling them until ready were soon to follow. It was a process that I dreaded. more
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