Finding the family she didn't know she lost

Marion Blane, of Bellmore, grew up as an only child. She described her childhood as “golden,” spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with her parents. As a youngster, she helped them run a cosmetics business in Levittown, and continued doing so for more than 30 years. And, she said, she never once sensed anything amiss in her relationship with her parents — until she became pregnant at 20.


Murder-suicide under investigation in Bellmore

Two people are dead in Bellmore in an apparent murder-suicide on Feb. 21, according to police.

SEAS basketball star scores school-record 98 points

“I didn’t even know the scoreboard went that high,” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Principal Leeann Graziose remarked when she saw that the SEAS team had surged ahead of Holy Families of Hicksville by 2 points to win one thriller of a basketball game on Jan. 24.

No injuries in Merrick Avenue house fire

The Merrick fire department responded to a house fire on Merrick Avenue between Arbor and Ripley Lanes at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 28.


Longtime N. Bellmore, Central District Board of Ed leader dies

Everywhere Irma Kass went, friends and former colleagues recognized her. Quick trips to the supermarket turned into hour-long conversations, her family fondly remembered. They were even stopped while on a vacation in Israel, far from their Bellmore home. Kass’s decades in education made her a known face in the community.

North Merrick school pilots Google technology

The Old Mill Road Elementary School in the North Merrick School District was selected to be one of the first schools to participate in the Google Expedition Pioneers Program and pilot augmented …

North Merrick thanks its Board of Education

The North Merrick School District thanked the Board of Education – President Wendy Gargiulo, Vice President John Pinto, and Trustees Edward Corona, Steve Enella, Jennifer Hyland, Tracey Miller, and Todd Ransom – at the November 14th Board of Education meeting as part of School Board Recognition Week.

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.


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.


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 . . .