Obituary

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.

Gillen, tax receiver battle over mailers

Tensions between Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen and Tax Receiver Don Clavin came to a boil last week when Gillen accused Clavin of self-promotion on the taxpayers’ dime.

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.

Giving back for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, local organizations and businesses stepped up to feed hundreds of the area’s underserved, and make the holiday a little less lonely for many.

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.

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 . . .