New York American Water to be sold to Liberty Utilities for $608M

American Water Works Co. announced in a release Wednesday that it would sell its New York operation to Liberty Utilities for $608 million cash. The deal follows years-long criticism from Nassau County ratepayers, lawmakers and watchdog groups that have questioned the private company’s rate structure, water service and infrastructure management.

Finding family through tennis

At Carefree Racquet Club, tennis is an international affair. Six of the top players who practice at the Merrick club recently captured a national title at the 2019 U.S. Tennis Association League National Championships, and only two are native to the Island. The others are from England, Venezuela, Ukraine and France.

Bellmorite’s work of Whitman displayed in Library of Congress

Before Mark Nuccio, of Bellmore, became the treasurer of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, he exhibited his artwork there in 1982. The paintings, he explained, evoked Long Island’s bird life, the heritage of its indigenous people and Whitman himself.

Local 11-year-old ‘tapped’ for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For every Thanksgiving for as long as she can remember, Hailey Arnell, 11, of North Bellmore, has watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at home in her pajamas with her younger sister, Nikki. But this year, that tradition will be broken. Instead of watching the parade on TV, Hailey will be a part of the action.

A smorgasbord of street food

The food industry on Long Island can be repetitious, often inundated with restaurants serving similar menus. Tejan Arora, a law school graduate from East Meadow, wanted to diversify the area’s food offerings. Enter Street to Table, a new restaurant on Merrick Road in Merrick that turns street eats into crowd-pleasing favorites.

Merrick’s youth ‘rake’ a difference

With clean-up tools in hand, Merrick’s youth gathered at Cammanns Pond Park on Nov. 10 for the South Merrick Community Civic Association’s Youth Club’s first group outing. More than 20 children participated by raking leaves and planting fresh, winter-friendly greens.

Merrick veteran reconnects with his savior

It was supposed to be a simple troop and supply transport. Jim Carlina, a young military soldier at the time, was in a helicopter hauling several tons of water to a landing zone in war-torn Vietnam. The mission went awry when engine fires caused a crash landing. Carlina would never forget the dizzying, life-changing experiences that followed.


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Help those who don't have enough food

Hunger is found everywhere, even here on Long Island. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity for households as those that are “uncertain of having, or unable to acquire enough food to meet the needs of all their members.”

Randi Kreiss

Democrats went high in their latest debate

The Democratic candidates for president get high marks for good behavior in last week’s debate — at least by comparison. On the very day that we witnessed a marathon of edgy testimony in the Trump impeachment hearings . . .

Alfonse D'Amato

Peter King: a true patriot and statesman

U.S. Rep. Peter King’s recent decision to retire from Congress will end a distinguished career of public service to Long Island, New York and America. In a time when our politics is more fractured and contentious than ever . . .

Jerry Kremer

Who will decide who wins in 2020?

Have you ever heard the words “tasseography” or “tassology”? In plain English, it’s the practice of reading the patterns of tea leaves, coffee grounds or wine sediments to tell the future. I have concluded that these substances are just as reliable as all the political polls . . .