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School News

Nassau County launches new school alert system

Nassau County recently rolled out a new alert system for school officials designed to improve communication between the district and the police department in the event of an emergency, and all four Valley Stream school districts have expressed interest in learning more about the program and adding to crisis plans already in place.

Flooding on Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream prompts storm drain cleaning

After reports of multiple instances of excessive flooding on Sunrise Highway near Legion Place, local officials are working with the New York State Department of Transportation to determine the cause of the recurring torrent.

School News

Schools talk ‘potential inequities’ for taxpayers from Green Acres Mall PILOT

Officials from all four Valley Stream school districts met at a joint Boards of Education meeting on Aug. 31 to discuss the impact of the Green Acres Mall’s tax exemption on local school taxes this year.

Valley Stream ready to solicit contractors for waste transfer station

The Board of Trustees is getting ready to solicit contractors for the installation of a new trash bailer and building at the Arlington Avenue yard, which, according to officials, would both cut transfer costs and the foul odor that occasionally plagues the area.

Community News

Congregants celebrate Eid al-Adha at Valley Stream mosque

Lines of cars heading to and from Valley Stream’s Masjid Hamza mosque overflowed into neighboring streets on Monday, as congregants made their way there to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the second of two major annual Islamic holidays.

School News

Back to school in Valley Stream: A brand new beginning

For one day, there were few concerns about test scores, teacher ratings or school finances. On the first day of school, it was all about seeing friends again, showing off those new backpacks and sneakers, and unpacking a whole lot of school supplies.

Obituary

Longtime Valley Streamer ‘Captain Pat’ dies at 76

Patrick “Captain Pat” Anthony Focazio, longtime resident of Valley Stream, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sept. 10 at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Texas. He was 76.

Valley Stream remembers 9/11

Crowds of people gathered on the evening of Sept. 11 at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park to mark the anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and reflect on the burden families and communities feel 15 years later.

Baiting against rabid raccoons in Valley Stream

Vaccine packets scented with raccoon bait will be distributed beginning Sept. 19 by truck and placed in the animal’s natural habitats across Valley Stream and other south shore communities.

Board picks assistant principal to replace Mignella at Memorial Junior High School

The Central High School District Board of Education appointed Bret Strauss as principal of Memorial Junior High School on Sept. 13, filling a vacancy left by Anthony Mignella since August.

The Week Ahead

Sept. 22 — 28

Fun things to do in Valley Stream this week!