The path through Hendrickson’s House of Horror

Reporter Mike Smollins survived Hendrickson's House of Horror last week. This is his story.

Leukemia survivor celebrated by fellow Girl Scouts in Valley Stream

Throughout her battle with leukemia, Camila Raza’s friends in Girl Scout Troop 2073 made sure she never faced the disease alone. The troop organized a walk for her at Wheeler Avenue School on Sept. …

State legislators unveil petition to reverse Green Acres Mall tax break in Valley Stream

Two state lawmakers announced on Oct. 10 that they would fight to overturn a tax break for the Green Acres Mall alongside area residents who would have to shoulder the financial burden. State Sen. …

Valley Stream to receive $100,000 to combat zombie homes

New York state was recently awarded a $3.2 billion settlement from Morgan Stanley after the firm’s scheme to market mortgage-backed securities contributed to the collapse of the housing market in 2008 and the ensuing recession. Ironically, the state is awarding millions of that settlement to local municipalities to clean up thousands of vacant and abandoned properties that have been dubbed “zombie homes,” many of which have been vacant since the housing crisis and Superstorm Sandy.

Valley Stream village finishes large-scale cleanup at Hendrickson Park

Valley Stream employees recently finished an invasive cleanup at the north side of Arthur J. Hendrickson Park Lake, to dredge up excess sand that collects as water drains from the storm water …

Valley Stream Soccer Club members to be honored on Dec. 4

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, a local branch of a national soccer association, named two Valley Stream parents as dignitaries earlier this month for their services to the …

Herald Neighbors

Green Acres Commons opens in Valley Stream

Local officials and dignitaries gathered on Oct. 6 to mark the grand opening of Green Acres Commons, an addendum to the existing mall. Green Acres Commons, owned by Macerich Company, is a 20-acre …

A Q&A with Valley Stream’s new associate village justice

Melanie Jenkins was appointed to the bench on April 4 after Village Justice Virginia Clavin-Higgins recommended her for the position. Prior to that, the position had been vacant for several years after the former Acting Village Justice Charles Rattoballi, who served under former Village Justice Robert Bogle, passed away. The Herald recently spoke to her about her life in and out of the courtroom.

Herald Schools

Extreme Science at the Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School in Valley Stream

Students at the Robert W. Carbonaro Elementary School attended a comedy science performance on Oct. 11 by Hagerman the Magician. The two-man show included music and several science experiments. …

Trying to cook up a winning dish

Although Valley Streamer Mukanjo Mukuka’s dish was on the “chopping block” after the second round of the Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament, overall, “It was a very joyful experience,” the 18-year-old said.

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.

Richner Communications acquires Gold Coast Gazette

Richner Communications, Long Island’s largest publisher of community media, has acquired the assets of the Gold Coast Gazette, a weekly community newspaper covering the legendary Gold Coast communities on the North Shore of Long Island. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The Week Ahead

Wishing you a happy Howl-O-Ween The Friends of Valley Stream dog park is prepared to show that Halloween fun isn’t limited to just humans. The annual costume contest for dogs will take place on …