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With the sun beating down at mid-morning, a girls’ cross-country team was recently running up and down the half-mile-long hill on the south side of the Town of Hempstead’s Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, sweating profusely and breathing hard in the 90-degree-plus heat. Taking it all in from the side of the seashell-coated path was a red fox –– yes, a red fox –– which stood in the shade, motionless and silent, panting continuously, its eyes half-shut. The runners appeared unfazed by its presence. more
At the second meeting to discuss the Rebuild by Design program to make Mill River more storm-resilient, citizens brainstormed ways to involve the surrounding communities, and the design team reported … more
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced new legislation on Aug. 10 aimed at helping firefighters across New York state combat cancer, which frequently affects those in the emergency services sector. … more
The shooting death of a Queens imam and his associate as they walked home from afternoon prayer on Aug. 13 in Ozone Park has left Long Island Muslims grief-stricken. While some leaders of local mosques fear that the incident — which activist groups say should be investigated as a hate crime — could lead to more violence against Muslims, they noted that they would continue... more
When you think about it, there are very few opportunities to play a key role in a major, internationally televised sporting event when you aren’t the featured athlete. One of those rarities exists at the U.S. Open. more
Five officers from the Nassau County Police Department’s 5th Precinct who made a dramatic rescue of six West Hempstead residents during a serious fire earlier this year have become the subjects of a new children’s book, “Officer Jack — Rapid Response,” which was written by Maryland author James Burd Brewster and released earlier this week by J2B Publishing. more
West Hempstead resident Peter Paul Brennan, the archbishop of the Old Catholic Confederation and an advocate for a married priesthood, ecumenism and social justice for more than 40 years, died on Aug. 1, of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 75. more
Jerry Foster doesn’t speak of getting his hands dirty when referring to his work. He likes to say that he gets his hands wet. Foster, 53, of Merrick, owns Freeport Kayak Rentals, a part-time seasonal venture that he started in 2013. Now in its fourth summer, the business is growing by word of mouth, and Foster said he is having the time of his life. more
Looking for fun activities for you and the family? Check out what's happening right in your own community in The Week Ahead: more
The Third Annual Long Island Clam Eating Contest took place Sunday at Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park. Firefighters from Island Park, Oceanside, Long Beach, Lakeview, Baldwin, Point Lookout, North … more
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