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West Hempstead’s history as a horse town added another page to its annals earlier this month when executive management of the New York Equestrian Center announced it was for sale. more
Following a peace demonstration on the steps of Hempstead Village Hall on Aug. 22, West Hempstead Rabbi Art Vernon spoke of the racially-charged events in Charlottesville and categorized them as a watershed moment in American history. “No one knew what the impact of Charlottesville was going to be,” said Vernon, who is co-chair of the Black-Jewish Coalition for Justice. “When a moment like that occurs, it's an opportunity to say we have to do something.” more
“Yeah, we’ve done a lot of crap,” said John Fellin, a 40-year Oceanside resident, who is also the owner of Wayback Burgers in West Hempstead. more
Noah Rubin, the 21-year-old pro tennis player from Merrick, will be competing during the U.S. Open’s Qualifying Tournaments, which began Aug. 22. more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today that will rename a section of the Southern State Parkway in honor of fallen NYPD Det. Steven McDonald. more
Two weeks ago, Chief Michael Vogt of the West Hempstead Fire Department had heard that his department was approved for a FEMA grant. “We knew we were approved for a grant, but we didn’t know how much or what it was for,” said Vogt. He soon found out, however, that the department would be receiving $228,572 to purchase much-needed self-contained breathing apparatus — known in the fire industry as SCBA. It is the largest grant ever received in the department’s history. more
An acre and a half of property at 764 Hempstead Ave. in West Hempstead was purchased by “Theodore Gaeta and wife” in 1948, according to county records, and their house had stood on it for nearly 70 years. more
Marine veteran James Brooks, 58, was one of eight men who had settled in what was supposed to be a temporary home for veterans on Woodfield Road in West Hempstead when he and his housemates received notice last year that they needed to vacate. “They want everybody to move out,” Brooks said. “So everyone began scrambling, trying to find a place to live.” more
For Karl Riesterer, a West Hempstead resident for many decades, holding onto old friendships is a priority. And each year for the past 13 years, he makes that fact known when he opens his Southold home to host a West Hempstead High School reunion for some of the people he grew up with. “Many of the ‘kids’ are around 80 years old,” said Riesterer. “The group is getting smaller each year, but they come from around the country and spend time visiting old friends and family still living on Long Island.” more
Ten students — eight from Elmont Memorial High School and two from Hempstead High — recently took part in Hofstra University’s annual High School Summer Journalism Institute, led by … more
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