Lawrence barbecue raises over $500K for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Ari and Ruth Jungreis’s spacious Lawrence backyard is a long way from the Israel Defense Forces bases strategically positioned across the Jewish state, but no less connected: The Friends of the IDF held a fundraising barbecue in the Five Towns on Sept. 15, and raised more than $500,000.


Cardboard boat race is a family affair

On Sept. 12, dozens of Baldwin and Freeport residents gathered at the Milburn boat launch on Atlantic Avenue to see Ryan Pastore, 13, Ed Phalen, 90, and Jay McGinley, 32, navigate their homemade, …

MSSN poll shows support for Covid booster

With Covid-19 booster shots looking likely, Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital in Oceanside recently conducted a poll to gauge interest in the third jab and opinions on mask use in schools. The “Truth in Medicine Poll” found that an overwhelming majority of vaccinated Long Island and New York City residents said they would get the booster when available.

Gold Coast Library to get major upgrade

The Gold Coast Public Library, in Glen Head, will relocate by the end of next year upon completion of a new construction project that also includes plans for a new self-storage facility. The …

North Shore kids win big at karate nationals in Illinois

Five North Shore students won medals at the annual USA National Karate Championships and Team Trials Sept. 1-5 in Schaumburg, Ill., hosted by the USA National Karate-do Federation. Four of the five …


Former first lady of Malverne, Barbara Purcell, dies at 100

For decades, Barbara Purcell was known as the first lady of Malverne, and eventually of Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead as well. Her husband, Francis Purcell, served as the village’s …


Vaccine race is a community-by-community effort

More than 80 percent of Nassau County adults have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. That’s excellent. Overall . . .


And don’t forget your flu shot this year

With all the highly necessary talk about the Covid-19 vaccine, it would be easy to overlook the flu shot, which each of us should get every year, but only about half of us do.

Scott Brinton

Memories of covering 9/11 haunt me still

My wife called soon after 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, her voice measured but tense. I was half-awake, preparing myself for the day . . .

Randi Kreiss

Season of fire and flood slips into September

It has been a season of extremes, but after the floods, fires, winds, Covid surges, ICUs getting slammed, little ones getting sick, and the heat waves, one drumbeat persists . . .


Reflections on race, racism and respect

Years ago, my wife and I walked onto a Martha Vineyard’s beach with my Cornell University advisee and his parents, only to be confronted by a white man asking where we thought we were going.