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Oceanside educator is New York's Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Wolfe, an Oceanside High School social studies teacher, said she cried tears of joy when she received the call in mid-July that the New York State Education Department chose her as the state’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. “I just felt overwhelmed by the acknowledgement that my life’s work is important,” she said.

Hempstead Town raises fine for illegal dumping to $10K

The Town of Hempstead Board voted at a Sept. 8 virtual meeting to increase the fine for illegal dumping in the town from $1,500 to $10,00 per incident. Town Supervisor Donald Clavin said the board …

NYC Department of Health closes Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway

The Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway sent out a letter to parents on Sept. 23 saying that the school had been closed by the New York City Department of Health. The school’s dean Rabbi …

Condo project proposed for Lynbrook

A development firm caused a stir in Lynbrook last week when it posted fliers in the neighborhood and revealed plans on social media to build an 18-unit luxury condominium project in the village.

Residents decry rentals for Whaleneck Drive in south Merrick

A petition opposing a development complex proposed by Southern Land Company, which is seeking to build 140 mixed-use rental units at 3000 Whaleneck Drive in south Merrick, had garnered nearly 1,000 …

Long Beach mulls sale of bus garage

Trying to work itself out of deep financial troubles, Long Beach is considering selling its 20,000-square-foot city garage, where buses and other municipal vehicles are maintained. The building …

Masjid Hamza opens first-of-its-kind food pantry

One man, an Uber driver from a community near Valley Stream, was in a car accident and lost his job, which left him wondering how he would find money to feed his children. Another, a woman from …

Sisterhood welcomes new rabbi to Rockville Centre

Rabbi David Lerner and his family were given a warm welcome to their new Rockville Centre home this month. The Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David presented the new rabbi with a mezuzah and joined him as he hung it on the doorpost of the parsonage on Sept. 6.

Pharmacists give back amid coronavirus crisis

When local pharmacy owner Howard Jacobson heard the news in April that his longtime friend and colleague Bill Mantell, an 18-year resident of Rockville Centre, had died of Covid-19 complications, Jacobson vowed to find a way to honor the dedicated pharmacist.

Aiming to strengthen the Long Island Public Service Commission office

After what is being considered a “woefully inadequate” response to Tropical Storm Isaias by PSEG-Long Island, two state legislators are sponsoring legislation to bolster the oversight capacity of the Long Island Office of the Public Service Commission.

West Hempstead parents reflect on child’s lifesaving liver transplant

When the Herald asked 9-year-old West Hempstead resident Aiden Simms to describe himself, he giggled. “That’s what he does a lot,” said his mother, Nicole McNair. “He has a …

Editorial

A 2020 election survival guide

The coronavirus crisis has forced us all to rethink how we carry out many of our responsibilities, including here at the Herald. Each election season . . .

Op-Ed

Staying safe as we celebrate the High Holy Days

The Jewish High Holy Days are an important time for many of our residents, an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and plan for the year ahead. One critical word during this most vital part of the year . . .

Randi Kreiss

Irony abounds in the time of Trump

We are living in a Greek tragedy, rich in ironic twists. Donald Trump, who ran for office on the promise of “draining the swamp,” has created an administration populated by swamp critters . . .

Alfonse D'Amato

Some inconvenient facts about energy and the environment

One of the great U.S. success stories in recent times has been the country’s move to energy independence. Because we now produce more than enough domestic energy to power our homes and businesses . . .