Oceanside's ‘Anthem Girl’ Ali Berke to swap stadiums for Jones Beach Bandshell

Ali Berke, of Oceanside, will take a break from her quest to sing the national anthem at every Major League Baseball stadium to perform some of her own songs at the Jones Beach Bandshell on June 27. …

Catholic Health and Smile Farms open new garden at Mercy Hospital

Smile Farms, a nonprofit organization created in 2015 by James McCann, the founder of 1-800-Flowers, and his brother, Chris, has partnered with Catholic Health to address food insecurity and provide …

Homegrown art on display features work of Lauren Reiss, and her mom

Throughout the month of June, patrons of the North Bellmore Public Library will have the opportunity to view artwork rooted in local history. Lauren Reiss, an artist who grew up in the community …

Golf Outing is set to return in August

Lynbrook's annual Mayor's Golf outing will return on August 12 at the Inwood Country Club.

In East Meadow, learning and growing out at Barnum Woods Elementary School's garden

As the school year ends for Barnum Woods Elementary School, the Recycling and Repurposing Club celebrated the success of its flourishing gardens with a June 6 ribbon cutting ceremony.

Deep Roots Farmers Market celebrates 10 years

Deep Roots Farmers Market, founded by Amy Peters in Glen Cove, Long Island, offers a vibrant community hub with 30 diverse vendors from nearby towns and shared kitchens.

New village facility honored at Smart Growth Awards

Bishop Ronald H. Carter Manor in Freeport, named for a local church leader, was honored at the 23rd Long Island Smart Growth Awards for its innovative senior housing plan.

Honoring Joshua Encarnacion with a memorial basketball court in Wantagh

Last September, Joshua, 11, died after a battle with a rare form of cancer. To honor his memory, a memorial committee is gearing up to raise money to build a basketball court in his honor.

Debra Mulé decries aging infrastructure after water main break in Baldwin

One week after a water main break in Baldwin affected communities in Island Park, Oceanside, Roosevelt and South Hempstead, Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé, accompanied by residents and local business people, called on Liberty Water to reimburse customers for their losses while spotlighting the broader issue of aging infrastructure.

Juneteenth Festival celebrates Elmont’s cultural melting pot

The fourth annual Juneteenth Festival in Elmont was a day of celebration last weekend, where neighbors gathered to celebrate the civic diversity in the community.

Innovations in special education

The Glen Cove City School District is making strides to benefit its special-education students. At the June 5 Board of Education meeting, Jamie Alonso, the district’s assistant director of …

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Fighting antisemitism and hate needs to start early

As a former Board of Education member and president in the Long Beach school district who has worked to provide a safe and more inclusive environment for our students, I am gravely concerned about the unprecedented escalation of antisemitism on our college campuses that many young Jewish people in our community will be facing in just a couple of months.

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Cricket brings Nassau into the international spotlight

Like almost every Long Islander, until recently I had no knowledge of or interest in cricket. Now that the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Eisenhower Park has been such a success, I can …

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Tackling health disparities affecting Black Long Islanders

People of color in New York state have a vastly different experience navigating the health care system than their white counterparts. From challenges accessing care and disparate health outcomes to higher death rates and premature deaths, the urgency of this crisis cannot be understated.

Juneteenth celebrates black heritage and unity

A Juneteenth celebration was held at Morgan Memorial Park on June 15, featuring music, food, vendors, cultural performances. The event included a performance by the First Baptist Church Choir …

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State proposes another misguided housing plan

For the third straight year, Gov. Kathy Hochul and progressive lawmakers who control Albany are attempting to advance a housing plan that would usurp local zoning laws that were put in place decades ago to protect the health, safety and character of the suburban communities we cherish on Long Island and throughout the state.

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The New York ERA will protect our rights

One hundred years have now passed since the original Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced on the federal level. On Nov. 5, we New Yorkers will decide whether to modernize our own state Constitution. Currently, that Constitution protects only against racial and religious discrimination. It does not prohibit discrimination against groups that have been historically targeted, including those with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women and immigrants. This measure lands on the ballot after legislation to push it forward passed both houses of the State Legislature in two successive terms.