It’s a blessing of a Thanksgiving in the Five Towns

Volunteers in the Five Towns have teamed up with organizations such as Gammy’s Pantry, a food pantry in the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence, Rock and Wrap It Up! Of Cedarhurst, Island Harvest and the Manna Project of Long Island to help those in need this Thanksgiving, after the coronavirus pandemic heightened food insecurity in the area in 2020.

St. John’s Hospital feeds patients, families for Thanksgiving

More than 80 patients and their families received an array of food items for Thanksgiving meals donated by employees of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. Turkey, chicken, ham, potatoes, rice, vegetables, stuffing mix, gravy, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, desserts and utensils were in the decorated baskets.

Hanukah Message

Spreading the Hanukkah light of holiness

Although a relatively minor festival in the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah has become one of our most popular celebrations. It touches on many wonderful themes – religious freedom, fighting evil, the rededication of our Temple, the spreading of light.

Hanukkah Message

The good guys beat the odds

There is a passage included in the Hanukkah liturgy which recalls the Maccabean victory and thanks God for the miracle of delivering “the strong into the hand of the weak, the many into the hand of the few… and the wicked into the hand of the righteous.”

Giving back, gifting Hanukkah toys in Hewlett

Before the roughly 200 families strode through the Stewart Avenue entrance of the Mark Ramer Chesed Center at the headquarters of the Leon Mayer Fund in Hewlett, Gabriel Boxer, who heads Kosher Response, a charitable program founded by the Hewlett resident, obtained up to eight pallets full of toys, West Hempstead resident Sam David, who runs King Contracting had his trucks pick up the toys and then volunteers readied the toys for distribution on Nov. 21.

HAFTR Highlights

Spiriting through Hawk pride and Open House

Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School joined together for another extremely eventful week. With the school year under way, classes are progressing, extracurricular activities are sprouting, sports teams are back on the court, and school spirit is building.

Hewlett-Woodmere students serve lunch at St. Mary’s Hospital

Hewlett High School students Rachel Halpert, a junior, and freshmen Sam Abramovich, David Kushnirsky and Ethan Silver, along with Woodmere Middle School students Ben Abramovich, Shayna Silver and Sophia Abramovich spent Nov. 11 serving lunch to staff at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Keyfood in Valley Stream donated the food.


UBS Arena is a win-win for Long Island

The social media posts generated by Long Islanders at the very first Islanders game at the new UBS Arena came fast and furious on Saturday, showing an excitement not seen since the Islanders’ four straight Stanley Cup wins in the early ’80s.


I didn’t have a disability. Our institutions do.

After watching a boring sci-fi movie, I stared at the blinking orange hand signal outside the Lynbrook movie theater, waiting to cross heavily trafficked, four-lane Peninsula Boulevard.

Hewlett Harbor installs cameras, license plate readers

To provide greater security to its residents, Hewlett Harbor installed six cameras and the same number of license plate readers in an effort to created what village officials called a “virtual gated community.”

Bronx man arrested for weapon in Inwood

A Bronx man found to have a loaded gun was arrested after a car stop in Inwood at 11:11 p.m. on Nov. 21, Nassau police said.


LIRR, NICE Bus move toward greener future

The Long Island Rail Road and Nassau Inter-County Express Bus are making significant strides to reduce their carbon footprints, with the LIRR testing battery-powered trains . . .

Randi Kreiss

Year of wonder, one Thanksgiving to the next

Last Thanksgiving we dined alone. I’m remembering an over-roasted turkey leg with a side of anxiety for me . . .

Scott Brinton

Recalling two failed coups that will live in infamy

"The Event,” a 2015 found-footage documentary by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, opens with black-and-white images of mostly men marching in August 1991 through the streets of Leningrad . . .