First responders recall Sept. 11 attacks

Phil Malloy and Ralph Esposito, then members of the Nassau County Fire Commission, were driving east, to a fire truck repair and supply shop in Yaphank, on Sept. 11, 2001. When they arrived, they were surprised to find no one outside the shop. What they discovered inside shocked them. “Nobody was doing anything besides staring at the television,” Esposito recounted. “Are you serious?” Malloy recalled asking himself as he learned that a commercial jet had struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. When a second jet crashed into the south tower 18 minutes later, he turned to Esposito. “Something’s not right,” he said. “Something’s up.” Soon, Malloy and Esposito were at the front of a long line of police cars and fire trucks heading from Long Island to Lower Manhattan.

Back-to-school drive gives back to the community

The Jamaica Square Improvement League, a local civic organization that works to serve the community in Elmont, donated over 300 backpacks to Elmont families at a back-to-school drive it held on August 21 at Hendrickson Avenue Park in Elmont.

Islanders host hockey instructional for Elmont children

One hundred local children learned how to play hockey at an instructional event held during the last week of July by the New York Islanders and organized by Gateway Youth Outreach, a community-focused organization that organizes programs for the youth of Elmont.

School staff honored for saving choking student

Jung Lee and Jesse Friedman received the John Street School Hero Award for successfully applying the Heimlich maneuver in May to a choking student during lunch. Franklin Square School District Superintendent Dr. Jared Bloom presented Lee, the school’s assistant principal, and Friedman, a teacher at the school, with the award at a board of education meeting on August 4.

'A bridge to recovery'

The Central Nassau Rotary Club held an emergency meeting after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Aug. 25, and decided to donate $10,000 to two organizations that were helping out in the crippled island nation.


Reflecting on the Sept. 11 attacks 20 years later

The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., set off a cascade of worldwide catastrophes over the subsequent two decades . . .


Get your teenagers vaccinated ASAP . . .

Some 87 percent of Nassau County’s adult population, ages 18 and up, has received at least a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Bravo, Nassau!


Voting is an act of choice and an exercise of voice

Many people seem to confuse democracy and capitalism. Some seem to think that capitalism defines our system of government. However, our governance is based on democratic principles, including the importance of voting.