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Local teens among first female Eagle Scouts in the nation

Boy Scout Troop 186 of Wantagh made history this week, as three of its scouts were among the first girls in the nation to achieve the rank of Eagle.


Longtime Merrick resident Giuseppe Levanti dies at 76

Those who remember Violetta’s would recall it as one of the more popular hangout spots in Merrick in the 1970s. It had an old-fashioned jukebox, a sought-after salad recipe and an owner who …

Volunteers from Ohav Sholom in Merrick help seniors get vaccinated

“I would go on the computer and be in a sweat,” recalled Lettie Werbel. Last month, Werbel’s husband, Steve, 82, spent six days in the hospital after contracting Covid-19. The …

Winter sports kick off locally in Bellmore-Merrick

Last week marked the start of a vastly different winter sports season for the athletes of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. Tryouts for basketball, wrestling, kickline and …

Kennedy softball players team up to strike out cancer

Two John F. Kennedy High School students are teaming up to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through its Student of the Year campaign. Merrick residents Sami Levine, 15, and Lara …

State to study feasibility of taking New York American Water public

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Feb. 3 that the state Department of Public Service will look into the feasibility of municipalizing New York American Water, the privately owned utility whose service …

Merrick business opens in honor of owner’s late son

KB Beauty may seem like a quaint, quiet spot in Merrick for your beauty needs, but every aspect of the business — from the colors of the logo to the name itself — reflects a deeper …


Vaccine distribution needs improvement

The rollout of New York state’s Covid-19 vaccine distribution has been, at times, disorganized, even chaotic, but in fairness, the state has received a mere 300,000 doses per week, while the need is significantly greater than that . . .

Post-Trump, where does the country go from here?

Taking the temperature of the country after a presidential election, especially one as controversial as 2020, that saw arguably the most divisive president in the nation’s history ousted after nearly four years of vitriol, could be considered a fool’s errand.

Randi Kreiss

Grab your ladle: The soup’s on the table

This column is back by popular demand. Well, in truth, only one reader, shivering through the freezing weather, remembered that I once wrote about winter soups, and asked me to do another one.

Jerry Kremer

Laura Curran is handling Nassau County with aplomb

There are many benefits to getting older, although I often wish that I were a lot younger. When it comes to Long Island politics, I have pretty good recall going back to the mid-1950s.