New veteran banners adorn the Village of Valley Stream in time for Memorial Day

There’s no shortage of appreciation for veterans in the Village of Valley Stream, and the installation ceremony for the Veterans Banner program on May 17 was no exception. Village officials …


James A. Dever learns about neurodiversity

James A. Dever Elementary School proudly celebrated Neurodiversity Week recently, spearheaded by the school’s dedicated speech team, as part of National Speech-Language-Hearing Month. The …


'The Art of Stanko' exhibition is a colorful ode to Valley Stream

It was a full house at the Pagan-Fletcher Restoration turned exhibition gallery to showcase the work of New American painter and hometown darling Mike Stanko. The record-breaking turnout on opening …


This Valley Stream District 13 trustee receives high honors for service

She’s left an indelible mark in Valley Stream’s public life and public education system. Valley Stream District 13’s Board of Education trustee Milagros Vicente was handed the …


Southern State Parkway tourist center 'eyesore' comes tumbling down, explained.

The demolition crew gathered at 8:30 a.m. sharp last week in a grassy field on the side of the Southern State Parkway. Behind them was a row of residential houses on Valley Stream’s Arkansas …


After 125 years, Nassau County still thrives

Celebrating 125 years, Nassau County, formed in 1898 from parts of Queens, has become New York’s fifth-largest county, known for its spacious homes, quiet neighborhoods, excellent schools, rich history, and vibrant community spirit.


Wishing for some of that World War II-era wisdom

Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a forum on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, hosted by Cornell University’s Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, which is directed by former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel.


A broader path to a future of cleaner energy

Poll after poll shows that most Americans believe the United States is more divided than usual. With many contentious issues appearing to lack compromises, constructive policies can emerge, but zealots on either side must have no greater influence in the debate, and solutions must be based not on either side’s so-called “facts,” but rather on the truth.


Our public schools deserve better

After months of contentious budget negotiations, the State Legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul recently agreed to a historic $237 billion state spending plan.