State Senate GOP to maintain power despite Brooks victory

Democrats may have won a numerical majority of 32 in the State Senate, with the 8th District victory of John Brooks over incumbent Republican Michael Venditto, but they will still not be the ones in power.

Hairdressers dole out blankets to homeless New Yorkers

Colette Morales, a hair stylist at Who Does Your Hair? in Bellmore, was walking down 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Jan. 9 when she saw a homeless man wearing lightweight pants curled up into a ball. This man planned to stay warm at a McDonald’s that night, when the temperature cooled to 15 degrees.

D.A. creating ‘safe place’ for teen addicts

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas has allocated $2 million in funds forfeited by convicted criminals for heroin treatment for teenagers ages 13 to 17.

New Nassau property assessments available

County properties have been reassessed, and the new values are available to property owners online, according to Acting County Assessor Jim Davis.

Welcome to the Grindhouse

This is the temporary studio for the Grindhouse Radio, an online pop culture talk show that was nominated for best radio show in October by the “Best of Long Island.” It was created over a year ago by entertainment entrepreneur Brimstone, or William Kucmierowski, 42, of Levittown along with Kim Adragna, 22, of Merrick and Stephen Zambito, 25, of Stonybrook.

Mepham grad, actress writes science fiction short

After seeing an opening for a role in the horror movie “Where Demons Dwell: The Girl in the Cornfield 2,” Michelle Lulic, 23, of Bellmore, reached out to its director, Ryan Callaway. She put together an audition tape and then received an email at 1 a.m., asking her to be on set the next day. Lulic said that she is used to this kind of frenzy — it comes with breaking into the “typical-New York City-actor grind.”

Kennedy’s Taylor Bruno wrestles school’s first female win

Taylor Bruno, a student-athlete at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, became the first female wrestler in the school’s history to win a match.

Santino kicks new initiative into gear

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony J. Santino drove to the podium in a Chevy Volt before proposing a law to reserve parking spaces at local train stations for such energy-efficient cars. Santino detailed his proposal with Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Town Councilman Gary Hudes at a press conference at the Bellmore Train Station.