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.

Home for the holidays

Alexandria Wuria had not seen her father in over eight months. When U.S. Navy Lt. Anthony Wuria found out he was coming home for the holiday break, he decided to surprise his 3-year-old daughter at the Teaching Little Children Day Care Center she attends in Merrick. When he entered with her sister Briana, Alexandria screamed and run into his arms before clinging to his shoulder until the family left for the parking lot. Anthony Wuria was stationed at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa, where he will return on Jan. 2 after the holidays.

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.

Bellmore’s Funniest

Seven years ago Anthony Didomenico made a decision to perform for his first time at an open mic night at Brokerage Comedy Club on Merrick Road in Bellmore. Since then the Bellmore native has appeared at venues across the tri-state area, Ashville Comedy Fest in North Carolina and alongside his favorite childhood acts like Chris Montey and Dave Coulier.

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.