Bellmore-Merrick students speak on racial equity

Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, wants to end racial injustice and inequity on Long Island. To tackle the problem in schools, the activist group enlisted a panel of nine concerned students — including two from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

Disabled Merrick student finds freedom in dance

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Penny loves to dance, but spina bifida — a disease that impairs mobility — prevents her legs from moving to the beat. Luckily, Dancing Dreams gives her the outlet she needs to pursue her passion.

Hoops for Sadie nets more than $15,000 for Winthrop

For the second time in two years, volunteer basketball teams competed at John F. Kennedy High School to raise money for children’s cancer research. The Hoops for Sadie tournament last Sunday netted more than $15,000 for the NYU Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids, in honor of Birch School sixth-grader Sadie Freifeld.

Community mourns as one

Rabbi Charles Klein, of the Merrick Jewish Centre, planned to visit Pittsburgh, along with a delegation of other rabbis, this week to comfort the be-reaved and visit the wounded after a deadly anti-Semitic mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation.

Herald seeks People of the Year nominations

The Bellmore and Merrick Heralds are currently seeking nominations for our annual Person of the Year. All People of the Year are featured in full-length, front-page feature stories that appear in our final issue of the year, which will be published on Dec. 27.

Editorial

Shopping local really does make a difference

This holiday season, when American consumers are once again gearing up to brave the crowds at the malls and outlet stores, or the endless expanse of the online marketplace, the Herald encourages you to do at least some of your shopping in the places you know best — your local downtowns.

Randi Kreiss

Thanks to the keepers of democracy

Yes! A federal judge ruled that the White House must reinstate the press credential for CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta was denied White House press access after . . .

Alfonse D'Amato

Trade that’s not fair can’t really be free

Every president has an opportunity to leave a mark on America. The most consequential impact the administration of Donald Trump may have is in the area of international trade.