Bellmore and Merrick haven’t seen the last of Cajun cuisine

It’s been a rough year for Bellmore-Merrick’s Cajun restaurants. Last November, The Bayou in North Bellmore closed its doors after 32 years, followed by R.S. Jones closing in April. Within five months, the community felt a large hole in their local restaurant scene. But when one chapter closes, another one opens.

Strawberry Festival delights all ages

Once again, the Bellmore Kiwanis’ and Lions’ festival celebrating tiny red sweets was a hit.

Common ground in our corner of the world

We sat patiently, awaiting the breaking of the fast. The dining tables were laden with dates and water, then rosewater milk and fruit to be served prior to the sunset prayer and Iftar dinner during …

North Bellmore ’bees gives Dinkelmeyer teacher an ‘A’

After 15 years with the North Bellmore School District, teacher Jean Patterson, had the most special day of her career on May 13, when a student nominated her for the Applebee’s Above and BEEyond …

Combating a housing crisis in Nassau County

The Long Island State Senate majority and Town Supervisor Laura Gillen have announced a $215,000 grant to study and address the Island’s shortage of affordable housing. The funding will explore how …


Show your support for Pride Month in June

A crowd of parents and children sat in the East Meadow Public Library, eagerly waiting for the start of Saturday-morning Story Time. The guest reader was Bella Noche, whom many in Manhattan know as a “drag mermaid” for her nautical-themed outfits.

Scott Brinton

We made it to the moon and back. Now what?

The decisive moment came on July 21, 1969, according to NASA’s flight log. The Apollo 11 lunar module . . .

Randi Kreiss

One year later, heading to the hills again

As a child of the Rockaways, I have always thrived on salt air. I had sand in my shoes from the time I could walk, and the rhythm of the waves somehow syncs with my heart. For us Long Islanders . . .

Jerry Kremer

Today’s graduates, hungry like the Yankees

Whether we like it or not, our political system and our erratic president are wearing us down on a daily basis, so it’s worthwhile to switch to a completely different topic. At this time of year, I favor discussing college graduations and the Yankees.