'He saved the district'

The walls of the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center are adorned with paintings and drawings done by students from throughout the East Meadow School District. Black-and-white self-portraits and colorful crayon creations lead to the office of Campo, the district’s interim superintendent.

Clarke Middle School welcomed winter on a high note

Parents and staff trickled in the W.T. Clarke Middle School auditorium throughout the night as the school showcased its annual winter concert performance last month.

Schools

Eid al-Adha, Diwali recognized as school holidays

After patiently sitting in on the East Meadow Board of Education’s work session meeting on Dec. 8, Venaal Hassanein, Rukhsar Asef and her mother, Imrozia, filled the quiet with thunderous claps as the board unanimously approved Eid al-Adha and Diwali as official school holidays.

A new leader for Long Island Catholics

Expressing his desire to bring together a diverse community and spread the mission of the Catholic Church, Bishop John Barres was introduced as the fifth bishop of the Rockville Centre Diocese at the …

Racist graffiti in Merrick latest in 'bias incident' surge

Nassau County police are looking into the latest in a series of incidents involving racist graffiti, this time in Merrick. According to police, a customer at the 7-Eleven on Merrick Avenue discovered anti-Semitic graffiti in block letters written on an outside wall on Dec. 16. Detectives are currently investigating.

Girl Scouts visit AFC Urgent Care

Girl Scout troop 1287 and their siblings visited AFC Urgent Care’s Ted E Bear Hospital in East Meadow with Girl Scout Leaders Jeanette Rotolo, Devon Rotolo and Danielle Klein last month.

Community News

Mother and son defend Israel as volunteers for Israel Defense Forces

It was 2012, and longtime East Meadow resident Andrew Alderman was in Israel, in a school courtyard five miles from the border with the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory. The then 22-year-old was traveling with the Israel Premier Lacrosse League as a volunteer, which introduces children to the game.

Learning to be comfortable in their own skin

Part seven in a series. The halls of the Central American Refugee Center in Hempstead had gone quiet. The long lines of refugees from around the world seeking assistance with their permanent resident and citizenship papers were no more. Folks had gone home for the day, and only the sound of heaters clicking could be heard. The sun had set.

The Changing Face of Long Island

The long and winding road to citizenship

Staff members at the Central American Refugee Center, housed in a sparsely furnished second-floor office on Franklin Street in Hempstead, were finishing their lunches recently when a line formed in the small, narrow lobby.