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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Richner Communications to acquire L&M Publications
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Stuart, left, and Cliff Richner have agreed to acquire L&M Publications, which produces the Freeport-Baldwin Leader, Merrick Life, Bellmore Life and Wantagh-Seaford Citizen.

“We want to thank all of our staff, our family of subscribers as well as our advertisers and community activists for 55 years,” Toscano said. “Together we helped make a difference, raising railroad tracks, founding needed social services and cultural organizations, preserving land for future generations, building better business districts, informing voters and chronicling the very fabric of our lives. We trust our newspapers will each continue to be ‘the glue that helps hold a community together and the spur that helps keep it moving forward.’

“How do we know this?” Toscano continued. “Because the Richner family also has its roots steeped in printer’s ink. Like my father, Cliff Richner is a former president of the New York Press Association, the professional organization that has kept community journalism alive in New York state. Herald Community Newspapers are the second largest employers of print journalists on Long Island. They are also out front in online journalism with responsible news reporting.”

Paul Laursen added, “We have always admired the professionalism and community service of the Herald newspapers, and considered them worthy competitors who share our goals. We can count on Stuart and Clifford to ably continue our efforts to serve these South Shore communities.”

Cliff Richner offered high praise for the Laursen family. “I’ve always admired their fierce independence and devotion to their local communities,” he said. “Faith Laursen was a force of nature in Merrick and Bellmore, and someone I considered a mentor when I came to the community newspaper business.

“We hope to continue and strengthen their tradition of community leadership,” Richner added.

The Herald Community Newspapers have their own strong tradition of independent-minded journalism with a local focus. The papers have long been known for their top-quality journalism and advertising, as well as their political independence.

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