Crime Watch

NCPD: MS-13 threatens police officers

Members of the El Salvadoran gang MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, have threatened Nassau County and Village of Hempstead police officers, according to County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. The threats follow the extradition from Maryland this week of Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, known on the street as “the Reaper,” an MS-13 kingpin who is the gang’s highest-ranking member on the East Coast.

Lawrence village continues debate on sewage treatment plant land

Mark Twain once said, “buy land, they're not making it anymore,” and those words ignited a debate that enveloped the Village of Lawrence board meeting on April 12, when Mayor Alex Edelman, under the Good & Welfare portion, introduced a resolution that was not on the agenda to ensure that only seven homes could be built on the remediated land that was the sewage treatment plant.

Atlantic Beach adopts $3.5 million budget

Atlantic Beach Trustee Andrew Rubin guided the rest of the board and village residents through the 12-page budget and underscored that the barrier island community’s “financial condition is excellent.”

Cedarhurst taxes increasing $30 for average resident

A 3.63 percent tax increase is proposed for the Village of Cedarhurst, officials said, when discussing the tentative budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Obituary

Alyssa Panasuk, 17

Family members said that Alyssa Panasuk “would light up a room” when she walked in. The Lawrence High School senior aspired to go into the art field, specifically animation, said Assistant Principal Roseann Murello.

Shulamith students attend AIPAC conference

The theme of this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference was “Choose to Lead” and for the Shulamith High School students who attended the event in Washington D.C. on March 4 to 7, it was a call to action as they take part in the school’s Israel Activism Club.

Woodmere resident inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Jackie Egelfeld-Jacobowitz, from Woodmere, was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Egelfeld-Jacobowitz was initiated at Long Island University.

Lawrence students noted for writing

Lawrence High School senior Jada Rosenberg took fourth place with her “Historical Walking Tour of the General Post Office, Dublin” in the Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest, sponsored by the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City.

Re-reading mom’s mail

My mother became my pen pal in 1979, when she and dad moved to Sunrise Florida. She wrote one letter every week until dementia took hold of her memory 15 years later. I saved them all and have them in my closet in a bright pink and white decorated box. It warms my heart to pull them out every so often and relive my mom’s later years.

Making the challah in Hewlett

Children 4 to 12 got to knead the dough in preparation of making the traditional Jewish bread at the fourth annual grand challah bake at the Chabad House of Hewlett on April 12. The 90-minute sold out event engaged the kids and had parents and grandparents kvelling.

Saluting the Inwood fire chiefs

The Inwood Fire Department held its 131st installation dinner at the Inwood Country Club last month.

Sweet treats at the Meeting Place

Hewlett High School freshman Molly Zucker and her grandfather, Andy Greenstein, chief executive officer and president of Zucker Bakers in Wantagh, visited with members of the Meeting Place, a pre-vocational and drop-in day program, at New Horizon Counseling Center in Valley Stream, where Greenstein lives.

Hewlett comes out swinging

While the opening month of the Nassau County high school spring sports season was plagued by horrendous playing conditions, the adverse weather didn’t seem to bother Hewlett’s softball bats.

Record showing for Heralds in 2017 New York Press Association contest

The Herald Community Newspapers won big in the New York Press Association’s 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, taking home 29 awards — 26 of them for editorial excellence. That was a record …