Michael P. Rizzo, 89

He was a dedicated public servant – nearly 40 years as a police officer – and a gifted draftsman and artist — natural abilities that he passed on to his children. Michael P. Rizzo led a life rich in family, sports and civic duty.

Hewlett High School seniors are Regeneron scholars

Hewlett High School seniors Justin Ng and Winnie Xu are two of the 46 Long Island students who were named scholars in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search on Jan. 9.

Lawrence building for future

The Lawrence wrestling team has gone through some lean times in recent seasons and this year’s results so far would suggest the same. But after some strong individual efforts at a recent tournament and a program in place to nurture future wrestlers, there could soon be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Attend Hewklett-Woodmere's Pre-K open house

The Hewlett-Woodmere School District will host a Pre-kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Franklin Early Childhood Center at 1180 Henrietta Place in Hewlett, Registration and more information will be available.

Far Rockaway branch changes

Because of Long Island Rail Road track work at Penn Station, the Far Rockaway branch will have two changes to its regular schedule through May 28, LIRR officials said.

Lawrence Middle School auditorium renovations underway

As part of a projected $1.3 million capital improvement project the auditorium in now what is called the Broadway Campus building that houses both Lawrence Elementary School — grades three to five — and Lawrence Middle School — grades six to eight — is being refurbished.

LWA Antics

Highlighting the impact of human rights and MLK

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is very diverse. Students are exposed to different types of people and cultures. This being the case, students thought that a human and animal rights week would be beneficial. Held before winter break, and each day of the week alternated between women’s and minority rights, children’s and disability rights, and LGBTQ rights.

Inwood resident and Far Rockaway man arrested for Inwood robberies

Nassau County detectives arrested an Inwood resident and a Far Rockaway man for three robberies in Inwood last month.

Atlantic Beach mulls plastic bag fee

At a meeting of the Atlantic Beach village board on Dec. 11, the idea of implanting a five-cent fee on disposable plastic bags, similar to that passed by Long Beach in 2017, was broached by a resident.

Gillen appoints Republican Blakeman deputy town supervisor

Days before holding her first town board meeting as Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Laura Gillen announced that she had appointed Republican Town Councilman Bruce Blakeman as deputy town supervisor.

‘Icy hell’ offers time for inside fun

Brrrr. The weather was frigid! I’m not one for staying home but I find the iciness intolerable. I’ve decided I will hibernate here instead of my usual running around. For the 10 days from the end of December through the early days of January I’ve embarked on the unthinkable. Everything I love to do but never have time for is now being done.

‘The gift of giving’ is the best present I have received

I opened my journal, turned slowly to a new page, and pushed my pen lightly against the blank paper. Words began to pour out of the ballpoint with little hesitation:

Revving up an economic engine

Lifelong Five Towns resident Steve Schneider has served as chairman of the Cedarhurst Business Improvement District for nearly 22 years, and has helped to ensure that the village’s downtown area, where his family’s real estate company owns property, remains a viable economic hub.

Five Towns Talk

Inwood resident cited for volunteerism

Wendy Giordonello, of Inwood, was one of 18 people recognized for their volunteer service to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. Giordonello received a service award for her 150 hours in November and December as a messenger delivering material throughout the facility.

Banking on giving back

Gift It Forward Inc. Kulanu Academy and the Five Towns Early Learning Center, received money from Dime Community Bank through the DimeGivesBack initiative. The Five Towns organization were given $2,500, $2,500 and $1,835, respectively.

Learning from the beginning

Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway kindergarten students celebrated completing reading the Book of Genesis with Rabbi Dovid Kupchik, a school menahel, who serves as Judaic studies supervisor. 

Cohen named to dean’s list

Bucknell University freshman Sophie Cohen, of Hewlett, was named to the Lewisburg, Pa. school’s dean list for the fall semester. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive this distinguished recognition.