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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.

The Heralds have won hundreds of awards from local, state and national press associations in recent years, often for their outspoken stands on community issues. In the past 20 years, they have taken home the New York Press Association’s most prestigious honor, its annual Community Leadership Award, a dozen times. Whether fighting to close a polluting power plant or to preserve Long Island’s dwindling open spaces and scenic wetlands, the Heralds have frequently been cited as a catalyst for community action.

Also a family affair, Richner Communications was founded by Robert and Edith Richner, parents of the current publishers, with the purchase of the Nassau Herald, which serves the Five Towns, and the Rockaway Journal in 1964. The papers trace their roots to the founding of the Journal 1n 1883.

In addition to the 15 Herald Newspapers, Garden City-based Richner Communications publishes the Oyster Bay Guardian, The Jewish Star and The Riverdale Press in the Bronx, and their affiliated websites. The company also publishes PrimeTime Xpress, a weekly shopping guide with 10 editions on the South Shore, and Xpress Coups, a quarterly coupon book. Richner is also a leading commercial printer of newspapers and other periodicals in the greater New York area.

The Richners are also principal owners of Broad Street Media, which publishes weekly newspapers and shoppers in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Jersey, and the New Jersey Marketeer, a shopping publication in northern New Jersey.


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My condolences to the residents of Freeport, Baldwin, Merrick, Bellmore, Seaford, and Wantagh for losing your local papers. Richner Communications' formula is to publish a Newsday-lite paper – very little reporting on local activities. Oceanside's former local paper, The Oceanside Beacon which was bought out by Richner over 10 years ago, is still sorely missed by Oceanside residents.

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