State Senate GOP to maintain power despite Brooks victory

Democrats may have won a numerical majority of 32 in the State Senate, with the 8th District victory of John Brooks over incumbent Republican Michael Venditto, but they will still not be the ones in power.

Funeral Mass celebrated for hero Detective Steven McDonald

With black bands over the shields, hundreds of New York City police officers gathered in buses, vans, SUVs and on motorcycles early Friday morning to lead a massive procession carrying NYPD Detective …

Hero NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, 59, dies

NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, a Malverne resident who became known nationwide for his messages of forgiveness and peace after being shot in Central Park in 1986, has died, the New York City Police Department reported Jan. 10.

Rose Girone celebrates 105th birthday in Merrick

There are many healthy practices a centenarian might cite to explain how they made it past the age of 100. Rose Girone, 105, of Whitestone, believes she owes much of her longevity to dark chocolate. She was given a bounty of it when she celebrated her birthday on Jan. 14 at her daughter, Reha Bennicasa’s, home in Merrick.

New year, new films for Merrick cineaste

Merrick filmmaker Debra Markowitz has a mind overflowing with potential screenplays, films to direct, actors to cast and— in general—stories she wants to tell.

Welcome to the Grindhouse

This is the temporary studio for the Grindhouse Radio, an online pop culture talk show that was nominated for best radio show in October by the “Best of Long Island.” It was created over a year ago by entertainment entrepreneur Brimstone, or William Kucmierowski, 42, of Levittown along with Kim Adragna, 22, of Merrick and Stephen Zambito, 25, of Stonybrook.

Merrick students perform at Queens College

Two students from Merrick Avenue Middle School have found an outlet for their ambitions in the musical arts at the Metropolitan Youth Organization. Samantha Horowitz, 12, and Jordan Novak, 13, will be performing upcoming concerts at reputable venues on Long Island, with their first show at CUNY Queens College on Dec. 11.

Bagel Plaza gets a new addition

Sam Asatur, 56, walks through the doors of the Bagel Plaza at 5 a.m. every day. He begins preparing menu items from scratch like his Israeli hot blintzes and specialty salads.

Merrick Avenue Kickline Team Collects Toys

When Lexi Baldinger, of the Merrick Avenue Middle School Kickline, wanted to donate to Toys for Tots, she knew she could rely on the support from the rest of her team. When she brought the idea to Kickline Coach Sue Danis, their collection began.