Merrick community forum on school bond referendum

The Merrick Union Free School District Board of Education will host a special community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26 to discuss the capital improvement bond referendum that will be presented to the community for vote in early December. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Cub’s Cave at Levy Lakeside Elementary School, located at 21 Babylon Road in Merrick.

Community News

Dog paints Merrick red for a cause

On a recent sunny Sunday, Dagger II painted colorful brush strokes on a canvas in front of Merrick’s family-operated Mutts & Butts. Underneath the shade cast by a tarp, Dagger — who sported his signature red beret — picked up his makeshift brush with his mouth, wagged his tail and waited for his owner to say the word.

Scott Brinton

How ‘opt out’ roiled Common Core

For every large-scale social movement, there is a “tipping point, that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips and spreads like wildfire.” So wrote New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell in . . .

Community News

Boy Scout Troop 225 to host open house

Merrick Boy Scout Troop 225 invites all boys to join in the fun of scouting. The troop will hold an open house in the Birch Elementary School auditorium in Merrick on Monday, Sept. 26, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Community News

MTA identifies man struck by train in Merrick

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police have identified a man who was struck and killed by an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train on Friday at about 12:45 a.m., according to MTA spokesman Salvatore Arena.

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Merrick Fall Fest draws a crowd

Thousands of fair-goers flooded Merrick Avenue on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Merrick Fall Festival, sponsored by the Merrick Chamber of Commerce.The event was full of surprises and …

The Environment

Red foxes at home at Merrick's Levy Park and Preserve

With the sun beating down at mid-morning, a girls’ cross-country team was recently running up and down the half-mile-long hill on the south side of the Town of Hempstead’s Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick, sweating profusely and breathing hard in the 90-degree-plus heat. Taking it all in from the side of the seashell-coated path was a red fox –– yes, a red fox –– which stood in the shade, motionless and silent, panting continuously, its eyes half-shut. The runners appeared unfazed by its presence.


Friends mourn Vilma deVroeg, musician, 82

The first female musician to join the Freeport Fire Department Band, Vilma deVroeg, died at home in North Merrick on Aug. 22. She was 82.

One step closer to a sensory gym

Players anxiously watched the little white ball make its rounds across red and white squares as they waited for the roulette results to be announced. The dealer called out the winning numbers, as players examined the bets they had placed. Casino Night was well under way at the Merrick Empire Hose Company No. 3 on July 30.