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“To get them to socialize more, I said, ‘Let’s put on a play,’” said Kathy Brickmeier, a paraprofessional at Sanford H. Calhoun High School who works with special-education students. When they discovered that there was no availability in Calhoun’s auditorium, however, the concept shifted and blossomed into something bigger. more
The Merrick Board of Education passed an emergency resolution to remove and replace the flooring in Norman J. Levy Lakeside School’s Cubs Cave, after elevated levels of mercury vapor were detected and state senators called for action. more
Local and federal elected officials joined Long Island environmental advocates on June 18 to ask that the Environmental Protection Agency set stricter standards for the maximum contamination levels … more
Hundreds of people gathered in the auditorium at Bethpage High School on June 11 to learn about the ambitious proposal by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to contain and … more
Celebrity chef Jonathan Scinto — better known as Chef Jonathan — is putting Long Island families on television worldwide. Currently in production, the first season of “Family Kitchen Revival” will feature eight local families, each sharing their stories of hardship. During a day with the chef, the families will prepare a meal for community members who lent them support. more
Along Sunrise Highway, situated among bustling businesses, stands the Treehouse Cafe, which closed eight years ago. Although it once was the area’s go-to sports bar and restaurant, the brown, wooden exterior now buckles and the inside lies barren. Merrick and Bellmore residents recently rallied for changes to what they described as a blight on the neighborhood. more
State and local officials announced at a news conference last Friday the 15 locations in Nassau County that will be used as early-voting sites before the general election on Nov. 5. In January, the … more
Herald Community Newspapers took home top honors in the Press Club of Long Island’s annual Media Awards competition. Honors were presented before a crowd of nearly 240 at Watermill Caterers in … more
On May 30, a bill that would ban flooring with mercury in it — such as the ones found in the Cubs Cave at Norman J. Levy Lakeside Elementary School in Merrick — and would set state standards for … more
Nassau County police have arrested 21-year-old Ryan Lindquist, of Massapequa, in connection with the murder of Merokean Evan Grabelsky, a 32-year-old special education paraprofessional who dedicated his life to helping others. Lindquist was to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday. At press time early Saturday morning, police did not say precisely how Lindquist was involved in the murder. A news conference was to be held later in the day, at which time further details were to be offered. more
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