Merrick Jewish Centre ramps up security

In the face of rising anti-Semitism nationwide, coupled with the recent synagogue shooting at the Chabad of Poway in San Diego, the Merrick Jewish Centre, which takes in congregants from Merrick and Bellmore, is instituting new security measures, including armed guards.

Chabad Center for Jewish Life celebrates the community’s ‘Heart & Soul’

In recognition of the community’s decade-long commitment to its efforts, the Chabad Center for Jewish Life will host an inaugural gala on Sunday. The event, dubbed Heart & Soul, is a fundraiser to support the chabad’s youth, social services and educational programs, as well as a celebration of those who have supported the organization.

Meet the award-winning Merrick comedian writing his own script

When Mark Goldman’s daughter got a part in the Long Beach Theatre Guild’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” she encouraged her father to try theater, too. What followed was …

Residents fall for annual Merrick Fall Festival

Last weekend, the Merrick Chamber of Commerce celebrated the changing colors, crisp air and flavors of fall with its annual Fall Festival, where visitors enjoyed local vendors, fair rides and street …

New Northwell Health facility coming to Merrick

A new multi-specialty health care facility commissioned by Northwell Health will open in Merrick on Sept. 16. Signs with the company’s logo hang on either side of a building at 2119 Merrick Road — formerly Total Fitness — showing the latest location for Northwell’s Physician Partners Medicine Specialties group.

Kicked-up cuisine continues at Bayou Jones in Merrick

The age-old saying “when one door closes, another opens” holds true in the restaurant business, and Bellmore-Merrick is no exception. But in the case of Bayou Jones, a new Cajun/Creole restaurant that opened on June 11, it took two doors —two restaurants — to close before it opened.

Editorial

Congress must act to extend flood insurance

Long Islanders can empathize with the victims of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the Bahamas and left extensive damage in parts of the Carolinas. Nearly seven years after Hurricane Sandy hit, fears of the next Big One are still palpable in communities like . . .

Editorial

Give to the Red Cross to aid Dorian’s victims

As of Monday, the death toll from Hurricane Dorian — once a Category 5 monster — had reached 44, thousands were missing and an estimated 13,000 homes had been destroyed . . .

Scott Brinton

I’ll fess up: Texas surprised me

Stereotypes of Texans had swirled in the back of my mind for the longest time. I never confronted them. I never had to. I can’t recall ever meeting a Texan until last weekend. Now that I have . . .

Op-Ed

We can never forget those who toiled at ground zero

As you read this, you may be reflecting on the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. This is the most somber of days, on which we recall how our world was shattered that warm September morning.

Randi Kreiss

Read a banned book. Share with the kids.

We can almost hear the crisp curling of burning pages in President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. His people aren’t burning books yet, but it could happen. When authoritarian leaders consolidate power, they always kill ideas first.