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The Town of Hempstead board voted unanimously to increase the minimum age to purchase all tobacco products, liquid nicotine, electronic cigarettes and all smoking paraphernalia to 21 during a board meeting on April 25. more
New York state’s new $163 billion budget passed last week, including an allocation of $2.5 billion for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which aims to improve water distribution systems’ safety and quality. more
“There’s an expression, L’dor va’dor, and it means ‘From generation to generation,’” said Joan Goldfaden, who has worked at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center for nearly 25 years and represents the JCC on the Jewish Community Council of Oceanside. more
The lights went out at Merrick’s Backstage Theatre, and playful screaming in anticipation of Second Stage Productions’ performance of “In The Heights” commenced. The musical, written by Lin-Manual Miranda, chronicles the lives of residents in Washington Heights, a largely Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City. It opened on Broadway in 2008, where it lasted for a few years, winning four Tony Awards. more
The Mill River Players, a singing group based out of Oceanside Senior Center, delighted its fellow seniors at St. Anthony’s community service center on April 13. more
An Oceanside man who appeared to abuse a dog at his training and boarding facility in a viral video released last year was arrested Thursday morning and charged with aggravated harassment, police said, which involved sending threatening text messages, according to court documents. more
Temple Avodah congregants were treated to a special occasion on April 2. With the help of master Torah restorer and scribe Neil Yerman, they had the opportunity to press a loaded quill to their … more
“It’s been a good year,” said Oceanside High School Research Coordinator Heather Hall. Over the last eight months, three of her researchers have earned national awards in as many competitions. … more
In a tucked-away Hampton Road lot, Peter Curti walked from his trailer office to a neighboring forest-green shack. As he entered, a hidden speaker began blaring Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “I Love Paris.” “We have to enjoy ourselves,” he shouted over the 1953 Cole Porter-written hit. more
“Play it, play it!” a small group of students shouted at the Oceanside High School alum and former NFL quarterback, who was visiting to share his success story as part of the school’s Human Relations Day on April 5. Jay Fiedler, most known for his five-year stint with the Dolphins at the turn of the century, was about to show those packed into the OHS auditorium a video of his game-winning touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 of the 2001 season, when the bell rang, signaling the end of seventh period. more
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