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Crime

Shots fired after bar fight in Valley Stream, businessman says

Nassau County police closed a portion of West Merrick Road early Monday morning, after a report of gunfire near Sonny O’s Pub.

Church hosts forum to discuss police-community relations

About 20 people attended a forum at the Valley Stream Presbyterian Church last Saturday — a lighter turnout than organizers expected — to discuss ways to improve the relationship between police and communities of color.

Nine convicted in phony car crash scheme

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the convictions of nine people for insurance fraud on Nov. 18, for their roles in staging four car crashes in Nassau and Suffolk …

Girl celebrated for swift reaction to kitchen fire in Valley Stream

Last week, Valley Stream firefighters responded to a call from a 10-year-old girl that her family's kitchen was on fire at on East Hawthorne Avenue. That girl, Diana Loveras, was honored for her quick thinking at Monday night’s board meeting, and was credited for saving her family’s lives.

Among women, Trump victory fuels birth-control concerns

Samantha Spoto, a 24-year-old from Oceanside, said that she is considering using a form of birth control that “will last longer than a Trump presidency” — long-acting reversible …

Audit: Errors in Valley Stream school district's vacation, separation payments

An audit released by the New York State Comptroller on Nov. 25 found that District 24 officials did not always account for employees’ leave accruals accordingly, and that they needed to streamline the process by which separation payment calculations are reviewed, approved and supported.

Scout restores curb identifiers in Valley Stream

In pursuit of Eagle Scout rank, Daniel Bosko recently spearheaded a project to repaint address numbers on curbs in front of 213 homes in Valley Stream. Bosko, 17, led a group of 19 youths ages 12 …

Herald Neighbors

Girl Scouts wrap gifts for those in need

Girl Scouts Troop 2011 in Valley Stream participated in “Operation Christmas Child” on Nov. 13 — a Samaritan’s Purse event that donates gifts to children around the holidays — for second year in a row.

Junior mayors tour Valley Stream

After winning an essay contest, two sixth-graders toured the village with Mayor Ed Fare last week, as per a Valley Stream tradition in which students learn about the duties of the mayor the day after Thanksgiving.

Richner Communications acquires Gold Coast Gazette

Richner Communications, Long Island’s largest publisher of community media, has acquired the assets of the Gold Coast Gazette, a weekly community newspaper covering the legendary Gold Coast communities on the North Shore of Long Island. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The week ahead

Dec. 1 — 7

Here comes Santa Claus Valley Stream’s Winterfest celebration is scheduled for Dec. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event starts with children writing letters to Santa at the Henry Waldinger …

Editorial

Support small businesses by shopping locally

Once upon a time, holiday shopping was an experience. Folks carved out entire Saturdays or Sundays and headed to their local downtowns to browse through the retail shops. The experience was fun and quaint. You had lunch at the local diner. Then along came the malls.