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Masjid Hamza, in Valley Stream, along with hundreds of mosques across the country, will open its doors to the community this weekend in an effort to break social barriers and have an honest discussion about Islam. more
Between 250 and 300 Valley Stream children take part in the Barrett Summer Recreation Program each year, and some even return as counselors when they are older. more
“Someday when we wake up, the sky may not be blue. Someday wild animals might all live in the zoo, and someday we’re going to all be grown-ups just like you, and when that day comes we want the Earth to be alive,” children between the ages of nine and 16 sang at the Baha’i Center of Nassau County on July 29 in preparation for their upcoming performances — one at the Valley Stream Community Fest at the end of September, and one of the Baha’i bicentennial at the end of October. more
Why do certain buildings, however modest they may be in origin or design, endure? While others, grander in architecture and worthy of protection, are torn down? Fortunately, in this week’s story we won’t lament the loss of a building that was worth preserving, but instead, we will celebrate the history of dwellings with surprisingly humble roots. more
Firefighters responded to a dumpster fire on Saturday at the Valley Stream pool complex on Merrick Road. more
Several power outages, including one at the pool complex at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park on July 18, afflicted the greater Valley Stream area last week, according to a Public Service Enterprise Group Long Island spokesman. more
Having worked at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library since 1979, Mamie Eng has seen it change over the years. “When I started, they were just on the edge of computers, so they were just beginning databases,” she recalled. Now, she said, the entire set of reference books have been replaced by online databases. more
Hadassah Willig fell into a coma as a child 25 years ago, and last week, she finally met the pediatric nurse who was by her bedside. more
The Blue Dome opened for business in 1940. John J. Smith (1876-1955), a Valley Streamer who lived on Miriam Street, built an eight-stool hamburger stand, surrounded by a picket fence. “On your way home stop at the Blue Dome. Five hamburgers for 10¢ on carry-out orders only,” read an ad in the February 11, 1941, issue of Newsday. more
To inform a request for proposals that will determine the fate of 500 acres slated for development at Belmont Park, five state lawmakers listened for nearly two and a half hours on July 10 at the Elmont Memorial Library as community members shared their visions. more
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