Hometown Heroes

Nick LaBorne and Thomas Johnson are this week's Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heroes series, which will shortly end, has examined the sustained heroism of citizens in all walks of life during the coronavirus pandemic. Each hero tells his or her own story. This week's heroes are Thomas Johnson, who was the Freeport Fire Chief when the pandemic first hit early in 2020, and Nick LaBorne, EMS director in Freeport.

‘Kutz for Edu’ donates school supplies

Leon Lavar Broughton put his Freeport education to good use when he established Trimz Barber Shop, at 20 Guy Lombardo Ave., 24 years ago. But his school days also showed him that young people can be hard on one another, and 15 years ago, he decided he should act on those memories.


Nicks challenges Murray for Hempstead town clerk

In a municipality of more than 750,000 people, the Town of Hempstead’s clerk’s office relies on efficiency and transparency to provide various services to its patrons, which includes everything from parking permits to Freedom of Information Law requests. Incumbent Town Clerk Kate Murray will face challenger and first-time candidate Olena Nicks.

Freeport Schools

Peace Walk unites, then Fun Day raises $30K

When a school system can demonstrate its hopes for peace to its community, and on the same day raise more than $30,000 for scholarships and teaching grants, that’s a good day in Freeport.


Freeport student artists show colors in county contest

Five Freeport School District students took home prizes for their artwork this past summer in the prestigious Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Student Art Competition, and their works were displayed at the extension’s Oct. 2 gardening show and included in its 2022 calendar.


For goodness’ sake, get vaccinated

We’re steadily getting there — herd immunity, when a minimum of 60 to 70 percent of Americans will be vaccinated against Covid-19. As of press time this week . . .


The many advantages of Covid-19 inoculation

Last year, the guidance we received from the government was straightforward: Wear a mask, keep your distance from others and stay at home if you’re able. Now, with millions of people being vaccinated . . .

Randi Kreiss

Gotta get up, get out and do something bold

As poet Mary Oliver asks, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” In our (almost) post-pandemic lives, the question presses us for an answer.