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.

Former St. Agnes musical director sentenced to six years in prison

A former musical director at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for receiving child pornography and sending sexually explicit photos of boys to an undercover police officer using the screen name “pervdad516."


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

Woodward students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Woodward School at 201 Merrick Road doesn’t back away from challenges, and it teaches its students not to back away, either. From Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, they racked up dense banks of knowledge about Hispanic heritage, despite their own challenges.

Freeport Business

Freeport chamber explores, expands

With updated programs and imaginative approaches, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce is not only supporting its members through recovery from the pandemic, but also actively promoting connection between Freeport’s northern and southern regions.


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.