On Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and began firing. With an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, he killed 17 students and teachers and seriously wounded 14 others, five of whom suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. Leading the effort to capture Cruz and provide comfort to the victims was the Broward County sheriff, Scott Israel. He lived at one time in Baldwin and attended Baldwin High School in the mid-1970s, according to his Facebook page.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. That is the lesson that Stanley Ronell, a Holocaust survivor and Long Islander, has devoted himself to teaching students across the country. Last week, Ronell visited Baldwin High School, where he shared with 10th-grade social studies and history classes his memories of surviving the worst genocide in recorded history, in which more than 6 million Jews and millions of non-Jews died.
Baldwin High School students huddled around Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Feb. 6. Excited, they bombarded Boykins with questions about Mars and space exploration, after which they received a private tour of the museum.
World War II was raging when a German U-boat torpedoed the SS Dorchester, a U.S. military personnel transport vessel, on Feb. 3, 1943, in the North Atlantic, between Labrador and Greenland. Of the 904 aboard, 675 perished in the attack. In the final moments before the ship sank into the frigid Atlantic, four chaplains — two Protestant, one Jewish and one Catholic — linked arms and recited prayers to give hope to the dying men, after they had passed out lifejackets to as many as they could — all the while forsaking their own safety. The four, often referred to as “the Immortal Chaplains,” ultimately died.
For decades, a small, family-run business has been defying modern standards by staying true to its tradition of hand-made quality and attention to detail. This year, Kolstein & Son of Baldwin, a world-renowned maker and seller of violins, basses, cellos and other stringed instruments, will celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Sunlight streamed through the large windows in the Grand Ballroom of the Coral House in Baldwin on Valentine’s Day, and the tables, walls and ceilings were festooned with bright red balloons and streamers as hundreds of couples from across Nassau County gathered to renew their wedding vows. One very prominent Baldwinite — new Nassau County Executive Laura Curran — officiated at the ceremony. “It’s a really exciting day,” Curran said. “I’m so happy to be a part of this. It’s a real honor.”
“I mean, where even are we?” Pissy Miles, industry-celebrated comedy drag queen asked the crowd that was crammed into the Pot o’ Paint gallery on Merrick Road near Grand Avenue for an exhibition of his husband, David Ayllon’s photograpy. Miles, who is more accustomed to performing in Brooklyn drag clubs than Long Island galleries, joked, “Has anything of consequence ever happened in Baldwin?” Ayllon, who grew up in neighboring Freeport, said that when his old friend Dawn Maison, who co-owns the Pot o’ Paint – which opened last September –, asked him to show his work there, he thought, “It would be awesome to bring my work back to my roots.”
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen’s administration has officially replaced every sign in the Town of Hempstead’s 107 developed parks, she announced on Jan. 18 at the Newbridge Road Dog Park in Bellmore.
Dozens of Baldwin High School students came out for the Senior Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 18. This year’s theme was Casino Night, and these students came dressed to impress. Complete with dice and playing card décor, the casino night event was on these seniors won’t soon forget.
Perhaps no show on American television addresses the perilous times in which we find ourselves more vividly than ABC’s “Black-ish,” which . . .
New York City wants Long Island’s water. We shouldn’t give it to the city, period. Here’s the thing: If granted state approval, the city could just take it.
Singles Association of Long Island, ages 25 plus. Social gathering afterwards at the Omega Diner, 1809 Lakeville Road (north of Hillside Avenue), New Hyde Park. Bowling will be held every fourth to the last Saturday of the month on Saturday, January …