The conclusion of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s special education summer program was more than a film screening starring students and educators. It was an emotional farewell.
The North Bellmore School District is set for what Superintendent Marie Testa described as the “next step” in its security precautions. A community revitalization project was approved by the Nassau County Legislature on Aug. 5, granting $250,000 in capital funds to the district.
Inside the garage of Ron Rabinovich’s home on Florence Street are all the makings of a body shop: bright red utility cabinets, tools and a rack full of racing gear. Two motorcycles — a Suzuki and a Ducati — stand in the center.
It’s been 50 years since Army veteran Harold Jantz singlehandedly saved his platoon during an enemy ambush in a Vietnam jungle, but he said that night still haunts him to this day. “That was one of many firefights I was in,” the 70-year-old Jantz said, “but this is the one that sticks to me most.”
In the open space of AR Workshop in Bellmore, the warm scent of sawdust wafts through the air. The sound of fresh paint being brushed onto wood panels is muffled by conversation at one of six workstations, where empty paint buckets are repurposed for organizational use — holding sandpaper, pencils, scissors and other craft supplies. Here people meet and mingle while creating a personal piece of art.
Former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta, of North Merrick, died on Sunday, Aug. 4. He was 75. Gulotta, a Republican, served as the county executive from 1987 to 2001.
Disagreements within the Hempstead Town council on how to effectively revitalize the town’s troubled Building Department — a subject of myriad complaints from residents — came to a standstill when the Republican majority shot down Supervisor Laura Gillen’s proposed audit from an outside consultant in July. Gillen, renewing a hard-line stance, stood with State Sen. John Brooks on Monday as they called on the Department of State to audit the Building Department.
A high-speed crash on July 6 in Bellmore, which left a Nassau County police officer hospitalized, is one in a series of accidents that have spurred residents to call for a traffic light at the intersection of Davenport Place and Bellmore and Alice avenues.
Every Sunday, a tangle of tent tops can be seen from the platform of the Bellmore LIRR station. Down below, local vendors entice savvy shoppers with antiques, vintage knick-knacks and handpicked treasures at an affordable price.
Prepared with the skills she had learned as a vocal performance major at NYU Steinhardt, Mara Friedman, of Merrick, decided to go on an audition. In May, right after she graduated, Friedman submitted her résumé and headshot to be considered for Broadway Rising Stars’ annual concert. After an initial audition of her classical repertoire and a callback a week later, she was asked to sing alongside 17 other recent college graduates at the concert on July 22.
Imagine going to work and attempting to do your job while a group of loudmouths scream at you and douse you with buckets of water. For some police officers in New York City over the past month, that was their reality.
Right here in my corner of the universe, a feel-good, do-good project has been sending children back to school every year for the past seven years, with new books and backpacks, sneakers and clothes and even toiletries — and it’s all free.
If you’re looking for a summer project and you like government, then it’s worthwhile to see how many cabinet appointments of the past five presidents have resigned or been fired for incompetence, abuse of power or disagreements with the boss.
In a little-reported but major milestone, the United States recently became the No. 1 oil producer in the world. Despite the usual outcries of naysayers and enviro-alarmists . . .