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Hewlett Happenings

Staying connected, unifying a community

After sending all students and staff home in mid-March, Hewlett-Woodmere public schools made great efforts to stay connected as a community. District-wide Google Meet concerts, hosted by Woodmere …

Serendipity unearths Vietnam War memento

A Vietnam Prisoner of War bracelet that was bought in the early 1970s to honor the servicemen that were captured and found in a box of memories will be returned to the family of Donald Randner who survived his imprisonment but died of lung cancer in 2005.

Kempton Hicks Jr., 90; Barbara Hicks, 89

Barbara Magrath’s sister Ruth introduced her to Kempton Hicks Jr. shortly after he returned from the Korean War. The couple dated and in less than a year they married on Nov. 2, 1952. Together …

Thanksgiving parade hosted at Ogden Elementary

Ogden Elementary School in Valley Stream held their own kind of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in front of the school. Roughly 30 students and their families decorated their cars similar to …

Lawrence Lately

Fostering positive relationships amid pandemic

This school year has not been the easiest, but it is one that is being navigated the best it can be. To help ensure the safety and health of all staff and students, many precautions and measures have …

Resurrecting youth football in the Five Towns

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” was written six centuries before football was conceived but no less applicable to the small group of children and teenage and adult mentors who gathered on the Five Towns Community Center field in Lawrence on Nov. 21 to learn and teach a few basics of the game with a larger goal in mind.

Inwood firefighters honored by Hempstead town

Inwood Chief Anthony Rivelli Jr. and ex-Chief Thomas Pandolfo represented the fire department’s water rescue team and were recognized for the department’s role in a July 23 rescue at the first-ever Town of Hempstead Drive-Thru Firematic Awards ceremony held at Town Park Point Lookout on National First Responders Day on Oct. 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

DRS in Woodmere virtually welcomes potential students

The dilemma for Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva high School for Boys in Woodmere was how to host its annual open without being able to parents and students to the Ibsen Street building. Solution: Bring the building to them. 

Updated: Five Towns urgent care centers see fluctuating wait times

With Covid-19 cases increasing across the county, patients at urgent care centers are seeing increased waiting lines. The two Five Towns locations reported mixed results on the wait times. MD …

Where we stand with Covid and the coming vaccines

The Village of Lawrence sent out the work of immunologist and resident Dr. Marc Sicklick to help understand the complexity of the continued spread of the coronavirus and explain and clarify what is happening.

Five Towns JCC part of new UJA-New York hub system

As the rise in Covid-19 cases delivers another blow to the national economy, the UJA-Federation of New York in conjunction with the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC in the Five Towns and the Sid Jacobsen JCC in East Hills will bring job training and social services to Long Island as part of a multi-million dollar anti-poverty initiative being launched across New York.

Hewlett-Woodmere Trustee Paul Critti steps down

After nearly serving two years on the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education, Trustee Paul Critti resigned effective Nov. 30, as he is moving to Brooklyn. The public announcement was made at the Nov. 18 …


Giving thanks in 2020

In a year when so much has gone awry — so many lives lost, businesses battered, jobs vanished — it strains the imagination to think what we might be thankful for, particularly as the nation enters its second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.


County does right by small businesses

We are pleased that Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is once again promoting small businesses ahead of the holiday season — which is vital this pandemic year.


We need to pay attention to children’s mental health

The coronavirus pandemic has created a variety of hardships that have left families and children in distress. Social isolation. A mounting death toll. An estimated . . .


Give thanks the election is over, and put the knives away

Besides the sad deaths of a quarter-million Americans, the pandemic claimed another victim this month: the re-election of President Trump. Had the election been held in February . . .

Randi Kreiss

It wasn’t easy: How I got to see my grandkids

The following is not a how-to for anyone else. It’s just my story. We all have to maneuver our way through the grinding deprivations of the coronavirus as best we can. We hadn’t seen the kids or grandkids for nine months . . .