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Herald offers $500K in grants for small businesses

Richner Communications Inc., publisher of Herald Community Newspapers and The Riverdale Press, this week announced a $500,000 grant program to support local businesses. Through the Herald Small Business Marketing Grant Program, each Long Island business is eligible to receive up to $15,000 of matching grant funds, which can be used for marketing services to promote the business’ products and services. The Herald Small Business Marketing Grant Program is being supported by

Hewlett-Woodmere Superintendent Dr. Ralph Marino letter to the community

Dear Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools Community, I hope this letter finds all of you safe, well, and adjusting to this unprecedented time in our nation.  I know that the extended closure of schools has not been easy, but our students, staff, parents, and community members continue to do incredible work during these times of adversity. I have never been prouder to be a member of this extraordinary community!

Passover Greeting

How is this Passover different from all others?

In some ways, it is exactly like the original Passover, as we return to the time when it all began, on that fateful night in Egypt. In describing the events of the original Passover, the Torah …

Passover Greeting

Passover: Our holiday of hope, symbols and family

The holiday of Passover captures the history, heritage, hopes and indomitable spirit of the Jewish people through our 4,000-year odyssey. The story and lessons of the Exodus from Egypt act as a …

Passover Greeting

Sparks in the darkness

The Jewish mystical tradition asks: How was it possible for God to create the universe if God’s presence encompasses everything. The Kabbalah’s answer is that God had to contract — …

Hewlett dentist offering access to COVID-19 test

With testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a premium, given the number of tests available, the number of places administering them and available time slots, the Hewlett- and Oceanside-based dental practice of Drs. Ron Kaminer and Melissa Rosenfeld, Smiles by Design, is offering tests through MicroGenDx, a Texas-based dental supplier and laboratory.

Missy Miller asks for gift card donations

To help feed people or families that are worrying about having enough to eat during the business shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak, State Assemblywoman Missy Miller, (R-Atlantic Beach), is …


Lawrence native Harvey Sheff dies at 59

Lawrence native Harvey Jay Sheff was known as a mensch, a Yiddish word that encapsulates a person’s capacity for being all the things we admire: smart, athletic, considerate and polite.

Five Towns school budget votes delayed to at least June 1

School budget votes in the Lawrence and Hewlett-Woodmere school districts have been delayed until at least June 1 because of the coronavirus outbreak, by order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The votes …

Kaminsky hosts emergency food drive through

Because of the Covid-19 health crisis, State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat who represents the Five Towns, will hold an emergency food drive to benefit families within the 9th Senate District. Suggested donations include gift cards, fresh, canned or boxed food, toiletries and personal items and cleaning supplies.

Five Towns Kiwanis continues helping through coronavirus outbreak

Kiwanis Club of the Five Towns weekly meetings have been canceled for the foreseeable future because of the coronavirus pandemic, however members of the civic-minded charitable organization continue to serve its community.

Inwood Fire Department receives ‘care package’ from upstate East Fishkill FD

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading across Nassau County, a fire department roughly 75 miles north of the Inwood Fire Department pitched in to lend a helping hand to their downstate colleagues.

HAFTR Highlights

Adjusting to online learning, adapting to a different Passover

Zoom classrooms, distance learning, boy, I never realized just how much I would miss school! Although our new learning is not without its challenges for everyone, I have found that as long as we are …

Inwood, FDNY ‘clap off’ at St. John’s Hospital

New York City firefighters from “The Big House” Engine 264, Ladder 134, Engine 328) and “The Best on The Beach” (Engine 265, Ladder 121, Battalion 47), and the volunteer …

Midreshet Shalhevet H.S. in North Woodmere to close permanently

Because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Midreshet Shalhevet High School, in North Woodmere, announced in an email on April 1 that the school will not reopen in September.

Five Towners go outside for play and exercise

While the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has many people quarantining at home and working and attending school remotely, a few people ventured outside in the Five Towns on April 6. Hewlett …

Gift of Literacy

Forging family bonds through uncertain times

“When they’ve finished reading, Olivia’s mother gives her a kiss and says, ‘You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway." In these trying times, it’s …

Heralds seek 2020 summer interns

Herald Community Newspapers is seeking 2020 and summer interns for our 18 community-based publications that stretch across Nassau County’s South Shore, from Valley Stream to Seaford, and Long …