BREAKING NEWS: UPDATED: Erin King Sweeney drops re-election bid for town council

Graffiti tags spotted in Merrick, Bellmore

A graffiti vandal or vandals defaced a vacant building on Merrick Road two weeks ago, leaving behind spray-painted marks, known in street parlance as tags.

New Northwell Health facility coming to Merrick

A new multi-specialty health care facility commissioned by Northwell Health will open in Merrick on Sept. 16. Signs with the company’s logo hang on either side of a building at 2119 Merrick Road — formerly Total Fitness — showing the latest location for Northwell’s Physician Partners Medicine Specialties group.

Merrick post office property sold for $5.1 million

A property that houses the Merrick post office at 2040 Merrick Road is under new ownership.

Kicked-up cuisine continues at Bayou Jones in Merrick

The age-old saying “when one door closes, another opens” holds true in the restaurant business, and Bellmore-Merrick is no exception. But in the case of Bayou Jones, a new Cajun/Creole restaurant that opened on June 11, it took two doors —two restaurants — to close before it opened.

North Bellmore Library director retires after nearly 30 years

As Tom Bazzicalupo walked the halls of the North Bellmore Public Library on Aug. 29, his emotions ran high. The director’s retirement was approaching, encouraging staff — some had worked alongside him for nearly three decades — to say their goodbyes.

Merokean cruising to the hum of his own engine

As the tattered sleeves of his red mechanic’s shirt shifted in the summer breeze, Bobby Smart told Herald Life how his love of cars started. Growing up in Franklin Square, he would accompany his grandfather to junkyards on weeknights and weekends, and pick through parts until they found something that suited their taste.

Bellmore-Merrick Central District's electrical program sparks students’ interest

Fifteen seniors from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District will trade their pencils for power tools this year, as the district launches its new electrical training program for students who want to pursue careers in the trade industry.


Take a moment to reflect on 9/11

Next Wednesday will mark the 18th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in U.S. history, when 2,606 people were killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.


School bus cameras will make students safer

On Aug. 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that will allow counties, cities, towns and villages throughout the state to outfit their school buses with cameras to catch motorists illegally driving past them while their stop signs are out.


A letter to my fellow health care CEOs about guns

Dear Colleagues: In the weeks and months following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year . . .

Randi Kreiss

Summer is over, except at the beach

Age has its privileges. The big kids are off to college, the little ones are back in school, parents are kick-starting weekday routines, everyone has the back-to-business jitters, and me? I’m hanging at the beach.

Alfonse D'Amato

On trade, taxes and the economy, a steady hand is best

A half century ago, as President Richard Nixon sought to end the Vietnam war, he propounded a “madman theory” . . .