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I cover the Town of North Hempstead, along with my colleague Jennifer Barrios. Follow me for stories — both big and small — about government, politics, technology, schools and businesses. My task is to capture the stories and characters that define the town, and some of its villages: Westbury, Old Westbury, East Hills, Roslyn Harbor, East Williston, New Hyde Park, Mineola, and Williston Park. Feel free to share your story, or suggest tips and story ideas.
The Village of Westbury will require taxicab dispatchers to submit to background checks, in a bid to better regulate the workers.
Previously, drivers of cabs or prearranged for-hire vehicles were subject to the background checks, including filing licensing and fingerprint records. The board approved the measure for dispatchers at its trustees meeting on Aug. 7.
“There was an issue with...Read more »
Women ages 50 and older can attend a Sept. 18 breast cancer screening event in Westbury.
The screening, scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to noon, is to be held at the Westbury Recreation Center at 348 Post Ave.
The event is sponsored by Nassau County Legis. Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury).
The Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van will provide the examinations.
Visitors with...Read more »
The Dublin Pub has a new owner, more than a year after the New Hyde Park ex-rocker haunt was condemned by state liquor authorities and slated for auction.
Misha Haghani, whose firm Paramount Realty USA handled the short sale, said the former pub at 2002 Jericho Tpke. was sold Aug. 8 for $750,000.
Tseng’s Holding Inc. bought the property, Haghani said. The new owners have discussed plans...Read more »
Long Island peace groups will mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset.
The theme of the event is "It Is Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change and War," and is being organized by the Great Neck SANE / Peace Action group. The congregation is located at...Read more »
The Haven Avenue commuter parking lot at the Port Washington station of the Long Island Rail Road will be closed next weekend.
The LIRR said the lot will be closed for 48 hours on Aug. 2 and 3, so crews can remove the Haven Avenue pedestrian overpass. That bridge was closed in April for safety reasons, officials have said, citing extensive corrosion.
LIRR officials said in a news release...Read more »
The Grand Street School is no more.
Town of North Hempstead officials said demolition has been completed nearly a month after that process was started on June 30. The one-time elementary school and community center had become an eyesore. Last year, $200,000 was secured for cleanup through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program, which assists communities seeking to redevelop...Read more »