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Nicki Minaj asked to appear at Hempstead High School

Nicki Minaj has been invited to Hempstead High

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Rapper Nicki Minaj says she's not welcome to speak at her alma mater, LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.

Apparently the Hempstead School District would be more than happy to take up that spot on her schedule.

On Thursday, Minaj tweeted on her verified account, "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess....

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LIRR hearing on plan to restore West Hempstead weekend service

The Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead train

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The Long Island Rail Road has scheduled a public hearing Monday on its plan to restore weekend service on its West Hempstead branch.

The LIRR announced in July its plan to bring back West Hempstead weekend service, which was eliminated in 2010 as part of an effort by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to close a $900 million budget gap.

The LIRR targeted the line at the time because...

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Marine, family get mortgage-free home

Marine Cpl. Kevin Vaughan looks at the large

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The Town of Hempstead will join in a welcome to the neighborhood Tuesday for United States Marine Corps Cpl. Kevin Vaughan, who has been given a mortgage-free home in his hometown of North Merrick, thanks to Building Homes for Heroes and its brigade of volunteers, donors and other supporters.

Vaughan and his family will ceremonially break ground on a new two-story Cape Cod-style home at 11...

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Town of Hempstead OKs Bellmore convenience store

Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington St. in

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The Town of Hempstead has approved an application to build a convenience store in Bellmore.

An application by Hartplace Reality Inc., based in Bethpage, sought a variance of the Gas Service Station District for a setback convenience store at the northwest corner of Merrick and Newbridge roads in Bellmore.

The Town Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the project, with Councilwoman Angie...

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Hempstead to celebrate Ukraine independence today

Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington St. in

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Hempstead Town will celebrate Ukrainian independence with a ceremony at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. today in the village and conclude outside the building.

Members of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uniondale and local Ukrainians will join Supervisor Kate Murray in celebrating the nation’s 23rd year of independence.

Murray said...

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Roundup: Sand-sculpting contest to return Tuesday

During the inaugural Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular competition, Frank

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HEMPSTEAD

Sand sculptors back for 2nd competition

The Town of Hempstead and the MaliBlue Oyster Bar are hosting the second annual Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular Competition Tuesday.

Residents can win prizes, including gift certificates to MaliBlue in three divisions: 10 and under, 11-15 and adults, town officials said, adding that members of Malibu Beach Camp and some of America’s...

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Roundup: KidStock heads to North Hempstead

Paraplegic Gabriel Cordell aims to roll across Israel to promote peace

Gabriel Cordell, a 43-year-old paraplegic who travelled across

(Credit: Lisa France)

While rolling his wheelchair 3,100 miles from California to Long Island last summer, Gabriel Cordell, 43, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 1992, was already thinking about his next journey.

The former Long Islander and his documentary crew were two thirds of the way through their 99-day trek in early June 2013 when they stopped at a YMCA in Illinois to speak with...

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Hempstead Town sanitation election to be held Thursday

Four candidates are running in the Town of

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Four candidates are running in the Town of Hempstead's Sanitary District 2 election Thursday.

The district serves about 55,000 residents and businesses in Baldwin, Rockville Centre, South Hempstead, as well as parts of Uniondale and Freeport.

Incumbent Brian O’Connor is running unopposed for a five-year term.

Three people are vying for a four-year term for the seat of Dennis Meekins,...

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Demolition of New Cassel's Grand Street School complete

The Grand Street School in New Cassel, shown

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

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...

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