Imagine walking into your local beauty-supply store for a bottle of conditioner, tired from your workout at the gym. Your favorite tunes are blaring through headphones. You can hear nothing else. Then, standing before you, are two Nassau County police officers with guns drawn, seemingly yelling at you, but you can hear nothing but the music. That was the scene that played out for Ben Faulding, a Baldwin native and communications manager, earlier this month. Because Faulding is African-American, the incident has spurred a heated discussion about race relations on Long Island on social media.
Every day, law enforcement officials risk their lives to protect and serve, not for awards or accolades but because it’s their job. One Baldwin resident was recently recognized for going beyond the call of duty. U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice presented Deputy U.S. Marshal Johnny O’Brien with the Congressional Badge of Bravery at a Dec. 29 ceremony at Rice’s Garden City office.
Few people have had such a profound and lasting impact on the Baldwin community as Laura Curran. Throughout her 20 years as a resident, she has consistently worked to enhance the lives of those who call Baldwin home, from her time on the school board to her tenure on the Nassau County Legislature. Even before she made history by being elected Nassau’s first female county executive on Nov. 7, she was a dedicated public servant who worked for the betterment of her hometown and surrounding communities. For all these reason and more, the Herald proudly names Curran, herself a one-time Herald editor, its 2017 Person of the Year.
The scene at the Baldwin Firehouse was one of coordinated chaos on Saturday. As snow fell, roughly a dozen Girl Scouts from Baldwin Troop 2427 were hurrying here and there, gathering clothes, soaps, shampoos and gift cards, among other items, and boxing them for shipment to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In all, the girls collected $4,430 in gift cards.
Hundreds of local residents are mourning George W. Verity, a Baldwin native and owner of the popular Dawson Taxi company, who died suddenly Dec. 2 after many years of illness. He was 70.
After weeks of negotiation and uncertainty, the bus strike, which left thousands of students across multiple school districts without public transport has finally ended after union workers voted on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to ratify a new three-year contract.
Schools opened their doors this week for thousands of children across Long Island as the 2017-18 school year began. Baldwin Schools kicked-off their first day with a new campaign, “I Love Baldwin Public Schools” – a spinoff of the national campaign “I Love Public Education” that was introduced this summer by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
To raise awareness and support for public schools, the Baldwin School District has launched the “I Love Baldwin Public Schools” campaign, a subset of the national American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) “I Love Public Education” campaign, which was introduced this summer.