Obituary

Former County Executive Tom Gulotta dies at 75

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Gulotta, of North Merrick, died on Sunday, Aug. 4. He was 75. Gulotta, a Republican, served as the county executive from 1987 to 2001.

Officials call for state audit of Town of Hempstead Building Department

Disagreements within the Hempstead Town council on how to effectively revitalize the town’s troubled Building Department — a subject of myriad complaints from residents — came to a standstill when the Republican majority shot down Supervisor Laura Gillen’s proposed audit from an outside consultant in July. Gillen, renewing a hard-line stance, stood with State Sen. John Brooks on Monday as they called on the Department of State to audit the Building Department.

Residents call for traffic light in Bellmore

A high-speed crash on July 6 in Bellmore, which left a Nassau County police officer hospitalized, is one in a series of accidents that have spurred residents to call for a traffic light at the intersection of Davenport Place and Bellmore and Alice avenues.

A treasure trove at the Bellmore Flea Market

Every Sunday, a tangle of tent tops can be seen from the platform of the Bellmore LIRR station. Down below, local vendors entice savvy shoppers with antiques, vintage knick-knacks and handpicked treasures at an affordable price.

A Merokean on the rise

Prepared with the skills she had learned as a vocal performance major at NYU Steinhardt, Mara Friedman, of Merrick, decided to go on an audition. In May, right after she graduated, Friedman submitted her résumé and headshot to be considered for Broadway Rising Stars’ annual concert. After an initial audition of her classical repertoire and a callback a week later, she was asked to sing alongside 17 other recent college graduates at the concert on July 22.

Editorial

We need to respect law enforcement

Imagine going to work and attempting to do your job while a group of loudmouths scream at you and douse you with buckets of water. For some police officers in New York City over the past month, that was their reality.

Randi Kreiss

School store: the gift that keeps on giving

Right here in my corner of the universe, a feel-good, do-good project has been sending children back to school every year for the past seven years, with new books and backpacks, sneakers and clothes and even toiletries — and it’s all free.

Jerry Kremer

Trump is the winner of the wrong contest

If you’re looking for a summer project and you like government, then it’s worthwhile to see how many cabinet appointments of the past five presidents have resigned or been fired for incompetence, abuse of power or disagreements with the boss.

Alfonse D'Amato

On energy, U.S. should develop all sources

In a little-reported but major milestone, the United States recently became the No. 1 oil producer in the world. Despite the usual outcries of naysayers and enviro-alarmists . . .