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St. John's Hospital seeking donations for women's health center

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway is seeking donations to buy equipment for the new women’s health center that is expected to open next year. St. John’s, which also serves the Five Towns, is the only hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Peninsula Public Library in Lawrence announces upcoming virtual events

The Peninsula Public Library in Lawrence has released their virtual events schedule for August. The events include: an online media lecture on Irving Berlin hosted by theater historian John …

MLK Center director’s home is being rebuilt

Since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, James Hodge, the chairman of the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach, has been without a permanent home. But that hasn’t diminished his drive to help others …

Five Towns parents express hestiancy about September reopening

Updated July 31 at 9:35 a.m. Though it’s still summer, school — and particularly how it will reopen in September — is on the minds of many, months after the mid-March statewide pandemic shutdown. The July 31  deadline for schools and school districts to submit reopening plans to the State Education Department was extended to Aug. 7.

Town of Hempstead introduces “Shark Patrol” after several shark sightings at beaches

After multiple shark sighting on the south shore, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin unveiled a new “Jet Ski” personal watercraft and deployed a team of lifeguards on a Bay Constable boat to …

Cedarhurst and Lawrence businesses to participate in Central Avenue InsideWalk Sale

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the setup of the annual Cedarhurst Summer Sidewalk Sale will be different this summer. Roughly 75 Cedarhurst and Lawrence merchants will participate in what is …

Helping to find employment amid the pandemic

Unemployment is something the United States has continuously struggled with. When coronavirus is added to the mix, this creates a complex equation. Throughout the pandemic, the country has reached …

Inwood resident Audrian Gray named Peninsula Public Library board president

For new Peninsula Public Library Board of Trustee President Audrian Gray, reaching out to the community is what she wants to emphasize in her five-year term.

Amid pandemic, business owners are optimistic

Despite social distancing protocols that impact the capacity of businesses and restaurants, Five Towns business owners are feeling optimistic about their economic survival amid the coronavirus …

Veterans farmers market is open in Cedarhurst

In Cedarhurst, Rock and Wrap It Up! has created a safe haven for veterans to shop that helps to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus. Serving the Five Towns for more than 30 years, Rock and …

Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence to be a Covid-19 testing site

The Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence will be one of the new Covid-19 testing sites that the  Hempstead Town Board unanimously voted to grant up to $2 million to Northwell Health on July 28 to establish 13 Covid-19 testing sites throughout the town, including in Freeport, Elmont and Hempstead.  

Lawrence nursing student makes National Honor Technical Society

Iris Guevara-Interiano, a Lawrence student studying nurse assisting at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech, was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society because of superior scholastic achievement, dedicated community service and the enthusiastic endorsement of her teachers, BOCES officials said.

Woodmere Middle School student Bianca Duffer-Bajana receives George Farber Outstanding Student Award

Woodmere Middle School student Bianca Duffer-Bajana, who also attends Nassau BOCES Twilight Alternative High School, was honored for her academic achievements by receiving the George Farber …

In Lawrence Gammy’s Pantry offers help to those in need

A line began to form outside the Five Towns Community Center at 11:30 a.m. for doors that opened at 1 p.m. for Gammy’s Pantry on July 25.

Former Five Towns Community Executive Director Jonathan Davis, 77

Even though Jonathan Joseph Davis held a leadership position throughout his career, he was still considered by his peers as “one of the guys.” The former Inwood resident died on July …