As Tropical Storm Isaias barreled across Long Island Tuesday, it hit Rockville Centre particularly hard, causing the entire village to lose power by late afternoon. With heavy winds and gusts up to 78 miles per hour, the storm downed trees and power lines throughout the area, from Hempstead Lake State Park to commercial and residential streets.
The Village of Rockville Centre’s Sandel Senior Center, on South Park Avenue, remains temporarily closed, but its staff is working hard to keep senior residents connected while physically apart.
After 10 years in Rockville Centre, preceded by decades leading various congregations around Long Island, Rabbi Howard Diamond will lead his final service at Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David on Aug. 8, and then retire. Diamond has been the only rabbi there since the two temples merged in 2010, and was instrumental not only in bringing them together, but also in helping the congregants form bonds.
Conor Semple was known among friends and family as someone who brought people together. A lover of sports and large gatherings, the 2011 South Side High School graduate regularly organized some kind of social event. Last month, those friends and family came together to celebrate the life of Semple, who died unexpectedly on July 19, at age 27.
Last week, Rockville Centre School District parents took part in a community forum focusing on the district’s proposed plans for reopening in the upcoming school year. It was hosted virtually by Emma Travers and Laura Burns, co-presidents of the Council of PTAs, and district leaders addressed “How to safely teach our children in a time of Covid” by answering questions sent in by parents and other community members. The forum took place two days before the district’s deadline to submit its proposal to the state.
The coronavirus pandemic has presented new challenges to local community centers, including the Sandel Senior Center and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Center in Rockville Centre. Nassau County has responded by distributing $45,000 in federal grant funding to the centers to help them better serve residents during this time.
Rabbi Michael Cohen, who officially became rabbi of Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth (CSBE) on July 1, knew that a rabbinical career was his calling since his teenage years.
Every Wednesday and Friday, staff members at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Center in Rockville Centre have been turning the recreation room into a roller rink.
About 40 residents gathered outside Stephen E. Tighe Memorial Park Monday evening to protest the village’s installation of an artificial-turf field there.
Micah Dank, a Rockville Centre native and Baldwin resident, explores astrology and hidden codes in his debut novel “Beneath the Veil,” the first in a series entitled “Into the Rabbit Hole.”
The Village of Rockville Centre will hold a special election for trustee on Sept. 15.
The Tommy Brull Foundation is hosting a virtual bingo fundraiser on Aug. 5 to raise money for the Anchor Program Fund.
Calling all Rockville Centre musicians — the Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Playing on the Porch event is a go.