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Maragos Wants Shelter Oversight

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Comptroller George Maragos believes Nassau’s homeless shelters are inadequate.

George Maragos, Nassau County comptroller, released an audit of the approximately $8 million annual County Homeless Shelter Program run by the Department of Social Services (DSS) together with the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD). [Read more…]

Town Offers Enriching Programs

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Painting courses are available for adults.

The Town of Oyster Bay’s Department of Community and Youth Services offers cultural enrichment, workshops, the ever-popular Music Under The Stars series, art exhibits and more. Now, the department is gearing up for spring with an array of programs aimed at expanding creative and intellectual horizons. [Read more…]

Singas Sworn In As DA

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District Attorney Madeline Singas is sworn in.

Madeline Singas was sworn-in recently as Nassau County District Attorney. The official ceremony was led by New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

Flanked by her husband, Theo Apostolous, and close family, friends and supporters, the Singas pledged to fight government corruption. Singas became Acting District Attorney after Kathleen Rice was sworn into Congress last January 2015. [Read more…]

Agatha Christie Is Missing

CalSYO_012716BActress Prudence Wright Holmes visits the Jericho library to perform Agatha Christie Is Missing on Monday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. In 1926, famed mystery writer Agatha Christie staged her own disappearance after she learned her husband wanted a divorce.

Missing for 11 days, she sparked a nationwide search. In this rollicking interactive murder mystery, Holmes plays Miss Marple and many other characters from Christie’s life and enlists the audience’s help in solving this mystery.

 

New Director At Jericho Library

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Jericho library’s new director Christina Brenner (Photo by Chris Boyle)

Jericho Library patrons—there’s a new sheriff in town.

In the years since its inception in 1964, the Jericho Public Library has had a total of five directors. With the retirement of its most recent head administrator, Barbara Kessler, the library is welcoming a new chief at its helm in the form of former assistant director Christina Brenner, who has a fresh, exciting outlook for the future. [Read more…]

Playground Honors Jericho Woman

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The family of Cheryl Wexelman—Pami Tuerack, her son Ari Tuerack, her daughter Skylar Tuerack, and her father Elliot Wexelman—attend the ribbon cutting for the new playground. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

Despite the late-to-the-season chill in the air on Jan. 11, the students and faculty of the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County gathered together outside on the frozen fields of their Plainview campus to honor a special Jericho woman. [Read more…]

Mad For Science In Jericho

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Xenon Zach brings Mad Science to Jericho. (Photos by Chris Boyle)

Local youngsters got the chance to become little mad scientists at the Jericho Public Library’s auditorium recently when a special visitor got them involved with the marvels of motion in a very big way. [Read more…]

New Milleridge Operators Vow Upgrades

MilleridgeSaved_A2The Milleridge Inn was officially saved from history’s trash heap this month.

After months of speculation and worry, Long Islanders breathed a sigh of relief when two catering veterans were introduced as the new operators of the Inn during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the main dining room. Butch Yamali, president of the Dover Group, and Anthony Capetola, owner and operator of The Carltun in East Meadow, assured attendees that the Inn, along with its cottage and village shops, will remain largely intact—with the exception of a few much-needed improvements. [Read more…]

Jericho Youngsters Join Blanket Project

Blankets_010616AYoungsters at Jackson Elementary School in Jericho recently took a time out from their lessons to make blankets for a very special cause. [Read more…]

Jericho Temple Supports LGBT

Jericho’s Temple Or Elohim recently announced the launch of its new group “Over The Rainbow With TOE & LGBT.” This club commenced in December at the synagogue with teens ages 14 to 19 for a meet-and-greet social. The guest speaker, Ross Wolkenbrod, a student at the University of Rochester, shared his journey with the teens during the social. The new initiative will offer monthly meetings at Temple Or Elohim under the direction of Deborah E. Tract, director of education.

Many teenagers are searching for their identity and the temple is offering them a place to “feel safe” as they go through their journey of self-reflection. The group is non-sectarian and is open not only to Jericho residents, but to all the neighboring communities. Temple Or Elohim is an inclusive synagogue.

Tract was recently awarded a Teen Engagement Micro Grant from the Jewish Education Project. The grant will help cover the costs of special programs, guest speakers, materials and more. This grant was awarded to Tract because she is passionate about inclusion, and believes that all people deserve to feel safe, and be who they are. While applying for the award, she listed many reasons for starting this innovative project, one of which was supporting a young teen that approached her last spring, desiring a place to bring friends and feel welcomed.

Tract, with the support of the board of trustees, quickly ran with this vision of creating a safe space for all teens.

For more information about this program, contact Tract at 516-433-9888 ext. 15.