PSEG to reimburse customers who lost power during Tropical Storm Isaias


PSEG Long Island is expanding its claims policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that customers whose electrical service was interrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias for at least 72 hours can be reimbursed for spoiled food and medication. The tropical storm knocked out power for more than 420,000 customers on Long Island and in the Rockaways, making it the most […]

SPECIAL REPORT: How COVID-19 has made it tougher to fight opioid abuse

With all our focus diverted to flattening the COVID-19 curve, a forgotten foe has gained steam and is poised to strike back hard. The opioid epidemic, on the downtrend on Long Island since 2017, appears primed to resurface, abetted by the unique challenges of the pandemic. Long Island was ravaged by the opioid crisis of the midto late 2010s. Opioid-related […]

New principal at Howitt Middle School

Farmingdale School District has announced the appointment of Michael Gavalas for the position of principal of Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. The current principal, Luis Pena, retired at the end of June. Gavalas is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience, most recently as the Assistant Principal of Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick. He served as […]

TOB clerk’s office offers ancestral services for residents

Oyster Bay Town Clerk Rich LaMarca announced that residents who wish to engage in some form of family research may do so through ancestral services offered by his office. Residents can fill out a form to search birth, death, and marriage records for genealogical purposes, and these early vital records might just provide the piece of information about ancestors that […]

Massapequa Library personnel readies library for reopening

The Massapequa library is expected to reopen Mon., Aug. 24. Library employees are preparing to reopen the library with everyone’s health and safety in mind with an abundance of caution. Patrons must wear a face covering at all times and visits are limited to 45 minutes per patron. Copy machines are available and children under 12 must be accompanied by […]

We have to face this fear and move forward and live


Late last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York could reopen in September. Districts had al­ready put into place a variety of plans to address the needs of stu­dents and the concern of parents. These included having students go back full-time, five days a week with adequate social distanc­ing; virtual classes for all students, or a hybrid […]


GUEST COMMENTARY: Academic research can’t end the pandemic without private backing

Scientists at Yale University and scores more research in­stitutions nationwide are working around the clock to iden­tify potential avenues of diagnosing, preventing, and treat­ing COVID-19. Many of these projects are backed by the federal government’s National Institutes of Health. Any one of them could lead to a game-changing insight that helps end this pandemic. For any of these efforts to […]

This Week at Your Public Library

Massapequa 523 Central Ave., 516-798-4607 Massapequa Park 40 Harbor La., 516-799-0770 These programs are all virtual. Please go to: www.massapequalibrary.org/ Please enter a valid email address when registering.You will receive a virtual link via email before theprogram starts. • On Thurs., August 13 at 6:30 p.m., the library will have Working With Photos on Your iPad & iPhone. In this […]

Week’s Calendar of EventsThis

The following is a list of public meetings and special events for the coming week. Readers should know that meetings are subject to change without notice. THURSDAY, August 13 •Drive-In Summer Concert Series – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – Billy Joel Tribute: 8 p.m., TOBAY Beach. Vehicles will be admitted to the parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis […]