Amityville holds annual tree lighting celebration

“Folks dressed up like Eskimos” huddled around the Amityville village square to see the Village’s Christmas tree light up once again and usher in the start of the 2019 holiday season. “This night is very special for so many reasons, and it brings us all together to reconnect and make new acquaintances,” said Village Trustee Thomas Whalen. “It also signals […]

Junior League puts on another successful Holiday Home Tour

Once again, the Amityville Junior League held a well-attended Holiday Home Tour, opening the door on beautifully decorated homes in the Village. ”This is a great kickoff to the Christmas season,” said Colleen Smith of Massapequa as she sipped her tea at the Tea House at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. “I attended this event last year; it truly puts me […]

CSD gives facilities updates

The facilities of the Copiague School District are improving rapidly and efficiently, and Angelo Lisa, plant facilities director, demonstrated to the Board of Education how at a recent school board meeting. “We are the facilities and operations department,” said Lisa, “Everybody always wonders who these peo­ple are running around,” he said laughing. Lisa went on to explain that his staff […]

NYS Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre urges task force on black youth suicide

New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Lindenhurst) appeared on a recent “Inside City Hall with Errol Louis” to discuss a recent study showing a rise in suicide attempts among black teenagers over the past 30 years, as well as her pending legislation to establish a Black Youth Suicide Task Force. She was joined by Dr. Michael Lindsey of the McSilver […]

Babylon 2019/20 first-half taxes due

Babylon Town Tax Receiver, Corinne Di­Somma, stated that 2019/2020 first half taxes are due and payable in her office at 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, on or before Friday, January 10, 2020. Full payments will also be accepted at this time. We offer e-check and credit card payment through a telephone service or by internet. For payments by telephone, call […]

Amityville athletic administrator earns distinction

Evan Farkas, the director of athletics, physical education and health for the Amityville Union Free School District, has been recognized as a certified athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. The distinction is in addition to his administrator certification in school district leadership from Stony Brook. Farkas holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Hofstra University and […]

A holiday message from your community newspaper


This is the time of year to extend thanks and gratitude to the people in our lives who make us feel special, com­fortable, safe and appreciated. We’d like to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all of our readers and advertisers for their time, generosity and support. Each week, we try to put out the best local paper […]

Remember the women who make Christmas


As we approach Christmas Day, let’s take a moment to salute the grand women of Christmas. My wife knocks herself out preparing for events like Thanksgiving and Christ­mas. She started preparing the Thanks­giving meal two weeks in advance and for sure we had a feast. For some time now she has been in charge of locating the right Christmas gift […]


Lorraine Gnecco, computer programmer and world traveler, dies at 72

Lorraine Gnecco, whose life took her from computer programming to world travel, but whose “homepage” was Amityville, died October 15, 2019. She was 72 years old. Ms. Gnecco was born January 13, 1947, and gradu­ated Amityville High School in 1964. She attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx to study mathematics and landed her first post-graduate job […]