Long Beach Herald

Gone, but never to be forgotten

Maria Aguinaga, a Long Beach High School graduate, said that what she remembered most about Daniel Bobis, a beloved teacher and surfer, was his ever-present smile and his kindness….

New York says ‘yes’ to gay marriage

With a vote in the Senate of 33-29, New York became the sixth state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage on June 24 — nine senators from Long Island, all Republican, voted against the bill — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law shortly before midnight….

School budget passes; Gallagher, Ryan re-elected

By a count of 1,674 votes to 742, residents approved the Long Beach School District’s $118.6 million 2011-12 budget on Tuesday. In addition, school board incumbents Dr. Dennis Ryan and Patrick Gallagher were re-elected to three-year terms, beating out newcomer Ari Pine….

Surf’s up this September

Len Valenti, co-owner of Maritime Surf on Park Avenue, who has surfed in Long Beach since 1968, recalls plenty of surfing events on the beach over the years. But none, Valenti said, compare to the one coming to the barrier island in September.Valenti was referring to the Quiksilver Pro New York event….

L.B. Bridge renamed after WWI veteran

“Many cultures believe that you never die as long as you are remembered, and people like my grandfather live on,” Rockville Centre resident Ralph Madalena said of his late grandfather, Michael Valente, a World War I hero and Long Beach resident….

Polar Bears take the plunge

As Sue Hoeffner, a Stony Brook resident, prepared to take an icy plunge in the Atlantic in the Long Beach Polar Bears’ Super Bowl Splash….

Foul Point Lookout odors cause a stir

Linda Mulvey, a longtime Point Lookout resident who lives on Mineola Avenue, said she has always cherished her home, which boasts views of Jones Inlet. Now, Mulvey said, all she sees from her deck are large, decaying heaps of emerald-colored seaweed that emit a potent odor of rotten eggs. The seaweed, she said, is often 3 feet deep….

Bay Park illegally dumping into bay

“You just smelled it again,” said Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), who stood at West Bay Drive in Long Beach two weeks ago with several West Pine Street residents, watching a brown plume move across Reynolds Channel. “That is [from the] sewage treatment plant,” he said….

Protests after five arrested in ‘riot’ with police

Five men were arrested during an altercation with Long Beach police officers in the North Park area on Nov. 9, in what one police official described as a “melee” that left two officers injured and sparked the ire of residents who claim that the suspects were brutalized by police….

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