- Bellmore residents and the entire Bellmore-Merrick CHSD were in mourning after Mepham senior Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle passed away last Sunday. McArdle was skiing at Windham Mountain when she lost control of her skis and crashed off-trail.
- Two robbery suspects were apprehended on Friday, Jan. 14, and linked to 14 purse snatchings across Nassau County. The purse snatching occurred in Bellmore, Merrick, East Meadow, Levittown and Wantagh.
- The Bellmore-Merrick hockey team went into Wednesday's matchup against the Massapequa Chiefs with an unblemished record of 14-0-0, but let a 4-1 lead slip away and fell for the first time this season, 8-5. The two teams will more than likely meet again in the county championship in February.
- On Wednesday, Merokeans learned that Calhoun High School student Robbie Rosen was sent to the next round on FOX's American Idol. Merrick Patch will have an Idol Watch update to track Rosen's progress, so stay tuned!
- On Tuesday night the Kennedy Cougars boys basketball team squared off against the Calhoun Colts in what was arguably the best boys basketball game of the season on Long Island. The Colts pulled off the upset 40-38. The Lady Colts, on the other hand, weren't so lucky. They fell to Kennedy in a 51-44 loss.
- SEPTA and the Community Parent Center brought together parents, students and various agencies for the fourth annual Fair for Transitioning Students with Disabilities at Calhoun on Tuesday. The Fair was designed to help parents and students to cope with the anxieties of leaving high school for the real world.
- The increasing number of suicides at the Nassau County Correctional Center has caused officials to take a closer look at the East Meadow Jail. Four incidents within the past year has caused officials to review the practices at the jail.
- Police arrested Barry Costa, 54, of Uniondale, who robbed the Roslyn Savings Bank on Front Street in November. Costa left with an unspecified amount of cash, and he struck again in November in Westbury.
- A Salisbury parent and lawyer, Rick Collins, spoke with Patch about the importance of parents talking to their teens about road safety. Collins says that the time to have the talk is now.
- Levittown resident Carol Klein's service organization, "Our Heroes Night Out," brought cheer to veterans with a chocolate tasting.
- Levittown resident Gary Haas was arrested for a DWI after catching the attention of police by driving while talking on his cell phone.
- The Island Trees School Board decided to keep next year's academic year calendar the same in spite of some teachers' requests.
- A Wantagh High School student was suspended for threatening to bring a gun into school.
- Students from the Maria Regina School in Seaford took part in "What I Want To Be Day" at a Hofstra women's basketball game.
- A 14-year-old boy had his bicycle robbed at knifepoint in North Wantagh.